Grain-Free Protein Bars

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

Ever wondered if you could make your own homemade protein bars like the pricey ones in the grocery and health food store?

Well, here is your chance!

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 snack for the  family.

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.

 

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?

Shared at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs and Kelly the Kitchen Kop.
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  1. Yum-O !!!! Love your recipes.

  2. I’ll try to post the carob topping tomorrow!

  3. I have been looking for a good bar recipe, and many from the store
    have ingredients I want to avoid so I am excited to try this recipe!
    I have not made any seed/nut butters before….does it require the other blender from Vita-mix to make it if they are soaked? Thank you for sharing so many tasty recipes!

    • Hi Julie!
      What a treat running into you again the other day!
      I make seed and nut butter all the time. How about it I do a post about it tomorrow or the next day?

      To not keep you in suspense too much, no you do not need the other blender. Unless you get impatient (like me) and don’t want to wait to clean out your blender from all of the left over seed/nut butter in order to use it for something else.

      I will give you more details in the follow up post.
      Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. I just made these for the second time. DELICIOUS! I covered them with the carob topping recipe in your other post. My husband loves them as well. I think they are even better this time as I used home made almond butter (thank you for the post on that as well!). I made the sugar free version with glycerine and a combo or erythritol/xylitol. I new favorite for our household. THANKS!

  5. The protein bar topped with cocoa bar was simply delicious. Tasty way to use flax seeds.

  6. This turned out awesome.

  7. This may be a silly question…but what are the directions for this recipe? Is it cooked? or processed and put in the fridge to make it solid?? I’m a little confused…:)

    • Good morning, Rebecca,
      Well…that is not at all a silly question! I can’t figure out what happened!? Those directions were there before?! Something must have happened while I was working on teaching my son how to edit recipes. Thanks for informing me! I put the directions back up again. I am running on very little sleep, however, so let me know if I missed something obvious!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Hi there- found you through the hop and am a new follower. I can’t find many options for protein bars here, so I might have to make these! I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

    I hope you have a great week!

  9. I love protein bars, and it’s so much better to make them at home instead of buying them in the store.

  10. I love it when delicious is healthy too! These really do sound SO tasty, and yet they have so many good for you ingredients in them. Much better for you than store bought I think. Thank you for sharing your Almond Power Bars with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

  11. My boys and I are big eaters of protein bars and they LOVE chocolate!(Who doesn’t?) We will definitely be making these soon…

    Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  12. These look sooo good!

  13. I have wanting to try to make a homemade protein bar. Thanks for Sharing, I will have to try these.

  14. What a delicious snack to send with my big kids to college this fall. It is hard for them to find foods that are gf and df on campus. This looks like it would keep them from starving during a long lab. Thanks for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  15. do you have the nutritional information for this recipe. Calories etc? I think hubby would like this recipe, but he is counting calories.
    thanks!

    • Sherri,

      I don’t. I am sure there are programs that can do that for you. I would personally highly recommend watching hunger and healthy food choices over calories. This recipe is for sure higher in fat and calories, but there is a lot of information out there that coconut oil actually boosts your metabolism. You might try this site to put the recipe in and get the information that you want.

  16. I should really try these, I buy far too many protein bars

  17. I just know my kids will LOVE these! thank you!

  18. This gives me so many ideas! I think I might be able to play around with this and come up with something that fits my restrictions! Thanks!

  19. These bars sound healhty and amazing. I’m bookmarking them.

  20. I can’t do nuts and I haven’t tested seeds lately, although sunbutter seemed to be a problem for me the last time I tried it. But perhaps if I soak some seeds, I’ll do better with them. Will definitely give it a try!

    • What troubles do you have with the nuts and seeds? If it is digestibility, I bet the soaking will help! Let me know. I’ve got sunflower and pumpkin seed butter in my fridge at all times (almond too since we can eat that). I cannot handle raw nuts well at all but if they are soaked and dried they work very well for me. Take care!

  21. Nuts give me major headaches and fatigue. Seeds seem to be okay sometimes and other times they also cause fatigue. All part of leaky gut… but I haven’t tried soaking and drying them. Do you have suggestions on how to dry them?

  22. I don’t, but maybe I’ll try it on the lowest setting in my oven. I’ve made pulp crackers that way before.

    • The oven will work. Depending on how low your oven goes the enzymes might (probably will) be destroyed. If you ever decide to go the dehydrator route I can help you get the best deal – no pressure…just offering to help :-). It’s nice to be able to do nuts, flax crackers, etc. year round without turning on the oven :-).

