Gluten Free Homemade Protein Bars

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I used to make homemade protein bars all the time.  Then life hit.  While I was pregnant I could not cook for awhile and subsisted on Quest Bars and Sea Salt Caramel Lara Bars.  They are not cheap.  But very little sounded good and most of what did wasn’t good for me.  The kids called the bars my pregnancy bars.    Now that I am not hormonal (ok maybe that is not true ha ha) and not pregnant (that is true)-and Cooper is a tiny bit bigger.  I decided I would whip up a batch of protein bars and save some money, and have good ingredients that I can pronounce.

These don’t require any baking-just mixing and freezing.  Super easy.  And they taste really good.  I recommend cutting the bars up and wrapping them so you don’t find yourself eating half the pan ha ha.  If you like these bars you will also love these Perfect Recovery Bars too.  This recipe comes from Money Saving Mom.  Both me and Scotty agree that you could do without dipping these bars in chocolate-they taste just as good, but the kids like them dipped in chocolate.

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27 Responses to Gluten Free Homemade Protein Bars

  1. Amber says:

    What protein powder do you like to use?

  2. Nancy says:

    Do you think I could skip the protein powder and the bars would still work? I like the rest of the ingredients but do not buy protein powder.

    • Desi says:

      Hi Nancy! I think you could probably skip the protein powder in them. I would taste them and adjust the sweetener if you need a little more.

    • Desi says:

      Hi Nancy! I think you could probably skip the protein powder in them. I’m not sure though because I have never made them that way. I would taste them and adjust the sweetener if you need a little more.

  3. Diana says:

    Is there a brand of protein powder that you would actually serve to your family? The labels all scare me!

  4. Valerie says:

    Thank you for posting this! Looks good! I am curious … why do they have to stay in the freezer? Seems like they will be too hard in there … do you think we could get away with just refrigerating? Thanks again!

    • Desi says:

      Hi Valerie! They should last longer in the freezer because of the banana. I just take them out and let them sit for a minute.

  5. Kathy says:

    Do you have nutrition facts for this?

  6. Laurie says:

    What protein powder would you recommend?

  7. Stephanie says:

    What kind of protein powder do you use?

  8. Patricia says:

    Any recommendations for a good protein powder?

    • Desi says:

      Hi Stephanie, Patricia, Laurie, Amber, Nancy, and Diana! I totally agree there are a TON of protein powders out there that are full of processed ingredients. There are more natural sources of protein in powder form like hemp protein like Ellen said, but taste is a factor. For taste, and minimal added ingredients I like Bio Chem chocolate. It is from grass fed cows, it contains minimal ingredients. I also like for a vegan protein powder that is sweetened with stevia, has good ingredients, and no additives Green Smoothie Girl’s chocolate protein powder. Her greens chocolate powder is SO SO good too.

      • Amber says:

        Thank you! I will try these. I’ve had expensive bad luck with protein powders.The ones I tried and don’t like are VegaOne Chocolate and Nutiva naturals Hemp Vanilla.

  9. Debbie Hancock says:

    Thanks so much! I’m excited to make these. Many of the store variety protein bars make me feel sick.

  10. Dineen says:

    Nancy– Yes, these should still work without protein powder. They will be more of a traditional granola bar and you may want to add some chopped nuts to balance out the grain and fruit.
    Desi– These sound very yummy. It may help me use up some protein powder that is “OK” tasting.

  11. BRUCE BOWALD says:

    Sounds great but need a substitute for bananas for daughter is allergic to them. So many shakes and recipes call for bananas. I have used avocadoes . Any other ideas?

    Also . My mom heaves after eating raw bananas (not cooked) Could not eat banana splits her dad made when young. But she found out at age 60 from someone that had same problem, if you ate bananas with milk no heaving. All those years she could have had banana splits. Hope this helps someone else.

    • Desi says:

      Hi Bruce! Bummer I LOVE bananas. Ok I think that avocadoes might work. They might give it the same creaminess and bind the bars together. You would have to experiment with the sweetener because the bananas add sweetness to it. I think if I were you I would try applesauce in place of the bananas.

  12. Megan says:

    I am allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, and sunflower seeds. Do I just omit the peanut butter or do I replace it with something else?

    • Desi says:

      Hi Megan! You would need to replace it with something else because it acts as a binder for the bars to stay together. Is there any nut butter you can tolerate?

  13. Amy says:

    This looks delicious! I would eat them just like you make them, but my husband and children don’t care for raisins or coconut. Do you think I could omit those?

  14. CTY says:

    If they are stored in the freezer does that mean they need to be served frozen? DO they turn to “pudding” when thawed?

    • Desi says:

      Hi Charlene! They do go soft if not stored in the freezer. My kids were fine eating them that way, but they aren’t as firm. I usually take them out and let them sit for a minute or two-that seems about perfect.

  15. jC says:

    what is the nutritional value of these bars. thank you

  16. Amber says:

    We made these and really liked them. I left out the protein powder, because all the powder I have wasted my money on tastes pretty bad. I used the chocolate coating recipe from Desi’s chocoate covered bananas. Yum! My daughter does not like banana, so I may try these with applesauce for her.

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