This is part one of a three part oatmeal protein bar recipe series – enjoy! :) These no bake protein bars are super easy to make, and delicious. What more could you ask from a protein bar recipe? Oh wait, they’re also gluten free and sugar free!
When my mom invited me to come visit her for a couple of days this past weekend, my response was heck yes. A good excuse to get out of the house – the Toronto winter cabin fever has DEFINITELY set in. I took the train up to my mom’s house friday evening, and indulged in a cinnabon on the way (shhh don’t tell anyone!). I made up for it though, as the entire weekend was dedicated to protein buff stuff – and mother daughter time of course :)
On friday night we stayed up to 3am talking website optimization strategy – my mom has a website for her massage business (if you’re ever in Belleville, Ontario, my mom is one of the only people in Canada certified to do Ashiatsu massage, and she’s amazing! Check her out at Meridian Massage). Saturday we scoured every antique and second hand shop in Belleville for dishes to stage photos of my protein powder recipes. I may have also bought a bunch of other stuff I didn’t really need lol.
Sunday was protein baking day. We made, photographed, and ate three different kinds of oatmeal protein bars, and drank wine. Lots of wine. This resulted in a fun day of baking, and an interesting photo shoot of me, my mom, our protein bars, and our wine haha. My mom’s boyfriend David took the photos of us, I promised him credit. My mom also helped me stage the photos and took some great photos of the bars herself, so props to my mom!
So without further adieu I present our chocolate oatmeal protein bars! They’re actually based off of chocolate haystacks I remember having as a kid. I first made them a few weeks ago, and although they were tasty like nobody’s business, they kind of looked like, well, cow patties. So I made them into bars this time, and they’re pretty handsome if I do say so myself!
(makes 12 large protein bars)
1/2 cup butter (or coconut oil)
1 1/4 cups erythritol
5 packets stevia powder
2/3 cup organic unsweetened soy milk (or milk of your choice)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups plain unflavored whey protein isolate
3 cups quick oats
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
In a large deep frying pan, melt butter on low, then whisk in erythritol and stevia powder. Next mix in the soy milk and vanilla, and then the cocoa. Turn off the heat, and add the oatmeal and coconut.
Let the mixture cool slightly, then press evenly into an 8″x8″ pan (I lined mine with parchment paper to avoid mess and to make it easy to lift out later). Once it’s completely cooled, slice into 12 protein bars, or 24-36 protein squares.
Tada! Chocolate oatmeal protein bars! They’ll stay fresh and moist in a ziplock bag or sealed container for a week or two in the fridge, or for months in the freezer. Enjoy with or without the wine.
(per 1/12th of protein bar recipe)
256 calories 87 mg sodium
17 g protein 76 mg potassium
13.7 g fat 5% vitamin A
20.5 g carbs 1% vitamin C
4.1 g fiber 13% calcium
1.4 g sugar 12% iron