  23. These look wonderful! I love having snacks like these stocked up, especially for the kiddos. Nice to have goodies that are nourishing and satisfying for little taste buds :)

  24. Just pinned this. Sounds delish!

  25. Made these Protein Bars covered with your Chocolate Bar recipe twice now. . . and both times excellent. They seem to even get tastier sitting overnight in the frig.

  26. Thanks for the Almond Joy tip. I have my eye on that one, but first I want to do the Chocolate Silk Pie w/Almond Crust. I have a lot of almond and coconut tailings left over from making nut milks.

    • I hope you like it. I think the sweeteners need adjusting – and the photo needs to be redone. But a friend of my son’s loved it and asked for seconds as is :-).

  27. Adjusting? Would that be up or down?

    • I haven’t made it in awhile, but my son thought it was too sweet. I would probably use less sweetener and or mix several types. Mixing several makes it taste much better.

  28. just got around to making these, and super WOW!! My husband was noshing on them as a treat! I love how subtly sweet they are, and the light glaze of chocolate over the top…mmmM! So satisfying making food that’s loaded with goodness for your family….and you know me..I LOVE coconut oil! No one has to know these are good for you!

  29. wow these look amazing! do you think Chia would work in place of the Flax?

    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Danielle! I just was looking (eye balling) your recipe at Diet Dessert N Dogs – yum! And I just bookmarked your Lemon Cheesecake! I’ve gone grain free and my son might too and he is deathly allergic to dairy. I can’t wait to try it! I think chia would work, but it’s a bit more potent, isn’t it? You might wish to cut it a bit – or maybe they’ll just hold together better :-). Nice blog & nice photos!

  30. awww thank you for all the compliments! :)
    It is spring break for us (march break) I think this will be a great treat to make with the kids this week. My oldest and I can’t do flax though. I am going to give it a try with chia, I will let you know how it goes :)

    p.s. I can’t do stevia either, I thought I was alone!

    • Adrienne says:

      I actually am able to do stevia now. I am not sure what was going on, but since I’ve been doing Nutritional Balancing, the issue went away. I still use the other sweeteners since my candida is pretty bad, but stevia is what I am leaning on now. You might wish to try a really pure brand like the ones I’ve mentioned in my post. I need to get a whole stevia post together soon :-).

      • How much stevia seeing as you usually use a lot less of that than sugar or other sweeteners, Could I also use honey? The dates sound good too. How many of them? These sound wonderful

        • Do you mean how much stevia for the whole recipe or the base? I use stevia a lot actually. I like to combine sweeteners in sugar free foods b/c I think it gives a much more balanced flavor and if it ever comes out that there are side effects, they will be minimized if you are using different types. Yes, you could of course use honey. Dates I don’t use due to their having such a high glycemic load. Do you mean in the base part?

  31. I made these last night as I have been looking for awhile for a good breakfast bar I can take to work. They are awesome! I used 1\2 cup each sunflower, pumpkin, pecan, and almond for the seed/nut part, peanut butter (cuz thats what I had) and dates to sweeten because I’m not a big stevia fan. Perfect! Sent some with hubby to work & got rave reviews. I will definitely be making these again! Thanks for a great recipe!

  32. I’ve been making these for awhile now and everytime I do I can’t stop eating them. I never get around to the homemade chocolate but I’ll have to try that one day too. Yum Yum.

  33. Hi! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I have 2 questions: Can I leave the coconut out? Also, do you happen to know how much protein is in each bar? I think I would use protein powder instead of flax (if that helps with protien info). Thanks!

    • Hi there. I would use another oil probably or you will get a very thick bar…but I guess you could try and I am thinking it will still be tasty. Prob a little too sweet. I do not know how much protein is in there. There are calculators out there to do that kind of thing but I haven’t done it. Take care.

  34. I noticed your note at the end about “have a processed food you want me to remake”. If you would be up for it, I’m in desperate need of a recipe for fig bars (which would allow for other fruits added, particularly raspberry) and that is also soaked. I’ve been unable to come up with a version that’s dry enough, yet not dry-tasting, that my little boys will hold it in their hands. Or that’s easy enough that I can make it regularly. It’s a daily staple in our house and I want it soaked and cheaper and easier! :) (our best option is $4 for a small box) Thanks for considering! ~Lynda

    • I LOVE fig bars!! What grain / non grain are you thinking about? Gluten or gluten free? Thanks for asking. I am totally swamped but maybe I can try – my kids would love them!!!

