. no bake almond fudge protein bars .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on August 26, 2013

Happy Monday, friends! :D

Don’t believe me? How about now… ?

Nut Butter Protein Bars

Still no, eh? Tough crowd. I know, I know – Mondays can be a little rough. That’s why I spent part [10 minutes] of my weekend baking up some treats to share with you guys… And by baking I mean throwing a few ingredients in a bowl, mixing them together, tossing the mixture into the fridge, and calling it good. So… no-baking, I guess? I mean, sure, there was some minor stove work involved…

Melted AB
Melted Chocolate

… but let’s not get caught up in petty details – let’s talk about the finished product instead.

Finished Bars

Snack/protein/energy bars. Everyone loves them. They’re quick, they’re easy, they’re convenient, and with the proper ingredients, they’re pretty healthy and satisfying too. They’re also the bane of my existence. Why? Two words – peanut.allergy. Almost every single commercial bar out there is either loaded with peanuts or may contain traces of the pesky buggers; and most of the peanut-free versions leave a little something to be desired in terms of staying power. But that’s what weekend afternoon baking sessions are for, right?

No Bake Protein Bars

If these bars look a little familiar, it’s because they were completely inspired by my Rice Krispie Energy Bites. I loved the flavour of those so much that I wanted to recreate them – only this time with a different texture. So, I swapped out the cereal for oat flour and was rewarded with a softer, denser, and fudgier bar.

Dense Energy Bar

Oat Flour
Rice Krispies

I also threw in regular oats and crispy rice cereal to add some texture and crunch; and chocolate because… well… who really needs a reason for chocolate?

Chocolate Chips

The result is, in a word, phenomenal. Imagine a subtly sweet bar that’s packed with flavour and wholesome ingredients. A bar that’s soft and fudgy enough to melt in your mouth, yet dense and textured enough to surprise you with the occasional crunch. A bar that satisfies not only your body, but your soul as well. Deep. Now stop imaging and go whip up a batch! It only takes all of 10 minutes!

No Bake Almond Fudge Protein Bars

No-Bake Almond Fudge Protein Bars
 
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Yields: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats, ground into a flour
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ⅓ cup vanilla protein powder (I used whey)
  • ½ cup crispy rice cereal
  • ½ cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Optional: 2-3 Tbsp. chocolate chips for melting
Instructions
  1. Prepare a 9x5 loaf pan by spraying it with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine oat flour, quick oats, protein powder, and crispy rice cereal. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  3. In a small pan over medium heat, add almond butter and honey, stirring until the almond butter is melted and fully combined with the honey. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Remove from heat and pour into the dry mixture. Stir until everything is fully combined.
  5. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Using a spatula or your hands, spread the mixture evenly in the pan, pressing down firmly.*
  6. Optional: place chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and nuke on high in 20 second intervals, mixing between each. When chocolate is fully melted, drizzle over the top of the packed mix using a spoon.
  7. Place pan into fridge and allow to cool for ~30 minutes before cutting into bars.
Notes
* make sure to press the mixture into the pan very firmly or the bars may fall apart.

Almond Fudge Protein Bar

I have to say that for being ridiculously easy to make, these guys are also ridiculously difficult to resist. Photographing them was probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a while, and it’s a miracle that I had anything left to showcase at all with the amount of snacking that went on behind the scenes. You guys know what I’m talking about… uneven edges, broken pieces, crumbs… a nibble here, a tiny sliver there. Oi. At this rate, I’ll be whipping up another batch very, very soon.

Happy Monday! :D

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When it comes to snack bars, do you prefer a smoother and denser texture, or a lighter and crispier one?
Uneven edges, broken pieces, and crumbs… who’s with me?!

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1 Sarah @PickyRunner August 26, 2013 at 6:07 am

I love cutting off slivers of brownies and other baked goods. And then those slivers get larger and larger and pretty soon I’m eating a giant piece of them. No shame…They may have been difficult to photograph but they came out pretty fantastic looking :)

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2 elise August 26, 2013 at 6:10 am

Those look so fabulous! I tend to always love cutting little corners off here and then and nibbling away on any tasty baked treat! Before I know it, I keep cutting more and more bites off and in no time I’ve consumed so much! But freshly baked/homemade goods are the best and I can’t resist!

