The BEST No-Bake Protein Bars (Dairy and gluten free)

These bars are not my recipe. I will just have to admit that. But they are EXTREMELY adapted from the original so I thought I would post it. Amanda from Running with Spoons posted this recipe on her blog, but I have made changes so it tastes one hundred percent different. (Including dairy free and certified gluten free) You can swap almond butter for the peanut butter if you like the flavor more. These bars are mildly sweet, they have the once in a while crunch and saltiness of a bit of pretzel, which I like, but if you don’t have them it is not a problem, the bars will just taste a little denser. This recipe is made in a loaf pan and disappears quickly, so I often triple it and make it in a nine by thirteen.


Yields: About eight bars, depending on the size.
Active Time: 10-20 minutes
Total time: 40-50 minutes



1 cup Certified GF rolled oats, measured, then ground into a course flour
½ cup

1/3 cup

1/3 cup

½ cup

1/3 cup

1 ½ teaspoons

5 tablespoons

2 tablespoons

Certified GF quick oats

Chocolate soy protein powder

Gluten free pretzel bits

Creamy, natural, and unsweetened peanut butter


Pure vanilla extract, divided

Dark chocolate chips

Nondairy milk



Step 1: Spray a nine by five loaf pan with spray oil.
Step 2: In a small mixing bowl, combine both oats, protein powder, and pretzel bits.
Step 3: In a microwave safe bowl, stir honey, peanut butter, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Microwave it for about a minute and stir. Keep microwaving in short bursts, stirring in between, until the peanut butter mix is hot.
Step 4: Add the peanut butter mixture to the oat mixture, and stir to combine. Mixture should hold together well.
Step 5: Press into loaf pan.
Step 6: Pour the milk, chocolate, and the remaining vanilla into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for one minute, stir, and microwave in thirty second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth and silky. (Or just use ganache)
Step 7: Pour the chocolate onto the bars, and smooth it with a spatula.
Step 8: Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour, or until chocolate is set.
Step 9: Use a sharp knife to slice the bars into the desired size.
Step 10: Note: These freeze very well! Enjoy!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Julius says:

    Wow! These are delicious. They might be my favorite so far (although I think they’re the only ones we made with chocolate so far, so there might be a connection!)


    1. Zoe says:

      I am glad! They were my favorite when I could eat oats, too! Just so you know, I have a newer version of that recipe. I actually meant to take this one down. Here is the link:


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