For deliciously nutritious energy on the run, grab a couple of your own homemade Protein Bars! These 5-ingredient protein bars couldn’t be easier. No baking needed, they keep well, and are deliciously satisfying!
No-Bake Protein Bars Recipe
Has anyone experienced garage sale mania? (I promise this relates to protein bars.)
Every year, we have a city-wide garage sale where every other house is hosting their own big sale. People save vacation time and take off work to hunt for bargains. Sale signs are everywhere, and roads are packed.
After years living here and witnessing all the craze, I decided to finally host my own sale this year. It turned out to be a worthwhile endeavor, despite leaving me with zero time to cook or eat a hot meal. That’s where these No-Bake Protein Bars come in.
Not only are these nutritious protein bars incredibly easy to make, they keep really well and are deliciously satisfying. Try this protein bar recipe for your pre/post workout fueling and on-the-go healthy snacking. Plus, they’re outstanding at taking the edge off hunger whether you’re garage sale-ing, working, commuting, or what not.
Homemade Protein Bars – only 5 ingredients
I probably won’t host another garage sale for a long, long time. It turned out to be way more work than I planned. I stayed up way too late every night trying to organize and set up. Hubby totally helped. He deserves this cake or these brownies on splurge day.
In the meantime, we’re loving the nutrient-dense yet simple ingredients that go into this tasty protein bars recipe. All you need are:
- whole rolled oats
- real peanut butter
- whey protein powder
- real honey
The dark chocolate drizzle is optional (or not.)
If you’re planning to stash these bars in your gym bag, backpack, or lunch bag, you can use dark chocolate morels in the bars themselves rather than melt/drizzle over the top. They’ll stay a lot neater that way.
Homemade Protein Bars = Budget Friendly and healthier
These no-bake, 5-ingredient protein bars are JUST the thing for a nutritious energy boost. I made a big batch, which came in SO handy for pick-me-up snacks. They’re even great for breakfast.
Making my own protein bars are much cheaper than the crazy price they go for at stores these days. Plus, they’re a million times healthier, because they have all natural ingredients – only 5 ingredients if you don’t include optional chocolate.
Not to mention these protein bars are rich, delicious, and completely satisfying. They keep extremely well at a mild room temperature, stored airtight, for up to a week.
Try these Maple Cinnamon Bake Oatmeal Bars, too:
These 5-ingredient Protein Bars are super easy, packed with good nutrition, and perfect for breakfast or snack on the run. Plus, they are a no-bake recipe! This one’s a keeper.
- 1/2 cup milk (I use whole)
- 1 cup chunky peanut butter
- 2–3TB honey, plus more to taste
- 1 1/4 cups vanilla or chocolate whey protein powder
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
- (Optional: Melted dark chocolate for drizzling)
- In a medium heavy pot, combine milk, peanut butter, and desired amount of honey over low heat. Stir just until all ingredients are well combined and warmed through. Add protein powder and oats. Stir to combine well. (If mixture is too thick to stir, simply add a bit more milk.)
- Lightly grease an 8×8 pan. Press mixture evenly into pan, using enough pressure to compress mixture into desired bar thickness.
- Allow bars to cool completely.
- Cut into squares. If desired, drizzle with melted chocolate and let cool. Wrap in airtight container and store at moderate room temp for several days, or chilled in fridge for a week.
Protein powder is to be measured according to standard cups, not the scoops that come inside the tub of protein powder.
If you’re planning to pack these bars to go, you can opt to use about 1/2 cup dark chocolate morsels in the bar mixture itself, rather than drizzling on top.
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