9.21.2020

Vegan Protein Bars

Snacking is taken up a notch with these vegan protein bars. They’re the perfect macro blend of protein, fat and healthy carbs.

vegan protein bars for energy and fullness

Take snacking up a notch with these vegan protein bars. They’re the perfect macro blend of protein, fat and healthy carbs. If you’re ready to chase adventure, then you’d better take this protein bar recipe with you.

This recipe is from my Fresh Start: A 21-Day Plant-Based Cleanse. They are a staple in our home. We love them so much, we make a batch even when we aren’t following the cleanse!

overhead shot of the incredible bunch of ingredients used to make this vegan protein bars recipe.

#1 Plant-based protein bar recipe

Most store-bought protein bars contain tons of sugar and unhealthy fats. They may taste great, but they’re essentially a candy bar based on the amount of sugar and processed ingredients. Even ‘healthy’ store-bought options are super processed, filled with gums, fillers, and cheap plant protein. Meanwhile, my vegan protein bars are full of natural, minimally processed sweeteners, no fillers/gums, and real protein. Still not convinced? take a look at the nutritional breakdown below.

Packed with Plant based protein

Many people argue that a plant based diet doesn’t contain enough protein. I find that eating more plants actually gives me better, cleaner protein. And, it works for my body instead of against it. Check out the main ingredients in this vegan protein bars recipe:

  • Chia seeds contain 4 grams of protein per ounce
  • Almond flour contains 6.1 grams of protein per ounce
  • Gluten-free rolled oats contain 16.9 grams protein per 3.5 ounces
  • Pepitas contain 7 grams of protein per ounce

Loaded with Healthy fat

The word ‘fat’ automatically turns many people off of a product. We’re conditioned to believe that fat is bad, and will hurt us if we have too much. While too much of anything is bad, a balanced diet needs healthy fat to help breakdown the carbs and turn protein into energy. Often, products that boast ‘low fat’ have increased amounts of refined carbs + added sugars, which has in turn increased obesity rates in America. The US National Library posted an article regarding the misinformation about fat. The emphasis on lowering fat has turned into this ‘all fat is bad’ mentality, which a mindset I wanna break! Fat found in plants is essential. If you don’t believe me, then look at all the great fat found naturally in this protein bar recipe:

  • Chia seeds contain 9 grams of fat per ounce
  • Almond flour contains 14.2 grams of fat per ounce
  • Gluten free rolled oats contain 6.9 grams of fat per 3.5 ounces
  • Pepitas contain 13 grams of fat per ounce, including 6 grams of omega-6s

Complex Carbs fuel this vegan protein bar recipe

  • Chia seeds contain 11 grams of fiber per serving
  • Almond flour contains 5.6 grams of carbs, 3 grams from fiber
  • Gluten-free rolled oats contain 66.3 grams of carbs per 3.5 ounces, 10.6 grams from fiber

To simplify, carbohydrates come in 2 forms: sugar and fiber. Naturally occurring foods have higher fiber contents, which is needed to process sugar carbs and fat. Even though rolled oats have a higher carb content, they also have a good amount of fiber, which is used to process those sugar carbs. Plus, they are part of a protein bar recipe that has lots of other fiber-rich ingredients, which creates a great source of slow burning energy in the body along with no sugar crash.

mixing up a batch of the best vegan protein bars with this awesome protein bars recipe

Vitamins + minerals in this recipe

  • Chia seeds provide 30% of the RDI of manganese, 30% magnesium, 27% phosphorus.
  • Almond flour provides 35% RDI of vitamin E, 31% RDI of manganese, 19% RDI of magnesium, 16% RDI of copper, and 13% RDI of phosphorus.
  • Gluten-free rolled oats provide manganese, phosphorus, copper, vitamin B1, iron, selenium, magnesium, and zinc.
  • Bananas provide 9% RDI of potassium, 33% RDI of vitamin B6, 8% RDI of magnesium, 10% of copper, and 14% of manganese.
  • Pepitas provide 18% of the RDI of vitamin K, 33% phosphorus, 42% manganese, 37% magnesium, 23% iron, and 14% zinc.

This rawkstar ingredient list clearly provides good nutrition in this protein bar recipe, so I know where my body’s fuel is coming from.

Vegan protein bars recipe

I. love. these. bars. They’re a sustaining and yummy snack that’s super portable and full of nutrition (if you have green smoothies for breakfast, then this snack is perfect for holding you over until lunch).

How to make easy vegan protein bars

My fav thing is probably how easy they are to modify based on my personal preferences + which ingredients I have on hand. For example, I like to swap out the raisins for dried blueberries. Or swap the pepitas for extra sliced almonds.

