Homemade Vegan Protein Bar Recipe (dairy-free, gluten-free, healthy)
This homemade vegan protein bar recipe makes a tasty snack for both mama and kids! In addition to being made with healthy ingredients, these protein bars with vanilla powder make a great post-workout snack. Or grab a homemade vegan protein bar as you're running out the door. Similarly, you can pair them with fruit for a healthy breakfast. Easy to make, real-food-based ingredients, and utterly delicious.
If I could total the amount I used to spend on store-bought protein bars I'd cringe.
It wasn’t until a couple of years ago I realized how easy it was to make my own! Not to mention how tasty (have you had these no-bake peanut butter ones?!).
This homemade vegan protein bars recipe is both fueling and filling. And their simple to make. Thus, a total busy mom win.
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Perks Of The Recipe
- Allergy-friendly (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan)
- Easy to make
- Easy to customize
- Real-food based
Why To Avoid Traditional Protein Bars
- Loaded with sugars
- Contain excess ingredients
- Hard to find allergy-friendly ones
Now, the funny thing is that I’m not celiac nor am I vegan. However, I find that when I focus on a real food diet my recipes tend to end up either vegan or gluten-free as the ingredients are healthy.
As a matter of fact, I do have a few favorite store-bought snack options that no fit my criteria. However, homemade is best 😀
Which Protein Powder To Use
These easy protein bars are made with Botanica Protein Powder.
Botanica Perfect Protein is a unique blend of quinoa, coconut, and brown rice. This makes it dairy, gluten and soy-free, organic, vegan, vegetarian and non-GMO.
Botanica won the Alive awards in 2017 for both Consumers' & Retailers' choice for functional foods.
It’s a great-tasting protein powder and more similar to whey in that it doesn’t absorb or fluff like many other protein powders.
Plus, the classic flavors of Botanica are delicious.
You can grab it off Amazon or from Well Dot Ca
Protein Powder & Kids
In contrast, some people don’t think kids should have protein powder. Personally, I think that as long as you have a quality protein powder and trust it’s the source, it’s okay.
I have quite a few I love and trust including Orgain which I mentioned above, Iron Vegan and Genuine Health Fermented Protein Powder. Both of which you can buy off my favorite website.
When checking out a new protein powder, especially if my kiddos are going to be using it, I like to look for a few of these points:
- no random flavored added
- low in sugar
- no carageen
- no processed oils
But here’s a tip: if you’re not into protein powder- that’s ok! Instead of the powder, swap in collagen powder instead!
In the same way, collagen is not only full of awesome protein but it’s also awesome to help boost your immune system- double win. You can grab collagen powder packs (I take these with us on long road trips!) from Perfect Suppplements and use code mamabear10 to save some money.
Keep in mind that if you need this homemade vegan protein bars recipe to be vegan, collagen is not an option. Also, note that swapping to collagen powder will take away some of the sweetness in these homemade protein bars so you may want to counter that with a sweetener.
When To Use These Homemade Vegan Protein Bar Recipe
Personally, I think that homemade protein bars can be used anytime ha-ha. We're snack fiends so I like to have items like this on hand in the freezer for emergencies (Read: melting down, snack-deprived kid). Mostly we use them for:
- Snacks when we're rushing around
- Breakfast on the go
- Mama post-workout if short on time
The protein bars come out light and indulgent.
However, the protein powder you choose will affect the taste and texture.
For example, most vegan protein powders are based on pea protein. Pea protein absorbs liquid. If you're using a traditional vegan protein powder that contains pea protein, you'll need to add more liquid to the recipe to get the bars to hold together.
- Gluten-free oats
- Vegan Protein Powder
- Chia Seeds
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Butter
- Vanilla Extract
- Maple Syrup
- Almond Milk
- Dried Cherries
Here's where you can grab all the amazing ingredients!
Don’t forget to pin these gluten-free homemade protein bars
Gluten-Free Homemade Protein Bars
Snacks are a staple for both workout fanatics and busy moms. In other words, these homemade vegan protein bars are an easy no-bake recipe to keep you filled and fueled. Plus, they’re vegan, almond cherry flavored and surprisingly sweet!