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3 Lucie August 26, 2013 at 6:10 am

Oh my….I LOVE no bake goodies, and I love the ingredient list of these!! Definitely going to make them, though I totally get you on the broken pieces and stuff – I am SUCH a snacker while baking. I can not even wait to let them harden in the fridge, you find me 2 hours too early opening the fridge door and checking if they are ready to be eaten :-)
And for me, added chocolate is never optional !
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4 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I’m horrible when it comes to being patient with recipes. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve ruined loaves/cakes/cookies/puddings/JELLO(!!!) because I couldn’t wait to dig in. But hey, as long as it tastes good ;)

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5 Amy @ The Little Honey Bee August 26, 2013 at 6:11 am

Drooling. These actually look amazingggg. PINNED for must making!
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6 Ashley @ Eat Run Live Happy August 26, 2013 at 6:13 am

Oh yes, I play the sliver game all the time! Have to even everything up and you can’t let it go to waste! I love thick dense sweets. I feel like most of the time the lighter textures don’t really satisfy me.

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7 Davida @ The Healthy Maven August 26, 2013 at 6:14 am

Saw these on instagram yesterday and I literally started salivating! You basically came up with a recipe which combines are my favourite foods. You are incredible!
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8 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

They’re all my favourite things too. In fact, I’m pretty sure I could easily survive on almond butter, oats, honey, chocolate, and Greek yogurt and never complain.

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9 Miss Polkadot August 26, 2013 at 6:21 am

It’s all about the nibbles and uneven edges when baking. In fact, I’d have to say I consider it a fail when there aren’t any of those. Then it’s all about making them up ;).
Almond butter anything is great but these sound particularly delish!
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10 Khushboo August 26, 2013 at 6:26 am

Mmmm these look SO good and so professional, my friend! I think I will be making these this week as I have some protein powder I want to use up. I’m going to have to use chocolate protein powder as that’s all I have at home…nothing a bit of extra vanilla essence can’t fix! Do you think replacing the cereal with equal amounts of oat flour will be fine? If not, I’ll go get buy some cereal. It’s been a while since I baked so I’m looking forward to getting back into it. And I’m definitely with you about uneven ends and crumbs- take one for the team and eat enough to make sure the dimensions are sorted out ;)!
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11 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Mmm the cereal is more for added crunch and texture than anything else, so if you wanted to omit it, I’d add some extra oats (not flour) instead.

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12 Natalie @ Lift,Sleep, Eat August 26, 2013 at 6:26 am

Oh wowwww! These look too good! Definitely getting added to my list of things to make!
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13 Becky @ Olives n Wine August 26, 2013 at 6:27 am

I loooove dense textures when it comes to anything – health bars, cookies, cake! I’m also all about eating the bits and pieces, even before they’re baked ;)
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14 Caitlyn@HolisticSimplicity August 26, 2013 at 6:29 am

Yummy! I’ve been looking for a recipe that doesn’t use Protein Powder. Lately, I’ve been trying not to eat it so much because I used to rely so heavily on it (more protein… less carbs mentality). I wonder if you subbed for more flour and eggs or egg whites, you could get a similar consistency? :)

LOOKS Awesome!
C

PS > What camera and lens do you use?
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15 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I don’t like to eat a lot of protein powder either, but I still have a big tub of it leftover from back in the day that I’ve been trying to use up, and I find that as long as I’m not using it to make smoothies or adding it to everything, then a small amount in baked/unbaked goods is alright. But if you wanted to omit it, you could probably just add more flour. I wouldn’t suggest eggs because it would make the dough too wet, and you would probably have to bake it.

As for my camera, I have a Canon EOS7D and alternate between a 50mm and 18-135mm lens.

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16 Caitlyn@HolisticSimplicity August 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm

True! Raw eggs are not really a good thing to eat.

I know; I’m the same way. I used to make oatmeal with vanilla protein and I do miss it. I like the creaminess it does add. Perhaps I’ll have it more often :)

Ah! I love the 50mm lens. I honestly feel complete with it.
C

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17 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl August 26, 2013 at 6:32 am

You are right…These look pretty much AMAZING! And the fact that they are no bake? Um, yes please!
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18 Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake August 26, 2013 at 6:39 am

Okay, I HAVE to make these ASAP…yummy! Thanks for sharing this!
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19 Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) August 26, 2013 at 6:40 am

AWESOME protein bar recipe! I prefer a smoother, denser texture, for sure.

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20 Kelly @ Femme Fitale August 26, 2013 at 6:42 am

Such a great treat, and a definite Happy Monday Maker! Your photos are beautiful, too! :)
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21 AC August 26, 2013 at 6:43 am

These sound great! So few homemade energy bars don’t require a food processor (which I don’t have), so I’m definitely giving these a shot! What kind of protein powder did you use?

