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These Chocolate Chip Protein Bars are a fantastic, clean eating snack you make in batches at home!

I don’t know about you, but paying $4 for a single protein bar puts a bit of a strain on my wallet. Especially when I like eating them on a regular basis. That’s why I love making my own bars. Specifically, this clean eating chocolate chip protein bars recipe.

A tray filled with Chocolate Chip Protein Bar batter sits ready to go into the oven for baking.

I came across an article on eHow.com, on how to make your own protein bars. It just gave a general outline, so I printed it out and got to work. I tried several different methods and many different ingredients.

The main thing I found isΒ  that the oats you use make all the difference. And it really comes down to personal preference.

Clean Eating Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Protein Bars Recipe

If you like a harder, chewier bar, use old fashioned oats (not the quick cook kind). But if you use these, be prepared to let the bars sit for a few days in an air tight container before you eat them. Otherwise, it’s very similar to chewing hay (not that I chew a lot of hay, mind you, it’s just the image that came to mind when I tried these bars with the rougher oats).

If you like a softer bar (which I do), then use quick cook oats (the 3 minute kind).

Other than that, the recipe is pretty basic and very easy.Clean Eating Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

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CHOCOLATE CHIP PROTEIN BARS RECIPE:

Clean Eating Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

Chocolate Chip Protein Bars Recipe

Need a healthy snack on the go? These cinnamon chocolate chip protein bars are great to keep on hand for those "hangry" moments.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 15 bars
Calories: 230kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
  • 2 tbsp. dark chocolate chips (grain sweetened is best)
  • 1 cup whey protein powder (see link above)
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
     
  • Roasted the oats in the oven on a cookie sheet, without oil, for 10-15 minutes. Cool completely.
  • IMPORTANT: BE SURE your oats have cooled down completely from being roasted or they will totally melt your chocolate chips.
  • Knead all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
    Clean Eating Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Protein Bars Recipe
  • Spread out the batter on a cookie sheet or other baking dish (I used a quarter sheet here).
    Clean Eating Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Protein Bars Recipe
  • Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until the bars are a nice golden brown color.
    Clean Eating Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Protein Bars Recipe
  • Cut and allow to cool. Store in a zipper-top plastic bag or food storage container.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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313 Comments

  1. Oh, yum!
    What brand of protein powder do you use? I think that is the only thing I need to buy in order to make these.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sarah –

      I really don’t know the brand. I buy it in the bulk section of my health food store. It’s just plain whey with nothing else added.

  2. This recipe sounds delicious and I will give it a try! I just tried to make a clean chocolate chip protein bar a couple of weeks ago and what a total mess I made. I actually ended up wasting all of the ingredients I used PLUS a brand new baking pan because once baked, the “bars” were as hard.as.a.rock. So hard, in fact, I couldn’t even cut the mixture into bars. πŸ™

    Thanks for posting this because I still have a hankering for those bars! πŸ˜‰

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennifer –

      Thanks for stopping by! Let me know how you like these.

      They have a gentle flavor, nothing that will shout “cookie” or “dessert” at you like some protein bars. But they are good!

  3. Just getting started on my journey to a clean eating lifestyle. Tonight I tried the bars. Delicious! I’m so glad I found this site. I know it will be so valuable to me. Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelly – You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

      Welcome to clean eating!

  4. What are grain sweetened chocolate chips? Can you get those at a regular grocery store? I want to make some NOW!!! lol…maybe i can substitute with raisins instead until I can get some chocolate chips. Do you think that would work?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Yes, you can substitute raisins as well. In fact, that would probably be pretty yummy!

  5. Thanks so much for the recipe. I did a batch with raisins and another batch with blueberries. They turned out great.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Fantastic! I never would have thought to use blueberries. Maybe I’ll try that next time. So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  6. Hi Tiffany ~ I noticed on several of your recipes you use grain sweetened chocolate chips ~ what is the difference between these and normal chocolate chips? Thanks so much ~ Dawn =o)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dawn – Regular chocolate chips use regular processed sugar. Grain sweetened chips are sweetened with grains. Hope that helps.

  7. Hi Tiffany!
    I am thinking of making these tomorrow – they look really tasty.
    This is probably the dumbest question, but how exactly do you roast oats? On what temperature? And do you have to flip them while cooking? Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brittney – Not a dumb question at all!

      Use a cookie sheet with edges so your nuts don’t roll off. Put the nuts on the sheet (no oil or grease of any kind), and put them in the oven for about 10 minutes at about 350 degrees F.

      Some people like to do this at a lower temperature (300 or 325). It all depends on your oven.

      Just make sure you oven is really well pre-heated.

      Hope you enjoy them!

  8. Made these today with almond butter, honey, and flaxseed instead of chia seeds. OMG… to die for! These are plenty sweet and perfect on-the-go snacks for a busy student.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brittney – Glad you enjoyed them!

  9. I wasn’t able to find the grain-sweetened chocolate chips in my store but they did have carob chips. Would that be a good substitute? I wasn’t quite sure so I bought dried apples and thought I would make my first batch with that.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ruby – If you like carob, it’s a fantastic replacement for chocolate. I just don’t care for it, so I never use it. But yes, definitely give it a try if you like it!

  10. I just made these protein bars and they are FANTASTIC!!! I am starting my clean eating journey and this just made my day! Keep the wonderful recipes comming! You rock!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lindsey – So glad you enjoyed them!

  11. Dominique says:

    Hi tiffany, I love your recipes and since you’re so clever was wondering if you had any good , clean crock pot recipes (if such a thing exists!)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dominique – Most of the recipes in my “Soups and Stews” category can be made in a crock pot. But I am also working on recipes specifically for the crock pot. Hope to have them posted soon.

  12. These are really great and so easy to make. I used the honey, and also minced dried apricots instead of chocolate chips. Yum!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jill – Fantastic! I’ll have to try them with dried fruit. That’s a wonderful idea!

  13. These are absolutely my favorite protein bar! I make these all the time for an easy grab-and-go meal and the extras freeze well. I don’t ever have quick cooking oats since I buy old fashion oats in bulk, but 1/4 cup of water added to the recipe keeps these from being dry! L-O-V-E these!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      DeeAnna – Thank you! Thanks for letting me know about the oats. I haven’t had a chance to experiment with them yet. But good to know it can be done!

