Easy vegan savory power bars are oil-free, gluten-free & delicious! Each bar has 9 grams protein, 141 calories, & 3 grams fiber.
I love to make homemade power bars. They are so much better than store-bought options–better quality ingredients, frugal, no wasteful packaging–and are perfect for quick, nutritious snacks and mini-meals any time of day.
But as much as I enjoy my naturally sweet creations, I’ve long wanted to create a savory power bar, one completely absent of sweet ingredients that is every bit as portable and variable as homemade granola bars, larabars, and clif bars.
I know I am not alone on this subject. I have received countless requests for just such a bar for years from fellow fitness enthusiasts, backpackers, and snackers, but it took me forever to figure out a feasible, delicious, convenient and affordable way to do it.
I am so excited about these bars! They are delicious, a cinch to prepare, frugal, gluten-free, vegan, and perfectly portable for every kind of venture.
- Vegan (egg-free, dairy-free)
- Easy to make
- Versatile (many of the ingredients can be swapped for what you have on hand)
- High in plant protein
- High in fiber
Ingredients for DIY Vegan Savory Power Bars
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Unflavored vegan (plant-based) protein powder
- Rolled oats (certified gluten-free, as needed), ground into a flour
- Non-dairy milk (I used almond milk, but use what you prefer)
- Cooked Quinoa (or use cooked millet, amaranth, or brown rice)
- Toasted and salted Nuts ( I used pistachios and almond, but use what you prefer)
- Chia seeds (you can use any seeds
- Salt (as desired)
- Optional seasonings (I like to use a bit of garlic powder or onion powder and black pepper_
I recommend toasting or using roasted, nuts or seeds for at least some of your add-ins. The toasting/roasting adds so much flavor to the bars.
How to Make Vegan Savory Power Bars
Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.
Have I mentioned recently how much I love easy? I. Love. Easy. And that is exactly what these bars are, because we have things to do and places to go (which is why we need these bars 😊).
Here is the gist of the recipe:
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl
- Add the nondairy milk, stirring to combine.
- Spread and press the dough in an 8-inch (20 cm) pan.
- Bake in a 350F (180C) oven for 25 to 28 minutes.
- Cool and cut into bars. Done!
Storage for the Bars
Store the bars in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week or the freezer for up to 6 months. Yu can also individully wrap the bars for storage. The bars will keep during the day, unrefrigerated.
Do I Have to Use Protein Powder in the Recipe?
I use 1/2 cup of protein powder in these bars, but if you want to make an even higher protein bar, simply omit the 1/2 cup oats and add another 1/2 cup of protein powder.
Conversely, if you do not have pea protein, you can still make these bars simply by increasing the total amount of oats to 1 cup (or total oat flour to 2/3 cup).
The possibilities for variations with these bars is vast. For example, add different spices or herbs, and use any combination of nuts and seeds that you like. The possibilities are vast!
In the meantime, get busy baking! I know that you are going to love these bars as much as I do!