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a stack of 5 no bake protein bars with oats
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No Bake Protein Bars with Oats

These No Bake Protein Bars with Oats are quick, easy and fun to make.  They’re soft and chewy, full of chocolate flavour with a hint of sweetness
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Type Low Fat
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Fridge Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 bars
Calories 482kcal
Author Kim

Ingredients

  • cup chocolate or vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ½ cup nut butter
  • cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons ground flax seed
  • cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine protein powder, nut butter, honey, flax seed, and rolled oats. Mix until fully combined. Mixture should appear crumbly but hold together when squeezed.
  • Line an 8x8 inch (20cmx20cm) pan with baking/parchment paper. Pour nut butter mixture into prepared pan and press down firmly with your hands.
  • Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the bars and sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour before slicing into 8 bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

  • Oats:  Quick oats work well in this recipe as they are a little smaller than rolled outs.  However rolled oats will also work.  They will make the bars a little more chewier.
  • Protein Powder:  any chocolate protein powder will work.  I prefer to use a Lean Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) powder.  The one I use is Genetix Nutrition Lean WPI Chocolate Bomb Flavour Protein Powder.  Its low carb and has a lot of chocolate flavour.
  • Ground Flax Seed:  also known as flax meal are seeds that have been ground down.  Flax seed.flax meal is full of fibre and is very filling, making it ideal for protein bars.  Its generally available from the healthy food section of the supermarket.  Alternatively you could use ground almonds, or chia seeds.
  • Natural Peanut Butter:  A natural creamy peanut butter works well in this recipe.  Opt for one that has no added sugar if you can.
  • Natural Honey:  Honey provides the sweetness in the protein bars and the stickiness helps to bid them together.  A natural, good quality honey will provide a nicer flavour over the cheaper varieties.
  • Sugar Free Chocolate Chips:  these are for the chocolate drizzle on top of the bars.  If you’re unable to find sugar free chocolate chips, a sugar free bar will work just as well, but may take a bit longer to melt.  Otherwise use the darkest chocolate chips you can find.
  • Flaked Almonds:  these are a nice textural element to the bars.  You can buy flaked almonds in a packet from the baking aisle, or if you have whole almonds, you can chop them up and sprinkle them on top to achieve the same result.
  • Coconut Oil:  the coconut oil helps the chocolate chips to set on top of the bars.  If you don’t have it, just melt the chocolate on its own.  Don’t substitute the coconut oil for another type of oil, just omit it instead.

Nutrition

Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g