With bars, I generally prefer a dense texture. My favorites are Quest, lara, Kit’s Organic and Nugo (dark chocolate)

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22 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I used a vanilla whey from a company called Genuine Health http://www.genuinehealth.com/proteins.html

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23 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat August 26, 2013 at 6:47 am

Well, these protein bars certainly look amazing!!!! I love that they’re no bake and I love that they call for almond butter! Can I have some now!?! ;-)
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24 Kat August 26, 2013 at 7:02 am

mmmmm mmmm MMMM these babies look GOOD!! I go either way with the texture thing. Sometimes I just want something smooth and easy to toss down my throat, while other times it’s all about the crunch or bite to a bar!
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25 Lisa August 26, 2013 at 7:06 am

Oh my gosh, I’m SO excited for these bars. First, I love that they’re no bake. And second – um all the almond butter!!
And honey, and chocolate chips.
My kind of bar:)
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26 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com August 26, 2013 at 7:07 am

These bars look AMAHZING! So love them! Thank you so much for sharing!
I am gonna make these tonight – I hope they are around tomorrow morning too ;)

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27 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves August 26, 2013 at 7:15 am

Oh YUM. I love that these are so simple and quick to make. My kinda snack! I love anything fudgy and nut buttery too :) Thanks for the recipe!
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28 Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers August 26, 2013 at 7:23 am

Want!!! I don’t think I could stop at just one… or three… though. Yipes! haha
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29 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Welcome to exactly what happened to me :lol:

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30 Danielle August 26, 2013 at 7:25 am

These look delicious! I am a former protein bar addict but now I much prefer to make them myself! I will definitely try these out!
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31 Katie @ KatieEnPursuit August 26, 2013 at 7:27 am

Oh man, you sure know how to treat a Monday right, those look delish! I am 100% on the Uneven edges, broken pieces, & crumbs train…they taste much better than an entire piece, am I right?!? Happy Monday!
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32 Carly @ Snack Therapy August 26, 2013 at 7:34 am

When it comes to snack bars, I prefer all textures. I just love ‘em, especially when chocolate is involved. I am all about the nibbles, slivers, and chocolate picked off the top. Yeah, I’m that person.
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33 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl August 26, 2013 at 7:44 am

Oh my goodness…. these sound amazing and I don’t use that word lightly!! I’m pretty sure my kids and I would LOVE these. I’m thinking this weekend for a celebration treat of making it a full week back to school.
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34 Ashley @ Life and Fitness August 26, 2013 at 7:57 am

Oh my do these look delicious or what! I’m all about the smooth creamy protein snack bars rather than crunchy. And if they have chocolate in it, even better :)
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35 Christine @ Gotta Eat Green August 26, 2013 at 8:15 am

Ummmm these look amazing! I may have to save this recipe to make.. like, tonight. Thanks for sharing girl.
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36 Beth @ Mangoes and Miles August 26, 2013 at 8:21 am

If I had 100% free reign of the kitchen right now I’d make these in a heartbeat. I was essentially drooling throughout your entire post. Maybe one of these weekends…or you know, you can just make some (a lot) for me and send them over. ;)
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37 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Wellll, you don’t technically -need- a kitchen ;) Not that I wouldn’t be up for sending some, I’m just not sure how well they’d travel :(

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38 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health August 26, 2013 at 8:21 am

I love this recipe! Healthy dessert with extra protein? Win.
I like the sound if a dense bar that melts in your mouth, yum!
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39 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 26, 2013 at 8:28 am

Oh goodness, those definitely turned out well! While I can go either way with textures on a protein bar, I prefer them to have a little bit of a crunch to them – so I love that you added some crispy rice cereal to them. And I would say that chocolate is non-optional ;-)

And crumbs and uneven edges is the best part of cutting into baked goods…how else are you going to make sure that every piece is even? ;-)
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40 Christine@ Apple of My Eye August 26, 2013 at 8:46 am

HOLY MOTHER OF DELICIOUSNESS! These look so good! Fudge is probably one of my favorite things in the planet and I absolutely cannot wait to try these! I’ll let you know how they go :D
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41 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Woo! Your cinnamon scones are still on my to-bake list. I can definitely see them happening soon, especially since the weather is starting to cool down.

