These easy vegan protein bars are the perfect snack to have throughout the day. If you need an extra protein boost, these bars are for you! They will keep you full between meals and are made with only 5 pantry staple ingredients. These protein bars are also no bake, which means they’re ready in just 10 minutes!
Ingredients you’ll need to make your easy vegan protein bars
- Oats. This will act as one of the main dry ingredients in your protein bars. I love adding oats in my protein bars for some extra carbohydrates to reduce any blood sugar spikes. Plus, oats are just so delicious and my favourite!
- Protein Powder. You can use any protein powder you’d like, but I love using the Peanut Butter Cup flavoured protein powder from Good Protein! I love this protein powder because it is vegan, the ingredients are amazing and they are a Canadian brand! If you’re interested in getting some, you can use my code LISA62416 for 20% off your order!
- Peanut Butter. This helps all the ingredients in your protein bars stick together. Plus, who doesn’t love peanut butter in their protein bars?
- Maple Syrup. For a little added sweetness, and to help all the ingredients bind together.
- Chocolate Chips + Coconut Oil. Mix these two ingredients together and melt it to make a delicious, creamy, chocolate topping.
Tips on making delicious homemade protein bars
- Mix all your protein bar ingredients well. The dough should be somewhat firm but still able to press/shape it in a loaf pan so you can press it down into bars.
- Pour a thin layer of chocolate on top of your protein bars. The recipe calls for slightly more chocolate, but I would recommend only pouring enough chocolate until the protein bars are covered. This ensures an easier cutting of your protein bars because the chocolate is thinner. However, if you really prefer an equal ratio of protein bar to chocolate, then go for it!
- Cut your bars with a chef’s knife (no teeth). This makes is much easier to cut your protein bars quick and keeps the frozen chocolate on top in one piece.
How to store your homemade protein bars
I like keeping my protein bars in the freezer as they last for about one month. You can keep it in the fridge for a few hours if you plan on eating it the same day.
- If you’re looking for more healthy snack recipes, this Vegan Peanut Butter Granola is for you! Perfect to eat as is, with yogurt or milk.
- Staying in the snack and no-bake theme, you will love my Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Yogurt Clusters
- My The Best Healthy Vegan Banana Bread is perfect as a snack, but it tastes so good it can pass for dessert. The best part? The only sweetener in here is bananas and maple syrup!
Easy Vegan Protein Bars
- 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup protein powder (I used Peanut Butter Cup flavour by Good Protein)
- 3/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients except chocolate and coconut oil and mix well. The protein bar dough should be firm yet soft enough to press and shape into your baking pan.
- Pour protein bar mixture into your loaf pan and press down well with a spatula. Spray your spatula with cooking spray/olive oil so it doesn't get stuck to the dough. You can also use another piece of parchment paper to press down the dough so it doesn't stick.
- Place protein bar dough in the freezer while you melt your chocolate.
- Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a bowl and melt in microwave in 25-30 second increments, stirring in between until fully melted.
- Remove protein bars from freezer and drizzle chocolate on top. Ensure to pour enough chocolate so that just the top of the bars are covered in chocolate. Not having a very thick layer of chocolate makes cutting the bars easier.
- Place in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes to harden.
- Remove bars from the freezer, place bar on a cutting board and cut your protein bars into long rectangles.