These homemade protein bars are thrown together in minutes and make the perfect pre-workout snack to sustain your energy for crushing some weights.

homemade-protein-bar-veganPlus, you don’t have to bake them!

Personally, I think damn near every commercial protein bar I’ve tasted is way too sweet.

This is why I didn’t add a sweetener per se, however the peanut butter and dark chocolate chips do the trick in my opinion.

If it’s not sweet enough, just add 1/2 cup pure maple syrup and you’re good to go.

Carbs: 14 | Fat: 7.5 | Protein: 12 | Calories: 165

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats, blended into a flour
  • 1 cup plant-based protein powder (I use Garden of Life, unsweetened or chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup organic brown rice crisps cereal
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 3 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Line a 9×5” loaf pan with parchment paper or coat pan with coconut oil.
  2. Mix the oat flour, protein powder, rice crisps, and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Add in the nut butter and vanilla. Stir well to combine. The idea is to arrive at a cookie dough texture, you may need to dial it in a little by adding a splash of non-dairy milk.
  4. Press into pan and roll out with a pastry roller until smooth. Pop into the freezer.
  5. Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together in a small pot over low heat. When half of the chips have melted, remove from heat and stir until smooth.
  6. After freezing the bars for about 5-10 minutes, remove from freezer and slice into bars. Drizzle with melted chocolate and freeze again until set. Store in the freezer for a week or longer in an air-tight freezer bag or container.