No-Bake Protein Bars

No-Bake Protein Bars are RAW and are a wonderful way to “grab a bite to eat” and feel good about it.  The protein levels are quite high and the resulting bar is very satisfying. Also works great as a snack or to help curb a ravenous stomach.

Yield: 48 bars

Items Needed

  • Heavy duty mixer with mixing paddle
  • 2   9″ x 13″  pans

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • 16 oz. all natural almond butter or peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 12-15 scoops protein powder (chocolate or vanilla) Purchased at a natural foods store
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries (optional)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 cups chocolate or carob chips
  • 1 bag carob chips or chocolate chips for melting and coating the bars (optional)

Method

  1. In the mixing bowl, add the oatmeal, almond/peanut butter, protein powder, raisins, craisins, chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
  2. Mix very well until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Add the vanilla and the water and mix again until it starts to form a firm dough.
  4. Divide the dough in half.
  5. Heavily dust each 9″ x 13″ pan with protein powder to prevent sticking.
  6. Put one half of the dough in each of the pans.
  7. Press evenly and firmly until well molded and “smooth”.
  8. Sprinkle the top of the flattened dough with 1 scoop of protein powder for each pan.
  9. Slightly pat the protein powder down into the dough then cut into bar shapes.
  10. Separate each bar and remove from the pans.
  11. You can coat each bar with the melted chocolate/carob chips immediately, or you can let them air dry on a rack for approximately 12 hours to develop a firmer outside crust and a chewier inside texture.
  12. Wrap each bar in plastic or waxed paper or cut into bite-size pieces.
  13. Not necessary, but can be refrigerated.

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