There are a few things I love about these bars. They have sprinkles in them – who doesn’t love that? They're also chewy from the oats but have a slight crunch from the chia seeds. It’s impossible to eat just a small bite or two, but they are so filling, it’s tough to eat more than one normal size bar at a time. They are made with real, whole ingredients that are simple AND nutrient dense, packed with vegan and gluten-free protein. Yup, they're pretty amazing.

Vanilla Chia Protein Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]



  • 1 cup chopped, soaked dates
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp raw, unsalted almond butter
  • 1 cup vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkles (optional)


  1. Chop and soak dates for 15-20 minutes, if desired. Mine were a little hard, but softened up after 15 minutes or so. Makes it easier to process.
  2. Add dates, banana, vanilla extract, molasses and almond butter to food processor. Process until smooth.
  3. Add chia seeds and process until combined.
  4. Add protein powder and oats. Processing until a thick dough forms.
  5. At the end, add sprinkles, if desired, and mix by hand.
  6. Press dough to glass pan and chill for 1-2hrs before serving. Or, form into balls...and maybe roll in more sprinkles!
  7. These can be stored in the freezer, if desired.