My fav way to eat these bars is actually toasted in the toaster oven, then topped with almond butter. Don’t knock it ’til you try it; it’s seriously delicious. If you like your protein bars on the thinner side, I recommend using a larger than 9×12 pan, and spreading the mixture to the edges. You’ll get a crispier, thinner snack that way. You can also double the recipe, then freeze the 2nd batch. They thaw out nicely, making for an easy grab n go snack later.

the finished product: a pan full of vegan protein bars, made from scratch with this protein bars recipe.

21-Day plant-based whole foods cleanse

In the past, I’ve done cleanses that focus on serious restricting. While I got instant results like a trimmer waistline, I felt terrible while doing them. After some research and many discussions with certified nutritionists, I realized that there was a better, healthier + happier way to cleanse my body.

I created this whole food, plant based detox because it helps reset the body naturally. It focuses on foods that cleanse the body naturally, and with breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 snacks, and several detox drinks throughout the day, you definitely won’t feel restricted on this plan! Interested in eating more plant-based meals to lose weight and gain energy? Check out our 21-day whole foods plant-based cleanse, Fresh Start.

8 vegan protein bars on parchment paper to have for a plant-based snack
vegan protein bars for energy and fullness

Vegan Protein Bars

These delicious, wholesome vegan protein bars will give you the energy get stuff done while nourishing your body with plant-based protein such as good-for-you nuts and seeds.
5 from 16 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 bars
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds - + 6 tbs water
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit
  • 2 cups banana - mashed
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup almond slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract - or 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Grease or line 8 inch square baking dish with parchment (baking) paper.
  • Soak chia seeds in 6 tablespoons of water for 5 minutes.
  • Combine the chia seeds and remaining ingredients in a bowl.
  • Press the mixture into the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until golden on top. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Slice into 8 bars.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Deborah says:

    Hi.
    Thank you for the protein bar recipes. Just curious: should they be crunchy?

    I tried the vegan bar recipe, I cooked them for a longer time. However, I did use more applesauce than bananas so they were a little soggy. They are still good. I put them in the freezer for now. Any thoughts.
    Also, the recipe is very versatile. Thank you.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad you love how mix-y n match-y this recipe is! You can totally throw in whatever dried fruits, nuts, etc. you’d like and it works. 🙂 When I make them, they’re more chewy than crunchy, yet that will totally depend on what you add to them. Additional applesauce would def account for a soggy bar, but keep baking and come back to let us know your fav version!

  2. Gia says:

    I made these for the first time the other day and OMG they are so good!! I got so sick of trying to find healthy ones at the grocery store!! Half way through baking them i drizzled a little organic raw honey on top of them and it came out so good!! My boyfriend who doesnt eat all that healthy loved them. We sometimes add a little almond butter on top. Thank you so much for this recipe.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Aw! We’re super glad Gia! Homemade it always best for sure!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I would love to try these bars. I have been looking for a good recipe, but my daughter is allergic to all nuts. Do you have a recommendation for what to substitute the almond meal with?
    Thanks!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey Jennifer! Great question… We would swap out the almond flour for a GF oat flour, yet that may require you to add a touch more water (or a bit of maple syrup if you’d like!) since it’s a drier flour. The additional almonds can be left out or swapped for another seed of your choice.

    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you! We’ll try it!

  4. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    I made these with pumpkin and dried cranberries and they did not last long!!

  5. Kathy says:

    Really love how customizable these bars are! There are so many ways you can swap things out depending on what you have on hand. And thank you for talking about how healthy carbs have a place in the way we eat!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      One of my favorite things about this recipe is how customizable it is!

  6. Kim says:

    5 stars
    My kids love these bars and I feel good about giving them snacks that don’t have a ton of sugar!

  7. Amanda says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! Instead of baking in a pan, I bake them in mini muffin tins. They’re great for on the go or taking on a run. Oh, and if you haven’t tried it – warm them in the microwave with a little bit of almond butter on top. Perfection!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I am LOVING your mini muffin tin tip! So awesome for a grab-and-go snack. And your suggestion about the almond butter… game changer!!

  8. Aissa Salazar says:

    5 stars
    I absolutely loved these bars while doing the Autumn cleanse. I left some out and my family tried them and loved them too! Even my 8 year old picky eater nephew! Just amazing how the combination of ingredients can be so tasty without added sugar.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      The best part about these is how good they are without added sugar!

  9. Michelle Tedder says:

    5 stars
    Really loved these bars even more than I thought I would!! Delicious. Used chopped dried apricots and raisins for the fruit. Made an entire batch in 8×8 pan so they were softer, cut and froze them, it was so convenient to grab one out of the freezer for a snack. Kept me on-track with healthy eating. I’ve tried them simply defrosted, warmed in the microwave (warm & soft), even toasted in the toaster oven then drizzled with almond butter (awesome!!!) Recipe is a keeper. LOVE

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Isn’t is awesome how many ways these can be made and enjoyed?!