  14. YUM! Another total win! I used cacao nibs and added a little dried fruit (which I would chop finer the next time I make these). Your recipes rock!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      MK – Thanks! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I’ve heard from folks who have done all kinds of additions to this. You can make them with just about anything and they’ll turn out yummy. Enjoy!

  15. Here is my protein bars. May not be completely clean eating but very good.

    Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Thoroughly Cream:
    1 Cup Butter or 2 sticks
    Β½ Cup Peanut Butter really a whole small jar.
    1 or 1 Β½ cup honey. 2 cups better

    Beat In:
    3 Eggs 1 teaspoon nutmeg 2 teaspoon lemon juice
    1 teaspoon Vanilla 1 teaspoon ginger

    Add:
    1 Cup All-Purpose Unbleached Flour Spelt flour works
    Β½ Cup Whey Protein powder.
    1 teaspoon Soda
    (If omitting salted nuts, add 1 teaspoon Salt)

    Stir/Press In:
    3 Cups Quick-cooking Rolled Oats Can add some steel cut oats.
    Β½ – ΒΎ C Salted Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts (opt.) Pecans good, raisons ok You might like chopped dried fruit also.

    Mixture will be very thick.

    Choose Drop, Refrigerate, or Freeze Method –
    – Drop by tablespoons onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until just golden brown. Remove from oven. Let set a minute or two before removing from cookie sheet.
    – Refrigerate – On wax paper, form dough into rolls 1 to 1½” in diameter. Wrap each roll in waxed paper. Chill thoroughly. Slice about 1/4″ thick with sharp knife. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet about 17 minutes. Remove from oven. Let set a minute or two before removing from cookie sheet.
    – Freeze – Store rolls in freezer in freezer bag. As needed, slice about 1/4″ thick with sharp knife. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet about 20-22 minutes. Remove from oven. Let set a minute or two before removing from cookie sheet.

    Makes about 5 dozen. You can bake some as soon as they’re mixed (drop method), and refrigerate the rest in rolls if you don’t have time to bake them all at once. If you want to keep the dough ready longer, store the rolls in the freezer and bake as wanted. If storing in refrigerator or freezer, you better hide it- the dough tastes good too!
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    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Harold – Wow! Those sound yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  16. Hi there.. I would love to try this recipe.. any thoughts on a substitution for peanut butter? I am allergic..Do you think I could use sunflower butter instead? Thanks so much, Shannon

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shannon – I believe most nut butters would work.

  17. Could I use chocolate-flavored whey protein powder?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brooke – You could, but it will change the flavor. I have to say though, more chocolate is never a bad thing!

  18. Made these today with quick cook steel cut oats, opted for honey, subbed dried apples for the chocolate chips and flax seeds for the chia. Pretty darn tasty although the apples don’t really come through. Will have to try with the chocolate next πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brent – Fantastic! I like making substitutions too. Keeps it interesting!

  19. Love ALL of your recipes so far! Even my boys (4 and 18 months) like these bars, which gives me great peace of mind! One question though. Under the nutrition info it says 21 grams protein, but the pumpkin spice only has 13. What is the big protein difference? Thanks so much for all that you do!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rayna – that is an excellent question. I’ve never compared the two!! Let me look into it after school today and I’ll get back to you.

  20. I made these over the weekend and they were AWESOME! I used all natural chunky peanut butter (super delicious) and substituted chocolate whey protein and flaxseeds. They turned out fantastic. Thanks for the sharing the recipe.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gloria – Fabulous! I’m so happy you enjoyed these!

  21. trude wofford says:

    very good!! thanks Tiffany

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trude – You’re welcome!

  22. Hi Tiffany, I sure hope you can help. These granola bars look great and I think I will make them for an “at home” snack as my kids school is nut free. Granola bars can be so unhealthy and of course my kids want to eat them all the time. Have you made, can you make or do you know of a recipe that is clean and nut free. Any suggestions??? Also, I don’t know how comfortable I feel giving my little ones protein powder, is this safe? Hope you can help with my little granola bar challenge.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shari – You should talk to you doctor or a dietitian about the protein powder for your child. I used 100% whey, so I had no problems giving it to Mini Chef. But every child is different. I’m working on a granola bar recipe, but have not finished it yet. I will make it a point to do a no-nut version. But for right now, I don’t have anything yet. I’m so sorry!

  23. I have a couple of questions. First, how can I cut down the fat of these? I would like them to be around 6 grams of fat a piece. I will not include the seeds, and if I cut down the peanut butter, will I need to compensate for that moisture loss in some way? maybe through more applesauce or egg whites?

    I will also be using 1/2 cup raisins instead of choc chips. Is there anything I need to to since 1/2 of raisins is substantially more volume than 2 tbs of chop chips?

    Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shaun – You could try cutting the peanut butter in half and using apple sauce instead. You might end up with a different texture though. The raisins shouldn’t be an issue. Use as many as you want. Let me know how they turn out!

    2. Lift4thelord says:

      Remember, this is “good fat”. Don’t be afraid of it! It’s the fat inside of french fries we want to avoid. Using a natural peanut or almond butter ensures very low or no sugar and quality fats! Hope this helped! GBY!

    3. Instead of 1 cup of peanut butter I used 1/2 cup of PB2 (which is nothing more than dehydrated peanut butter — it’s clean), added 1/2 cup of fat free greek yogurt and 1/4 cup of unsweetened organic applesauce. Although good fat, I was looking for a pre/post workout quick grab and need to keep fat low pre/post workout so by making these changes was able to accomplish that and increase the protein as well πŸ™‚ They are yummy!!!

      1. graciouspantry says:

        Glad you enjoyed them!

  24. Hi Tiffany! I don’t use most protein powders because of food allergies, do you think oat flour would be a decent substitute for the whey powder? I’m looking to make something more granola bar-ish to eat after my morning workouts on my way to work. I already make a high-protein smoothie, so I need a grain to go with it!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Court – You could try it. Maybe do 1/2 cup more flour and 1/2 cup more oats. Let me know how they turn out! P.S. – I’m working on a granola bar recipe. Hope to have it soon!

