Goodbye fillers and nasty chemicals, these protein bars only have ingredients you can pronounce.

Grabbing a protein bar for an afternoon or pre-workout snack is super convenient but unfortunately many bars in plastic wrappers come with a long list of ingredients, fillers and preservatives that we’d rather avoid. Not to mention, our packaged protein bar habit can put a strain on our wallets too.

Whip up a batch of one of these delicious protein-rich snacks, save your cash and bust that 3pm treat-craving all week.

Cranberry, almond butter bars

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup dried cranberries

3 tbsp almond butter

1/2 cup oats

2 tbsp coconut flour

10g coconut oil

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/4 cup almond milk

How to make them:

Place oats in a food processor and blitz until they reach a flour consistency. Add the coconut flour, protein powder, almond butter, coconut oil and almond milk and blitz again until smooth. Pour the batter into a lined brownie tray and top with cranberries. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes, chop into bars and eat.

These bars will keep in the freezer or the fridge for up to 5 days.

Photo courtesy of The Lean Green Bean

Photo courtesy of The Lean Green Bean

Peanut butter bars by The Lean Green Bean

These bars are soft and full of peanut butter goodness. The recipe calls for chia seeds and puffed rice cereal making these bars a good source of fibre and omega-3 fats. Get the recipe here.

Maple cinnamon bars

What you’ll need:

4 large pitted dates

1/4 cup almonds

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

2 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp almond milk

2 tsp cinnamon

How to make them:

Place the dates and almonds in the food processor and pulse until they’ve broken up into large chunks. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth. Scrape out the mixture into a lined baking tray and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Remove and chop into rectangles. Devour or keep them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Photo courtesy of ProShape Fitness

Cookies’n’cream protein cheesecakes

Okay, so these aren’t really protein bars but they are super delicious and pack a protein punch in cake-form. These little treats have a decadent base made from dates and the top is a chocolate chip cream cheese mixture, we’re drooling. Melissa Edmonds is the genius behind this recipe. Get it from her website here.