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“3 Minute” High Protein Granola Bars

High protein granola bars – they can be oil-free, flourless, + no high fructose corn syrup!

Easy healthy NO BAKE granola bars - from @choccoveredkt - made with only wholesome ingredients, & kid-friendly.


These granola bars could be your new favorite recipe.

In less time than it takes to read this post, you can have a batch of your own delicious and homemade protein granola bars fully prepared and ready to eat. Feel free to change up the flavor to match your mood.

Chocolate, vanilla, chai, caramel, cookies’n cream…

YOU get to choose the flavor!

3 Minute No Bake Protein Bars:

Only a few ingredients are needed, all of which can be found in regular grocery stores – and you can avoid the unhealthy processed filler ingredients and isolated soy protein so often added to packaged protein bars.

Easy healthy NO BAKE granola bars - from @choccoveredkt - made with only wholesome ingredients, & kid-friendly.

These granola bars need no refrigeration and can be packed into a lunchbox for a healthy snack.

Leftovers are best stored in the freezer, where they will keep for months!

Easy healthy NO BAKE granola bars - from @choccoveredkt - made with only wholesome ingredients, & kid-friendly.


3 Minute Protein Granola Bars

Inspired by: Peanut Butter Homemade Protein Bars

“3 Minute” High Protein Granola Bars

Total Time: 3m
Yield: 10-12 bars
Print This Recipe 4.83/5
“3 Minute” High Protein Granola Bars


  • 1 1/2 cups quick or rolled oats (120g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, peanut butter, or allergy friendly sub
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • 2/3 cup protein powder - have fun with different flavors (70g)
  • handful mini chocolate chips, optional


Stir all ingredients together until well-mixed. Transfer the mixture to an 8×8 pan lined with parchment or wax paper. Place another sheet of parchment or wax over the top and continue to smush down and spread until it fills the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate or freeze until firm, then cut into bars.

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Published on August 11, 2014

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  1. Alana says

    I can’t wait to make these!!!! I’ve been looking for a decent, high protein, nut-free, and clean recipe for bars for ages!! Thx for this post!

  2. Denise says

    I have a question, as I think I may be out of the loop some, what amount of protein is considered high?? As in, how many grams per meal? In my opinion, anything with 15, or even 20 is considered high. 8… not much, really. I’m genuinely curious. I’ve taken a Nutrition course, as well as been a competitive physique athlete, but haven’t really read up on much of what’s going on out there in today’s Nutrition world. Thanks in advance for anyone who can answer this for me! :o)

      • Roxy says

        No, 8 grams is not high for a 40 gram bar. In fact, this bar would be considered unbalanced for a high protein bar, and considered more an energy bar. High protein for most is something like 15 grams (per meal/serving), as Denise has stated before. Perhaps 8 is high for Vegans, or Vegetarians, or maybe even those who follow a more carb/fat to protein ratio, like 70/20/10 ratio (carbs/protein/fat, respectively). Barely muscle building. More energy, than muscle building. Let’s take a Quest bar to lead by example what would be considered “high” protein: 60 gram bar, 160 kCal, Total fat 5g, Total Carb 25g (17g fiber), Protein 20g. That is high protein for a bar that is 20 grams more than this bar recipe here.

        Yes, eggs are a GREAT source of protein… if you eat about as much as you would, say, a 3oz to 4oz piece of fish, meat, or poultry (could be more, depending on protein source, all fish vary). In that instance, you would then consume approximately 3 to 4 large eggs (5 to 6 egg whites (large)) to obtain the same amount of protein.

        Despite what people like Dr Oz, and the like, state, human bodies need more protein than they think, especially if they live a more sedentary lifestyle. Many do not eat accordingly, as we all know (look at the obesity epidemic) and the Food Pyramid was part to blame, over the years, which they’ve since updated. Take your protein how you need to, but it is essential for the body in more ways than you can imagine. One thing that has been stated a great deal is “amino acids are the building blocks of life”. Amino acids are found in protein. Of course, balance is key, as always and everyone is different, but what most people try to consume in protein isn’t always enough. So keep that in mind when figuring out your macros for your well being.

        Denise, I hope I was able to clear something up for you. If you’re looking for a high protein bar recipe, many can be found if you Google. I think this site is primarily more for vegans and vegetarians. I personally like the recipes, as I have a sweet tooth from time to time and prefer a more natural and healthier option in that department. Good luck!

        • Liz says

          You state that a Quest bar has “20 grams more than this bar recipe here” but you forget that the quest bar is also 1.5 times the size! So gram for gram, what you said it not actually true.