  25. Ok, the verdict is in! I made them with the oat flour and they came out great! They remind me of an oatmeal peanut butter cookie, but they are healthy! They haven’t cooled just yet, but they are awesome!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Court – FABULOUS!!! I’m so happy that worked out!

  26. these are sooo good!!! my son loved them, they taste like your being bad!! LOL

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michele – Yes they do! So glad you and your son enjoyed them! πŸ™‚

  27. These are great! Just tried them last night and hubby loves them! My kids think they are cookie bars. I never heard of chia seeds before this. Very interesting. I’d love to know more about the health benefits of them. Thanks for your work. The other protein bars I used to make took like 100 ingredients and a lot of steps. this one was easy and delicious.

  28. Just made these and am waiting on them to finish cooling, they smell delicious! I’m wondering how to cut them though so I’m getting the proper serving size…. how many bars should this recipe make? 12? 16?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelly – They made 15 bars. 2 cuts lengthwise, and 4 cuts widthwise.

  29. Okay, crazy question here!! Forgot to get the whey protein powder. I saw above where you said 1/2cup flour and 1/2 cup more oats. All I have is the Whole Wheat Flour Pastry, will that work? Still converting everything out in our pantry, so this is all I have πŸ™ …..If that won’t work, I’ll have to plan another trip to the store!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – I would add extra flour, but add a little at a time to be sure the mixture doesn’t get too dry.

  30. Another Suburban Mom says:

    These look really yummy and a nice alternative to the kiddie bars I buy.

    Are you using rolled oats or the quick cooking kind?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      ASM – I believe they were the 3 minute type.

  31. Finally got around to making these tonight (after seeing them months ago on twitter) and they are so AWESOME!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dominica – Fabulous!!! I’m so happy you enjoyed them!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Hello, My name is Angel and Im new to your blog and clean eating. My husband, daughter and I are processed food junkies and I’m sick of it! Thankfully Im not sick FROM it …Yet. I love your blog, I’m making a grocery list right now, and your blog is like my food bible. Anyway, for this recipe would it be okay to use dried raspberries or strawberries, because I don’t like chocolate. ( I know everyone just did a double take at the screen when I said that, lol)

    1. Anonymous says:

      Angelonna – I know several people here who don’t like chocolate, so you’re not alone. Yes, you can sub with dried fruit, just be sure it has no added sugar. Enjoy!

  33. Hey Tiffany! Quick question – I put the recipe into livestrong.com so I could log my food, and it turned out saying it was more like 10g of protein instead of 20g. I’m wondering if I measured my protein powder differently? How many scoops did you use, and was it 1 cup weighed on a scale (8 oz by weight) or 1 cup packed? Thanks so much!! πŸ™‚

    1. Anonymous says:

      Kathy – One measured cup. Not weighed. Could be the difference in our protein powders.

  34. Loved these! I’m not a big sweet fan and these were perfect for me. Used raw cacao instead of chocolate chips and added Mila (chia seeds) + hemp hearts instead of a full cup of protein powder for a real health boost. One question, do these freeze well? Thank you for sharing!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Leeanne – Sounds yummy! I’ve never frozen them, but yes, I’m sure they would freeze just fine!

  35. Hey girl! I made these and they were delicious but very crumbly! (honestly they all pretty much fell apart. sad face) I used Vegan protein powder, do you think that could have something to do with it? I am just learning how to cook so I have no idea what I could have done!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Naomi – Hmmm. Something definitely went wrong there. It could have been the protein powder, but I’d be more willing to bet that you measured something incorrectly. Most likely the agave, peanut butter or apple sauce. Also, be sure you are using regular peanut butter. Not one of the low fat varieties.

  36. Tiffany, I’m dying to make these, but I’ve never used whey or soy protein powder before. When I looked at the ingredients, it looked like all chemicals. Is that the kind you use?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Bette – Ask the clerks for 100% whey. If there’s extra stuff, it’s usually all garbage you don’t want anyway.

  37. Kristin R. says:

    AS FAR AS PROTEIN, for anyone interested, I love Garden of Life Raw Protein. It has 17 gms protein, 1 g fat, and is vegan, organic, gluten free, dairy free, etc… I use it for all my protein needs since i cannot tolerate whey. I did try it in this recipe and the bars stayed together and tasted great! You can get the protein on Amazon. Best to you! Hugs…

    1. Anonymous says:

      Kristin – Thanks!

    2. Thanks! So the protein powder I saw at Walmart must be something totally different because I couldn’t pronounce one ingredient! I’ll check out my health food store. I think it all went wrong when I tried to get a bargain at Walmart….

      1. Anonymous says:

        Bette – You’d be surprised how affordable 100% whey can be!

        1. I was looking at protein powder for bodybuilders!!!

          1. Okay, not to beat a dead horse…but, the protein powder at the health food store was the same stuff at Walmart – tons of ingreds. I couldn’t pronounce plus fructose. That scares me, 100 % whey was 40.00! That’s out of my budget, so I opted for Brown Rice Protein powder for 17.00. I’m cheap and healthy!

            1. Anonymous says:

              Bette – Wow!!! $40!!!! I can’t believe that! I get it dirt cheap here at my local health food store. I wonder what the difference is. Hmmm… Well, I’m glad you found a good middle ground!

              1. Are you sick of me yet??? What brand do you use? Then, I’ll sail off into the sunset…until my next question!

                1. Anonymous says:

                  Bette – I don’t use protein powders any longer. But when I did, I bought it in bulk at my local health food store. No idea what the brand name was sorry!

  38. DolceAmore09 says:

    Love your recipe! I tweeked it a lil to fit my needs.. well to not have to make a trip to the store added more applesauce and no agave! Turned out great! Thanks for sharing so many recipes! I plan on trying as many as I can! πŸ™‚

    1. Anonymous says:

      Dolce – Fabulous!!! It’s good to know it can be done with just apple sauce. I might have to try that myself!

