No-Bake Oats Protein Bar is a no-cook, no-bake protein bar recipe made with oats, nuts, and chocolate whey protein powder. One of the best after-workout snacks or if you are looking for some healthy protein food.
What is Whey Protein?
Whey protein is the protein from whey, the liquid portion of milk after it has been curdled for making cheese. It is commonly sold as a protein supplement.
I got this chocolate whey protein powder as a way to add some protein to my diet and also to boost my protein intake after my workouts. Personally not a fan of supplements nor recommend anything. I love to have it from natural or raw food as much as I can.
Flavors in Whey Protein powder
The way protein comes in different flavors. Like Vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Being a chocolate lover, I picked chocolate whey protein powder. I try to replace the cocoa powder in a lot of my recipes with this chocolate whey protein powder. Generally, I do not bake with this powder a lot as again I do not want to lose its nutrients.
Recipes with Whey Protein Powder
So I try to use it in no-cook recipes. Like I add it to my fruit bowl. Adding this whey protein makes it a nice dessert too :-). Or I simply blend this with some fruits to make it as a nice smoothie.
However, at times, we do not have time and want to have grab-and-go options. At that time I decided to make something. So I thought of making these quick grab-and-go Oats Chocolate protein powder bars. It is an easy no-cook or no-bake recipe and can be assembled within minutes. The only time required is to set the bars.
If you are looking for more such healthy protein-rich ideas that are no-cook or no-bake check out these, Oats Energy Bites which is a 5 min easy recipe, and is vegan, Gluten-Free, and processed sugar-free. Or if you are a coffee lover try this, No-Bake Coffee Energy Bites an easy peasy protein-rich no-cook and bake recipe made using nuts and seeds.
The recipe itself is quite easy. There are no strict measurements or no specific ingredients in this recipe. Though I have listed what I used, feel free to swap as per your likes. Please note changing will alter the taste.
Ingredients and substitutions for No-Bake Oats Protein Bar
I have used gluten-free oats in this recipe as one of the main ingredients. Chocolate whey protein powder is used as the protein powder or you can say chocolate powder. One can replace the whey protein powder with cocoa powder.
The next ingredients are dry fruits which increase the nutrient content, act as a binder and act as a natural sweetener. There is no artificial or processed sugar used in this recipe.
I have used chocolate mint herb here to give it a nice minty flavor. Chocolate mint herb is believed to have some chocolate flavor. I am not sure of it, but it does have a unique flavor and I am loving this herb in my garden. I recently made this Strawberry Mango mint smoothie and we had oodles of it during the mango season. One can replace it with any other type of mint or skip it completely.
Coconut oil is another ingredient used for fats as well as binding it all together. If you do not like coconut oil, simply replace it with the vegetable oil of your choice.
I have also used a little melted chocolate. This is completely optional. I just added a little extra chocolate flavor and also helps in binding everything.
Recipe process of No-Bake Oats Protein Bar
So for today’s recipe of Oats Chocolate whey protein powder bar recipe, all I did was added everything in the blender and processed it until it resembled a lump. Then I took a greased tray, added the mixture, and set it uniformly. It is then shaped and allowed to firm up in the refrigerator for a few hours. That’s it, they are done. Store it in an air-tight container and use it as required.
PS – I do not recommend any protein supplement nor I am a nutritionist.
Few more healthy ideas
No-Bake Oats Protein Bar
- 1 cup oats Any type should be fine
- 4 tablespoons of Chocolate whey protein powder Can be replaced with cocoa powder
- 2-3 prunes
- 2-3 figs
- 5-6 Medjool dates Use soft variety
- 6-7 chocolate mint herbs Can be replaced with any other mint or skipped
- 2-3 tablespoon coconut oil more or less may be required
- 2 tablespoon Chocolate chips/chocolate button/chocolates optional
- De-seed the dates, prunes, and figs if they have seeds.2-3 prunes, 5-6 Medjool dates, 2-3 figs
- In a blender add all the ingredients except coconut oil and melted chocolate.1 cup oats, 4 tablespoons of Chocolate whey protein powder, 6-7 chocolate mint herbs
- Process everything until it resembles a fine crumbly mixture.
- Add 2 tablespoon of melted chocolates (if using)2 tablespoon Chocolate chips/chocolate button/chocolates
- Chocolate can be melted in a microwave or a double boiler.
- Now slowly add coconut oil 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture turns into a lump.2-3 tablespoon coconut oil
- Once done, remove the mixture into a greased tray.
- Tap it with the back of a spoon.
- Give cuts to the mixture as desired.
- Refrigerate it and let it set for a couple of hours or overnight.
- Once set, gently remove each piece and store it in an airtight container.
- Standard US Size cups are used.
- Measurements are a rough guide. One can change as required.
- More or less oil might be required depending on the mixture.
- At times the mixture might not set, but it’s okay, one can enjoy it in powder form too 🙂
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