  10. Rebekah L says:

    5 stars
    These are amazing! And with endless variations of dried fruit, plus freezability, they will never get old!

  11. Kathy says:

    5 stars
    This is my go to healthy snack! They are loaded with protein!

  12. Mireille says:

    5 stars
    Seriously the best snack bar ever! The best part is that you can vary the dried fruit to your taste. I love goji and blueberries or cherries.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I love trying different fruit combinations too, Mireille!

  13. Laura Podrasky says:

    5 stars
    These guys are now a staple in our house. I make them muffin like. And as a treat warm them up and drizzle almond butter on them. So good and filling. The best part they are super easy to make!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Healthy, super easy, and so delicious. The best trifecta!!

  14. Jackie Strawn says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!! Tastes just like carrot cake. Guiltless!!

  15. Aayesha says:

    Hi, I’m sensitive to oats, is there another gluten free grain that would work, that tastes good 🙂 my kids don’t really like the rolled quinoa.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Aayesha! I haven’t tried this but quinoa flakes might be a good alternative. If your kids aren’t into quinoa, I’m not sure there’s another suitable alternative. If you find one, def come back and let us know!

  16. Erin says:

    5 stars
    These have replaced store bought granola bars for my family. We ALL love them; and love how easy it is to switch up the ingredients w/ whatever nuts/seeds/dried fruit we have on hand. Thanks for another great, versatile recipe!

  17. Ella says:

    5 stars
    Really really good!
    I added a little bit date syrup since it wasn’t wet enough.
    But turned out great!

  18. Leni says:

    I can’t have almonds 🙁 are we able to substitute the almond meal and almond slices for another type of flour or nut?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Leni! You can sub any other raw nut you prefer, for example, cashews, hazelnuts or walnuts. The same goes for almond meal- you can sub another nut meal, such as walnut meal, or even a seed meal, such as finely ground sunflower seeds. 🙂

  19. Dylan Schack says:

    Any substitutions of sunflower seeds?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Dylan, you could just leave those out and double up on the pepitas.

  20. Rebekah Lara says:

    These are one of my favorite snacks and SGS recipe! I love that I can make these with very little plastic packaging waste.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thanks Revekah! I couldn’t agree more with your comment!!!

  21. Perdita says:

    Hi, these bars look great! Can we substitute for the banana?

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Perdita,

      You can substitute the banana for canned pumpkin or apple sauce. The canned pumpkin would be best for helping to bind it together plus with fall coming the pumpkin would be delicious!

  22. SHEILA BETH LANGLAIS says:

    5 stars
    Excellent…. easy to make. Even my husband loves them. I won’t buy store bars again! Thank you for teaching me how to make these yummy bars. I used dried pineapple in my first batch. Oh so GOOD. Can’t wait to experiment with different fruits.
    A+++++ TOTALLY RECOMMEND!

  23. sheila says:

    5 stars
    Love this!!
    I am hooked on a coconut bar (store bought). After making these I don’t think I will ever eat any store bought again. I did my research and the sugar amount in the store bought is insane. These are really great to grab and go for busy people like me.

    Not only being a Rawkstar has given me great recipes it has also taught me to look at the junk I have been eating. Everything (it seems) on the shelves are just full of sugar. So I have learned a lot from this program. Thank you to Jen and the gang!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Sheila,

      Wow you comment just put the biggest smile on my face! I am so happy to hear that you are not only enjoying the benefits of eating health but you are also taking away so much more. You are truly absorbing everything and putting it to the test. That is what Rawk the Year is all about. Not only providing you with the recipes but also educating you on how important it is to fuel your body.

  24. D.S. says:

    5 stars
    Super easy to make! They taste great- not too sweet. I made them while prepping veg & smoothie kits for the week. Love that they’re vegan and gluten free!

  25. Dani Mitchell says:

    5 stars
    Dang! This recipe is soooo good! At first I was like— wow, that’s a lot of ingredients… BUT in reality it tastes so good and it makes a ton of bars. I am hooked! Thanks for sharing this recipe— I think it’s time i give up store bought bars with all that extra sugar.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thanks Dani!

      So glad that you love this recipe so much! It really is delicious and my kids prefer these over store bought bars any day 🙂

  26. Amy says:

    Is there something I can use other than bananas? Too much banana leaves me feeling nauseous. Or will it affect the recipe if I leave the banana out?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Amy!

      The banana and chia gel are the wet ingredients used to keep the bars together (and the banana gives it a little natural sweetness). Instead of all banana, you can use half applesauce and half banana. If you want to leave the banana out altogether, sub mashed pumpkin.

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