  39. Sgbrown53 says:

    The Cinnamon Choc Chip bars sounded so good I had to try them. I made a few minor substitutions. I used soy nut butter for peanut butter since I have a sensitivity and used pecans instead of choc chips and chia seeds. They tasted okay, but very crumbly. They wouldn’t hold their shape at all. Suggestions about what may have changed them? I would like to post the recipe on my own blog, if I may, but need a better batch than this! Thanks.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Sg – Baking is all about ratios. When the ratios are off, you end up with something that doesn’t work right. So my best guess here would be that the nut butter you used was lower in fat, the nuts didn’t provide the moisture that the choc chips did and removing the chia seeds also removed a portion of the moisture as they turn into a gel-like substance when they get wet.

      Try adding apple sauce or bananas for moisture and maybe a little oil for fat content. You’ll have to play around with it to get the ratios correct. Good luck!

      1. Sgbrown53 says:

        Sigh. This is not up my alley! I see that my subs probably did me in. Would you mind if I use your recipe (without my substitutions) in my blog, if I give you credit?

        1. Anonymous says:

          Sg – Sure, I just ask that you link to my site and that you do not use my photos. Hope your next batch goes better!

          1. Sgbrown53 says:

            Thanks — but Beliefnet doesn’t like us linking to folks outside the Beliefnet community, so guess my readers will have to miss out on this recipe. I appreciate your quick response and I will be following your blog.

  40. Do I have to use chia seeds? Can I just leave them out?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Lisa – No, you don’t have to use them. You can leave them out.

  41. Is there an ingredient I can replace for the protein powder? Does the protein powder act as a binder? I’m currently dairy-free, so whey protein doesn’t work for me.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Mary – I would just leave it out. Don’t worry about replacing it. If you really want something, you could try a vegan protein powder like hemp. But it’s not necessary.

  42. What is the shelf (fridge) life of these bars…15 bars would last me over 15 days…would they still be good? Can I freeze them?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Brandy – I would freeze half the batch then. Yes, they freeze fine. Enjoy!

  43. Anonymous says:

    2nd Man’s Wife – That’s wonderful!! Great tip too!

  44. Holly Newell says:

    Hi I was wondering if there is something else I can use instead of Peanut butter! We are allergic to nuts!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Holly – For this recipe, it would be tough to sub anything. Do your allergies apply to seeds as well? You could try a sunflower butter or sesame seed paste. Just a thought.

  45. Staticx3300 says:

    Where do I find chai seeds?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Static – You will need to call around to local health food stores to find one in your area that carries them. Or, you can order them online from Amazon.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Cannot wait to try these with my kids!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Colormeroo – Let me know how they like them!

  47. Cdgoldilocks says:

    My family loves these bars. I do have a question though about the protein content. I used two scoops of protein powder instead of one, and I still only came up with about 9 grams of protein per bar. My protein powder has 26 grams of protein per scoop. What type of peanut butter are you using, because I can’t see how your bars have 21 grams of protein in them. Am I missing something?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Cdgoldilocks – Excellent question. I’ll have to check and get back to you. Could be a difference in the protein powders, but I’ll double check.

      1. Cdgoldilocks says:

        I figured it out I think. The protein powders come with their own scoop. I was only using one of those “cups”. I am guessing you mean a standard measuring cup of powder.

        1. Anonymous says:

          Cd – Yup! Glad you figured it out. Enjoy!

  48. Anonymous says:

    Melissa – Sure! They’ll just be more chocolaty. Never a bad thing in my book!

  49. Anonymous says:

    Hanna – You got it! I’ll work on it! I was thinking of doing some fiber muffins as well.

  50. heather legg says:

    These are so yummy! They turned out great; I love the texture and the chocolate chips in them are a nice treat. Thank you- I’ve been looking for a clean, tasty bar with a good consistency. Btw, I LOVE this site and so glad I found it!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Heather – I’m glad you enjoyed them! Welcome to my site!

  51. Anonymous says:

    Arlene – They are chips sweetened with grain sweetener as apposed to the regular corn syrup and other not-so-nice sweeteners. You can locate a store that carries them through their web site: http://www.SunSpire.com.

  52. Ericahoyt22 says:

    hi there πŸ™‚ tonight I made your pizza dough and chocolate chip cookies and they were both so yummy! I got all the ingredients to make these protein bars as well, but by accident got chia powder instead of the seeds. Will the powder work in this recipe?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Erica – I’ve never used it, so I can’t say. You can omit it or use a different type of seed though if you have them.

  53. This is going to be my Halloween treat :-)))
    Thanks for the recipe !

    1. Anonymous says:

      Psuwife – Enjoy!

  54. Liz4fitness says:

    I have started making my family these bars and I now have to make double batches (I am feeding 2 -growing!-boys and myself!) a batch only last about 3 days at longest! I was going to say I completely omit the honey and add just an ounce or two extra of applesauce and they taste great. Might be good for people really trying to watch their sugar intake! Thank you for these!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Liz4fitness – That’s fantastic! I want to work on a new bar recipe, so maybe I’ll use your tip. Thanks!

  55. Anonymous says:

    LuLu – Sounds yummy!

  56. Anonymous says:

    QK – Fabulous! I’m happy you enjoyed them!

  57. Just finished making these and I could not wait to come thank you for the recipe! They are delicious! Very quick to make and so inexpensive compared to store bought bars. My only issue was spreading the mix into my pan; it was very sticky! I ended up spraying my hand with olive oil and flattening it out πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Natasha – Yes, it is sticky. But what a great way to handle the problem! I’ll try that myself next time. Glad you enjoyed them!

  58. Anonymous says:

    Shel – Cranberries would be yummy!

  59. Anonymous says:

    Jennifer – Sure can!

  60. Anonymous says:

    Janick – Wonderful! I’m so happy he enjoyed them!

  61. Anonymous says:

    ICharier – The nut butter is the “glue” in this recipe. Can she have other nut butters? Or do you avoid all nuts due to cross contamination?

    1. IChartier says:

      She has to avoid all nuts as she has a severe allergic reaction to all nuts . She can eat a product called “wow butter” that is made to look and taste like peanut butter but is actually a soya butter. So you think that would work in this recipe?

