Copycat Protein Bars (Dairy-Free, Grain-Free)
What’s your go-to snack when you’re hangry and running short on time? Handful of nuts? Protein bar? The drive-thru? Over the years, convenient, pre-packaged foods have grown in popularity as they can go anywhere you go – especially when you are on the run and need something quick.
Protein bars in particular are a top choice for many as they don’t require refrigeration, can fit in your purse or back pocket, and are more somewhat more satiating than other quick options.
Unfortunately, not all bars are created equal. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “glorified candy bar” thrown around, and this in no exaggeration. Most bars are loaded with added sugars, are highly processed, contain little nutritional value, and offer as many calories as a full meal. When given the choice, I’m going for an actual meal. Still, it’s nice to have smart snacks on hand for those times when you can’t sit down to eat.
Thankfully, not all bars are bad. Some brands like Rx bars, have risen to fame in large part because of their short and recognizable ingredient list. Common ingredients include nuts, egg whites, and dates or other fruits. We can dig that! Something we can’t dig? Their $2 per bar price tag. Ouch.
We decided it was time to make our own copycat version of these popular protein bars. Why? Because we believe you should have access to delicious, quick, and affordable smart snacks without the hefty out-of-pocket. Oh, and did we mention that these bars are NO BAKE and take less than 10 minutes to make? Yeah, there’s that too. Here’s what you need to get stated:
These bars start with a few simple ingredients and can be modified to fit your personal preferences. Add your favorite mix-ins to make them all your own!
Simply add your base ingredients together in a food processor:
And pulse until desired consistency reached:
Then, throw in your favorite “mix-ins”.
Press into a mold,
and chill until mold forms.
Then, slice into individual bars….
Nutrition Notes: These bars are primarily comprised of almonds and cashews which contain rich sources of mono and polyunsaturated fats as well as vitamins and minerals including folate, vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium which support a healthy brain, heart, and body. Nuts and egg whites provide essential protein for hormones, enzymes, and antibodies, building blocks for tissue and muscle growth and repair, and fuel for the working body.
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw cashews
12-14 pitted dates (roughly 1 1/3 cups)
1 cup pure egg white powder
2-4 tbsp water
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tbsp dairy free chocolate chips
Other fun mix-ins (up to 1 cup total)
Peanut Butter Powder
Add almonds, cashews, dates, and egg white powder to a food processor. Pulse until ingredients are well mixed and desired consistency reached*. Add water one tablespoon at a time, continuing to pulse until mixture starts to clump together (it will feel really sticky, this is correct!). Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl. Toss in your favorite mix-ins and ‘smoosh’ together until well incorporated. Add mixture to a 9×9 square baking dish lined with parchment paper; press down into a smooth, even mold. Place baking sheet into the fridge for at least 20 minutes to chill.
Remove baking dish from the fridge. Slice mix into 10 even bars (note: 20 smaller bars pictured). Individually wrap to be enjoyed any time! We recommend storing them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
*You may prefer your bars to be smooth with little texture. In this case, continue pulsing until even in color ad consistency. We like our bars to have a lot of crunch so we only pulsed until dates were broken down.
Nutrition Facts (makes 10 large bars. Images shown as 20 small bars)
Calories – 230 calories Fat – 15g Carbohydrates – 15g Protein – 12g Fiber – 3g