A blog by runners. For runners.

Recipe: homemade protein bars


I love cooking, everything about it, but baking, on the other hand, is not my greatest friend. I will confidently head into the kitchen to create a cookie or muffin or even cornbread and come out an hour later covered in flour and defeat.

There is just something about the exact measurements and the lack of freedom in baking that doesn’t work with my brain. Maybe it’s a patience thing. With cooking you can taste and adjust — add a little of this, a little of that. With baking you wait while the oven does its thing, then when it doesn’t taste right, there is nothing you can do to course correct. It’s a frustrating process. I can’t count the number of times I’ve throw my hands in the air and waved the white flag at my oven.

With that said, when the stars align and I do create a successful baked good you can guarantee that I flaunt it, recreate it, and share it with others. These protein bars were my latest success and I’d love nothing better than to share the love.

These bars are substantial but light at the same time. They are filled with healthy fats and contain 8 grams of protein per bar. They are also stupid simple to make. I kept the ingredients list short but you can easily add whatever you’re craving to the mixture. Sub out the almonds if you want to keep this nut free, swap in maple syrup for the honey if you’d prefer a vegan bar or substitute the raisins for chocolate chips or dried cranberries. Fit the bars to your mood and taste. Then share the love and give some to your friends, your kids, or your running buddies.

Homemade Protein Bars (gluten-free)


  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 honey
  • 2 tbsp nut or seed butter, I used sunflower seed
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/8 slivered almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, chia seeds, ground flax, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl combine almond milk, honey, nut or seed butter, banana and vanilla.
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry then add raisins and slivered almonds.
  5. Stir until batter is mixed thoroughly.
  6. Grease a glass dish, I used cooking spray to coat mine.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.

 Written by Lisa Horvath

Related Homemade energy gels | homemade protein and energy balls