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42 Brittany August 26, 2013 at 9:09 am

SWOOONN I love this so much because I can make these and they are dairy free if I use rice protein!! They look soooo dang good. I would have wanted to eat them all for sure before snapping pics, but I also find that when I get decent pictures my food tastes so much better because I can look at pictures while eating. OK I am bizarre..SEND SOME MY WAY PLEASEEE!
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43 Kat @ a dash of fairydust August 26, 2013 at 9:19 am

Uuuuhm,Amanda? – You. are. so. mean.
I want these now. Like,really. Really. Really bad.
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44 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm

It only takes 10 minutes… just sayin’ ;)

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45 Kat @ a dash of fairydust August 26, 2013 at 10:51 pm

It would,if I wasn’t out of oats. :(
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46 Lauren August 26, 2013 at 9:38 am

Whenever I did food photography in high school, I know the hardest thing for me to resist was the decorative additions to the photos. The extra chocolate chips in your pictures? Those were my WEAKNESS. I used to have to keep replacing my decorative pieces LOL. These look really good! I just got a jar of almond butter and I’m not debating on whether I want to make banana bread or these bars right now. AHH. Decisions, decisions! But why make decisions when you can have both ;-) I’m pretty sure you just made everyone’s Monday a LITTLE bit brighter!

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47 Alex @ therunwithin August 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

My friend’s birthday is soon and she may or may not be obsessed with nut butter. I think this would be a perfect gift
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48 Emily August 26, 2013 at 10:29 am

Haha! That last paragraph describes exactly why I never document my baking adventures- the results are always ugly after my taste tests. But, I’m glad you were able to manage such beautiful pictures of these bars because they look AMAZING. I have a jar of Justin’s Vanilla Almond butter and I’m reeeaaally tempted to whip up a batch of these using that! I’ll let you know how they turn out. (:

Happy Monday (from someone who actually loves them as much as you do)!
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49 lindsay August 26, 2013 at 10:33 am

i’m sitting here on a layover and all i want are those bars. Gah… You sure know how to make a girl drool
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50 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

This makes me gush considering you are the brilliant mind behind the delicious Healthy Bites <3

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51 Sarah Pie August 26, 2013 at 10:42 am

Oh. My. Yum!! This sounds amazing and I just happen to be almost out of my peanut butter balls… I know what I’m making later this week :)
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52 Ksenija @ Health Ninja August 26, 2013 at 11:03 am

Oh my gosh, these look like the perfect way to use up the unwanted, taste-less peanut butter in my pantry! My boyfriend will hopefully give me some of his whey protein for them if I share ;) thanks for the recipe, Amanda.
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53 sarah August 26, 2013 at 11:04 am

Ashfk, I think you’ve out-done yourself just a tad here: recipe AND pictures! I need these in my tum ASAP.

So these are going to be all over Healthy Aperture , Foodgawker, etc right?
:)
Xxx

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54 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Fingers crossed! If not then I guess I’ll just need to keep working on my food photography.

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55 sarah August 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Wait…Is that sarcasm??
Hahahaha like your photography could be improved on! Silly.
Xxx

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56 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

It could! There are some amazing food photographers out there. I still feel like I have a lot to learn :P

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57 Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries August 26, 2013 at 11:22 am

Yum! These could not look any better. I’m excited to try this recipe. :)
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58 Lisa C. August 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Those look so yummy. Darn it, I don’t have all the ingredients! I’ll have to put this on my list for next week.

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59 Sky @ The Blonde In Black August 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Ahh I’m at work and these bars are making me so hungry!! I’m about the smooth and dense texture!
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60 Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset August 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Making these ASAP :D
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61 Rebecca August 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Your photography never fails to amaze! Have a great Monday.
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62 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Thank you Rebecca! I hope you have a great one as well :)

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63 Ja @ Ja on the RUN August 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm

YUMMY!!! This is perfect for potluck parties! Definitely doing this! :)
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64 Clara @ Southern Thintellect August 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

GET in my BELLY! I must try these a.s.a.p., they look too yum for words!!
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65 Jo @ Living Mint Green August 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

MARRY ME.

These would be great for hiking. Scratch that. These would be good ANYTIME. Once the weather gets cooler, I’m going to make these. Fall is the best time for baking/making stuff.
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66 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I think Court might object to your first statement ;)

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67 Nicole @ FruitnFitness August 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Oh happy Monday indeed! These sound wonderful and easy!
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68 sara @ fitcupcaker August 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm

omg, what an easy recipe, no baking yay! These look so tasty, I am pinning this recipe when I get home!
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69 Heather @fitncookies August 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I wish I was creative enough in the kitchen! Hahah I might substitute almond butter for something and then make them! I just don’t like nuts of any kind :( Aaron would love these though so maybe I’ll make them for him :)

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70 Alex @ Kenzie Life August 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I just made some no-bake cookies very similar to this, but I can’t tell you how excited I am by this recipe. I’m going to make them right now because they will be the perfect snack to take to class with me. I don’t have the patience to bake things, so if it takes more than 30 minutes to make, chances are I won’t be using that recipe :) Thanks for the recipe!
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71 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Hehe! The only time I really get hit by the baking itch is when the weather turns nasty – then there’s no place I’d rather be than a warm kitchen.

