11 Healthy Homemade Protein Bar Recipes

We gathered 11 Protein Bar Recipes that are actually good for you! You want protein bars that offer high-quality protein, fibre and heart-healthy fats!

Which protein bar do you like the best?

1. HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS

Home Made Protein Bar RecipeSource: http://whatsgabycooking.com/homemade-granola-bars/

These bars are loaded with all kinds of good stuff, yet it all comes together in a delicious mix of flavors and textures. Almonds lend a bit of protein and crunch, dried cranberries and raisins bring the sweet and chewy, and chocolate chips make it a party. Toasting the oats may seem unnecessary, but it pumps up their flavor and makes then a little crispy.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole natural almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup orange blossom honey (any honey would work if orange blossom isn’t available)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried golden raisins, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, plus extra as needed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom of a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper. Then lightly spray the parchment with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the oats and roughly chopped almonds to a small baking sheet then bake 7-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. While the oats are toasting, combine the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract seeds, chia and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until butter melts and the sugar completely dissolves, making sure to stir occasionally.
  4. Pour the butter mixture over the toasted oats and almonds and add the cranberries and golden raisins. Mix well. Let cool about 5 minutes then the mini chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
  5. Transfer the oat mixture to prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula firmly press the mixture into the pan until the mixture is in a uniform layer.
  6. Scatter remaining a few extra tablespoons of mini chocolate chips over the granola bars and use the same rubber spatula to gently press them into the granola so they stick. Transfer the entire pan to the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours.
  7. After the granola has chilled completely, gently lift it out of the pan using the parchment paper as handles and cut it into 12 bars. Serve as needed.
  8. If you’re waiting to use these, individually wrap them in more parchment paper until ready to eat.

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2. OXYMOON CHUBBY HUBBY PROTEIN

Home Made Protein Bar RecipeSource: http://dessertswithbenefits.com/oxymoron-chubby-hubby-protein-bars/

Peanut butter, almond milk, oat flour and a generous amount of rice protein powder make up the base of this decadent bar that gets its name from the bestselling Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. Though the recipe is easy to follow, you may have a hard time waiting for them to refrigerate overnight.

INGREDIENTS

  • 128g (1/2 cup) Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup + 2 tbs Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 10 packets Truvia*
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia Extract*
  • 80g (2/3 cup) Oat Flour
  • 168g (8 scoops) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder (I used SunWarrior – do not use whey)
  • 3/4-1 cup Chopped Pretzels (I used these GF pretzels – try to use whole grain)
  • 45g (1/4 cup) Mini Dark Chocolate Chips (I used EnjoyLife)
  • 128g (1/2 cup) Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup + 2 tbs Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 10 packets Truvia*
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia Extract*
  • 80g (2/3 cup) Oat Flour
  • 168g (8 scoops) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder (I used SunWarrior – do not use whey)
  • 3/4-1 cup Chopped Pretzels (I used these GF pretzels – try to use whole grain)
  • 45g (1/4 cup) Mini Dark Chocolate Chips (I used EnjoyLife)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line an 8″ brownie pan with parchment paper both ways.
  2. In a stand mixer bowl with beater attachment, add the peanut butter, almond milk, truvia, salt and stevia extract. Mix on low.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour and protein powder. Slowly add to the stand mixer.
  4. Increase mixer speed to medium for a few seconds, then back to low.
  5. Turn off the stand mixer and dump in the pretzels and chocolate. Turn the stand mixer on low and mix until JUST incorporated, being careful not to crush the pretzels entirely.
  6. Take the bowl off the mixer, scoop the dough into the prepared pan and flatten the surface.
  7. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  8. Slice and serve the next day!

3. VEGAN PB & J ENERGY BARS

Home Made Protein Bar RecipeSource: http://www.nutritionistinthekitch.com/2012/12/02/vegan-pb-j-energy-bars/

Peanut butter and jam is just truly a match made in heaven… unfortunately not always the healthiest match. I guess this all depends on how you make it, but typically – what I remember from my childhood sandwiches was hydrogenated sweetened peanut butter with sugar-laden jam on top of two slices of glistening white “roll-it-into-a-ball” Wonderbread. Nutritional value = zilch, nada, nil, zero.. you get the point.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1¾ cup pitted dates (soaked in warm water for 15 minutes, then drained)
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter (no added sugars or oils, just peanuts)
  • ¼ cup whole raw almonds
  • ½ cup instant plain oats (gluten free if you need!)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Soak the dates in warm water for 15 minutes, and drain.
  2. Place dates, dried cranberries, almonds, peanut butter, and oats in a food processor and blend until combined well.
  3. Scoop mixture into a square baking pan, and firmly press down to make an even layer.
  4. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to set, then cut into 8 rectangle bars.
  5. Store in the freezer or fridge.

