Here are some awesome protein bar recipes that you can make at home without using any nuts or nut-butters. While many protein bars use nuts for crunch and nutrition, and nut-butters to hold the dry ingredients together, there are just as many recipes you can enjoy without nuts or nut butters. Here's more than 10 recipes you can make easily at home without any expert cooking skills involved 🙂
Keep in mind that you'll need to use a nut-free protein powder if you're allergic, since I use Orgain Protein Powder which DOES contain traces of nuts. For those who are nut-sensitive, here's a nut-free plant based protein powder you can use instead. There are also recipes that use almond milk, but this can be easily replaced with dairy or nut-free milks. Feel free to comment and let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the ingredient Substitutions!
1. Nut-Free Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Bars
Layered with a strawberry protein base, cream cheese and chocolate, these strawberry cheesecake protein bars are creamy, decadent and oh-so-lovely with all the fresh strawberry pieces bursting in every bite. Instead of using nut butter in most protein bar recipes, this recipe uses cream cheese to hold the dough together, resulting in a fudgy, cheesecake-like texture and the flavor of your favorite slice of strawberry cheesecake
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Protein BarsSee Recipe
2. Applesauce Birthday Cake Protein Bars
Here’s an easy, no-bake recipe that satisfies your birthday cake craving in the healthiest way possible. The secret to making these birthday cake protein bars is the applesauce and a pinch of baking soda. The slight salty bitterness from baking soda gives these deliciously cakey bars an authentic taste of the cake with the satisfying protein bar texture. Just as we used cream cheese to bind the dry ingredients in the previous strawberry cheesecake protein bar post, this recipe uses applesauce to moisten and hold together the protein powder.
Homemade Birthday Cake Protein Bars Made with ApplesauceSee Recipe
3. Nut-Free Chocolate Avocado Protein Bars
Mashed avocados are also a wonderful binder. No need to use any nut butter on this recipe when the avocados provide that creamy, velvety mouthfeel all on their own. Quick and nutritious, these Easy Chocolate Avocado Protein Bars are a great midday snack or healthy diet-friendly dessert for anyone who’s looking to check off the low carb, low calories, high protein, high fiber from your “to eat” list.
Chocolate Avocado Protein Bars (Healthy, Vegan & Low Carb!)See Recipe
4. Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Bars
Here's another cheesecake-inspired protein bar. I love this one a lot because of the two distinct layers of protein bar and the low carb cream cheese layer. It’s not everyday that you get to enjoy both a cheesecake and a pumpkin pie—in under 30 minutes! Now you can with these delicious Healthy Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Bars. They’re creamy, sweet and perfectly spiced.
Healthy Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Bars (Low Carb, Low Sugar)See Recipe
5. Applesauce Cinnamon Roll Protein Bars
Here’s a nostalgic tasting cinnamon roll protein bars recipe that make the perfect dessert & snack when you start craving the real thing. This recipe uses both cream cheese and applesauce - a delightful combination that cuts down on sugar and calories.
Healthy Applesauce Cinnamon Roll Protein BarsSee Recipe
6. Red Velvet Cake Protein Bars
You can enjoy a delicious and creamy red velvet cake in under 20 minutes with these easy Red Velvet Cake Protein Bars. The addition of cream cheese in the protein powder dough makes these protein bars taste like a dense bite of red velvet cake.
Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake Protein Bars (The Best Guilt-Free Dessert)See Recipe
7. White Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars
Coconut flour is great for those allergic to gluten and wanting a low-carb option. While it’s called coco-nut it’s actually nut-free because this flour is made from coconut flesh (which is a fruit, not a nut) that’s been dried and then grind into small flour particles.
These gorgeous White Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars are made with coconut yogurt, the secret behind the tangy sweet flavor and the boost of probiotics make it an excellent breakfast treat. They are quick and easy to make, to go, and chocolate covered for an extra special touch!
White Chocolate Coconut Protein BarsSee Recipe
8. Lotus Biscoff Protein Bars
Here’s a decadent dessert bar that is loaded with cookie butter flavor and is rich, smooth, soft, creamy and topped with a layer of lotus biscoff cookie. Made with plant-based protein powder, coconut flour, cream cheese, almond milk (can be replaced with nut-free milk), and sweetened with monk fruit sweetener which is sugar-free and low carb – these homemade Biscoff Cookie Butter Protein Bars are on a whole new level of deliciousness!
According to their main website, both Lotus Biscoff Cookies and Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter do not contain any nuts!
Homemade Biscoff Cookie Butter Protein Bars (Easy, No-Bake Recipe)See Recipe
9. Oreo Cookies and Cream Protein Bars
It turns out, Oreo Cookies are also nut-free, according to this Snack Safely website. These luscious Homemade Oreo Cookies and Cream Protein Bars are probably one of the best desserts you’ll ever try — it’s all the creamy sweetness of an Oreo cheesecake, minus the work! Made with protein powder, coconut flour, cream cheese, almond milk (can be replaced with nut-free milk), and sweetened with monk fruit sweetener which is low carb and sugar-free – these cookies and cream protein bars are rich, creamy and taste heavenly with that coating of white chocolate. It’s a quick Oreo fix that works, and trust me, you’ll also be craving a glass of cold milk with these.
Homemade Oreo Cookies and Cream Protein Bars (Easy, No-Bake Recipe)See Recipe
10. Nut-Free Lemon Protein Bars
These Homemade Lemon Protein Bars made with Collagen Peptides make the perfect healthy dessert or post-workout snack. Soft and chewy on the inside, with just the right balance of sweet and tangy — these bars are thick and chewy thanks to the collagen peptides which have a lot of great benefits for your hair, skin and joints. Give them a try the next time you’re craving a lemony treat! Collagen Peptides are naturally nut-free!
Healthy Homemade Lemon Protein Bars made with Collagen PeptidesSee Recipe
11. Raspberry Cheesecake Protein Bars
Low Carb and Low Sugar, the beautiful layers of cream cheese and raspberry protein base in these raspberry cheesecake protein bars are coated with dark chocolate – creamy, soft and decadent. Your sweet tooth will be asking for more!
Healthy Raspberry Cheesecake Protein Bars (Low Carb, Low Sugar Recipe)See Recipe
12. Strawberry Protein Bars
Just 4 ingredients are all you need to make your own strawberry protein bar at home. These easy vegan strawberry protein bars are the perfect dessert & snack, and you’ll be amazed by how delicious and easy they are to make. Skip the candy bars, and go for these delightful strawberry protein bars!
Easy Fresh Strawberry Protein BarsSee Recipe
13. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Protein Bars
If you need something luxurious and chocolatey but trying to keep it low on sugar and calories, this dark chocolate raspberry protein bars recipe is for you. The chocolate protein powder and fresh raspberry combination is an indulgent pairing that works together to form a soft, almost cakey brownie-like texture! It’s also easy to make–just mix together the ingredients and cut into bars. The melted chocolate coating is optional, but is a gorgeous touch on these chocolate bars.
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