by Olena

Homemade Protein Bars

by Olena

5 from 3 reviews

Homemade protein bars take 10 minutes, 6 ingredients and no baking. Delicious crunchy protein bars recipe. Only 2 g of sugar, 5 g of carbs, vegan and gluten free. |

The best homemade protein bars I ever made. These are to die for! Delicious, moist and extremely crunchy inside and outside. Even if you skip the topping, protein bars are crunchy. Although that means missing out on toasted almonds and chocolate.

I made protein bars high fat instead of high in carbs and sugar on purpose. I’d rather eat healthy fats than sugar. And that’s my main problem with all commercial protein bars, not to mention a horrible list of ingredients.

Homemade protein bars take 10 minutes, 6 ingredients and no baking. Delicious crunchy protein bars recipe. Only 2 g of sugar, 5 g of carbs, vegan and gluten free. |

I played around with the recipe 5 times: no chocolate, without almonds, with chocolate chips, even using chocolate and berry protein powders. Every time they came out amazing – foolproof recipe. And the best part is the bars are ridiculously easy to make – 10 minutes, 6 ingredients and no baking. They are vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

I was shocked at the nutritional info. These homemade protein bars look so bad for you, you know what I mean?! And at same time each bar contains only 0.5 tbsp coconut oil and peanut butter each, 0.5 tsp chocolate chips, 2.5 g sugar and 5.8 g carbs. Loaded with heaping 2 tbsp of protein powder and almonds, each bars delivers 9 g protein and 14 g fat.

Homemade protein bars take 10 minutes, 6 ingredients and no baking. Delicious crunchy protein bars recipe. Only 2 g of sugar, 5 g of carbs, vegan and gluten free. |

I recently found my favourite plant based protein powder – Vega Sport. I like the fact I can mix it with water and it tastes delicious. I used Vega vanilla, chocolate and berry to make these bars, as well as Sunwarrior protein powder. I do not recommend using plain pea or hemp protein powder in this recipe. Check out my full list of clean protein powders I like the taste, ingredients’ list and price of.


Homemade Protein Bars

5 from 3 reviews

Homemade protein bars take 10 minutes, 6 ingredients and no baking. Delicious crunchy protein bars recipe. Only 2 g of sugar, 5 g of carbs, vegan and gluten free.

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 27 minutes
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x


  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut/almond butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup almond/rice/soy/hemp milk, unsweetened
  • 1 + 1/2 cups vanilla plant based protein powder (I used Vega Sport & do not use whey)*
  • 1/3 cup almond meal


  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp almonds, coarsely chopped


  1. Combine coconut oil, peanut butter and milk in a medium bowl. Microwave in 30 seconds intervals until melted, stirring in between. Then whisk to combine well. Add protein powder + almond meal and mix with a spatula until combined. It will take a few minutes. Dough will be crumbly, that’s fine.
  2. Line 8″ x 8″ baking dish with unbleached parchment paper and fill with prepared dough. Flatten with your hands and then level with spatula, pressing dough into the dish all the time.
  3. Combine chocolate chips and 1 tbsp coconut oil in a small bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds or until melted, then stir well. Pour over the bars and tilt the dish until all bars are coated evenly with chocolate.
  4. Toast almonds in a small skillet on low-medium heat until lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently and watch closely not to burn. Sprinkle on top of chocolate. Freeze for 20 minutes or refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove from the dish by holding onto the flaps of parchment paper and place on a cutting board. Cut into 12 bars and enjoy chilled.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Freeze: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for 20 minutes.


*I tried Vega Sport protein powder in vanilla, chocolate and berry flavours, as well as Sunwarrior protein powder). I do not recommend using plain pea, hemp or whey protein powder in this recipe for taste and texture reasons. **You can skip the topping but nutritional info won’t change much.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I am just curious why you recommend not to use pea protein powder. This is the powder that I use (Arbonne) and I was excited to try this recipe until I read your comment not to use this type of protein powder.

    1. Is it flavoured? I tried plain pea protein powder in dessert and it didn’t taste good at all. However, if you are used to its taste feel free to use it in this recipe. 🙂

  2. These look totally delicious! With the cooler weather I haven’t been making smoothies so regularly so this recipe is a great one to use my neglected protein powder!

    1. No. The problem was whey protein powder I believe. Whey becomes runny when mixed with other ingredients where as plant based protein absorbs the liquid.

