Grain-Free No-Bake Protein Bars

These Homemade Protein Bars are sugar, soy, grain, dairy, and egg-free, but loaded with yumminess! Stop spending a fortune on store-bought bars and make your own :)!

I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks for my family, especially easy recipes since I am pretty busy.  We love my recipes for healthy chocolate trufflesno-bake cookies, and kale chips, but this recipe for homemade protein bars is one of our all time favorites.

If you’ve been buying protein bars in the store, here is your chance to make them at home for much less money and likely with much healthier ingredients.

Following is one of those great recipes that I like to make in bulk and then place in the fridge or freezer for a fast healthy snack for the  family.

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I know that a lot of people still purchase ready-made protein bars in the stores for convenience purposes, but it really is great if you can carve out a little bit of time and make a big batch of something like this and have it on hand.

Try it and once you find a mix of ingredients you like, make a bunch of batches, freeze them, then grab them and go when you are on the run.

This protein bar recipe is a lot healthier for you and for your wallet.

How are they healthier?:

  • Seeds and nuts give a great dose of healthy fats that are good for you and great for leveling out your blood sugar levels.
  • The optional protein powder provides a nice dose of protein.  (Yes, I know this is not a “real food”, but for those of us dealing with food allergies, sometimes this is the best we can do)
  • Coconut oil is a great healthy fat as well

These originated as a recipe for Almond Power Bars on Elana’s Pantry.  I tweaked the recipe a bit, made it more suited to variation, and gave nutrient boosting and sugar-free alternatives.

These Homemade Protein Bars are sugar, soy, grain, dairy, and egg-free, but loaded with yumminess! Stop spending a fortune on store-bought bars and make your own :)!

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Grain-Free No-Bake Protein Bars
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Low-carb, paleo
 
This Protein Bar Recipe is one of our favorites - Grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free homemade protein bars, great for special diets.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place nuts or seeds, flax meal, coconut, seed or nut butter and salt in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until the nuts or seeds are ground into a coarse meal
  3. Melt coconut oil over low heat. If the temperature of your home is around 76 degrees, you can skip this step and add the oil directly to the food processor as it will be soft enough to process easily.
  4. Add coconut oil, sweeteners and vanilla to processor bowl and process until well combined to form a thick, yet crunchy paste.
  5. Press the mixture into an 8x8 square pan (you can be quite flexible here. A 9x9 will work just fine. A larger pan will produce thin bars, while a smaller pan will yield thicker ones.)
  6. Place in refrigerator to chill.
  7. While bars are chilling, prepare Homemade Chocolate / Carob Bar, but don't harden it.
  8. Top bars with the Homemade Bar. Alternatively, use your own or my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips before melting, or melt and top with those.
  9. Place back in refrigerator to chill (if you can wait that long :-)!)
  10. Cut into squares and serve.
  11. Store in refrigerator.
  12. *I also have used xylitol and erythritol. Here's where to buy xylitol and erythritol.
Notes
Use vegetable glycerine as the liquid sweetener for a low carb version. If you don't need low carb, use Sucanat or honey for more natural options. If you don't use glycerine, then 1 scoop stevia extract is a good choice or you could alternatively use xylitol or about ⅓ more erythritol.*)

Substitute up to the total amount of the flax meal with the same amount of rice protein for an extra punch of protein. Nutribiotic makes a great brand from non-GMO brown rice. You could also use some of this great grass-fed gelatin to firm up the bars and give more protein.

 

 

Hope you enjoy the taste and the healthy boost to your wallet!

Oh – and if you’re feeling particularly pressed for time and just want to buy some protein bars with no “Frankenfood” ingredients, try the Dale’s Raw Food Protein Bars.  Only 5 g of carbs and 22 g of protein per bar.  They’re all raw and yummy.  So yummy, my youngest has been known to sneak them!

Dale's Protein Bars

Other Processed Food Replacements for your kitchen:

Powdered Sugar Substitute
Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips
DIY Vanilla Liquid Stevia
Homemade Marshmallows (SF option)

Do you have a processed food that you would like me to remake into a “homemade” version?

Photo Credits: Naomi Huzovicova

 

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  1. Hello! Can you tell me please what the vegetable glycerin would be used in leiu of in your original recipe? You put it in the variations as a low carb substitute. Which ingredient is it subbing for? Thank you!

    • It’s the liquid sweetener. I just update the post to reflect that. Thanks for asking!

      • Thank you very much! :) I did not know glycerin was sweet. Excellent idea to sub in protein powder and gelatin. I’m on it! :)

        • I hope you enjoy them!!

          • Hi there Adrienne,
            I am SO IN LOVE with these bars. Oh my heavens!!!! You totally nailed it!!! My hubby loves them, too! I use almonds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp and chia seeds. I roast everything except the chia. I add the shredded unsweetened coconut with 2 scoops protein powder (Primal Push Vanilla), the gelatin, almond butter, vanilla 2 T glycerin and a little homemade Truvia blend.. I add chopped dried cherries (or other fruit) and the chocolate for my hubby. I leave those 2 items out for mine. I prefer the not so sweet version. PACKED with protein and SO YUMMY!!!! I share this recipe with everyone, giving you credit, of course, lady!!! THANKS A MILLION!!!!!!!!!!! These are a life saver. We were doing the “All Natural” Quest bars. HA!!! Still processed…. and NO comparison to how delicious these are… and a WHOLE LOT less expensive.YAY!!!

          • Wow – thank you!!! What a fabulous comment to start my day off with. Take care and hope to see you around again!

          • You are my “go to gal”! I am very grateful for you and your diligent hard work to help us all in our healthy lifestyles. ??

          • You’re just too kind – thanks!

  2. Hello, how much gelatin would you use? Thank you!

  3. I haven’t made these yet, but this recipe is sent from heaven. This is EXACTLY what I’ve been searching high and low for. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Can’t wait to make these. I also love how you wrote the recipe with all the substitution options. My children will love these and I won’t be starving on the road anymore for lack of food options. ?

  4. How many grams of Protein do this bars have?

    • Hi there. Sorry but I don’t do nutritional analysis on my recipes b/c there are typically a lot of ingredient alternatives. I would suggest plugging the ingredients that you will use into a nutrition calculator. Thanks and hope you enjoy them!

  5. Thanks for your site, one question regarding temperatures, are they in Fahrenheit or Centigrade?

    cheers – Don

  6. Hi!!
    Just made my first batch! Super excited about them!! How long do they keep fresh??

  7. These sound so Yummy! I’ve been wanting to make my own bars and such but I don’t have a food processor! What do you use? There are so many options but I know I want one that can take on heavy duty nuts! I’d love your recommendation :)

    • I have the Viking Pro but they don’t make it any more. Funny – it has bad reviews on Amazon but I have had mine for YEARS AND YEARS and just LOVE it. Anyways, I did a little digging. I think I would buy this one (affiliate links): http://amzn.to/1OWmLB3 if going for a lower priced model, and this one if going for a larger ticket processor. Hope that helps!

  8. chrissy hubbard says:

    Hi! how long do these bars keep for would you say?

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