I exercise 5 days a week. And I do so in the afternoon — after work and before dinner. This means I’m almost always looking for some kind of afternoon snack to get me through my workout and give me time to get home, shower, and make dinner before I am ravenously hungry.

I’ve tried the store-bought protein bars, but they often upset my delicate stomach, or, they simply have the WORST consistency on earth (I am a “consistency” eater — if it doesn’t feel right in my mouth, forget it!!)

Chelley had these bars on her blog, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give them a try. The protein would be of much use to me as an afternoon snack, and I’d never tried protein powder, so this seemed like a pretty safe introduction!

These bars are actually pretty good. I’d like to try them with vanilla or unflavored powder — see if they taste more pea-nutty than chocolate-y. The chocolate flavor just has a little too much of that “this is health food chocolate” taste to it, for me.

DH also enjoyed these bars immensely. I’ve bookmarked several others to try, but this is the only no-bake, 5-minutes-flat style bar I have saved!

No-Bake Protein Bars
(Chelley’s Blog)

Makes 9 bars

1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I used a chunky version and really liked the peanuts in these bars)
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
4 scoops chocolate protein powder
2 tablespoons flax seed
6 tablespoons milk (I needed a splash more milk than this)

– Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
– Spread into a greased 8 x 8 glass dish and refrigerate until firm enough to cut.
– Cut into 9 squares, wrap individually, and store in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Info:
(Per Chelley)

1 serving = 1 bar

200 calories
8 g fat
15 carbs
15 g protein

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