Protein bars serve as meal replacements for weight loss or as a snack between meals. Homemade protein bars are easy to make and are less expensive than the store-bought varieties. Add fruits, nuts, grains, chocolate and peanut butter to the dough. Dip protein bars in melted chocolate for a tasty, natural and nutritious treat.

Things You'll Need

Homemade Protein Bars

Chop almonds, peanuts, cashews or any nut you prefer.

Line an 8-by-8 inch or 9-by-9 inch baking pan with parchment paper, and spray the paper with cooking spray to prevent the bars from sticking.

Combine dry milk, oats and protein powder in a bowl.

Add peanut butter, chopped nuts and chocolate chips and stir—the mixture will look crumbly. Use crunchy peanut butter for additional protein and texture and add dried fruits such as raisins or cranberries.

Pour 1/2 cup water and the vanilla extract into the mixture and stir until a sticky dough is achieved. Place the protein bar dough in the prepared baking pan, smooth with a spoon and press down.

Cover the pan with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours for the bars to firm. Cut bars into squares and place in the freezer for 1 hour for faster results.

Wrap each bar with plastic wrap; protein bars can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  • Sesame seeds or flax seeds can be added to the protein bar dough.