4. APRICOT & CASHEW ENERGY BARS

Home Made Protein Bar RecipeSource: http://www.nutritionistinthekitch.com/2012/09/09/apricot-cashew-energy-bars/

These delicious bars are filled with wonderful healthy ingredients including apricots, cashews, hemp seed, unsweetened coconut, and oats; a great snack to send the kids to school with or take to work. Most packaged granola bars or snack bars are stuffed with artificial flavors, colors, added sugars, so these are a great alternative, and super easy to make.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dried Turkish apricots
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line and 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper or saran wrap, and set aside.
  2. Pulse cashews in food processor until crumbly, place in a separate bowl.
  3. Pulse apricots in food processor until finely chopped. Add all other ingredients to the apricot mixture and process until well combined.
  4. Add the chopped cashews to the mixture and pulse until combined.
  5. Firmly press the apricot mixture into the baking pan, using the flat surface of a measuring cup to create a flat even layer.
  6. Place pan in the freezer for one hour, then remove and cut into 8 rectangle bars (or more or less, depending on desired size).
  7. Place in an airtight container and store for up to one month in the fridge.
  8. Enjoy!

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5. PEANUT BUTTER PRETZEL BARS

Home Made Protein Bar RecipeSource: http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2013/06/11/peanut-butter-pretzel-bars/

I used Whole Food’s 365 Everyday Value Soy Crisps, Sea Salt flavour. These were lower in fat and higher in protein than other brands.
I cut each of my peanut butter chips in half to ensure there’d be a little bit in every bite, but you can sprinkle the whole chips on top instead if you’re in a hurry!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 oz (heaping 5 c) soy crisps (see Notes)
  • 6 tbsp (2 oz) soy protein powder
  • ½ c water
  • 6 tbsp agave
  • 2 tbsp peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 6 mini pretzel twists, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter chips, cut in half (see Notes)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Lightly coat an 8”-square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Add half of the soy crisps to a blender or food processor, and pulse 3-4 times. Pour into a large bowl and break up any large pieces with your fingers. Repeat with the remaining soy crisps. Add the soy protein powder to the bowl, and stir until evenly distributed.
  3. Add the powdered peanut butter, water, and agave to a small pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a spatula, for about 3 minutes until it begins to boil. Let it boil for 15-20 seconds before pouring over the soy mixture. Stir with the spatula until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Pour the soy mixture into the prepared pan, and carefully press down. In order, sprinkle the peanuts, pretzels, and peanut butter chips over top, pressing each down into the soy mixture. Cut into 10 bars.

6. MATCHA GREEN TEA FUDGE BARS

Home Made Protein Bar RecipeSource: http://dessertswithbenefits.com/healthy-matcha-green-tea-fudge-protein-bars/

These Healthy Homemade Matcha Green Tea Fudge Protein Bars are incredibly unique and totally healthy — packed with quality protein, healthy fats and all natural goodness, these sweet and fudgy treats are surprisingly filling and 100% nutritious! Plus, they’re no bake and super easy to make. Oh, and they’re naturally green too (no artificial food coloring here).

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup roasted almond butter
  • 1 1/8 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. stevia extract
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 8 scoops vanilla brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 4 tsp. matcha powder
  • 2 to 4 oz. dark chocolate (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Whisk together protein powder, oat flour, and matcha. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat almond butter, almond milk, stevia, and lemon zest on low. Once mixed, slowly add in the matcha blend.
  3. Line both sides of an 8” x 8” baking pan with parchment paper, and spread the mixture evenly inside.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap, and leave in the fridge overnight.
  5. Slice into 10 bars, and drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

7. GERMAN CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BARS

Home Made Protein Bar RecipeSource: http://mydarlingvegan.com/2012/08/german-chocolate-protein-bars/

This new German Chocolate Protein Bar is a slightly healthier, nuttier, and awesomer version of the first but I have saved the original (along with the newer one) in the recipe card below for everyone who has been making and loving these bars over the past 2 years.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup oats
  • ½ cup soy protein powder
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅔ cup dates, pitted
  • ⅓ cup + 2 tbsp pecans
  • ½ cup + 3 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 6 tbsp brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a food processor grind up the oats until they are a fine flour. Add protein and cocoa powders and blend again until well combined.
  2. Drain and rinse the dates then add them to the food processor along with ½ cup of pecans, ½ cup of shredded coconut, vanilla, and salt. Blend again, adding a little water at a time, until a dough forms.
  3. Transfer dough to a bowl, stir in the remaining ¼ cup of pecans and coconut along with 2 tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips.
  4. Scrape dough onto a piece of parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Cover with another piece of parchment paper and roll the bars out to about ½ inch, shaping into a square as you roll.
  5. Place the bars in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours, allowing them to firm up before cutting into 12 equal pieces.
  6. Store in refrigerator for 5 days or a month in the freezer

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8. CHOCOLATE QUINOA PROTEIN BARS

Home Made Protein Bar RecipeSource: http://www.muscleforlife.com/healthy-protein-bar-recipes/

