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.

It’s a great grab and go snack and is full of yumminess that you and your family will love.

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.

I like to make these bars in bulk (I make just about EVERYTHING in bulk) and then place in the fridge or freezer for a fast healthy snack for the family. Sadly, however, the freezer party typically doesn’t happen.  Most of my recipes make it to the fridge and that’s it.  They get eaten faster than I can get them there….but I’m working on it!

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.

You’ll save a ton of money, have total control over the ingredients and well, they taste great too.

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, plus who doesn’t love some chocolate now and then, especially when it’s this healthy?

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
  • No preservatives
  • No questionable “natural flavors”
  • No highly processed protein powders (depending on what you choose if adding a protein powder.)
  • No extruder-processed puffed grains and such that have been cited for questionable effect on health
  • Low Carb for those who need it
  • Allergy-free – You can make these bars however you need to in order to avoid allergens or sensitivities

Carbs and Store Bought Protein Bars

I learned the hard way how the store-bought bars can be a real problem.

Recently, I bought a bunch of “healthy” bars on clearance for my kids.  I thought I was doing a good thing for my family as they were heavily discounted, and some of them had more protein that most other bars in the store.

However, the addiction factor kicked in pretty quickly.

See, we don’t have many processed foods in our home.  I don’t typically realize how “odd” this is, but when visitors look in our cabinets and fridge, they comment something like “Wow, you guys really do eat healthy!”

And the carbs have had a bad effect on one of the members of our family, who shall remain nameless.

My experience is that we are passing down weakened guts and immune systems to subsequent generations, and as such, more and more people can’t handle carbs.  Well, these bars have more carbs (in the form of nice sounding “organic cane syrup”, etc.) than I would typically let my kids eat, and thought I figured that the protein and fats would balance it out, the fact is that they don’t. My kids do better on my homemade stuff and there is just not much of a way around it.  So even though I thought I was giving them something “healthy”, I learned my lesson.  Organic cane syrup is sugar.  And we don’t do well on it.

With these bars, you can control your carbs, which can be a very important thing.

Back to the Protein Bars…..

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.

The only problem with these bars is that they don’t travel well in warm weather.  So take a cooler bag along with you if you plan to eat them on the road when it’s not that cool.

One warm weather tip – making the bars and the topping with cocoa butter instead of coconut oil will make them more stable.

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
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.
  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.
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!

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

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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  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): 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?

  9. Anne Ramsey says:

    What is the serving size? Thanks so much for this…….

  10. Has anyone made these without a food processor?

  11. I loved the recipe! However it was liquidy after mixed. They hardened in the freezer but as soon a so take them out they start to soften again within a few minutes. I don’t know what I did wrong

  12. Do you think these will set up properly without the coconut? Should I replace it with something else or omit/reduce one if the other ingredients?

    • They should be OK without but you might need something in it’s place to give them more substance. Maybe more nuts? I just read something amazing – sauerkraut is apparently a fabulous sub! So I bet cooked shredded cabbage would work great.

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