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Homemade Protein Bars

These Homemade Protein Bars are incredibly simple to make with no baking (or stove-top) required. This recipe calls for normal, everyday ingredients--and that means no special trips to specialty stores!
Course Dessert, Protein Shake, Snack, Vegetarian
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword Homemade Protein Bars, protein bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 protein bars
Calories 242kcal
Author Chelsea
Cost $7.73

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (175g) almond butter dry roasted and lightly salted Note 1
  • 2 tablespoons (20g) + 1/2 teaspoon melted coconut oil, divided
  • 4 tablespoons (75g) honey Note 2
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup (70g) vanilla protein powder Note 3
  • 3 tablespoons (16g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons (36g) miniature chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons (42g) dark chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  • PREP: Line an 8.5 x 4.5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or foil. Make sure to leave an overhang for easy removal of bars, and set aside.
  • COMBINE: In a large bowl, add the almond butter, 2 tablespoons of the melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, salt (reduce or omit if your almond butter and protein powder has salt), vanilla protein powder, shredded coconut, and miniature chocolate chips.
  • STIR: Stir until everything is well combined and you have a thick dough. Press the dough into the prepared bread pan. Cover the bars and chill for one hour in the fridge.
  • ENJOY: Remove from the fridge and, using the overhang, pull the bars from the pan. Cut into 10 to 12 individual bars. Enjoy or add the chocolate drizzle (next step).
  • OPTIONAL CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE: To add the chocolate drizzle, combine the chocolate chips and remaining 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 10 seconds until the chocolate is smooth. Transfer the chocolate to a plastic bag, cut off the tip of the bag, and drizzle the chocolate over the bars. Allow to set up at room temperature.
  • STORAGE: Store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Best enjoyed within 1 week.

Notes

Note 1: The almond butter is the main flavor, so make sure to use an almond butter with a flavor you love plain. I get a dry-roasted and lightly salted one to load tons of flavor into these bars without additional work.
Note 2: Depending on the protein powder you use (some are more sweetened than others) you may want to adjust the amount of honey. Add slowly and taste the mixture before pressing into the pan and chilling.
Note 3: The protein powder plays a huge role in the flavor and texture of these bars. Use a good protein powder that you know you enjoy; otherwise, you likely won't love the flavor/texture of the bars.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 1mg