If you need a protein bar to fuel your workout or to take on a long endurance training session, this quinoa bar is perfect.
You can get as creative as you ant with these, too, by swapping ingredients out or adding your favorites to the mix. Try replacing dates with figs, or tossing in a handful of pumpkin seeds, coconut or chocolate chips.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 16 whole dates, pitted and no sugar added
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup natural crunchy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate rice protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a covered pot over medium heat, bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and leave covered for 15 minutes. Cool the quinoa, and then refrigerate for a couple hours or overnight.
  2. Make a date paste by pulsing them alone in a food processor or blender. Set aside.
  3. In the food processor, grind almonds until they are broken in small pieces but have not been turned to flour.
  4. Add the dates back in along with peanut butter, quinoa, and protein powder. If desired, add honey. Mix until all ingredients are well integrated.
  5. Divide mixture into 8 parts, and form each one into a bar. Refrigerate for an hour or two, and store in an airtight container.

9. LEMON CHIA SEED PROTEIN BARS

Home Made Protein Bar RecipeSource: http://www.muscleforlife.com/healthy-protein-bar-recipes/

These light, zesty bars are a welcome change from all the chocolate and nut butter protein bars out there.
Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)- Calories: 125 ,Protein: 17 grams, Carbs: 11 grams, Fat: 2 grams

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 4 scoops vanilla whey protein
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 quarts lemon drink mix (preferably True Lemon)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup stevia powder
  • 8 oz. unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 oz. water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8” x 8” baking pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oat flour, protein powder, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat egg whites, stevia, applesauce, lemonade mix, and water until combined.
  4. Add the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and mix until smooth. Stir in chia seeds.
  5. Transfer batter to prepared square pan. Bake for 22–23 minutes. Cut into 16 squares or 8 large bars.

10. PALEO NUT BARS

Home Made Protein Bar RecipeSource: http://www.healthextremist.com/paleo-nut-bars/

Do you like nuts? If you do, you’ll love these paleo nut bars! Since starting the paleo diet, I’m always searching for good healthy snack options that are easy to make. I wish I could just go down to the health food store and pick up a paleo snack bar to take with me on the go, but it doesn’t exist. So instead, I put together this simple recipe for paleo nut bars.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup of almonds
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut flakes unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of raw honey

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Chop the nuts to your desired size. I used a knife to cut the almonds and walnuts in half. I left the seeds as is.
  2. Add all of the nuts, seeds, and the coconut flakes to a large mixing bowl and stir.
  3. Add in the coconut oil (if it is not already liquid at room temp., lightly heat it so that it will melt) and raw honey.
  4. Stir well. You may need to use your hands to make sure the honey is thoroughly mixed in.
  5. Grease an 8×4 baking dish with butter. Any size dish will work. I chose this size because the bars came out a little bit thicker.
  6. Use your hands or a spoon to put the mixture of nuts into the baking dish. Push it down with your hands and make sure it is evenly spread out. It can get pretty sticky, but just do the best you can; a spoon may help.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  8. Let cool for 15 minutes then place in your fridge. Keep in fridge until ready to eat.

11. CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH PROTEIN BARS

Home Made Protein Bar RecipeSource: http://traineatgain.com/choc-chip-cookie-dough-protein-bars/

Protein Bars are great for snacking on the go and getting your protein in quickly and conveniently between meals, but many protein bars on the market are quite pricey and some are filled with all kinds of sugars, artificial ingredients and fillers. The best way to avoid these issues is to go for the cheap and simple option – making your own!
Making protein bars at home is much easier than it may seem. The recipe below is for no-bake protein bars, so they don’t even require baking!

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 scoops Vanilla Whey
  • 4 Tbsps Coconut Flour
  • 130ml Almond Milk
  • 4 Tbsps Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Several drops of Toffee Flavdrops** (or sub. 1 Tbsp Stevia or Honey)
  • 1 bar of Lindt 90% Dark Chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the vanilla whey, coconut flour, peanut butter and almond milk into a mixing bowl and mix them all together until combined.
  2. If the mixture feels very dry, add a tiny bit more milk. If it feels too wet, add a tiny bit more flour (but only a tiny bit at a time! A little coconut flour goes a long way). You’re basically looking for the perfect consistency – You need the mix to be soft and squishy enough to mould into bars, but not so soft that they won’t hold their shape.
  3. Once you’ve reached the right texture, add 1 tsp cinnamon and your desired sweetener until you’re happy with the taste of the “dough”.
  4. Take around half of your dark chocolate bar and break up into small chunks.
  5. Stir the pieces of dark chocolate carefully into your mixture, trying to distribute them evenly around the dough.
  6. Now time to get your hands dirty! Pick up the dough and mould into 6 bars.
  7. Take the remaining dark chocolate and melt it by placing it in a bowl over a pot of boiling water.
  8. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over each of the bars.
  9. Transfer your bars to the freezer to allow the chocolate to harden and the bars to set.
  10. After about 1 hour, your bars should be fully set and can be stored in the fridge or wrapped in clingfilm for taking out and snacking on the go!