      1. Anonymous says:

        I’m not sure because I’ve never tried it. However, if it really is like peanut butter, chances are good.

  62. Anonymous says:

    Alicia – Wonderful!! I love it when that happens!

  63. Anonymous says:

    Marlena – Protein powders are meant to be a supplement. I get enough protein in my normal eating plan and extra just gets converted to fat in the body which would defeat the purpose. I still occasionally use hemp protein powder in my smoothies, but only if I don’t have a hard boiled egg or some other form of protein to eat with it.

  64. I just found your blog and love it! We just started clean eating in our home. Where do you find grain sweetened chocolate chips? Whole Foods? Thanks!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Carrie – Yes, or at least I did. They recently discontinued it and now I get them in bulk at a smaller health food store in my area. Check out the SunSpire.com web site to see where they sell in your area.

  65. Anonymous says:

    Shannonkuharik – Either way.

    1. Charity Lui says:

      So omitting the protein powder won’t change the consistency of the bars too much? Have you made them without protein powder?

      1. graciouspantry says:

        Charity – I have not, but it shouldn’t make a difference. You can always add a little of another dry ingredient of your choice.

  66. If I used chocolate hey powder would they turn ok? Or be too chcolatey? It’s what I just happened to have on hand…

    1. Anonymous says:

      Becca – I think it would be just fine. Enjoy!

  67. Anonymous says:

    Jenn – Thank you so much! You’re doing great!

  68. Anonymous says:

    Rita – Those sound like great adjustments! Thanks! I haven’t tried them with raw oats, so I’m not sure how to answer your question. But maybe I’ll try that next.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Jesmsain – Fabulous!

  69. Anonymous says:

    Mamaof4 – Fantastic!

  70. Anonymous says:

    Julie – Fantastic! Nice work on the subs!

  71. Anonymous says:

    Heidi – I love that!!

  72. Anonymous says:

    Ellen – I got mine in the bulk section of Whole Foods. But if you don’t have one in your area, call around for any stores that carry 100% whey protein powder.

  73. TomΓ‘Ε‘ HeΕ™man says:

    +1…i tried these with unflavoured pea protein and no apple sauce or cinamon (didn’t have those)…i had to add a cup of water, though, to make mixture a little sticky and they turned out DELICIOUS…nice and moist, just beautiful

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Tomas – That’s wonderful! Glad you enjoyed them!

  74. I made these, but put more ch. chips in b/c 2 tbs didn’t seem like enough.. the kids loved them! Asked me to make them again! Thanks!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Brandie – Fantastic!

  75. graciouspantry says:

    Abby – As it says in the recipes, this makes 15 bars. But feel free to cut them smaller if you like. They are very filling.

  76. This might sound totally silly – but is this a snack by itself or should it be paired with a fruit/veg?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Guest – Veg is always good, but not necessary as you have both carbs and protein here.

  77. They were surprisingly tasty, a winner in my house, thank you!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Cassie – Glad you enjoyed them!

  78. Kazkid2003 says:

    Gonna try these today! A little feedback – I clicked print friendly and got four pages of text and color photographs when all I wanted was the recipe – seems like a waste of paper and ink – I’m not angry! Just wondering if the print feature can be simplified. Thanks for your awesome site and recipes! πŸ™‚

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Kazkid – Yes, you should be able to click on any of those before printing things and they will disappear.

  79. I made the cinnamon granola bars today and they are delicious! I can’t wait to try the pumpkin granola bars next.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Patti – Glad you enjoyed them!

  80. graciouspantry says:

    AFO – Be my guest!

  81. graciouspantry says:

    Leslie – Wonderful! Thanks for trying my recipe!

  82. graciouspantry says:

    Laurenaimee – That’s wonderful! Good luck on the race!

  83. Jennybloomfield78 says:

    Awesome! Love these! I too used flax seeds, and I also used bittersweet chocolate chips (they were all I had plus I like less sweetness). these are yummy, yummy, yummy!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Jenny – Glad you liked them!

  84. graciouspantry says:

    Marissa – The only chia seeds I use are the black seeds. Not sure I’ve ever seen the other varieties.

  85. Ladyfinger3 says:

    How many bars does this recipe make….as will be needed to determine the amount of calories per bar. (the info above doesn’t mention how many servings there are) I am pretty sure I cut mine small.

    Also, I used 1 cup of hemp protein powder in place of the whey and my consistency/texture was a little different than your pictures show, but the taste turned out good. I am trying to use more plant based proteins.

    Oh…and I used ground flax seeds in place of chia seeds as well! πŸ™‚
    Thanks!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Ladyfinger – The number of bars is right under the title of the recipe in the gray area. It makes 15 bars.

  86. I just recently found your site and this is the first recipe I have tried. It is excellent! Thank you for all the work you have put into these recipes and the site. It is making the transition to clean eating much easier for me and my family.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      kylatom – Wonderful!! I’m so happy you enjoyed them!

  87. I used chocolate whey protein and they taste great!

  88. I have a massive container of chocolate protein powder and was wondering if it would work in this recipe. I’m happy to hear that you tried it and it works!

  89. graciouspantry says:

    Aj – It’s right above the first photo. 350 F.

  90. graciouspantry says:

    Hope you enjoy it!

  91. graciouspantry says:

    Hope you enjoy it!

  92. This recipe looks really good. However, I’m looking for a protein bar recipe without soy and milk products. What could I substitute for the whey protein? Also, I’m sensitive to oats, is there anything else I could use? thanks.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      RABB – You can use any protein powder. The oats, I’m not so sure about. I’d have to try to create a recipe without.

  93. graciouspantry says:

    Allisonmae – It says just below the title. 15 bars.

  94. graciouspantry says:

    Vicki – For this, you definitely want plain, quick oats.

  95. graciouspantry says:

    Skittlez – You can. They are not clean, but if the cocoa content is at least 70-80% you should be okay.

  96. graciouspantry says:

    Trish – They should be fine. I wouldn’t freeze them for any longer than 3 months though.

  97. graciouspantry says:

    Organic doesn’t necessarily mean clean. They could have organic white sugar which is still refined sugar (not clean)

    1. Angela Wilson Rodriguez says:

      What about carob chips?