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72 Alex @ Kenzie Life August 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I hear ya! This is the perfect recipe to make when you’re busy too! Since the prep time is so minimal!
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73 Kate @ Quarter Century Southern Living August 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I have wanted these since you Instagrammed them in all their glory yesterday! I will definitely be adding the ingredients to my next grocery store list. Thanks for sharing the recipe! And if you need any help with those crumbs, you know who to call :)
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74 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut August 26, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Ummm these look amazing!! Pinning and saving for later!!
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75 Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness August 26, 2013 at 3:41 pm

omg i want these now. like, i wish they were waiting for me when i walk through my door. they look like the perfect texture and basically the perfect flavor combination. im bookmarking this. hope you’re having a great monday!
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76 Liz @ The Girl on Fire Now August 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Yum. Those look amazing – great photographs!
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77 Lacey @ Life Hands You Limes August 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm

These sound perfect. Especially since I have a giant tub of protein powder that never gets used haha! But almond fudge bars? Okay sounds like a plan! Yum.
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78 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I’m currently in the same giant protein tub predicament… I’ve been trying to pick away at it by tossing the powder into recipes, but it never seems to get any smaller :lol:

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79 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life August 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

YUM. Pinning this right now.
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80 kris August 26, 2013 at 5:34 pm

uh…soft, dense, AND fudgey?? Even though I’ve been sick and only had an appetite for toast the past few days, I could really go for one of these. YUM!
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81 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Sick? Ack! Hope you feel better soon, Kris <3

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82 Molly@This Life Is Sparkling August 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Oh my goodness I want to jump through the computer screen right now to eat these. I need to get some rice krispies and then I am so making these!
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83 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen August 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm

You know I totally feel your pain about store bought granola bars. Like really, why are there no companies that make good nut free granola bars? I have seriously considered starting my own company once I finish my internship. :P

Thank goodness there are bloggers like you that make awesome homemade bars like these. I will definitely be making them soon!
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84 Leigha @ Minougirl August 26, 2013 at 5:49 pm

OH MY GOSH I need to make these. Pinned.
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85 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Do these ship well?? They look to DIE for friend! xoxo
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86 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I guess there would only be one way to find out ;)

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87 Ani August 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm

I’ve been looking for a protein bar recipe that uses simple ingredients like this!! Do they hold together alright?
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88 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm

They do! I keep mine in a sealed container in the fridge, but I didn’t run into any problems even after toting some around to snack on while I was out all day.

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89 Arman @ thebigmansworld August 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Expect photographic evidence next week after I make it. No joke. Quest bars..Quest who?
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90 Tessa @ Amazing Asset August 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Glad to be back to reading your blog on a regular basis Amanda, it’s looking beautiful as always and of course you are always posting new ideas/recipes here! This particular recipe is one I plan to make soon…. though with peanut butter as I have been on a major pb kick for quite some time now!
I like the consistency of both Quest bars and Clif bars… though throwing in a more crispy one at times is nice to do, shake it up some! Oh the exciting life I lead ;)
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91 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite August 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I feel like there is a hidden theme going on the blog world for today- lots of delicious dessert recipes! Must be to make us all feel better it’s Monday? Either way, yours look phenomenal!
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92 kristen | verbs and vignettes August 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm

oh man. anything that doesn’t involve the oven + you’ve got me. now if i can figure out how to eliminate that pesky stove step…

these look delicious! i’ve been meaning to keep some snacks that actually have nutrition and/or protein, when i get the munchies in the afternoon. i’ll have to add these to my list.
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93 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 27, 2013 at 6:05 am

You could probably get away with it if you were willing to put in some extra arm work… It just makes the AB way easier to work with.

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94 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I need a napkin to wipe the drool off my keyboard…

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95 Laura Agar Wilson (@lauraagarwilson) August 26, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Oh these look delicious! I need to run off and find some rice crispies!

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96 Jessie August 27, 2013 at 3:05 am

Please promise me when the time comes that we meet you will bring these bad, drool worthy babies along?

broken pieces, crumbs, whatever it may be I REFUSE to let ANY go to waste… even if that means licking the plate cleaner than my dog could.

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97 Georgie August 27, 2013 at 6:42 am

Corners are the best! I love baking and nibbling. These look killer- can’t wait to try.
I like a soft chewier texture similar to lara bars. But on the flip I also enjoy crunchy bars like kashi’s crunch almond butter bars.

