These No-Bake Vegan Cherry Vanilla Protein Bars are the perfect easy snack! Not only are they packed with protein, but they also have zero refined sugar, flour, or oil and are easily gluten-free!
I’m just gonna go ahead and tell you that these bars taste like COOOOOKIES and rainbows and butterflies.
Like are they a healthy snackity or are they an indulgent treat? Nobody knows.
Before we get into it, I should tell you that I wholeheartedly believe these taste like cake mostly because of this vanilla protein powder. It’s organic, super tasty, and downright perfect in the texture department. I use it in smoothies all the time, too!
I was super excited to partner up with California Almonds and create a delish and nutrish snack because 99.978% of my snacks involve almonds anyway! If I’m not slurping a smoothie made with almond milk, I’m chowing down on an apple with almond butter or even just almonds straight up. Did you know that almonds have the most plant-powered protein (6g), fiber (4g), calcium, riboflavin, vitamin E, and niacin of any tree nut? Good things come in teeny packages, my frands.
Loaded with oodles of healthy goodies like oats, flax, coconut, and almond butter, these bars really are the perfect energizing snack. You all know very well that I’m a busy bee so having homemade bars in the freezer is my saving grace for maintaining my health and my sanity.
Lots of no-bake bars are made entirely of nuts and dates, so I decided to use whole-grain oats as the base instead. This not only helps lighten up the bars a bit, but it also makes them a bit easier to mix together. I like the texture that blending all the dry ingredients lends to these bars, but if you want to just throw everything in a bowl, that’s fine too!
I froze mine in a loaf pan to achieve the trendy bar look, but you could totally roll them into balls if you’re feeling lazy. Or if you’re feeling like a baller.
Being busy doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor! Say NO to that boring snack-time routine by preparing a couple snacks ahead of time and storing them in the freezer. Snack smarter, not harder. Your taste buds and waistline will thank you!
And then they’ll thank all the almonds of the world for being so gosh darn tasty and healthy and cute.
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- ⅓ cup ground flaxseed
- ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3 scoops (81g) vanilla plant-based protein powder (whey will not work),
- ½ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp almond milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup dried cherries or cranberries
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper (unless you want to roll them into balls instead). Set aside.
- Place oats, ground flax, coconut and protein powder in a blender or food processor (I used my nutribullet). Blend until the mixture resembles a powder.
- Dump dry mixture into a medium mixing bowl. Add in almond butter, maple syrup, almond milk and vanilla, stirring until well combined (I used my hands). Fold in dried cherries.
- Dump mixture into lined loaf pan. Press down firmly using your fingers until it's completely flat and smooth. Freeze for at least 30 minutes before slicing into 9-11 bars.
- Store in the fridge or freezer.
Disclosure: I participated in the Almond Board’s #CrunchOn campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time and provided samples. All opinions are my own.