      1. graciouspantry says:

        Angela – As with any product like that, you have to read the ingredient list. But I’m sure they would work fine if you can find a clean brand.

      2. graciouspantry says:

        Angela – As with any product like that, you have to read the ingredient list. But I’m sure they would work fine if you can find a clean brand.

    2. Angela Wilson Rodriguez says:

      What about carob chips?

  98. Made these and wanted to cut down on the fat and increase protein. Instead of 1 cup all natural peanut butter I used 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup PB2, and 1/3 cup fat free greek yogurt. Result was more protein and less fat and tasted great! Thanks!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Tobar8 – That’s great! However, I don’t believe PB2 is clean, is it? I thought it had sugar added?

  99. graciouspantry says:

    Kim – I honestly don’t know. The peanut butter is the glue in this. Can she have sun butter?

  100. Charlene Chambers says:

    Great and yummy recipe. Made it and my husband and I LOVE It. Thanks so much, I am following all of your recipes.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Glad you enjoyed them! πŸ™‚

  101. I am about a month in, and still haven’t made my trips to those, but am waiting with so much excitement! I think I will be making these for my hubby tonight πŸ™‚

  102. graciouspantry says:

    What is it you want to substitute?

  103. graciouspantry says:

    What is it you want to substitute?

  104. Charlaonebay says:

    What are grain sweetened chocolate chips?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Check out http://www.SunSpire.com. They make them. They aren’t completely clean, but closer than any regular chips I’ve found.

  105. Super yummy! I made them today. Thank you. Just wondering what protien powder you used? It says 21 grams of protein per bar, but when I did the calculation it only came to 10 grams per bar.(15 bars) I used 1 cup, which was 4 scoops at 25 grams per scoop.

    Did I miss something?? Thank you!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Alex – It really depends on the powder you use. I used 100% whey.

  106. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome!! Glad you liked them!

  107. graciouspantry says:

    Alex – As I say in my disclaimer, the data is not exact. The web site I used for the data sometimes has to use substitutes to come close to what the correct data is. So there is a chance that the numbers are off.

  108. graciouspantry says:

    I always bought it in the bulk section at Whole Foods. So I’m not sure what the brand it. I’m sure any health food store could help you locate some. Just get the unflavored stuff.

  109. graciouspantry says:

    My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed them!

  110. graciouspantry says:

    I would freeze them. In the fridge, they probably last about a week. In the freezer, much longer. Best of luck and congratulations!

  111. Tiana_wanson says:

    Just made these! I had just a little and they are good! I cut the honey to 1/3 cup and made up for the calories with about 1/4 cup chocolate chips!

  112. graciouspantry says:

    I always used 100% whey. I bought it in bulk at Whole Foods. Sadly, they stopped carrying it.

  113. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! So glad you enjoyed them!

  114. Scrip2artist says:

    How many bars does this recipe make? I’m trying to figure out your serving size vs. the nutritional info.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      It’s just below the title. 15 bars.

  115. these are AMAZING I left out the honey, because I didn’t have some in the house at the time.

  116. graciouspantry says:

    Yes, that would account for the difference. Glad it turned out so well!

  117. Cassandra says:

    These are delicious! Great for when I don’t have time to make a meal or if I forget to bring a lunch to work. Saves a lot of money too, thanks!

  118. This is so GOOD! I used choc pb protein and added unsweetened coconut and walnuts. YUM! Thank you!

  119. graciouspantry says:

    You have to click on the stuff you don’t want to print. Works okay for me. Maybe some sort of security setting on your computer?

  120. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! I hope you enjoy them!

  121. graciouspantry says:

    PB2 isn’t clean, is it? Just curious. I hope you enjoy them!

  122. graciouspantry says:

    Glad you enjoyed them!

  123. graciouspantry says:

    I couldn’t follow your link, so I’m not sure if the three items you listed are the entire ingredient list. I would imagine that at the very least, they are a better option, yes. But again, I’m not sure if that’s the complete list. Sorry.

  124. Nicoletrujillo28 says:

    This is our go-to for healthy car snacks! I sometimes add raisins in addition to all of the above ingredients. These are really good!

  125. I’m adopting a clean diet as my resolution this year, and because of my limited budget as a grad student, I’m doing it two to four items per week, but I am super excited about getting everything together and making these so I have snacks on hand during the day!

  126. Jeanny Sateler says:

    I absolutely love these, I would love to make them, but..hehehe, unfortunately I don’t like either peanut or almond butter, is there anything else I can sub it with?? thank you so much!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Cashew butter? The flavor is not predominant….

  127. graciouspantry says:

    You can find both at most health food stores or on line at Amazon.com

  128. At what temperature do you have to roast the oats in the over before you start?

  129. I am allergic to apples. Do you have any suggestions for alternatives? Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      You could try 1/3 cup oil.

  130. My husband is deployed right now and I’d like to make something healthy for him. It takes my packages a week to get to him. Which type of oats should I use so that they are chewy when they get to him?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I’m not sure these are the best choice. But if you want to try it, I would just follow the recipe as is.

  131. Can’t do whey. Would pea protein work?

  132. I am *OBSESSED* with these bars! I added raisins to the batter then drizzled the bars with dark chocolate… they taste amazinggg! However, I initially halved the recipe and it came out super liquidy so I ended up having to add almost 1/2 cup more oats and 1/4 cup more protein to thicken it a bit to where it was somewhat similar to your picture. Luckily they came out very delicious anyway and I will definitely be making them again! Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      My pleasure! Glad it worked out. πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      They aren’t necessarily 3 minute oats. If they are, they will say so on the package.

  133. I am making these with chocolate flavored whey (thats all I had), 3 tbsp of raw cacao powder, and chopped almonds (no choco chips) They are in the oven now! The batter tasted great, so I hope the bars are just as good :)) thanks for the recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      My pleasure! I’m sure they’ll turn out fine. This is a very versatile recipe. People have done tons of variations.

  134. Are these a chewy or a crunchier bar? Id prefer chewy.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Not crunchy at all. Soft and sort of chewy. Kinda like an oatmeal cookie.

