Staying fit and active is the priority for many individuals who are constantly busy with their lives. No matter how much physical activity you do to keep fit, you must add nutritious food to your diet.

Eating healthy is not easy when you’re constantly on the go in your busy schedule. Protein bars are the answer to this, as they are convenient and packed with nutrition.

These vegan bar recipes are great for a mid-afternoon energy boost or a post-workout snack. Most ingredients are easy to keep in your panty, and it takes a short time to prepare these nutrition-packed snacks. The best part? They're also cost-effective and won't break the bank.

1. Chickpea Protein Bars

These bars are some of the best in terms of high-protein content and low-calorie count. They are easy to prepare as you need to mix a few ingredients in a blender and shape the bars before refrigerating.


Nutrition Information per bar:

  • Protein:10 g
  • Carbohydrate: 17 g 
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Calories: 180

Ingredients

  • 380g drained chickpeas
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 ⅕ cup rolled oats
  • 16 dates
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened peanut butter
  • 6 tbsp plant based protein powder
  • A tbsp plant milk
  • 3 tbsp cacao nibs (for the topping)

Directions:

  1. Rinse and drain the chickpeas.
  2. Pit the dates (if the dates aren’t soft, soak them in hot water for 10 minutes).
  3. Mix all of the ingredients above in a blender or food processor. (except for the cacao nibs)
  4. Blend until you get a smooth dough. If it’s too dry, add more plant milk.
  5. Place the dough on a clean surface lined with parchment paper.
  6. Flatten the dough, making a square shape to cut 10 bars.
  7. Top the bars with some cacao nibs and press them onto the bars so they won’t fall off.
  8. Keep the dough in the refrigerator for an hour.
  9. After one hour, take the dough out and cut 10 bars.
  10. You can store these delicious chickpea protein bars in the refrigerator for up to a week and in the deep freezer for up to two months

Makes 10 protein bars.

2. Chocolate Almond Protein Bars

These chocolate almond protein bars are indulgent and ideal if you can’t live without chocolate. If the recipe seems too sweet for you, you can reduce the amount of date syrup and chocolate chips you add to the recipe.

Nutrition Information per bar:

  • Protein:12 g
  • Carbohydrate: 17 g 
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Calories: 227

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup plant-based protein powder
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ⅓ cup date syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ roasted almonds
  • 15 ounces dark chocolate for coating
  • ¼ cup brown rice crisps (Optional for an extra crunch)

Directions:

  1. Heat almond butter and date syrup in a small saucepan for about a minute. 
  2. Once the two are combined, remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Mix this with protein powder in a food processor for about 5 minutes.
  3. The dough should hold together when squeezed a little between your fingers.
  4. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and add them to the food processor.
  5. Process this for 20 seconds, then add the almonds and process for 5-10 seconds.
  6. Place the resulting dough in a large bowl and add brown crisps, mixing it well with your hands.
  7. Make a ball out of this dough mixture and place it on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  8. Press the mixture to make an even layer. The thickness of this layer determines how thick your bars will be. Make your bars about ⅓ inch thick.
  9. Cover the tray and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  10. After 2 hours, remove it from the refrigerator and cut it into bars. Set the bars aside.
  11. Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler.
  12. Dip each bar in melted chocolate using a fork and place them on waxed paper.
  13. Keep them for about 30 minutes to cool.
  14. After the bars are cooled, wrap them in plastic wraps and keep them in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
  15. These bars will stay put at room temperature for at least a month.

Makes 7 protein bars.


3. Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie Bars

These protein cookie bars may take time to make, but once done, they will tantalize your taste buds. They are a great snack to carry when you’re off to work.

Nutrition Information per bar:

  • Protein: 8 g
  • Carbohydrate: 26 g 
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Calories: 244

Ingredients:

  • 1 flax egg (made using 1 tbsp flaxseed meal + 3 tbsp water)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ unsweetened almond milk

Dry ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole grain oat flour
  • ⅓ cup chopped hazelnuts
  • ⅓ cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup vegan probiotic vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit degrees.
  2. Lightly spray a medium-sized baking pan with coconut oil spray.
  3. Mix the flaxseed meal and water in a bowl and set aside for 15 minutes.
  4. Mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
  5. In another bowl, mix all the dry ingredients until smooth. Add the flaxseed egg to this mixture and combine until smooth.
  6. Transfer this dough onto the baking pan and place it in the oven for 30 minutes.
  7. After 30 minutes, take the baking pan out of the oven and let it cool.
  8. After it cools down, flip the baking pan over a cutting board. The content inside should slip out easily.
  9. After that, cut it into 12 bars and store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 12 weeks.

Makes 12 protein bars.

Benefits Of Vegan Protein Bars

Here is what you get from eating vegan protein bars.

  • They can help with weight loss
  • They can give you more energy
  • They are packed with essential nutrients
  • They keep you full for longer
  • They can help with gut health
  • They can help with skin health
  • They can boost your metabolism
  • They help improve cardiovascular health

Tips For Making Homemade Vegan Protein Bars

  • Ensure you use a plant-based protein powder with a flavor you like.
  • If you find the mixture too dry, add more milk to make the mixture smooth enough.
  • Wet your hands with water or oil if it is difficult to handle the batter.
  • Soak your dates in hot water for about 10 minutes if your dates are not soft.
  • Use your hands to mix chocolate chips into the batter.

Reasons To Make Your Own Vegan Protein Bars

Here is why you should make vegan protein bars instead of buying them from the store.

  • Homemade vegan protein bars cost less than store-bought ones.
  • You have control over what goes into the recipe. You can adjust the level of sugar according to your preferences.
  • Unlike store-bought ones, homemade vegan protein bars don’t contain artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
  • They are lower in calories, fat and sugar than store-bought bars.
  • You can adjust the taste according to your preference.

Vegan Protein Bar Alternatives

There are many alternatives to vegan protein bars, such as the following.

  • Protein powders contain fewer additives like artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohol.
  • Commercial high-protein foods, including Mac & Cheese, have high-protein content and fewer calories, depending on the flavor you choose.

Meal replacement shakes are packed with essential nutrients, including protein, and promote weight loss.

FAQs

How Long Can I Keep Homemade Vegan Protein Bars?

You can refrigerate homemade vegan protein bars for up to a month.

Can I Eat Vegan Protein Bars Every Day?

You can eat one vegan protein bar a day.

Can A Vegan Protein Bar Replace A Meal?

You can replace a meal with a vegan protein bar, especially when you’re in a rush to leave the house because it contains a sufficient amount of protein. 

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