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
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):
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.