Homemade healthy protein bars that taste like chocolate chip cookies and made with NO protein powder. (vegetarian, gluten-free)
Does anybody else here despise protein powder? There is something about it that just makes me so not hungry anymore. I just can’t get over the taste. I’m fine with the concept of protein powder, but I just can’t justify shelling out the cash for something that tastes so awful! Especially when there is plenty of protein out there found naturally in food.
When I received a request for homemade protein bars, I almost gave in and bought a protein powder to make some. Almost. Then I remembered some chickpea cookies that some classmates made a while back, and I came back down to reality. I was not about to spend a bunch of money on something I would never use when I had an arsenal of protein-rich food sources already in my kitchen!
So I got out my food processor and came up with these yummy chocolate chip cookie protein bars made with natural ingredients like chickpeas and peanut butter. And they taste so much better than store-bought chalky protein bars made with a powder, and they are much more economical than expensive individually wrapped bars. Do you know what that means? More money for wine! #Winning.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Protein Bars
Homemade healthy protein bars that taste like chocolate chip cookies and made with NO protein powder. (vegetarian, gluten free)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 10 bars 1x
- Category: snack
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: American
- 1 14 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup water
- Pinch salt (optional)
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a square baking dish with parchment.
- In a food processor, combine all ingredients except for chocolate chips. Blend until smooth.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Spread evenly into baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
- Let cool 20 minutes before cutting to bars.
- Drizzle melted chocolate chips over the top (optional).
- Store in an airtight container up to 4 days or freeze
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