  135. Just made the cinnamon chocolate chip bars. Do I store them in the fridge? Oh long is the “shelf” life?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Yes, store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. They keep much longer in the freezer. Up to 6 months.

  136. Dumb question. Do you eat them cold?

  137. Thank you for this recipe!! I have been wanting to make my own bars for a LONG time and this recipe was perfect! I used carob chips instead of the chocolate chips (couldn’t find the grain sweetened chips, even at Sprouts). Despite being such a healthy bar, they were tasty! I have been giving a few to my friends and they are liking them, too! Your website is just what I need to change how we eat.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sharon – Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed them!

  138. OK, I will admit, I am always skeptical trying a recipe that even resembles some sort of baking involved-I don’t trust my “skills” in this area. However, I’ve tried so many of your recipes, and your directions and hints never let me down. So, when I saw this recipe, I was excited to try it. I’ve been wanting to make my own protein bars for a long time, but didn’t know where to start. All I know is, even the “healthy” store bought kind are sometimes questionable. Also, they tend to give me a late spike in my blood sugar, which is extra frustrating for me, as I am diabetic and work hard to keep my numbers in control. These bars are so much easier to make than I anticipated, and they were GOOD! My husband, who loves anything sweet, even gobbled them up. At one point, I had to make two batches so we can have some at home to snack on, and some to take to work in our lunches. Thanks again for a yummy, easy and healthy recipe. If you like protein bars, give these a try…you won’t be disappointed!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Paula – Thank you! I’m glad you liked them. Just please be careful because these do have to “blood sugar spiking” abilities if not kept in moderation. But glad you enjoyed them! πŸ™‚

  139. This recipe sounds fantastic! I was wondering: how long would these last sealed in a container? I’d like to make a couple of batches at a time and stock up if possible.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kat – They won’t last all that long, but the good news is, you can freeze them.

  140. This is my go to recipe for protein bars!! I tweak it depending on what I have on hand…I’ve used a chocolate protein/meal powder called shakeology, raisins, PB2 reconstituted, flax seed, allspice, apple pie spice, etc. thank you for an amazing core recipe!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heather – My pleasure! πŸ™‚

  141. Yeah protein count looks to low and you have to watch the amount of PB. PB and nuts do add weight to you.
    I am a little more simple.
    1. Three cups rolled oats.
    2. six cups of vanilla whey (good whey will be 25g a scoop)
    3. Can of pumpkin, or jar of all natural apple sauce.
    4. four whole eggs (yes whole because the nutrients are in the yolk)
    5 Two cups of shredded coconut.
    6. 1 cup shaved Almonds (if you choose)
    7. 1 cup of raisins or cranraisins (cranberry is a much better choice)

    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Pour your seven items into a bowl and mix thoroughly.
    You can cook in bread pans and slice into bars, but I use something like this (http://www.themahanandi.org/images/chocolate/chocolatedatecakecopyrightedimage1.jpg)
    After you have evenly distributed the mixture to the cooking sheet place in oven.
    Set timer for 15 minutes then test by using the knife test (if the knife comes out clean then they are done. Cool the bars then zip lock them.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brent – Sounds good, thanks!

  142. I made these today but didn’t have enough whey powder so I added 100% whole wheat flour so the batter wouldn’t be so wet and they turned out great.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      CA – Awesome! Glad to know that worked! πŸ™‚

  143. Thanks for this! My children loved helping mix these up and were so proud to present them to the rest if the family. Eating healthier is so much easier when the recipes are simple and food is tasty. I was just wondering approximately what a serving size of this bar is.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sharon – I made mine in a casserole dish. So I just used my pizza cutter, and cut it 2 times one way, and 4 times the other in equal portions. That gave me 15 bars.

  144. Hello, these were a big hit in my house! The only thing is they turned out rather dry and would crumble easily. Did I do something wrong or is this normal?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Paulette – No, that’s not normal. Did you measure everything correctly? You could try adding a little extra apple sauce, that could help with moisture.

  145. Thanks. I was pretty sure I did, but I could be wrong. I am making them again tomorrow so I will be careful to make sure everything is correct. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Paulette – Let me know how they turn out!

  146. Hi,

    I love your recipes and see that a few of them call for unsweetened apple sauce. What is the UK version for this as I can’t seem to find it?

    Thanks πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kim – Do you have apple sauce at all, or are you asking about the unsweetened bit? If not, you can certainly make your own at home. It’s quite easy. The idea is to use apple sauce with no added sugar. Here are the directions for making it at home: https://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-apple-sauce/

  147. Is it possible to add cocoa powder to get more of an overall chocolate flavor? im assuming i’d have to add more wet to compensate? More honey to balance the unsweetened cocoa??

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sharon – It’s possible, I’m just not sure what the exact steps would be. I’ll work on it though.

  148. I was wondering if I could use hemp powder instead of protein powder. The hemp powder I have is 15g protein to 4 tbsp should I still use a cup or use the 4 tbsp and then add oat flour to the mixture to replace the lack of dry ingredients.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lexie – I would have no way of knowing. Every powder will react differently in a recipe depending on its texture, thickness and substance. I haven’t worked much with hemp powder, so I don’t know what it’s like to bake with. I’m really sorry, I wish I could be more help.

  149. Hi!
    I am just starting to eat and cook clean and I was wondering if you could do a post on protein powders? How to find clean products and how to use them in bar and muffin recipes.
    Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachel – Sure. I’ll see what I can come up with. πŸ™‚

  150. I was just wondering if you had any suggestions as to using pb2 instead of peanut butter.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lexie – I haven’t seen a jar yet that is actually clean. That’s not to say it doesn’t exist, I just haven’t seen them. I know lots of people use it though.

  151. I have only ever found one and that was on Amazon it is called Betty Lou’s Just Great Powdered Peanut Butter. It is Certified Gluten Free and USDA Organic.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lexie – But I wonder about the powdered stuff. What kind of processing it goes through to get to that state.

