Grain-Free Protein Bars

Need a Healthy Snack on the Go? These Homemade Protein Bars are sugar, soy, gluten, dairy and egg-free, with a nut-free option, but they are loaded with yumminess and healthful ingredients! Taste great out of the fridge or freezer.  Stop spending a fortune on store-bought bars and make your own instead!

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.

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.

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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?

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  1. How many drops of stevia liquid would you use?

  2. Don’t you have a “cheese” sauce made from nutritional yeast? Also, I didn’t see that I could buy nutritional yeast from your website. I bought it somewhere else, and paid more than I should have. Next time I’ll know! :)

      • This isn’t the one I was looking for, but it sounds yummy! I’m going to have to figure out how to do it without a blender, though, because I don’t have one. Maybe put the veggies through a fine mesh strainer and then use the mixer?

        • Do you have a food processor? That would work as well! :)

          • No, I don’t have one of those, either. I’m just deprived! Lol! We’re poor, (too many medical bills) but we’ll figure out something.

            • Oh no. I am so sorry – what are you dealing with again, Betty, if you don’t mind my asking. You don’t need to feel obligated to share. Blessings.

              • Extreme weight loss and no explanation as to why. And we can’t get the insurance to cover the cost of the tests that it will take to find out, so we are having to spend every dime to pay for them ourselves. Along with trying to eat healthy and pay for all the doctor appts and everything else that goes along with living. I mean, I went from 240 to 109 in about 9 months… without trying. No drugs, no anorexia or bulimia, no parasites. I’ve been checked. They thought it was a bacteria, but no. I’m still losing. And all this and I eat like a pig!

                • Have you looked at celiac? This isn’t medical advice, but here are some things that I would be thinking about……diabetes, severe adrenal and thyroid issues?

                  • I’ve already been tested for celiac and thyroid, although I’m suspicious of the thyroid, because I do have a cold nodule, and I already eat a gluten-free diet, because I am sensitive, even if I’m not celiac. I have had diabetes for years…insulin dependent. I probably do have adrenal issues, but they’re not showing up in the medical reports.

                    • Hmmmm…..what is a cold nodule? I can’t medically advise, but I was told to get off of iodine supps and on selenium and glutathione and off gluten, dairy, egg and corn. I can tell you more if you are interested. Do you wake in the middle of the night? Have you checked your waking body temp? Do you use stevia – I have read a lot about that helping w/ sugar in the blood. I hope you can do better…..

                    • There are two kinds of nodules you can get on your thyroid, cold and hot. Hot is just part of your thyroid but cold is a growth on it, generally they eventually have to take it out. I am allergic to iodine. I don’t do gluten, dairy or corn, I haven’t eliminated egg. Do you know why? I am an incredible insomniac. I believe it was trauma induced years ago. I don’t use stevia. I hate sweets…even fruit. And yes, please tell me more!

                    • I am sorry but I didn’t understand what you meant by “do you know why” and eggs. Did you know that many with Hashimoto’s don’t tolerate iodine?

                      I was told to get off of egg and I think it is one of the best decisions I have made. I will be writing more about it soon.

                    • I was wondering why to get off eggs, not that I have a problem with it anyway. I don’t really like them, but I haven’t really checked my food to eliminate them. No, I didn’t know that about Hashimoto’s. Hmmm….

                    • Well, I didn’t think I had an egg issue but after eliminating for a long time it is clear I do and now I wonder if it was causing some of my insomnia issue. I will try to write more soon but eggs are inflammatory for many people and if you have Hashis I would look at the autoimmune paleo diet as many say it’s good. Again, not medical advice but I am looking into it for myself.

                • Not taking it as medical advice, but it’s nice to get some info. Looking forward to learning more! :)

  3. Oh, they look wonderful Adrienne! I have some rice bran and needed a recipe for it!

  4. Hi, Adrienne! I found you on G+ and I”m a new follower! Love your site and I look forward to reading more. :)

  5. JOAN MERCANTINI says:

    I just finished making these and they are amazing. I omitted the flax seed and added a little more coconut. One of the best recipes on the web. You rock! Will be sharing on my low carb groups.

  6. Thank you, I am going to try this today. I have what may be a stupid question, but how long should I soak the seeds and nuts? A few hours, overnight? I soak my almonds before eating, but not sure about this one. Thanks.

    • I believe there is a link in the post to the directions about soaking – please let me know if there isn’t. Thanks!

      • Thank you Adrienne, I had not seen that. I made them this morning and they taste great. The only issue is my nut part of it won’t stick together, it kind of falls apart. I think it is because I did not use enough nut butter. I used all I had, and it may not have been enough. Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks. I am on the Fast Metabolism Diet and trying to include just a little bit of sweet in it! Thanks for your great site.

        • Great! I can’t think of anything else – maybe try again and make sure you get the right amount and see. If you are using stevia I don’t personally think that the stevia is an issue. Hope that helps :).

  7. Hello, although these are very good, I find that they don’t hold together. What am I doing wrong?

  8. Sarri Brownlee says:

    Any other topping options for a grain free diet? :)

  9. Would you suggest adding the gelatin in place of the flax, or in addition to? And how much gelatin do you think would be enough, but not too much?
    Looking forward to trying these!

    • I think in addition to the flax. I am not sure but I would try maybe 1 Tbsp at first. However, if you use collagen hydrolysate you could add more as it doesn’t gel. This one of the brands I use: http://amzn.to/UN9Ylx (affiliate link). I would try maybe 4 Tbsp of this one to start.