  35. And, if possible, that it would have some protein in it. I had experimented with almond meal. Thanks!

  36. HI, These bars are yummy but I found they stayed mushy without putting them in the freezer. Doing that is fine but then the topping is hard as a rock! What did I do wrong? I used xylitol for a sweeter since I’m on a Candida diet and xylitol and stevia are the only sweetners my Dr. allows. Help? Thanks

  37. OOPS! I guess I just didn’t let them sit long enough. They are fine and absolutely delicious!
    Sorry. Sue

  38. Are these safe for the Paleo type diets?

    • I am not a paleo expert. I think you just need to use a sweetener that is OK. Can you have chocolate or carob? Otherwise I would think you would be fine.

  39. Hi Adrienne, I have had serious systemic candida and leaky gut for years and have been unwell most of my adult life I am following a strict diet ( well at least the very best i can) and taking lots of tablets from my naturopath but I still feel like the minute I have just a little coffee or something that’s not on my allowed list of foods it’s back with avengance … Will this always be te case I am so miserable… :(
    I am using lots of coconut oil in my diet… My body is very acidic most of the time…. I just want all to go away… I have been doing the candida diet for about three weeks now ….

    • Candida is a rough thing. I have recently learned it appears to be connected to heavy metals. Did you see my heavy metal toxicity post? I think I will have to be on a strict diet as well but sometimes I can have a little of something. Let me know. I’ve been on it for about 2 years :).

    • Juice of a lemon with warm water will help your body to alkalize.

  40. Hi, the recipe sounds great but I was wondering if you know any of the nutritional facts for it or roughly how much protein is in each bar? If not do you know what the best way to find out would be?
    Thanks

    • Sorry, I don’t do that kind of calculating now. I am thinking about adding it. Just look up nutritional calculator or something like that and you can plug in the ingredients to find out :).

  41. I would like to use the gelatin to firm up and add more protein – How would you incorporate it into the recipe? I want to try these without the chocolate topping for my husband. He is not a fan of chocolate and I can’t get him to stop buying the protein bars at the store!

    • I would likely try 1Tbsp for one batch to see how it goes. You will need to add it to a liquid first and let it set for about 5 minutes to let it gel before adding remaining ingredients. Hope it works! Let us know…

  42. I made these and they turned out wonderful! My only change was I added cocoa powder to the bottom part so then I didnt have to make a chocolate topping and they were fabulous!!
    Thank you for a great recipe!

  43. I have to rave about these bars AGAIN!! They are so amazing! I wrapped them individually and put them in the freezer and all I can say is… its time to make another batch!! I tried making a few different recipes of homemade protein bars but these have been the best so far!! Thanks again!!

  44. We made these today and loved them!!! I used 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup hemp seeds, and 1 cup oats, and subbed 4 medjool dates for half of the coconut oil. Thanks so much!

  45. With Celiac disease and Diabetes in the family, it is necessary to know if things are Gluten Free and the carbohydrate count. These sound yummy and gluten free? Do you know the Carbs in these? Thanks!

    • Sorry, but I have never done Nutrition Facts for my recipes. I am considering it. If you use cocoa instead of carob, there will be minimal carbs using non glycemic sweeteners. Either way, there are very few.

  46. I so love this! I am making it today! Yummy! Thank you :)

  47. Thanks for linking up at Trim Healthy Tuesday! This is an excellent S snack!

  48. oh, I need to make these! They sound great!

  49. Sara Dubler says:

    Hi there, I was just wondering what the nutritional info is for a bar – protein, carb, sugar breakdown etc?

    Thanks :)

    • Sorry, but I haven’t done that kind of nutritional facts for my blog. I’ve thought about it though. You could input the ingredients on a site and figure it out. Sorry :).

  50. Is there a ways to make these so they don’t have to be refrigerated so we can take them on errands?

    • In cooler months they travel well. Otherwise, try making them with organic palm shortening but cocoa butter would be the best oil to give them “hold togetherness”.

  51. Yum! I’ve been making these all summer and I love ‘em! I use coconut cream instead of coconut oil, and omit the topping (I’m lazy!). I top with raisins instead, and it’s also delicious :) Thank you for a great recipe!

