No-Bake Maple Pecan Protein Bars

January 27, 2014

in Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snacks


Simple, and good. These No-Bake Maple Pecan Protein Bars were requested by a reader. I thought it sounded like a great combo!  If you have 15 minutes, you have time to make this recipe.  Even the non-cook could easily tackle this, as all the ingredients go in one bowl, and then pressed into a square dish or pan for cutting…


One of these bars makes a perfect snack, and would be great after a workout, or mid morning or afternoon when you want something with a bit of sweetness.


I make bars like this every week, as they come together so quickly, and taste great. There is rarely a day that I don’t have a homemade protein bar. You may find them as addicting as I do!


After they’re cut, I prefer to individually pack these in plastic baggies and store in the freezer. Can’t get easier than that for grab-n-go.   One of these bars is always my go-to after my morning workout.


If you think you don’t have time to make 1 snack this week? Try these and you might just find yourself making a batch every week!

No-Bake Maple Pecan Protein Bars
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Sweet and simple no-bake protein bars with the flavor of maple and roasted pecans. Done in 15 minutes.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Yield: 8
  • 1½ cups whey protein, vanilla (I used Whey Gourmet Naturelle Vanilla)
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter (or almond butter, or nut or seed butter of choice)
  • 3 Tbsp pecans, toasted and chopped (or sub for walnuts or almonds)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3 Tbsp sugar-free maple syrup (I used Nature's Hollow Sugar-Free Maple) can use real maple syrup (nutrition will change)
  • 3 tsp maple extract *
  • 1-2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the protein powder, oats and pecans.
  2. Once dry ingredients are combined, add in the peanut butter, sugar-free maple syrup, maple extract and milk
  3. Mixture will be a thick dough. If you can't stir with a wooden spoon, use your hands
  4. Press dough into an 8x8 pan (un-greased is fine)
  5. Cut into 8 bars. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap or bag, and store in the freezer for grab-n-go.
* maple extract can be found in the baking aisle of any grocery store
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 250 Fat: 12 g Carbs: 16 g Sugar: 4 g Sodium: 99 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 20 g


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  • jajobray

    I made these today. I omitted the maple syrup as I try to limit my sugar intake. They are a wonderful snack. Thank you for all of your recipes. I have made quite a few of them and still have many on my to do list.

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Thanks, glad you liked them!

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