No Bake Protein Bars

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Here’s a recipe for no bake protein bars that are packed with enough protein to give your body the boost it needs, while satisfying the sweetness you crave.

No Added Sugar No Bake Protein Bars

As I’ve mentioned a few times here, I am on a journey to eliminate added sugar from my diet and increase the amount of protein I’m eating. I have yet to cut out added sugars completely, but I have made a huge impact on my diet by just being aware of what ingredients are in the foods I consume.

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

For instance, one of my favorite go to snacks used to be granola bars. I always assumed these were harmless snacks that would satisfy my sweets craving without being terrible for me. Have you read the ingredient list on some of these “healthy” bars? Most of them have upwards of 14g of ADDED sugar per bar. Ridiculous right?

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

Then there are the bars that don’t have a lot of added sugar. Some of these are in the 3-6g of sugar range which is so much better. BUT, along with everything else that’s “good” for you these days, they come at a pretty steep price. We are talking over $1 per bar for some. 

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

So with all of that in mind, I decided to make my own. After browsing Pinterest for a good recipe, I decided to adapt a few to make my own. These no bake protein bars only have 4 grams of sugar (and the only “added” sugar is from the honey, which is a natural sweetener) and 15 grams of protein! That is an impressive amount of protein. 

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

Plus these no bake protein bars are quick and easy to make! The hardest part is waiting for them to cool and harden before consuming them. What’s even better, these bars cost roughly around $0.20 per bar. That more than 1/4 of the cost of those store-bought bars! I call that a win.

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No Added Sugar No Bake Protein Bars
Here's a recipe for no bake protein bars that are packed with enough protein to give your body the boost it needs, while satisfying the sweetness you crave.

No Bake Protein Bars

Yield: 9 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A chewy protein packed bar to give your body the boost of energy it needs, while satisfying the sweetness you crave.Here's a recipe for no bake protein bars that are packed with enough protein to give your body the boost it needs, while satisfying the sweetness you crave.


  • 1/2 cup milk, (I used organic whole milk)
  • 1 cup all natural peanut butter, (I used creamy but chunky would be good!)
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 cup vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds, , whole
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds, , whole
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips, (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, toss old fashioned oats, flax seed and chia seeds with whey protein powder. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, peanut butter and honey over low-medium heat. Stir until the peanut butter is melted and mixed well.
  3. Slowly fold in oat/seed mixture and stir until well combined.
  4. Press mixture firmly into a 9x9 pan.
  5. If using, sprinkle dark chocolate chips on top.
  6. Let sit until cooled and slightly hardened before cutting into bars. (I cut mine into 9 square bars.)


*If your mixture is too dry add 1-2 tsp milk

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Nutrition Information
Yield 9 Serving Size 1 bar
Amount Per Serving Calories 400Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gCarbohydrates 29gNet Carbohydrates 21gFiber 8gSugar 4gProtein 15g

Nutrition values are automatically calculated by third-party software using global standards. Please note that values can vary based on product brands and different nutritional calculators. The values stated here are only for a basic reference and are not evaluated by medical or nutritional professionals.

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    1. Hi Barbara! I have not personally frozen these but I’m sure they would freeze just fine. I would cut them into individual servings first, place them on a cookie sheet, and in the freezer for 15-30 minutes. Then place them in a freezer-safe container or bag and back in the freezer for storage.

  1. I LOVE that this recipe doesn’t include any coconut or coconut oil!!! I’m allergic to coconut and a lot of low sugar or “whole” food recipes use it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for this recipe! I adjusted a few things to make it low FODMAP and it worked well. I used unsweetened pea protein and only 1/2 a cup. I switched the honey for maple syrup and used about 4 tbsp. I used Lactaid for the milk and needed an extra few tbsp to get a moist texture. For chocolate chips I used Enjoylife brand and they tasted great! Oh yes, and a pinch of salt helped bring out the sweetness. My changes do decrease the protein a bit and obviously add more sugar but if you used the vanilla pea protein (trader joe’s) you might not need so much maple syrup.

  3. I’m guessing I didn’t make these correctly as mine didn’t really hold together in the pan. They tasted awesome anyway. I wasn’t sure about the length of time it took for the peanut butter and milk to become creamy on the stovetop, but for me it was only a couple minutes. When I added the oatmeal mix, it wasn’t really warm so no cooling time was needed. Any insight as I really want to make these again as they are filling and delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  4. These look absolutely delicious. Have you substituted almond milk before? I would like to try them with that. What about using a collagen powder instead of the whey protein?

    1. Hi Sydney. I haven’t tried either of those substitutions. I don’t think almond milk would make much of a difference in the consistency and would most likely add to the flavor (and protein content). As far as collagen powder, I am not familiar with it so I can’t say how it would affect the recipe. If you try either I would love to know!

  5. Hi! I made these for my husband and they turned out great!

    How long do they last in the fridge?

    I didn’t realize he still had them and ate one and it’s been 19 days since I made them, praying he doesn’t get sick.

    Future reference would love to know how long you keep them for.

    1. Tasha I’m glad he liked them!! I am honestly unsure how long they would keep in the fridge. When I make them they don’t last more than a few days lol. I hope he doesn’t get sick, but I’m sure he will be fine.

    1. They do have a chewy texture. I haven’t played around with it but I wonder if using a toasted oat or adding some granola in would make them more crunchy.

    1. Hi Erika! I cut mine into approximately 1×1 squares, but you can do whatever size you like. I used a 9×9 pan so I ended up with 9 bars. Hope this helps!

  6. I left this sitting out almost 24 hours on the counter. It never occurred to me to refridgerate it, even though there is so much milk in it.

    Is this something I should have done!? Should I toss it?!

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