These Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Protein Bars are a delicious and healthy vegan snack that is perfect for when you need an energy boost. Packed with protein from the old-fashioned oats and vegan protein powder, these no-bake protein bars also feature the natural sweetness of ripe bananas and chocolate chips for a satisfying and indulgent treat.
Here's why I love this recipe
- no-bake and so easy to prepare - only takes a few minutes!
- made with healthy ingredients like fresh bananas, oats and walnuts
- high-protein and high-fiber, so it'll keep you fuller longer
- the best dessert alternative & post-workout snack
Ingredients used to make Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Protein Bars
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- Protein Powder – My go-to protein powder is a vanilla plant-based protein powder, like this Orgain Protein Powder.
- Notes on using other Protein Powders in this recipe: Most frothy protein-shake type powders like whey, casein, pea, hemp, brown rice, egg protein powders should give you similar results, but slightly different textures. (Whey tends to produce gummier protein bars, for example). Collagen Peptides protein powder DOES NOT work with this recipe, so I highly recommend that you stick with the recommended protein powders. For collagen protein ball posts, check out this collagen page instead.
- Almond Butter - The almond butter works as a binder in this recipe and also gives the protein bars a nice boost of flavor as well as some protein and fiber. If you don't have almond butter at home, not to worry! This recipe works just fine with other nut butters like peanut butter or cashew butter.
- Oatmeal / Oat Flour - Oat flour is a whole grain flour that’s made out of rolled oats. You can buy from the store, or online, but it's easy to make your own oat flour by blitzing either old-fashioned (rolled) or quick-cooking oats in a blender (like how I made it below with my mini blender). If you want to keep this strictly gluten-free (some oats are produced in the same facility as wheat), be sure to buy the one with the GF label like this one.
- Sugar of Choice – I used monk fruit sweetener in this recipe to keep this recipe low-sugar and low carb, but raw cane sugar, coconut, date, and maple sugars are perfectly acceptable substitutes.
- Mashed Bananas - mash ripe, peeled bananas with a fork until it reaches a smooth and creamy consistency.
- Chocolate Chips - you can use any chocolate chips. To make these protein balls low-carb, use a lower sugar, stevia-sweetened brand like this one below.
More Protein Powder Recipes (HERE)
Step by Step
How to Make Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Protein Bars
BEFORE YOU START:
mash ripe, peeled bananas with a fork until it reaches a smooth and creamy consistency.
In a clean bowl, mix the dry ingredients: protein powder, oat flour and sugar (I used monk fruit sweetener).
Next, add in the mashed bananas
Add the almond butter, chocolate chips, walnuts and additional oats.
NOTE: Add more oat flour if the dough is too soft, add more banana if the dough is too thick. TRY TO ADD A TEASPOON AT A TIME! The final dough should be firm, but soft enough that you can roll the dough into a ball without it falling apart.
Shape the protein dough into a rectangular mound, then wrap in plastic wrap or an airtight container lined with parchment, and let the dough set in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
Slice into bars. Enjoy!
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
- Feel free to experiment with natural flavoring / extracts. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract (I didn't feel like it was essential so I left it out in this recipe), or other flavorings or extracts, such as lemon extract or raspberry extract
Just keep in mind that some extracts contain alcohol, and since this is a no-bake recipe, the alcohol won't have a chance to fully evaporate. If serving this to kids, or if you're sensitive to alcohol, be sure to use non-alcoholic extracts or flavorings. Here are some non-alcoholic brands, here: Non-alcoholic peppermint extract, non-alcoholic vanilla extract
How to Make Protein Bars Healthier
- Make this even healthier by adding a handful of nuts, seeds and old-fashioned oats to add texture and nutrition. Even better, add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, hemp seeds, or chia seeds.
How to Store Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Protein Bars
- You can keep the protein bars out at room temperature for 1 day but for maximum freshness and best texture, it's best to store these protein bars covered in the fridge. They'll be fresh for up to 5-7 days.
- These protein bars also freeze very well! Seal them inside an airtight container or Ziploc bag and freeze them in a single layer so that they don't stick together. I recommend double-bagging if you want to keep out the fridge smell. They can be frozen for up to 4 months.
Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Protein Bars (Healthy Vegan Recipe)
- In a clean bowl, mix the dry ingredients: protein powder, oat flour, monk fruit sweetener.
- Next, add in the almond butter and the mashed bananas, using your hands to knead and get the dough to combine together.NOTE: Add more oat flour if the dough is too soft, add more banana if the dough is too thick. TRY TO ADD A TEASPOON AT A TIME! The final dough should be firm, but soft enough that you can roll the dough into a ball without it falling apart.
- Add in the old fashioned oats, chocolate chips and walnuts for texture
- Shape dough into a rectangular mound, then wrap in plastic wrap or an airtight container
- Let the dough set in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
- Slice into 5 bars.