          Also not actually true is that humans need more protein than they currently get. I urge you to do more research on this subject. Currently many Americans get TOO MUCH protein, and it’s a possible reason we have the highest instance of osteoporosis as a nation even though we are also the nation that eats the most dairy. Too much protein leeches calcium from the bones. Please do more research on the subject.

          Also, not that it matters, but I’m not vegan or vegetarian 😉

          • Roxy says

            I don’t know where you got your information, but I’d be curious to see your site.

            I don’t know how Americans are getting too much protein, when they mostly eat sugars and highly processed junky carbs and processed fats, if this is the case. Perhaps red meat… I don’t equate red meat as all the protein. I heard Americans are consuming too much red meat, but not protein, but I would be curious to see the studies you’re citing this from. Thanks.

          • Roxy says

            Also, regarding Quest bars… that’s what I was referring to, when I stated “20 grams more”… not 20 grams more protein (as it only as 20 grams of protein in the bar, so, if math done correctly it would be 12 grams more). I was referring to it being 20 grams larger.

          • Roxy says

            Are you referring to the drivel cited in this article??

            Read the comments section, in fact, just read the article. This article is completely contradictory in more ways than one. Although I do agree there is such a thing as too much protein (too much of anything isn’t good and Americans eat just too damn much in general, more so sugar and bad fat than anything else), this study is a complete farce. If you’d like, I can ask a PHD his opinion… one that consumes “too much protein”. Perhaps he has further studies to cite where it debunks this ridiculous debacle. Here’s the thing with the cancer causing bs: GMO, chemicals and highly processed food items. There it is. GMO foods alone cause cancer in the long term. Independent studies have proven this time and time again.

            If you care to continue this circus of a debate, I’d be delighted to.

            I’d like to further recite the bs from the past: fat makes you fat… today, senior citizens do not consume enough fat, thereby causing ill effects like Alzheimer and dementia. In fact, there is a study on low-fat diets for the cardiovascular system on monkeys… turns out, little fat consumption made them nutty after awhile. Now they’re saying fat is great for the cardiovascular system, as well as the nervous system, and rightfully so.

            Next time you tell someone something you believe to be true (and not by the media, but actual study), please cite a study in which you state your claims. Thanks.

          • Liz says

            I was not referring to one specific article, as I prefer to do extensive research on a subject before forming an opinion, not blindly believe one article. And I would also prefer to trust reputable sources more than comment sections of articles where anyone can say anything. I would not put much stock into the comment section of that article. I should also point out that you did not initially source an article to back up your claims either, so chiding me for not doing so is uncalled for.

            There is a lot of research to back up what I wrote above, both from vegetarian-centered sources and non, so here is just one article that explains it well, from the huffington post:

            However, I do not wish to continue this debate with you, as I think by now it would be more adult of us to agree to disagree I’m moving on now and won’t reply further.

  3. Melanie says

    Hi Katie! Thank you for the recipe- I’ve been looking for an easy, no-bake bar! Question: isthe honey/agave syrup merely for sweetness, or is it necessary for texture? I’m not very ‘food literate’ and my husband and I eat very simply. We don’t have honey at home right now, so I was wondering if I could make them with just pb and oats (and raisins)… Thanks so much! Love your blog!


  4. Alanna says

    Ooh, these sound perfect! I hate buying protein bars because they’re so expensive and the often don’t taste very good. A lot of times they have palm oil, too. 🙁 Any reason to avoid maple syrup as the sweetener? I can’t see why it wouldn’t work but wasn’t sure if there was a reason only agave or honey were listed.

  5. Heather says

    Any reason you have to use the protein powder? I know your point is they are then high protein, but I’m looking for a kid snack, not a power bar. Do you need the powder?

    • lana says

      probably just reader demand. i would assume that katie is well aware of the fact that the vast majority of americans get WAY TOO MUCH protein to begin with, and the LAST thing most people need is ADDED protein powder (dear god)!

  6. Liz says

    These are AMAZING!!!
    I just made my first batch, using vanilla protein powder because it’s what I had on hand. Boring, I know, but there will be MANY MORE batches in the future! 🙂 🙂

    • EVA says

      Woah, woah….vanilla is NEVER boring! I once was the misfit of my class when the teacher asked what our favorite ice cream flavor was and I said plain ‘ol vanilla.

      And I can’t think of one granola bar out there that’s vanilla flavored, so you’re still ahead od the game!

  7. Carly says

    These look so great! I’m thinking of adapting them into High Protein Granola Balls so that I can make them in my teeny tiny dorm room freezer.

  8. Amy says

    I can imagine subbing vanilla cake batter protien powder in this recipe 🙂 yummm…I have chocolate protein powder on hand but for some reason I feel like a vanilla/cake batter flavour would work wonders!

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