These homemade gluten-free vegan protein bars can be made with no powder (protein powder) or with powder. In fact, this vegan, gluten-free protein bar recipe is so flexible that you can eat it as is, or easily customize it with add-ins; either way they are easy, use ingredients that you already have in the house with the possible exception of chickpea flour (see sources below), and they are yummy!
Made in an 8×8 baking pan, the entire pan has 67 grams of protein as is; if you choose to add protein powder then it will have around 95 grams of protein if, for example, you use a protein powder that has 30 grams per 1/2 cup. We’re not going to tell you what size a single serving is or should be, that’s up to you. But if, for example, you cut the bars into eight 4″ x 2″ bars, then each bar will have about 8.3 grams of protein; if you include a protein powder that has 30 grams of protein per 1/2 cup, then each 4″ x 2″ bar will have around 12.75 grams of protein – a 2″ square bar will have a bit over 6 grams. As you can see, you can literally slice it and dice it however you like.
You can get chickpea flour (also known as besan or gram) at any Indian grocery store or here on Amazon (organic) and here on Amazon (non-organic).
To make this recipe you will need a food processor.
Homemade Gluten-Free Vegan Protein Bars With or Without Powder
1 cup chickpea flour (also known as besan or gram, see sources above)
1 1/2 cups quick oats (dry, not cooked)
1/2 cup nut butter of your choice (peanut, sunflower, almond, or Wow Butter)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup applesauce (we use the Kirkland apple sauce pouches from Costco, each of which is 1/3 cup)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
1/2 cup plant milk – we use soy for the protein, and specifically we use Eden Soy which is the highest protein, clean organic soy milk)
1/2 cup protein powder (Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder is a favorite) NOTE: If using protein powder reduce chickpea flour to 3/4 cup
1/4 cup chocolate chips, raisins, or chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350°, and grease an 8×8 baking pan with coconut oil or other clean oil.
In a food processor fitted with the S blade, add all of the ingredients, including protein powder if you are using it, except the plant milk, and process until the mixture tells you that it’s ready by forming a ball of dough which will go round and round the processor bowl.
Add the soy milk or other plant milk by either pouring it through the feed tube of the food processor while the processor is running (preferred method), or by turning off the food processor and opening it and pouring the milk in, and then processing it.
Spread the dough into your prepared baking pan, taking care to get it all the way into the corners, and smoothed to be as evenly spread as possible. The dough may be quite sticky, and that’s ok.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the bars are golden brown and have pulled away from the sides of the pan.
These Here Bars are Done!
Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting, and then store in an airtight container.
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