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98 Christina @ Pinch of Healthy August 27, 2013 at 7:42 am

I’m making these on the weekend, love anything nut butter and they’re perfect for taking to school!
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99 Alysia @ Slim Sanity August 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Aaaaah! Can you make some of these for me? Pretty please? Holy YUM! These look like a better version of the scotcheroos my family used to make at home. Now I need them asap!
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100 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Trade you for some potato nachos ;)

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101 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

These look delicious. I’ve been thinking about them every since you posted them on Instagram.
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102 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish August 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Swoon! When I saw your IG post teaser the other day, I knew I had to stop by and check out this recipe. However, I’m kicking myself for waiting so long, because I could totally go for one (or 10) of these bars right now! Hrmmm…you *did* say they only take 10 minutes, though, so I could probably whip up a batch before bed, right? Seriously considering it. They look absolutely incredible.

I hope you’re doing well, Amanda! Sending big hugs your way! <3 xoxoxo
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103 Maria August 29, 2013 at 10:29 am

Yum these look amazing!! They’re very similar to Angela’s Quick n’ Easy No-Bake Protein Bars http://ohsheglows.com/2013/08/29/quick-n-easy-no-bake-protein-bars/
Great minds think alike!
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104 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

I thought exactly the same thing when I saw her post those today :lol:

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105 Albizia August 30, 2013 at 2:43 am

These look quite good and I might try them when I stop being so lazy. I like my bars dense and these look like they are. The problem with light and crispy bars is that you inhale them in a minute and are left unsatisfied. Denser one do the job without the need for seconds.
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106 Food to Fitness August 30, 2013 at 4:40 am

Looks great! Thanks for the recipe.

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107 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli September 1, 2013 at 10:21 am

Umm, it’s a proven fact that crumbs, bits, and uneven pieces totally don’t count…those little nibble never even existed as far as I’m concerned! Also, I think this is absolute fate since I JUST bought some crisp rice cereal yesterday, I’m pretty sure I have EXACTLY 1/2 cup of quick oats in my pantry, and I need to use up some peanut butter that’s not quite my favorite…SCORE!!! I love you and I WILL be making these! :D
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108 Akaleistar September 1, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I think I’m going to have to make these :)
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109 GiGi Eats Celebrities September 6, 2013 at 10:18 pm

NO BAKING ALLOWED in my house because – I WILL EAT IT ALL! I don’t know what a portion is! LOL!!!!!! —
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110 Kierston @candyfit September 7, 2013 at 5:55 am

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm….yes please. This looks amazing!

Thanks for linking up to #RECIPEFRIDAY! :)
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111 Michelle September 11, 2013 at 9:01 am

Just made these this past weekend. OMG. I might give up my Larabar and Quest habit after having these. Absolutely delish!!! I made a few small tweeks to your recipe: regular old-fashioned oats instead of quick, crumbled rice chex instead of rice krispies, chunky peanut butter instead of almond butter, and no chocolate (shock! awe! I do not like chocolate…). Thank you SO MUCH for posting this recipe! I can’t wait to experiment a bit more with it: different flavors of protein powder, different nut butters, the addition of various spices and extracts…oh, the possibilities! :)

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112 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Thanks for letting me know that you made them, Michelle! I’m glad you liked ‘em :D

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113 nadine October 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I also have a severe peanut allergy and recently discovered that some quest bars don’t say may contain peanuts! I tried the banana nut ones ( almonds and walnuts ) and coconut cashew! Hope this helps :)

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114 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Thanks for the heads up, Nadine! I’ll keep an eye out for those ones.

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115 Mandie November 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Hello hello, sounds amazing! Do you have the nutritional breakdown at all?? x

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116 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 9, 2013 at 5:41 am

I don’t, sorry. I know it can be triggering for a lot of people, so I try to avoid it. You can plug the ingredients into a site like SparkPeople to get the breakdown, though!

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117 Ulla November 19, 2013 at 10:48 am

This recipe looks fantastic. I am tired of spending oodles on money on storebought bars. It would be nice to know how much protein one bar contains…Need a chemist or something.

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118 Leopold November 25, 2013 at 1:03 am

I followed the recipie, but added cocoa powder. In rhe end, the mixture came off totally dry. Then i had to add water, honey, abd almond paste to come up with a more pasty outcome. They came out fine. Wonder whether it was because of the cocoa powder.

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119 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Yup! The cocoa powder is definitely to blame. It’s delicious stuff, but it’s like adding more flour so you have to balance it out by adding more liquid. Glad they still turned out!

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120 Sandra December 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

I just tried to make these and they turned out horribly lumpy :( Granted, I am nowhere near a domestic goddess but as soon as I added the peanut butter/honey mixture it clumped with the dry mixture and cooled off right away making it impossible to stir. I’m very sad as I was incredibly excited to make these. Perhaps more of the wet mixture would help.

