Quick, cheap, and easy vegan protein bars are 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, No Refined Sugar]

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Cooking 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.
  6. 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 Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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