No-Bake Protein Bars

No-Bake Protein Bars

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 206.7
  • Total Fat: 8.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 18.1 mg
  • Sodium: 97.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 22.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Protein: 12.3 g

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These hunger-busting bars are ready in a snap, and they're perfect for a hike or an after-workout snack.
These hunger-busting bars are ready in a snap, and they're perfect for a hike or an after-workout snack.

Number of Servings: 6


    1 1/4 cup rolled oats, divided
    4 scoops vanilla whey protein powder (45 grams)
    1/4 cup smooth reduced-fat peanut butter, such as Smucker's Creamy Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter
    2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
    1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 tablespoons sliced almonds
    2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips


Swap out almonds with chopped cherries or dates for a fruity bar. Some vanilla flavored protein powders have a strong after taste. If yours does, choose an unflavored variety.


Line a 5" x 8" loaf pan with wax paper.

Place 1 cup of the oats in a food processor and pulse until they become flour.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the oat flour, remaining oats, protein powder, peanut butter, flax seeds, dry milk, vanilla, and 1/4 cup warm water just until the ingredients are incorporated.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared loaf pan. Using the wax paper, press down firmly on the mixture until it forms a loaf shape.

In a small skillet, toast the almonds over low heat until fragrant and lightly toasted, then remove from the pan and chop.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate to melt it, stirring often.

Press the chopped almonds into the top of the loaf, then pour the chocolate over the almonds.

Place the bars in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Using the wax paper, lift the bars from the pan and slice into 6 bars.

Wrap each bar in wax paper then in a sealed bag, and store in the refrigerator for up to seven days or freeze for up to three months.


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  • 29 of 54 people found this review helpful
    With almost twice as many grams of carbs than protein, this is really not a protein bar. - 4/8/13

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  • Incredible!
    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
    I. Used PB2 for the peanut butter and they turned out great. - 4/20/13

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  • 25 of 27 people found this review helpful
    I actually think it is very well balanced nutritionally! Especially if you are planning to use it during prolonged exercise such as hiking or bike riding. The carbs are not excessive for that kind of snack/energy bar; more fiber and protein than almost all commercially available bars. - 4/9/13

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  • 23 of 23 people found this review helpful
    Folks, don't down-rate a recipe because you *think* one of the ingredients is unhealthy without confirming. The suggested brand of peanut butter is just pb with defatted peanuts. Nothing strange or artificial. Not something I would buy, but less weird than whey powder or commercial protein bars. - 9/10/13

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  • Incredible!
    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
    This is a yummy and easy treat! Low in calories and easy to make. I did swap out the almonds for dried cherries. Fantastic! - 4/8/13

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