Happy Monday, friends! 😀
Don’t believe me? How about now… ?
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…
… but let’s not get caught up in petty details – let’s talk about the finished product instead.
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?
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.
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?
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!
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No-Bake Almond Fudge Protein Bars
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 12 bars 1x
- 1 cup oats, ground into a flour
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder (I used whey)
- 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
- 1/2 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Optional: 2-3 Tbsp. chocolate chips for melting
- Prepare a 9×5 loaf pan by spraying it with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine oat flour, quick oats, protein powder, and crispy rice cereal. Mix until well combined and set aside.
- 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.
- Remove from heat and pour into the dry mixture. Stir until everything is fully combined.
- Pour into prepared loaf pan. Using a spatula or your hands, spread the mixture evenly in the pan, pressing down firmly.*
- 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.
- Place pan into fridge and allow to cool for ~30 minutes before cutting into bars.
* make sure to press the mixture into the pan very firmly or the bars may fall apart.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
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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! 😀
I make them almost weekly and they’re outstanding! It’s such a simple recipe that can be made with what each family member likes: raisins, unsweetened coconut flakes, espresso chocolate chips (my secret favorite). Highly recommend!!
I have made them they so delicious I can’t get enough of them.
Did anyone else have to more than double the amount of liquid ingredients so it wasn’t extremely dry and crumbly? I also wish I had known I could’ve just bought quick oats and ground some and left some whole. I now have two giant containers of oats for no good reason :/ however, the bars are delicious.
I actually take partial splashes of water when I’m mixing everything together. It really works great.
this has a lot of carbs 🙁
Do these have to be kept refrigerated?
Hi, could you convert the recipe from cups to grams for me please? I have looked at loads of different online converters and they all come up with different amounts!
So, I am just coming across this recipe as I am looking for something a bit healthier than store bought and I like to know what goes in to what I am eating,
However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a couple of things, number one, not including the nutritional information is a disservice to your readers.
Second, I went through and put this recipe in to a recipe calculator, the results were appalling. If you are going to market something as a “Protein bar” then you should have AT LEAST 15 grams of protein per serving. To show you what I mean, I have compared your recipe here to a very common and healthy protein bar the Quest bar, which is by all benchmarks, awesome, so, here we go.
I will start by listing your recipe first, I divided it up to have a serving size similar to a quest bar, about 170 calories for the chocolate chip peanut butter.
Protein: 6 (6…so…not a lot)
Now, For a quest bar:
So, pretty level on most metrics, however, your protein level is severely lacking. I would recommend changing you somewhat misleading title.
I done the maths for all the ingredients i used and per bar the stats came out at:
So i can definitely see where you are coming from… they are delicious but i also wish i knew before baking these
These are the first ones I’ve made and gotten rave reviews. I’ve had family request I make more for them. Highly recommend!
How long can these be stored for?
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I’ve kept mine in the fridge for up to 2 weeks without any problems.
What’s the difference between Oates in number 1, and quick oats in number 2
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
The first can be either old-fashioned or quick since they’ll be ground up into a flour anyways so the texture doesn’t matter. But both can be quick oats if that makes it easier 🙂
Very, very thankful for this delicious recipe. Just made a batch and they are awesome!
Just one question, how and for how long can I keep them best?