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Cheap & Easy Vegan Protein Bars (no powders!)

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 16 big, thick bars 1x


Cheap & easy vegan protein bars, made with natural ingredients and no protein powder! They are frugal, gluten-free, & oil-free, too.


  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or nondairy/dairy milk of choice)
  • 2 medium-large, ripe bananas (peeled)
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of choice)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey, if not strictly vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped, toasted nuts or seeds (use any combination you like!)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease, spray or line a 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a food processor or blender, process the chickpeas, milk, bananas, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla until blended and completely smooth. Transfer mixture into a large bowl.
  3. Add the oats and nuts to the bowl, stirring until completely blended. Scrape batter to prepared pan, smoothing the top.
  4. Bake bars in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes until deep golden brown and edges appear somewhat crispy. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely. Remove from pan and cut into 16 equal bars or squares.


Storage: Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days, the refrigerator for 2 weeks, or the freezer for 3 months.

  • Category: Snacks, Breakfast


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 229
  • Sugar: 6.1 g
  • Sodium: 218 mg
  • Fat: 10.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.7 g
  • Fiber: 4.7 g
  • Protein: 9.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.2 mg
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