      1. From this statement: “I assume whey protein is an option. You might need to add more milk as whey tends to absorb the liquid a lot” I thought that whey would be okay to use… but definitely not! I found whey did NOT absorb liquid, because my batch was incredibly liquidy and oily. I see someone else salvaged the same problem by baking… I wonder how long and at what temp? Will DEFINITELY try plant protein next time.

        1. You know, I apologize! I shouldn’t have talked about whey at all as I haven’t worked with whey since I quit using it a few years ago and definitely don’t remember if it absorbs liquid or makes dough more runny. You could add some almond meal until thick dough forms and roll into balls. Sorry once again.:(

          1. No worries Olena!! I should have known better because no other recipe I’ve used whey in has ever turned out to my liking. Thank you so much for this blog, it’s a great resource for CLEAN eaters who are also on a budget 🙂 I purchased raw plant protein today and will try this recipe again!

    1. In extreme heat they crumble and the topping melts.:) At room T they will probably split in half. I never tried that. This is definitely not a bar to be carried in a purse for hours. Most healthy bars are like that because they do not contain tons of sugar. You should buy Simply Bar. Very healthy protein bar. Look in Costco for cheap.

  3. Yum!!! Love your website, I’m just getting into clean eating over the last couple of months. I have managed to reduce my Excema to zero and I have had it for 31 years. I used coconut milk instead of almond milk as it was all I had and I added extra almond meal and protein to make up for it, it was a little lily otherwise. I also added coconut threads to give it a bit more texture. YUM!!

    1. Sounds great! Yes, you will see many changes for the better with clean eating! Good for you! I’m down to buying only real food, maybe a package of organic crackers and a box of emergency pizza for the kids, and some organic chips for the kids. Thank you for stopping by and letting me know.:)

  4. I’ve just found your website and have bookmarked so many of your recipes! I tried a cookie recipe yesterday and they are the first cookies that actually turned out well when following a healthy recipe. I also made these homemade almond crunch protein bars and they are so good!!!! They’re definitely going to be remade often! The coconut oil was a little overpowering though so I might decrease the amount a little bit. And I was so happy that they turned out looking like your picture, whenever I bake (which isn’t often but I’m definitely going to be baking more often now that I’ve found your website) my results never look like the picture but these do! I’m so happy, thanks for sharing recipes! I really appreciate it.

    1. Awesome, Rebecca! I’m so so so glad to hear that! I test my recipes quite a few times to make sure they work. In regards to reducing coconut oil, you can try but not by much. It acts as the binder and holds the bars together.

  5. I made this beauties yesterday. They taste so good. I was worried because I didn’t got the same consistency, mine was oily but very firm, maybe because I used whey protein. I think actually my whey absorbs more milk and oil, because I add little bit more protein and almond meal, but consistency was same, so I figured let’s try it like this, and they are yummy, and with a good consistency. thanks a lot!

  6. Could I omit the protein powder/substitute it with something else please? (what would you recommend, or should I just use less liquid?) Thanks! 🙂

  7. These look incredible! I’m with you on eating my calories as apposed to drinking them. I like your method of toasting the almonds on the stovetop, too. Great timesaver.

  8. Love this recipe! I am going to have to try it with whey- here in Malaysia, “plant based” proteins do not exist! –Other than soy, which I am allergic to. It’s hard enough to find whey! Until this year, I used to have to bring it back from the states- along with NuGo GoFree Protein bars, which aren’t even good, just convenient for someone with as many allergies as I have. I can’t wait to try this– save money, and space in my suitcase next time I go to America!

  9. Great recipe, Olena! I love homemade protein bars! They are so much tastier and better for you than the storebought versions. Not to mention much less expensive. Love it!

    1. Thank you, friend.:) The cost of store bought protein bars is a separate story. The worst are the ingredients. I don’t think I will ever find one to make me happy. Maybe it’s not possible to create a healthy protein bar that is shelf stable?! I don’t know.

    1. Ok I followed this recipe… using whey protein…. and the dough was not a dough at all. It was more like a batter, not crumbly at all. Is it the weigh protein?? I can’t imagine that could mess things up this bad. They didn’t turn out at all 🙁

      1. Hi Brittany. Yes, this are vegan bars calling for plant-based protein. Whey and plant-based protein absorb liquids completely differently. That was the issue…

      2. I did the same! I also subbed in coconut milk. 🙁 they came out really gooey and sticky. I might flip them upside down and pat some cocoa/almond flour onto them.

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