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Who doesn’t love granola bars and protein bars? They are easy to grab and take as a snack on the go. Although there are lots of companies that make them gluten free, processed food is NOT the most healthy of snack choices. So I try to make my own healthy snacks whenever I can.
These gluten free protein bars (or protein balls if you’re feeling fun) are EASY gluten free snacks and dairy free as well. They are made with healthy ingredients and taste AMAZING! There is no baking involved, so even kids can make these on their own. And they are gluten free snacks kids will love!
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
½ cup oats (certified gluten free if you have Celiac)
2 tbsp hemp hearts
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 scoop gluten free chocolate protein powder (we use Orgain plant based protein powder)
2 tbsp honey
½ cup peanut butter
2 tbsp coconut oil – in liquid form (*see note*)
The instructions are simple – just mix all these ingredients together well. It usually takes me about 10 minutes from start to finish.
I usually mix them in my rectangular Pyrex dish ( 8”x 6 ½” ) that I will be using to store them in. (Less dishes = happier lady) After everything is mixed well, press them down evenly into whatever dish you are using. Then, if you have enough willpower, put them in the refrigerator to set before you eat them all.
These are no-bake protein bars, so you can scrape the bowl, lick the spatula, and enjoy them the second they are mixed!
If you’d like to make them look a little more fancy, mix the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and roll into balls.
This recipe makes 6 small protein bars or about 9 protein balls.
Store these in the refrigerator, but leave them sit out at room temperature for about 10 minutes before trying to get them out of the dish. (That is the benefit to rolling them into balls ahead of time!)
As you can see, the oats and the peanut butter are really the main ingredients of these protein bars. Feel free to substitute chia seeds for the hemp hearts or ground flax seed. You can also add small chocolate chips if you like things more chocolate-y.
Helpful tip: I’m a perfectionist in most aspects of my life, but cooking isn’t one of them. I know that people say that cooking is a science, but these protein bars are really hard to mess up! 🙂
With that being said, I don’t usually use a measuring cup for the peanut butter. (Mainly because I don’t like cleaning the sticky peanut butter out of it.) I just use two heaping kitchen spoons.
I really hope this easy recipe can become one of your family’s favorites. Let me know in the comments if you tried it and if you liked it. Also, please share this recipe with anyone else who you think may like it!