Easy No-Bake Protein Bars

Easy No-Bake Protein Bars by Dawn MacLaughlin #TheWellnessUniverse #WUVIP #ProteinBars

If you are like me, you’re always looking for ideas for a good grab-and-go snack or meal. Well, here’s a recipe for one of my favorite go-to’s; easy, no bake protein bars. I always have some of these in the house.

Here’s what I love about them:
  • There’s no cooking involved.
  • You can get creative with them – try different flavors of protein powder, different kinds of nut butter, nuts, dried fruit, even add some spices (cinnamon, mint, etc.).
  • They’re easy to grab for a fast snack or have a couple for an easy mini-meal.
  • Did I mention there’s no cooking involved?

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Dawn’s Easy No-Bake Protein Bars
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup oatmeal (regular, not instant or quick)
  • 2 cups protein powder (I use Isagenix IsaPro chocolate)
  • 4 Tbsp. flax meal
  • ½ cup nuts, chopped (walnuts, almonds, etc.)
  • ½ cup dried fruit (goji berries, raisins, craisins, dates, etc.)
  • 1/3 cup nut butter
  • 2/3 cup milk or milk substitute (almond milk, cashew milk, flax milk, etc.)
  • ½ cup water (approx., as needed to achieve a smooth consistency)
Directions:

Coat an 8 x 8 pan with coconut oil. In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients, mixing well. IMPORTANT: you may not need to add all the water. You are aiming to achieve a smooth consistency (batter shouldn’t crumble easily). How much liquid you will need will vary based on the ingredients you use – especially the consistency of your nut butter.

Press batter into the pan. Suggestion: place a piece of wax paper on top of the batter and press down with your hand to spread the batter evenly in the pan.

Refrigerate a few hours. Cut into 16 squares.

Approximate nutritional information per square (will vary based on ingredients used):
135 calories, 6g fat, 10g carbs, 2g fiber, 4g sugar, 12g protein.



I store my protein bars in a plastic freezer bag in the freezer and take them out as needed. They only take a few minutes to thaw, although I admit sometimes I am impatient and I eat them half frozen.

One piece makes a great snack; two pieces for a small meal.

You can easily make them gluten free by using all gluten free ingredients (especially gluten free oatmeal). Make it Vegan by using a vegan protein powder and an appropriate milk substitute.

If you try the recipe, let me know how it comes out in the comments below.

Enjoy!

– Dawn


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