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121 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that! I’ve never run into that problem, but adding an extra spoonful of honey or nut butter would definitely help. I hope you’ll give them another try!

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122 Elyse @ Lizzie Fit December 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I also thought these looked very familiar to Oh She Glow’s protein bars but I see your recipes uses quick oats! I did this by accident with her version last weekend and they actually turned out 10 times better. The last a little longer out of the freezer and have a better texture :) I’ll have to try your version next time!
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123 Lisa Russo January 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

Any idea of nutrional information & serving size?

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124 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Sorry Lisa, I don’t calculate the nutritional information for my recipes.

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125 Vijay @ Daily women tips January 11, 2014 at 1:57 am

Looks yummy! Really tempting me to taste. I will try this..
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126 Kate January 15, 2014 at 11:22 am

Hey I just made this, but i’m not sure where to put in the vanilla extract, so i just kind of threw it in after the almond butter and honey were poured in the dry mixture. They’re about to go in the fridge so i’m hoping they’ll be delicious!

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127 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Eep! I can’t believe I forgot to add that part in. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Kate! I hope you enjoy them :D

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128 northseaglass January 21, 2014 at 5:45 am

Looks great! Do you have nutritional info for these please?

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129 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 22, 2014 at 7:15 am

Sorry! I don’t calculate the nutritional info for my recipes.

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130 Wendy January 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm

I tried these about 4 weeks ago and I now make them every week, I keep them in the fridge cut and ready to go. The last batch I doubled and made in a 13″× 9″ pan. If you haven’t tried these yet…..what are you waiting for! SO GOOD!

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131 Meg January 29, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Thanks for the awesome recipe, can’t wait to try it. I do have a question for you. I use dairy free protein powder (San Raw Fusion), would I use the same amount in the recipe? I’d hate to play the add a little bit of this, little bit of that guessing game to fix it. Thanks so much!

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132 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

I haven’t tried it myself with this recipe, but I’ve substituted protein powders in the past with no problem so I’m assuming you could use the same amount in these bars as well :) If they end up too dry, you could always just add a splash of almond milk to the batter and it should be fine.

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133 Meg February 2, 2014 at 6:57 pm

They were too dry…they fell apart the second I touched them. Will try it again and add almond milk.

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134 Jarrod February 1, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Hi do you know how many calories and carbs and protein these pack
They look really nice

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135 PK February 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Love these! Just made them and they are about gone! My oldest daughter 13 1/2 says they are phenomenal! Although, these were a little crumbly, so next maybe I should add a little more almond butter or honey :)

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136 Claire February 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm

How do u cut them so straight and clean?

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137 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm

I just made sure to pack them into the pan really tightly and refrigerate them until they were firm — they stayed together without a problem.

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138 Claire February 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm

And btw they are awesome. They just didn’t cut as nicely as yours did

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139 Juanita February 22, 2014 at 9:34 am

How many calories per serving in these?

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140 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

If memory serves, around 135 without the chocolate topping.

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141 Laura March 1, 2014 at 9:47 am

Can the protein powder be substituted for anything? I understand this’ll reduce the amount of protein, but there is nowhere I can buy whey or protein cheaply in my area.

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142 Amanda @ .running with spoons. March 1, 2014 at 10:12 am

You could probably just sub it with more oat flour, although you may have to add a little bit more honey (1-2 Tbsp.) to adjust the sweetness and help the bars hold together better.

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143 Laura March 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

Thank you very much :)

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144 Lorrin March 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Oh. My. Gosh. These are AMAZING! I just made them and had insane difficulty in not eating the entire pan. I made a few adjustments due to not having some of the ingredients and it still turned out great! Thank you so much for posting this! I’m never going back to chalky store-bought protein bars!

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146 Twilla March 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm

These look awesome! I’m going to try this recipe for sure. BTW, can you provide the Nutrition Info on these? I looked on this page but couldn’t find it. It’s long so I might have missed it. Thanks!

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147 Amanda @ .running with spoons. March 21, 2014 at 5:41 am

Hi Twilla. If memory serves me, they each have around 135 calories, 6g protein, 4g fat, and 19g carbs — based on 12 servings without the chocolate topping.

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148 Mallie March 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm

What brand protein powder do you suggest? I also have a peanut allergy and most whey powders I saw had the “may contain traces of peanuts” warning on them…

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149 Amanda @ .running with spoons. March 31, 2014 at 5:52 am

Hi Mallie! I use Proteins+ by Genuine Health.