  52. Has anybody calculated the amount of protein in these for both the flax seed option and the protein powder option? For me, getting enough protein in the morning is a priority. And, I know this would also not count as a “real food,” but is it possible to add vitamins to the recipe (not sure if it’s vitamin-rich already)? Also, I know someone else asked about this, but did anyone figure out the calorie count? (I want to be sure I’m getting enough calories in the morning… not looking to skimp!)

    The main purpose of making my own bars would be to create a cost-effective grab-and-go breakfast that actually tastes good and that packs in enough protein, calories, and preferably some other nutrients as well to keep me going for a while. Several store-bought convenient breakfast options have this faulty assumption that I’m looking to consume fewer calories, but in my experience, it’s really better to front-load the calories for the day as long as those calories don’t include too many simple carbs in relation to the amount of protein and fat: It keeps me happy and my hands from constantly reaching for the junk food! So I want to find out if this would likely pass muster before I give it a try.

    Thanks!

  53. Curious – what do you use for protein powder? Everything I can find is loaded with chemicals so I don’t use it.

  54. Very important!! if you read the comments on the vegetable glycerine you recommended, customers say it is NOT food grade like what they are advertising on the site & should NOT be used for food!!! she is going by what it says on the bottle she bought…

  55. Would chia seeds (ground, of course) be a good protein replacement for the flax? Thx! This looks great!

  56. Oh My Goodness! These are so good! My 17 y/o’s boyfriend said they are the most wonderful things in the world. I made them as written and I added the homemade chocolate bar on top of the protein bar. This was so incredibly good and what is even better is that I know that it is healthy! Thank you for posting this recipe! I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes!

  57. I came across this recipe a few weeks ago and just made it for the second time. I absolutely LOVE it. It is so easy to make, healthy and tastes SOOOOOO yummy!

  58. Rita Foust says:

    Do you have the nutritional information for this??

  59. How much Protein are in these protein bars??

  60. Do you have any suggestions for replacements for the shredded coconut? I’m not a big fan of coconut, but I’d still like to add something in that would still give me the nice nutritional and energy punch it gives. :) thanks!

    • Hmmm….some would do extra nuts or seeds or perhaps oats, but I would only do soaked oats. Macadamia and brazil nuts would be the more similar in taste.

  61. Forgive me if this has been answered (I couldn’t find anything)- has anyone tried this with the stevia option? I am wondering how much liquid stevia would be needed and if using stevia decreases the liquid enough that I would have to add other liquid to balance that out.

    • Do you have access to a liquid stevia conversion chart? I don’t think you would need to change much since there isn’t much sweetener in it at all. Enjoy. I do have a post on substituting sweeteners but it doesn’t deal much w/ stevia but there is another post on how to use stevia. Plus a recipe for making your own liquid drops. I will add that to the post.

      • Thanks! I didn’t think of looking for a conversion chart. I’ll also look at your other posts. I rarely use stevia but my husband is on a hard core candida diet and that’s about all he can have.
        Thanks!

        • Yes, that and xylitol, erythritol and vegetable glycerine and maybe yacon or jerusalem artichoke. Stevia is funny to use so you often have to go by taste. Blessings.

  62. For those of you who may use xylitol, be aware that it is very toxic to pets!

    http://seattletimes.com/html/tailsofseattle/2018658270_veterinary_qa_why_is_xylitol_so_dangerous_for_dogs_and_cats.html

  63. Gaye @CalmHealthySexy says:

    These look great. I look forward to making them. Found you at the Growing Circles Hop.

  64. Hi. Do you use 2 Tbsp of liquid stevia? It seems like a but much.
    Thanks!

  65. I entered the base recipe in a calculator using almonds, almond butter, and a no carb liquid sweetener. I did not include the chocolate/carob topping since that was another whole recipe. The results *per bar* & *without topping* were: 218 Calories, 6g Carbs, 4g Fiber (2 net carbs), 4g Protein, 21g Fat.

  66. Michele says:

    Has anyone tried making these with almond meal or flour? I have a lot of that and wondered how it would turn out.

  67. Hi! Can people injest vegetable gylcerin? I thought it was for cosmetic use. Does it have a sweet flavor?

  68. I’m always looking for healthy alternatives but I look for recipes with the nutritional info. Is it possible to post the nutritional stats along with your recipes?

    Thanks!

    • I’ve been looking into this but haven’t done it yet. I’m just swamped. You can take the info and input it to a site that determines that for now – thanks! Feel free to remind me in the future. Thanks!

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