No-Bake Chocolate Orange Chia Protein Bars

by Kristine on January 14, 2015

in Gluten Free, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snacks

 

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Its the new year! Time for some new protein bar recipes. These No-Bake Chocolate Orange Chia Protein Bars came to fruition because I love the combination of chocolate and orange together. They’re a pair that just work great together. I also wanted to add some chia seeds to the mix, since I love the texture of them and they’re a nutritional powerhouse. They add a bunch of fiber, as well as some healthy omega 3 fats.

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Since these are no-bake bars, they came together very quickly and they are oh, so chewy.  As mentioned in the recipe, I use my stand mixer with the dough attachment as the dough gets pretty stiff, but clean hands work just as well, they’ll just get a little messy. I think mixing it with your hands would also count as an arm workout too!

Chocolate Orange Chia Protein Bars_2In the end, they are just a simple and delicious recipe. I always keep my bars stored in the freezer as they thaw very quickly. Within 5 minutes they are ready to eat. If left out longer, they are just softer.

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Hope you enjoy them!

 

No-Bake Chocolate Orange Chia Protein Bars
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups chocolate whey protein (I used Jamie's Lean Body For Her Whey Isolate)
  • ⅔ cup natural peanut butter
  • 1⅓ cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup honey (I used Nature's Hollow sugar-free honey)
  • 40 drops orange stevia (I used NuNaturals) *could omit, use vanilla stevia or add 2 tsp orange zest
  • ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
  • ⅓ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk), could also use additional orange juice
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl (or if you have a stand mixer, use that with the dough hook), place in all the ingredients and mix very well. It will be a very stiff dough.
  2. Press mixture into a 9x9 square pan or dish. Cut into 12 bars. From there, place in the fridge, or wrap each bar individually and place in the freezer for grab-n-go.
Notes
Tip: Cover the pan with plastic wrap to press it in so it doesn't stick to your hands.
Nutrition
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 256 Fat: 11.5 g Saturated fat: 1.2 g Carbs: 19 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 116 mg Fiber: 5.7 g Protein: 25 g Cholesterol: 13 mg

Some of my other favorite protein bar recipes:

No-Bake “Better Than Store Bought” Protein Bars
No-Bake White Chocolate Cranberry Protein Bars
No-Bake Bounty (or Mounds) Protein Bars
Cheesecake Protein Bars

 

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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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  • Susanne Zillmer

    Hi Kristine, I am from Europe. Pls can you tell me how much is on cup whey protein in grams? Tks for your help

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

      Hi Susanne. 1 cup of whey protein is 120 grams.

  • Erin

    Hi Kristine, I love your recipes. Have you ever tried any with vegan protein powder? The taste is… Overwhelmingly strong and I was hoping you’ve discovered a way to mask the taste? We use Sunwarrior pp due to allergies. I dread drinking the protein shakes…. Please help!

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

      Hi Erin. Vegan protein is more of a challenge for sure. In a no bake bar like this, I’d use about half the amount as directed and you might need to add extra liquid like almond milk. You might have better luck using the chocolate flavor as it might mask some of the taste. But Sunwarrior is definitely one of the best vegan powders I’ve tried! Hope it works out!

  • Tina

    Have you tried these with Vanilla powder?

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

      I haven’t yet but I plan on it! I bet it would be great too!

  • Blair @ The Seasoned Mom

    Pinned! These look really good, Kristine! 🙂

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

      Thanks! Hope you try them soon!

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