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Easy No-Powder Protein Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Quick, cheap and easy vegan protein bars made without protein powders. Protein-packed chickpeas are the secret to making these! Mixed with ripe banana, peanut butter, oats, and nuts, you would never guess that these bars have beans in them! Refined sugar-free, high-fiber, and hunger-busting!

Easy No-Powder Protein Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]



Cook Time



  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 2 medium-large, ripe bananas (peeled)
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of choice)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped, toasted nuts or seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease, spray, or line a 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a food processor or blender, process the chickpeas, milk, bananas, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla until blended and completely smooth. Transfer mixture into a large bowl.
  3. Add the oats and nuts to the bowl, stirring until completely blended. Scrape batter to prepared pan, smoothing the top.
  4. Bake bars in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes until deep golden brown and edges appear somewhat crispy.
  5. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely. Remove from pan and cut into 16 equal bars or squares.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 235 | Carbs: 27g | Fat: 12g | Protein: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Sodium: 172mg

Note: Nutritional info calculated to include 1 cup raw sunflower seeds for the chopped nuts/seeds





Simple plant-based and allergy-friendly recipes for an active lifestyle. Camilla is a food writer, recipe developer, long-distance runner, spinning instructor, triathlete, and creator of the food blog Power Hungry. She’s been eating a mostly plant-based diet for the past 5 years but has recently changed “mostly” to “entirely.” A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she currently lives in Texas with her husband and son.



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