Homemade Protein Bars

BY : PUBLISHED : November 11th, 2012 UPDATED: August 18th, 2021

From my dear friend Drew W. – he rules:

These homemade vegan protein bars are perfect for people looking for something wholesome, healthy and nutritious to snack on throughout the day. They are mostly raw and pack an impressive nutritional punch. While some of the ingredients will be expensive (mostly the optional ones), once you buy everything you will have enough to make several batches and will be spending pennies on the dollar compared to pre-made vegan protein bars (like Builder Bars). Oh and the best part – they are soy free and can be made gluten free by subbing in GF oats. These are super easy to make and require no cooking or baking of any kind and minimal kitchen equipment.

Nutritional information BEFORE YOU DIVIDE into serving size of your choice:

 

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Homemade Protein Bars

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These homemade vegan protein bars are perfect for people looking for something wholesome, healthy and nutritious to snack on throughout the day. They are mostly raw and pack an impressive nutritional punch.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20 bars
Calories 301 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups of steel cut oats
  • 1 cup of raw almonds
  • 1 cup of raw walnuts
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup of dates
  • 3/4 cup of non dairy milk (I prefer almond)
  • 1/4 cup of flax meal
  • 1/4 cup of agave nectar
  • 1 Tablespoon of flax oil
  • 1 scoop of vegan protein powder optional
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds optional
  • 1/4 cup of hemp seeds optional

Instructions
 

  • Begin cooking your quinoa in a small pot or with a rice cooker. Bring 2 cups water to a boil, add quinoa and lower to simmer until water cooks off, about 20 minutes.
  • With a food processor or blender, grind your almonds and walnuts into a fine meal. Put the nut meal into a large bowl and add remaining dry ingredients: oats, flax meal, protein powder, chia and hemp seeds. Mix everything around.
  • With a food processor or blender, mix your wet ingredients: peanut butter, dates, agave nectar, milk and flax oil. Add this to your bowl of dry ingredients. By now, your quinoa should be done so add that in as well. With your hands, mash everything together until one solid mass if formed. It should be moist and somewhat sticky; everything should be mixed around and dispersed evenly.
  • Get a large cake pan or baking sheet and press the paste into it, about ½” thick. I filled a 9 x13” pan and an 8 x 8” with this recipe, but use whatever you have lying around. Stick it in the refrigerator and let it chill for a few hours and you’re done! Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut into squares and keep covered in the fridge. Feel free to modify, change or add any ingredients you want; these bars are versatile and totally customizable.

Nutrition

Calories: 301kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 11gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 89mgPotassium: 273mgFiber: 6gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 17IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 2mg
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