Recipe: Easy No-Bake Gluten-Free Protein Bars

Protein bars are delightful snacks to enjoy on-the-go. However, they can also be quite expensive and there’s no way to control the ingredients! Luckily, making your own protein bars from scratch is fairly simple – and (our recipe) doesn’t require the oven!

These no-bake, gluten-free (GF) bars are a wonderful way to consume protein. What I love about them is the opportunity to experiment with new flavors by using different types of nut butter and flavored protein powder. So use this recipe as a starting point and make the protein bars your own by experimenting with special ingredients like dried fruit, shredded coconut, or cinnamon!

No-Bake Gluten-Free Protein Bars



  • 1.5 cups gluten-free rolled oats, blended into a flour**
  • 1/2 cup protein powder, your choice of flavor
  • 1/2 cup rice crisp cereal
  • 1/2 cup natural nut or seed butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (grade A or B) or honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips or carob chips
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the oat flour, protein powder, rice crisp, and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Add in the nut or seed butter, maple syrup, and vanilla and stir until combined.
  4. Press mixture into pan until smooth using slightly damp hands or another piece of parchment.
  5. Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes, then remove and slice into bars.
  6. Melt chocolate or carob chips and coconut oil in microwave or small pot over low heat. Stir until smooth.
  7. Drizzle the bars and freeze again until set.

*Store in freezer for up to 2 weeks.
**Using a food processor will get great oat flour.


What’s your favorite flavor of Protein Bars?

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Carly Sippel is a registered yoga teacher, certified life coach, and nutrition nut. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Dietetics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She turns her passion into practice, promoting healthy bodies in both her personal and professional life.