You are going to love my vegan, 4-ingredient, no-bake oatmeal protein bars! that are quick and easy to make, as well as oil-free and gluten-free. Vary them in countless ways with different add-ins and flavors.
I am going to go out on a limb and wager that every single one of us could use a recipe an easy-as-can-be, no-bake protein bar. Further, one that Is reminiscent of oatmeal cookies and packed with plant-based protein to keep your energy levels soaring all day long.
They are dense (definitely intended as a quick breakfast or very substantial snack on the go), but I like that texture—something of a riff on a rich, moist oatmeal cookie.
I upped the protein in these bars by adding a generous helping of plant based vanilla protein powder (I used VEGA brand, but you can use what you prefer).
- Vegan (dairy-free, egg-free)
- Packed with whole grains
- High protein
- High fiber
- Easy to make (no baking required!)
Ingredients for No-Bake Oatmeal Protein Bars
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Rolled oats (certified gluten-free, as needed)
- Plant based vanilla protein powder
- Smooth nut or seed butter (e.g., peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or pepita butter)
- 1/2 cup (118 mL) brown rice syrup or maple syrup
You will also need a small amount of regular tap water. If your nut or seed butter is not salted, consider adding a pinch or two of salt.
Vary the Vegan Protein Bars with Different Add-Ins
The bars are wonderful plain, but they can also be varied in countless ways by adding in a few extras. For example, chopped dried fruit, chopped nuts or seeds, chocolate chips, or carob chips.
How to Make No-Bake Oatmeal Protein Bars
Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.
In addition to their delicious flavor, these power bars are super filling! They are SO much cheaper and tastier than ready-made vegan protein power bars, too.