Vegan Protein Bars (…you can also call these no-bake cookie bars)



As you probably know, our family is neither vegetarian nor vegan.  We love the taste, and the health benefits, of regularly enjoying pastured, humanely raised animal proteins.  With that being said, the cost of purchasing organic meat, eggs, and dairy can be daunting.  Recently, I have been trying to focus more of my time at the gym on building muscle.  Studies have repeatedly shown that around the age of 30, natural muscle mass begins to decline.  I turned 30 this past summer and want to do everything I can to ensure my body continues to perform at its personal best! When strength training, it is important to repair potential tissue damage with a quick boost of lean protein.  As much as I love to refuel with an herb crusted, organic chicken breast, this will not always happen.  When time and money are of the essence, these protein bars will help refuel your body and give you the energy needed to power through the afternoon.   The protein powder heals your muscles, the healthy fats in the peanut butter will keep you satiated, and the oats will help keep your blood sugar stabilized until your next meal.  These goodies also totally satisfy my sweet tooth!

When sourcing protein powders, it is very important that you read labels.  Many “healthy” protein powders contain artificial sweeteners, genetically modified fillers, excessive amounts of caffeine, and potentially dangerous supplements.  Additionally, if you don’t source protein powders labeled “vegetarian”, “grass-fed”, or “rBGH-free”, you are most likely consuming protein from cows that have been injected with artificial growth hormones.  With swimsuit season rapidly approaching, I would prefer not to consume anything that could stimulate unnecessary growth in my own body.  There are several good brands of protein powders available on the market, but the one that has won me over is Arbonne’s new and improved version.  It tastes amazingly decadent, is made with some of the best ingredients available (non-GMO), and it is competitively priced compared to other quality brands.  Truth be told, I was so impressed with this product (and many other Arbonne products), that I recently upgraded from being an Arbonne client to an Arbonne consultant.  If you are ever interested in learning more about the company or in placing an order, you are always welcome to send me an email!  (I’m also completely obsessed with their anti-aging skin care line.)

Ingredients (makes 20 bars):

Organic peanut butter, 1 cup
Agave nectar, 2/3 cup

Arbonne’s chocolate protein powder, 4 scoops (or one cup of another high-quality brand)
Rolled oats, 1 1/2 cups
Ground flax seed, 1/4 cup

Instructions (10 minutes, plus cooling time):

In a small saucepan, whisk peanut butter and agave nectar over medium-low heat for 3 – 4 minutes, until the mixture is well combined and just beginning to bubble.

In a mixing bowl, stir together chocolate protein powder, rolled oats, and ground flax seed.

Pour peanut butter and agave mixture into dry ingredients.  Stir just until all of the dry ingredients have been moistened.  The mixture will be crumbly, this is okay as long as everything is moistened.

Press mixture into an ungreased 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish.  Once bars are completely cool, cut into 20 rectangles.  Serve and enjoy!  (I individually wrap them so that we can literally grab and go!)

Notes:  Darren, the girls, and my Bunco group all really enjoyed these bars.  Between cries of  “Bunco”, I overheard many comments about how these really did taste like no-bake cookies.  When made using Arbonne brand protein powder and gluten-free oatmeal, these bars are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.  Those sensitive to nuts can proceed as written by replacing the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter.

Does this sound delicious?!?  You may also enjoy…
Lemon-Cherry Olive Oil “Cupcakes”
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
Irish Soda Bread
Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

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Comments

  1. I love these! They almost have a candy bar texture and are sweet, too! 😀

    I like using Organic Almond Butter and Organic Honey instead! Turns out chewy. Thanks for posting this on your site! 😀

  2. Love these!!! Thanks for sharing a smaller version of the recipe I have. And thank you for promoting Arbonne! :}

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for recognizing good products! I will use this recipe for a Health Living presentation I am doing next week.

    Beth

  4. I just made these! So yummy! I used organic Almond Butter and Arbonne's Vanilla Protein Shake in place of Peanut Butter and Chocolate Protein shake, plus I added a scoop of Arbonne's Fiber Booster! Delish! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Amy — You're welcome! I've made them with organic raw honey as well! I found organic agave necter at Costco for cheap so I stocked up! Plus, honey is not vegan, and I these to be!

  6. Super grover — First off, love your name! Second, you're welcome! I also added the flax seed to boost the omega-3 content! Couldn't taste the difference at all!

  7. Beth– You're welcome! I hope your attendees enjoy them!

  8. Katherine — What a great idea! Kind of like healthy blondies! I want to make those with dried cranberries! My girls would love them!

  9. Anonymous says:

    My sister-in-law made these and they were so good! Do you have any idea the nutrition info on them? I follow the weight watchers program and would love to know how many points these have!

  10. Anonymous,

    I follow WW too, and I just plugged this recipe into the recipe builder…if you cut it into 20 servings they are 4 points+ each! sounds like a great breakfast option to me!

  11. Just discovered your site and I'm so excited to try these with Chocolate Shakeology. Thanks and I look forward to following!

  12. Anonymous — Sorry for the delayed response! Another person posted a comment on here saying that she also follows WW, plugged these into her website or something and that they came in at 4 points. I assumed that you'd seen that comment. However, as I logged in to respond to Ferreh, I noticed the comment is missing. Strange! Anyways, hope that helps!

  13. Hi Ferreh! Thanks for joining the Healthnut Foodie community! I have another friend (Troy Kennedy) who adores Shakeology! Will you let me know how these turn out and if you had to make any adjustments? I would love to pass the info on to him! Thanks again!

  14. These look great! Any idea what the nutrition facts are on these?

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