Homemade Protein Bar Recipe

This super-flexible homemade protein bar recipe is healthy and easy to make

"Homemade Protein Bar Recipe"

Homemade Healthy No-Bake Energy Bars

This homemade protein bar is a staple snack in our household. No-bake energy protein bars are much cheaper and more nutritious than the glucose-loaded bars you find in most supermarkets and health food stores. This homemade protein bar recipe is simple to make and can be cut into individual energy sized bars ready as an on-the-go nibble to enjoy after your gym work-out, or as a treat to pop into your hungry teens’ lunch boxes.

Homemade Protein Bar Recipe 

What you need

  • 250 g/ 1 cup of natural peanut butter or alternative nut butter
  • 340 g /1 cup of honey
  • 270g / 3 cups of oatmeal
  • 300g/ 2 cups of (chocolate flavoured) whey protein (optional)
  • sprinkling of sesame seeds or flax seed-
  • choc chips, raisins,dried cranberries or goji berries
  • 5 drops of vanilla extract
  • a little water if too dry

 

What to do

Combine the honey and peanut butter in a large non-stick saucepan over a very low heat until it’s runny. Mix in the oatmeal and optional protein powder followed by a sprinkling of whatever takes your fancy from the suggestions above. Don’t forget to add the vanilla extract and more water if you find the consistency a little dry, this will vary according to the optional ingredients you include. Stir together well and then press into a 9 x 9 ” tin. Allow the compressed mixture to cool before cutting it into 16 equal bars. At home, we wrap each bar in greaseproof paper and place them in a glass, not plastic container in the fridge, although it isn’t strictly necessary to refrigerate them.

Bonne Appétit x

Let us know what you think of these nut butter energy bars, and if you adapt the recipe, what you choose to change?

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Homemade Protein Bar Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 16 bars

Homemade Protein Bar Recipe

Homemade protein bars are simple to make and can be cut into individual energy sized bars ready as an on-the-go nibble to enjoy after your gym work-out, or as a treat to pop into your hungry teens’ lunch boxes.

What you need

  • 250 g/ 1 cup of natural peanut butter or alternative nut butter
  • 340 g /1 cup of honey
  • 270g / 3 cups of oatmeal
  • 300g/ 2 cups of (chocolate flavoured) whey protein (optional)
  • sprinkling of sesame seeds or flax seed-
  • choc chips, raisins,dried cranberries or goji berries
  • 5 drops of vanilla extract
  • add a little water if dry

What to do

Combine the honey and peanut butter in a large non-stick saucepan over a very low heat until it’s runny. Mix in the oatmeal and optional protein powder followed by a sprinkling of whatever takes your fancy from the suggestions above. Don’t forget to add the vanilla extract. Add a little water if the consistency feels a little dry, of course this will vary according to the optional ingredients you include. Stir together well and then press into a 9 x 9 ” tin. Allow the compressed mixture to cool before cutting it into 16 equal bars. At home, we wrap each bar in greaseproof paper and place them in a glass, not plastic container in the fridge, although it isn’t strictly necessary to refrigerate them.

Let us know what you think of these nut butter energy bars, and if you adapt the recipe, what you choose to change?

Bonne Appétit x

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  1. Great recipe! I would love for you to Link up at my Linky party via: http://www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  2. Linda says:

    If you don’t use the whey protein, do you need to replace it with something else? Also, on your add-ins (chocolate chips, etc) would you use 1 cup total or how much?

    • Profile photo of NMNadmin NMNadmin says:

      I would replace the whey protein with ground almonds- healthy and high in protein along with a generous handful of the add-on you decide to use or a combination in a handful.

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe over at Amanda’s link up. My daughter would benefit from these, and I am glad they can be made without chocolate or whey. She has an intolerance to whey protein and cannot have chocolate due to her migraines.
    I did have a question however, if kept in an airtight container about how long do they last? She will be heading off to college and this would be a great healthy snack I could make and send to her if it keeps well.

    • Profile photo of NMNadmin NMNadmin says:

      Keep them airtight in the fridge when it’s warm outside and they’ll last a week. I am afraid I they have never lasted longer in our household, so I don’t know- but I reckon a good fortnight would be fine. Jacquelyn, who also commented on this post suggests adding chia seeds and toasted coconut, which sounds delicious and well worth a try!

