Keep yourself energized and feeling full with these Homemade Protein Bars. Loaded with oatmeal, almond butter, dates, and protein powder, these protein bars make the perfect healthy snack! Not only will you save money by making protein bars at home, but you will also get to customize the bars to make them taste just the way you like them.
Do you usually eat multiple protein bars throughout the week? These bars can come in handy when you want something nourishing and tasty to eat to help you get through the day. In fact, you might take these to work with you, pack them when you go for hikes and bike rides, and even eat them at home as a quick breakfast or snack.
No matter when you eat them or how often you choose to do so, you can start making the Homemade Protein Bars at home to save some money while still getting your daily source of protein.
Homemade Protein Bars
When making your Homemade Protein Bars, you can adjust some of the ingredients in this recipe and add a few ingredients that you like the most. Because you can always add or remove ingredients, you will still get to have different protein bars to eat instead of feeling like you are eating something that tastes the same all the time.
Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Protein Bars
If you are going to make the Homemade Protein Bars, start gathering your ingredients together. You should have the following items:
- Pitted Medjool Dates. Using Medjool dates is important in this recipe because the dates help to create a chewy consistency that you like and expect to have in a protein bar.
- Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats. Use your rolled oat to create a thick and filling protein bar.
- Protein Powder. Adding protein powder is essential because this is what makes these bars full of protein.
- Almond Butter. Use almond butter to get your ingredients to mix and blend perfectly.
- Vanilla Extract. Using a bit of vanilla extract in the recipe makes your protein bars a bit sweeter.
- Chocolate Chips. The added chocolate chips offer the perfect touch to these protein bars.
Of course, you can remove the chocolate chips if you do not like chocolate. You can choose from all types of mini morsels, including vanilla, caramel, and peanut butter morsels that will taste great when added to these Homemade Protein Bars.
How to Make the Homemade Protein Bars
When you want to make the Homemade Protein Bars, the process is relatively simple. Add parchment paper to a square baking pan and set aside.
In the meantime, pulse your dates in a food processor. You will then add several other ingredients to your food processor, including the oats, vanilla extract, protein powder, and almond butter.
After blending these items, pour in your chocolate chips, pour the mixture into your baking pan, and put it in the fridge for about an hour.
How to Store Homemade Protein Bars
Cut your protein bars into individual serving sizes and wrap them with plastic wrap. Make sure to wrap them well enough to keep air from getting through the plastic wrap. After the protein bars have chilled in the refrigerator for at least an hour, you no longer need to leave them in the fridge to keep them fresh.
Homemade Protein Bars
- 1 ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 5 Medjool dates (pitted)
- 1 cup almond butter
- ¼ cup protein powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Line an 8×8 inch square pan with parchment paper
- In a food processor, add Medjool dates and pulse for few times until it ground coarsely.
- Add oats, almond butter, protein powder, and vanilla extract and process at low speed, scrape at sides using a spatula in between for even mixing. Blend until thoroughly combined and a coarse dough form.
- Gently stir in the chocolate chips. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and firmly press the mixture.
- Refrigerate for an hour or until set. Cut into 8 bars and serve. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to one week.