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150 Greg Holdridge April 8, 2014 at 1:07 am

Hi Amanda,

Your protein bars look yummy, and I need something to help me drop off some of my extra weight, & these sound like a great snack compared to what I normally eat. I have a question though.

My store doesn’t sell oat flour, but you said to use regular oats in a blender to make your own flour. My store sells quick oats, and then oats, but they don’t call them regular oats. The outside of the container has a picture that pretty much looks the same as the quick oats. Do you know if there’s a difference?

Thanks,

Greg

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151 Amanda @ .running with spoons. April 8, 2014 at 4:38 am

Hi Greg! Quick oats are just processed a little more to help them to cook faster, but since you’ll be grinding them into a flour it doesn’t make much of a difference. The only difference you’ll notice is when you’re cooking them on the stove — oats tend to have a thicker and chewier texture than quick oats.

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152 Greg Holdridge April 10, 2014 at 2:51 am

Thanks Amanda,

I’ll give them a try this weekend & let you know how they turn out.

Greg

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153 abbie May 31, 2014 at 10:33 pm

These look delicious on your website however when I went to make them tonight they are not at all like your picture! They are very crumbly – should I have added more peanut butter to make them stick better? Thanks for any tips . . .

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154 Amanda @ .running with spoons. June 1, 2014 at 5:32 am

Hi Abbie. Try increasing the nut butter to 1/2 cup and make sure you press down really firmly when you’re packing the mix into the pan.

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155 abbie June 1, 2014 at 10:29 am

Ok – thanks!

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156 Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen June 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Omgg Amanda I just had to let you know I made these last night to have as snacks for the week and the outcome was AMAZING! I’m always hesistant to make stuff with protein powder but I have a huge tub that is never used so I figured why not? They were so easy to make too so they’re probably going to be a regualr thing for me :)
Great recipe and seriously so addicting! May only last a few days…
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157 CJ Luu June 3, 2014 at 5:32 am

Hmm, I made these and they looked quite different from the picture! I am sure I made some mistakes along the way–I measured the oat flour before I processed the oats and I used rolled oats instead of quick oats which I realized has quite a different texture. I think I also needed to increase the amount of nut butter I used (I used crunchy peanut butter since that’s all I had on hand). Even though I failed, the flavor was still pretty good! And admittedly I have eaten the entire batch of failed bars…can’t let food go to waste! I will definitely be trying this recipe out again :)

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158 Amanda @ .running with spoons. June 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

It may have just been the consistency of the ingredients, since that of nut butter and honey can vary a lot. Try increasing the PB to 1/2 cup and make sure that you really pack the mix tight before you put it in the fridge. That should help!

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159 Misty June 9, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Do these need to be refrigerated? I was thinking of making them for a long trip, but won’t have access to a ‘fridge.

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160 Amanda @ .running with spoons. June 10, 2014 at 6:36 pm

They shouldn’t need to be, nope! But I wouldn’t keep them for longer than 1.5 – 2 weeks.

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161 Cindi June 10, 2014 at 10:11 am

Would these work if I just used more oat flour instead of adding quick oats? I just grinded up the last of my oats…but I really want to make these! They look great.

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162 Amanda @ .running with spoons. June 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Yup! They’d be perfectly fine that way too. The texture might be a little different, but barely enough to notice.

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163 Mary mathews June 11, 2014 at 8:34 am

Hi,

They look amazing.. Going to make them soon, just wondering how much protein is in each bar!??!

Yours, in good health!
Mary

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164 Leez June 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm

I made these twice and followed the recipe exactly. The first time, they were too crumbly. The second time, I added peanut butter, but they were still crumbly. What am I doing wrong? They are still yummy!

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165 Amanda @ .running with spoons. June 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Hi Leez! The only thing I can really think of is that you might not be packing them in to the pan firmly enough? Or that your AB/honey might have a different consistency than mine. Try adding a few more Tbsp. of honey, or decreasing the amount of oat flour by a few spoons.

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166 Tess July 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Thanks for sharing! These are so delicious!

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167 Sharon July 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Great recipe! Do you know the protein value in one serving?

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168 Amanda @ .running with spoons. July 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

If memory serves, I believe it was around 6g.

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169 Mary Pat Baldauf July 26, 2014 at 12:43 pm

WOW! I’m getting ready for a three-day conference out of town and was looking for some healthy snacks to make and take. I came across this recipe via Greatist and whipped up a batch. As fabulous as they are easy, and I had all of the ingredients in the pantry. Phenomenal. Count me as your newest fan!

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170 cindy August 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

too dry…but a good starting point for something better
thanks

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171 Jodie August 25, 2014 at 2:47 am

How many calories are in these?

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172 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 26, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Around 135 without the chocolate topping.

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