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Recipe: 5-ingredient no-bake protein bars

NO-BAKE PROTEIN BARS

Looking for a nutritious and satisfying pre- or post-workout snack? Try these delicious no-bake protein bars! With just five simple ingredients, this recipe is both inexpensive and quick to make. Seriously, it took me like five minutes flat to mix together.

You’ll see an asterisk beside the protein powder because you can use whatever you have on hand. I liked my chocolate Genisoy soy protein shake, which contains 14 grams of protein per 3 rounded tablespoons. But you can use whatever you have on hand for this recipe, keeping in mind some of the flavor will peek through the final result.

NO-BAKE PROTEIN BARS

What you’ll need . . . 

  • 1 cup oat-o cereal (like plain Cheerio’s)
  • 1 cup rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1/3 cup chocolate protein powder*
  • 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Method . . . 

  1. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the peanut butter and maple syrup.
  3. Then mix the wet and dry ingredients until well incorporated.
  4. Scoop by heaping tablespoon into a muffin pan.
  5. Press down to flatten and then place in your refrigerator to set.
  6. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

Note on substitutions: You could also use rice crisp or any other type of sugar-free, whole grain cereal to substitute for the oat-o cereal (1:1 ratio). Since there are so many varieties of nut butter, that — too — is totally customizable at the same ratio. You may also want to experiment with honey or agave or other sticky natural sweeteners, adding more or less to taste — just adjust the amount of dry ingredients to accommodate for using less wet.

Approximate nutrition info for 12 bars: 152 calories, 21 grams of carbs, 6 grams of protein, 6 grams of fat, 12 grams of sugar.

 Written by  Ashley Marcin.