  4. Jacque says:

    My awesome mother-in-law made up a recipe for homemade granola bars that are very similar to these, and we love them!! Try adding chia as well as flax and sesame seeds, and I also like to add toasted coconut. Delish!

    • Profile photo of NMNadmin NMNadmin says:

      Thanks for the tip re. chia and toasted coconut. What a nutritional powerhouse these homemade granola bars are!

  5. Maria says:

    Love your recipe, it sounds great!! I make my own granola bars every week, and can’t even think of buying them at the store now! Love the sound of these protein bars, I’ll have to give them a try!

  6. Tonya says:

    The recipe calls for “oatmeal;” do you mean oats, or is there an oatmeal recipe that you use?

    • Profile photo of NMNadmin NMNadmin says:

      Just throw your oats into a food processor and whizz until it resembles a rough flour. Hope that helps:-)

  7. Natasha says:

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday.
    Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow

    Natasha xxx

    http://www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

  8. Thank you for this great recipe. This is a yummy treat that would be suitable for both adults and kids.

  9. Jane says:

    Tried making these bars but they were way too dry. Ended out adding quite a bit of water to make them stick together. It appears to have worked! The taste is great and I’m waiting for them to harden in the fridge at the moment.

    • Profile photo of NMNadmin NMNadmin says:

      If they ever end up too dry (which sometimes happens depending on the moisture levels of the peanut butter and honey) I too, add a little water or even coconut milk if I have any to hand. Let me know what you think!

  10. Emily says:

    Recipe sounds yummy, what is the end result nutritional information? Hows many grams of protien, carbs etc?

    • Profile photo of NMNadmin NMNadmin says:

      I have tried to put it through several calculators but the results were too diverse to make an accurate assessment I would recommend these protein bars only following activity, as they contain reasonably high levels of (good) fat, found in the seeds and nut butter as well as high protein levels.If you are on a low-fat diet, I wouldn’t recommend them.

      • Emily says:

        Thank you for the reply, I appreciate it!

      • Elizabeth Helton says:

        Hi. I am on a hi protein diet so I am very curious as to just how much protein you think these may have in them. The more the better…lol.
        My doctor wants me to get at least 85+mg of protein per day.

  11. Kelly Belt says:

    I made this today but it came out VERY dry. Not sure why. It was fine until I added the protein powder then it wouldn’t even stick together. I made homemade almond butter to use instead of peanut butter so not sure if that was the reason or not.

    • Profile photo of NMNadmin NMNadmin says:

      Do add water following the vanilla extract if it feels too dry.

  12. michelle says:

    what’s the calorie content of these

    • Profile photo of NMNadmin NMNadmin says:

      I don’t have access to this information, but they are high as they contain nut oils; however these fats are good for you as long as regular exercise is undertaken.

  13. Lindsey says:

    This looks so tasty! I wonder, is there any substitute for the honey? Probably not. I can’t think of anything. I see that the honey is likely a “glue” for these bars. They look so good, though, and the toasted coconut is a great idea.

    • Profile photo of NMNadmin NMNadmin says:

      You’re right, it’s the glue that helps bind it together.

  14. Ann says:

    These bars are very reminiscent of Mom’s choco no bake cookies, sans the coconut, which helps lower sugars…
    First batch a little grainy, I put a tblspoon of butter in with honey and pb and put them in a 300 oven for about 20″, topped with bittersweet cocao chips and yum! Also added flax seed for an extra dose of healthy.
    I’m a bit confused about the option of using the whey protein, it would diminish the “protein” objective considerably. A 1/4 cup of Pure Protein chocolate whey has 25 grams of protein, thus making this bar a meal replacement option!
    Will follow with comments on batch #2.

    • Profile photo of NMNadmin NMNadmin says:

      Looking forward to it-thanks for sharing!

  15. Caroline says:

    I just made these and tasted (a few times) before they have cooled. They are so good! I think its a little confusing how you state that the protein powder is optional when its such a huge part of the recipe. Thankfully I saw in the comments that if you leave it out you should substitute something like ground almonds. I had only one cup of whey protein powder, so I put that in and then ground up some walnuts (that’s what I had) to make up for the rest. I did that in the blender with some oatmeal to help it blend. Your picture is so appetizing! It’s what made me want to try these!