No-Bake Chewy “Better Than Store Bought” Protein Bars

by Kristine on February 24, 2013

in Gluten Free, Healthy "MAKEOVERS", Kid Friendly, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snacks

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Simple…and delicious. That’s the best way to describe these No-Bake Chewy “Better Than Store Bought” Protein Bars. I gave my husband one for work. That night, he came home and said, “Those protein bars were so good! Better than the store-bought ones”, hence the name. They are pretty mammoth sized bars, so 1 would definitely fill up an adult.  They could easily replace a meal.

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If you prefer, you could make 12 bars out of this recipe, and cut the nutritional info in half. If you prefer to make 12 bars, press the mixture into a 8×8 or 9×9 square pan instead. I frequently double the recipe and press into a 9×13 pan.

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However you decide to split them up, it doesn’t really matter. They are delicious any way you cut them 🙂

The kids version of these bars are the No-Bake Kids Protein Bars.

 

No-Bake Chewy "Better Than Store Bought" Protein Bars
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 6 large bars
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups whey protein, vanilla ( I used Whey Gourmet Naturelle Vanilla)
  • ⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp natural smooth peanut butter (or almond butter, or Sunbutter for nut-free)
  • 1½ cups quick oats
  • 3 Tbsp honey (I used Nature's Hollow Sugar-Free Honey its a honey substitute made with xylitol) Could also use regular honey, nutrition will change
  • 3 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp raisins
  • 20 drops stevia (could omit, but I like the extra sweetness. I used NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia)
  • ⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, place in all ingredients (except milk) and stir together.
  2. Add in milk and stir or combine with hands. Mixture will be very sticky.
  3. TIP: If you have a stand mixer, throw everything in and use the dough hook attachment to combine it together. This will save your arms from getting tired.
  4. Lightly spray a loaf pan and press mixture firmly into the pan using a sheet of plastic wrap over top to avoid the mixture from sticking to your hands. If you're making 12 bars, press into an 8x8 square pan.
  5. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to firm them up. They will become less sticky once they are cold. Cut into bars.
  6. If you like, you can take each bar out and place in a small plastic bag and store in the freezer or fridge for grab-and-go. If coming out of the freezer, I like mine thawed out for about 5-10 minutes before eating. Bars can also be stored in the fridge and consumed in about a week.
Notes
If you don't like chocolate chips or raisins, sub for whatever you like...dried cranberries, etc. Or omit completely to lower the sugar even further.
Nutrition
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 345 Fat: 13 g Carbs: 33 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 168 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 30 g

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I'm Kristine Fretwell, busy mom of 2 little girls, author, blogger, and former pro fitness competitor. I love almost any kind of cookie, anything coconut or pumpkin flavored, and Thai food. A perfect day for me is enjoying my family, getting to the gym, and whipping up a new healthy recipe. I've got a collection of over 300 healthy recipes, and other tidbits like fitness and health tips. My recipes have been featured on websites such as Huffington Post, Savvy Mom, Shape and Skinny Scoop.
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  • Vivian

    Hi, is the protein powder necessary? Or could I use Quest protein powder? That’s the only one I have at home right now.

  • Jennifer

    do you think if i sealed these well they would keep outside of the fridge for several weeks? I’m trying to find some good bars that I can send overseas to my beloved.

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Unfortunately I don’t think they would keep that long unfridgerated. I don’t think they’d even last that long in the fridge either. Would have to be frozen.

  • angie

    mine seem to come out real soft. yours look more like a bar bar. harder any ideas?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      I usually eat mine right out of the freezer…maybe that’s why. Or perhaps your whey protein is reacting a bit different. I’d just add slightly less liquid next time.

  • twimum71

    What is the weight on that much protein powder? I find weighing it is more accurate. Thanks!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      The weight per scoop is 30 grams.

  • Carol

    These are ok for kids to eat? I’m trying to find something for my kids to have as a snack that is good for them.

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Yes, they are fine for kids to eat. They won’t need a whole one. Half would be sufficient protein for them.

  • ElizabethM

    I have the packets of Stevia and I am wondering what the equivalent of the powder/dry stevia is to the 20 drops? Thanks!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Probably 2 packets 🙂

      • ElizabethM

        Thanks for the quick reply 🙂

  • Darcie

    These are so good! I used fresh cherries in place of the raisins because when I first glanced at the post I thought it read “Cherry Protein Bars” and I couldn’t get that out of my mind LOL. I put some chopped chocolate into the bars, then melted the rest w/a bit of coconut oil and put it over the top. Skipped the stevia but used regular honey so it was still plenty sweet. I could just eat it out of the bowl, or even roll them into little balls to snack on throughout the day. I think I’m going to end up making these a few times a week for the family!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Your modifications sound great! I typically double this recipe, or even triple 🙂 I’ve also used different flavors of protein, and that works well to switch it up too.

  • Jaime

    Soooo yummy! Mine are a tad soft, but I used agave instead of honey so that might be why. They were huge, so I made twelve snack sized bars instead of 6. I used carob chips and cranberries. Super yum. Might throw I’m some unsweetened coconut flakes next time, and there WILL be a next time! 😉

  • Mom2two

    Hi Kristine, I love your posts (even occasionally :))
    Was wondering if I can use PB2 here in this recipe or maybe half an half? It doesn’t work too well with cookies without a lot of added fat so perhaps not. Would love some recipes for using up my PB2 LOL. Thanks!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      If you’d like to try PB2, I’d use half and half. It may work with all PB2, but I haven’t tried it. Don’t want to tell you yes, and it turn out horrible.

  • Ash

    Can you use the Stevia powder instead of the drops? If so, how much?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Yes, you could totally use stevia powder. If its a super concentrated one, I’d start with 1/4 tsp (or even 1/8 tsp) and go from there. Doesn’t have to be a specific amount, you’re just sweetening it enough to your liking.

  • Sarah

    Can you buy that sugar free honey in stores? Or do you have to order it online?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      I bought mine online, as I haven’t seen it in stores. I’m in Canada. Not sure if you can find it in stores in the US. If you’re in the US, you can order directly from the Nature’s Hollow website.

  • Kayla :)

    Soo delicious!!!

  • Elizabeth

    Has anyone tried this with soy flour and how did it work out?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      I haven’t heard of anyone using that. I find soy flour hard to work with as it absorbs soooo much liquid. Too much also has an overpowering taste. I wouldn’t sub cup for cup with it.

  • Sonia Larabie

    If you don’t have any whey protein, what could you sub with?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Any other protein powder would work. Quantity you may need to play around with, as I find other proteins like brown rice are heavier, so I’d use less (like 1 – 1 1/4 cups). You could omit protein for extra oats but it would defeat the purpose of being a protein bar 😉

  • http://www.yourhealthyplace.ca/ Anna @ Your Healthy Place

    Yum! I get tired of my old granola bar recipe over and over so love ideas for new ones – and I am a huge chewy bar fan :).

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