  152. Hi Tiffany, I love your blog! I’ve heard and read that whey is a by product of cheese and is toxic. I haven’t done extensive research on this however and I try to stay clear of it and use vegan protein powders. Do you have any thoughts on this?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – The truth is, no protein powder is clean. But many clean eaters use it anyway for convenience. It’s totally a personal choice.

  153. Can you omit the protien powder completely and still have them turn out the same?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Linde – Probably, but you may want to add a little extra oat flour for consistency. You’ll have to play it by ear.

  154. Catherine says:

    Delicious! I subbed tahini and cranberries for the peanut butter and choc chips. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Catherine – My pleasure! Glad it worked out! πŸ™‚

  155. I love this one and would really like to try it. I just wish every bar recipe I see didn’t have peanut butter or nuts in them. I have a son who is allergic to Peanuts and nuts so finding an alternative has been challenging to say the least. Any suggestions?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Khales – The reason for that is that the nut butter binds everything together. You could maybe try a baked recipe that uses eggs, but I haven’t found one like that. I’d have to get into the kitchen and experiment. Brown rice syrup is also an option, but does add a lot more sugar.

  156. Thank you. I’m just getting into this clean eats and haven’t done a lot of experimenting but hope to soon. I can maybe find something else. Haven’t tried the Sunflower butter yet.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Khales – That’s always an option!

  157. Just a question, I thought you were not supposed to cook protein powder because it breaks down the protein?? Is protein powder a clean food?? Just curious but this is what I have been told πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Vickie – No, protein powder is not clean. But you would be hard pressed to get most clean eaters to give it up. That and coffee….
      I’ve seen lots of people bake with it. Admittedly, I don’t know anything about the protein breaking down. But I do know some protein powders are better than others, so maybe it depends on what brand you get? I’m not sure. Sorry, wish I had a better answer for you.

  158. I’m waiting for my oven to preheat so I can roast the oats and make these. I’m using regular old chocolate chips since our grocery store is small and is seriously lacking, but I’m okay with that. Also using chocolate whey protein since that’s all my husband buys. Cannot wait to try these!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kimberly – I hope you enjoy them!

  159. Sheri Waddell says:

    Is there anything that can substitute for the applesauce? I have an extreme intolerance for apples in any form or amount. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sheri – I haven’t tried it myself, but you could try yogurt instead. Or even pear sauce or some other fruit sauce.

  160. I would love to try these bars but being a diabetic, honey spikes my sugars terribly. Do you think if i cut the honey in half and used sugar free maple syrup for the other half that they would still turn out ok?
    Or do you have any other suggestions to still get the right texture since i believe it is the caramelizing effect your looking for with this recipe?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melissa – I wouldn’t be clean, but yes. You could sub with the sugar free stuff. I’ve never baked with it, but if it bakes the same way as regular maple syrup then it should be fine.

  161. Should these be stored in the freezer or refrigerator, or can they just be left in ziplock baggies room temp?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bianca – I would store them in baggies in the fridge for up to a week. If you need to store longer than that, just pop them in the freezer.

  162. I tried these last night. I made a few substitutions – No protein powder and maple syrup in place of honey, almond butter in place of peanut butter. (allergy in the house) My chocolate chips were organic, but did have an emulsifier in it. I threw in some sunflower & pumpkin seeds for texture. It solved the old fashioned oats/ hay issue as they came out very moist and probably wont get that crunchy bar consistency. The kids didn’t even ask where the ature alley wrappers were! πŸ˜‰

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jeanne – I’m glad you enjoyed them! πŸ˜€

  163. I’m trying to find a recipe for a bar that I can mail to someone. I want something that will hold up in a box for a maybe 3 days and not melt and get disgusting if it sits in a hot truck at some point along the way. Would these hold up?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jamie – If you replace the chocolate chips with raisins or cranberries, these should be fine. But you’ll still need to package them carefully. Styrofoam works wonders!

  164. Hi Tiffany! Tomorrow I will make the Freedom Brownies, which I’m excited about, but I also plan on making these bars. I am very sensitive to things even in the cleanest protein powders. What else can I substitute for the protein power?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michele – I would just leave it out to be honest. I don’t think there is a substitute for protein powder. Not that I know of anyway.

      1. I have substituted the protein powder with coconut flour, which is high in protein. I use just 1/2 cup of coconut flour, and increase the apple sauce by 1/4 cup, because coconut flour is very absorbent. I can’t have whey, either.

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Carolyn – I’m so happy you found something that works! That’s a great substitution!

  165. Brandologist says:

    How long will the bars keep for?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brandologist – If you keep them in the fridge, about a week. Longer in the freezer.

  166. Is there an approximate calorie count per bar ?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Carolyn – You would have the enter the recipe into a recipe calculator and divide by the number of bars you end up with.

  167. I’ve been making these for a couple of years now. They are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast and super yummy. I use Pure Protein Vanilla Creme powder because it’s a perfect base for almost any protein shake or recipe and only has 2 grams of sugar (I’m diabetic). Thank you so much for this recipe! For the lady who asked about nutrition info, here is the breakdown according to the recipe I plugged into myfitnesspal.com:

    1 tbsp, Spices, cinnamon, ground
    0.50 cup, Honey
    2 tbsp(s), Organic Chia Seeds
    0.50 Cup, Apple Sauce Unsweetened
    16 Tbs, Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy – Unsweetened & No Salt
    2 cup, Rolled Oats
    3 scoop, Whey Protein shake
    2 tbsp (15g), Grain Sweetened Chocolate Chips

    Nutrition Facts
    Servings 15.0
    Amount Per Serving
    calories 237
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 11 g 18 %
    Saturated Fat 2 g 11 %
    Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 17 mg 6 %
    Sodium 21 mg 1 %
    Potassium 205 mg 6 %
    Total Carbohydrate 25 g 8 %
    Dietary Fiber 4 g 15 %
    Sugars 12 g
    Protein 11 g 22 %
    Vitamin A 0 %
    Vitamin C 0 %
    Calcium 7 %
    Iron 7 %

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – So happy you are enjoying the protein bars! πŸ˜€

  168. I was just curious as to the benefit or purpose of roasting the oats beforehand? How does this change the end result…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brenna – It’s a flavor thing. Much like sautΓ©ing onions. πŸ™‚

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