No-Bake Homemade Protein Clif Bars

Admittedly these bars aren't pretty. They're yummy and healthy, but in the pictures captured by yours truly I've done them absolutely no favours in making them look attractive. I wouldn’t even say they look appealing?

Well done, me.

I actually prefer when I make energy balls with these ingredients rather than the bars. It’s the same recipe, just a prettier end result (roll the combined ingredients instead of flattening and cutting). God knows what possessed me to make bars this time, idiot.

But while they’re limited in the looks department, they make up for it in taste.

I used my new Vanilla PhD Whey Protein and it makes them taste like a naughty treat! It’s definitely important to note that the bars/balls will be quite calorific though…

When you consider the peanut butter, honey, oats and various other things being thrown into the mix what comes out is healthy(ish), but does exactly what it says on the tin; it’s energy. It needs to be worked off.

I tend to pop these in the fridge and eat one or two before or after I run/gym/swim. They’re a quick treat that help with hunger, sweet cravings and energy dips (although not long term energy, bare that in mind).

Basically I definitely recommend you try them if you usually find yourself reaching for a 4pm energy buzz that tastes like heaven and has the words ‘flapjack’ or ‘mars’ written on the front!

What you’ll need:*
  • 1-2 tbsp of peanut butter…I prefer crunchy 
  • 2 tbsp honey 
  • 50g of oats (approx.) 
  • 2 scoops of protein powder (around 50g) 
  • Tsp of vanilla Essence 
  • Tsp of cinnamon 
  • Dash of milk/water 
  • Other dry ingredients/Chocolate chips/Nutty Muesli/Almonds/Etc 
I don't tend to measure the ingredients out so the above are purely approximates - everything will differ for you based on the protein you're using (if any), the dry ingredients you opt for and the type of oats used, etc.

What you’ll do:
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl 
  2. Add in the wet ingredients until the texture is right… You're looking for a medium to dry mixture that isn't sticky on the hands but also not crumbly 
  3. Flatten out and cut into desired bar sizes/roll into small balls if you’re not making bars.

I agree, they’re not attractive, but they can add a lot to your day when used for good instead of evil.

Did I just describe my personality and an oat protein ball at the same time? Yep, I did.


Hannah xx

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