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Our favorite no-bake protein bar recipes

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Protein is an important part of our diets, especially for those attempting to build muscle, improve fitness or lose weight.
  If you’re looking to bulk up your protein intake with a convenient snack before or after a workout, but you don’t want to resort to protein shakes or products with hidden, artificial nasties, you’ve come to the right place.

Today’s article provides you with four delicious no-bake protein bars that you can whip up in an evening and grab at your leisure during the next few of days.  Some are freezer-friendly too, which is perfect for batch cooking!


But first, let’s look at reasons why we love protein bars and why it’s a good idea to make your own where possible: 

  • Protein bars are a really handy snack to eat an hour of two before hitting the gym.  Those containing a small amount of carbohydrates will give you energy before a work out, especially if you’re training straight after work but don’t have the facilities to cook a small protein-rich meal at 4pm in the afternoon! 

  • They’re also perfect for refueling after a gym session.  We all know that in order to build muscle, we must exercise.  Protein provides the raw materials needed to help our body build and maintain muscle. 

  • According to nutrition expert Christine Rosenbloom, (PhD, RD and nutrition professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta), we should be eating small amounts of protein after working out (she recommends around 10-20 grams).  She states that research has shown it’s best to deliver your muscles high quality protein after exercising to give your body the amino acids it needs to repair muscle damage and encourage growth. 

  • Homemade protein bars are healthier than some shop bought brands.  Seriously, check out those ingredients lists next time you buy a box!  Your homemade protein bar can be free from preservatives, additives, artificial flavorings, etc.

  • These delicious bars are a good way to get extra protein if you can’t stomach powders and protein shakes.  Some people add the powder to their recipes!

  • They’re so easy to make, even if you’re not a kitchen connoisseur 


 On to our four favorite recipes!

1) Quick and Easy No Bake Protein Bars 

Angela, a health food fanatic, vegan blogger and professional baker, runs OhSheGlows.com.   Her “Quick and Easy No Bake Protein Bars” look divine.  They can be frozen and quickly defrosted as and when needed, perfect for batch cooking.     

2) Cherry Power Bars

Elana is a New York Times Best Selling author on Paleo cooking.  She also has books on gluten-free cooking too. She runs ElanasPantry.com, where you’ll find a fantastic recipe for gluten-free, vegan and high-in-protein Cherry Power Bars.  These look delicious!  



3) Chocolate No Bake Protein Bars

Our third recipe comes from Muscle and Fitness magazine. These look perfect for those with a sweet tooth and are seeking a bit of pre-gym energy.  The recipe includes several scoops of chocolate whey protein powder.


 4) No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Our forth and final no-bake protein bar recipe comes from Lindsey of TheLeanGreenBean.com.
  Lindsey is a Registered Dietician, writer and healthily living blogger.  She also incorporates protein powder into her delicious peanut butter protein bar recipe.




Bonus resource:

The DailyBurn.com has a fantastic round up of DIY no-bake protein bars from around the web too, featuring some delicious looking concoctions.  Visit for more recipes!


This article was written by Carly, a freelance writer from the UK.  Carly loves visiting her local gym, and has recently discovered a love for Zumba.  Carly is a guest blogger for Bilderz.com


This article was written on behalf of Nature’s Best, a company that sells a range of different sports supplements, including protein bars, powders and more.


Image credits 

© Ella’s Pantry, image in the creative commons via Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5693419651/


The image for protein bar #4 is © Lindsey, The Lean Green Bean LLC.




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