Soft, chewy, and incredibly delicious, these healthy cinnamon protein bars are easy to make and don’t require baking.
We love making our own protein bars around here.
Our original homemade protein bar recipe is a staple, but we also like to try out other flavors. These include banana, cookie dough, and these cinnamon protein bars.
Why this recipe works
- Made in 10 minutes. Spend a few minutes to make protein bars for the entire week and you won’t have to buy protein bars with unhealthy additives and lots of added sugar.
- A no-bake recipe. This recipe doesn’t require baking. Chill them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and they are ready to be enjoyed.
- Vegan and gluten-free. Made without dairy or eggs, these are suitable for a vegan and gluten free diet.
If you love cinnamon-flavored treats, then these cinnamon protein bars are certainly something up your alley. Give these bars a try and they will become one of your favorite protein-rich snacks ever.
This recipe calls for simple pantry staple ingredients. Here is what you’ll need:
- Oat flour. Skip the expensive store-bought varieties and make your own.
- Coconut flour. Substitute it for almond flour if you like.
- Protein powder. I like using a vanilla-flavored protein powder but unflavored also works.
- Cinnamon. To flavor the cinnamon bars.
- Sweeteners. You will need some granulated sweetener as well as some brown rice syrup.
- Almond butter. Any other nut butter will work too.
- Vanilla extract. To make the flavor of cinnamon bars richer.
- Milk. I used unsweetened almond milk but any milk works.
For the topping:
- Granulated sweetener of choice. White sugar, brown sugar, or even a sugar substitute.
How to make cinnamon protein bars
Only a few minutes of mixing and these cinnamon protein bars are ready to be enjoyed. Here’s how you make them.
Step 1 – Combine the dry ingredients
Add flour, protein powder, granulated sweetener, and cinnamon to a large bowl and mix well to combine.
Step 2 – Melt the nut butter and combine all ingredients
Add the nut butter and liquid sweetener to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until fully melted. Add the vanilla extract and pour the melted nut mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix well. At this point, the mixture should be crumbly. Add the milk one spoonful at a time and mix until a firm mixture is formed.
Step 3 – Press the mixture into the pan and chill
Press the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Rub on the cinnamon topping and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until fully set. Once set, cut into slices and enjoy.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Depending on the type of flour you use, you may need to add more milk to achieve the right consistency for the bars.
- Coat the knife with cooking spray to be able to slice the bars without sticking. Wipe the knife clean after each slice.
- If you want to increase the amount of protein per bar, drizzle them with a protein drizzle. For the protein drizzle, simply mix equal parts of protein powder and milk.
To store: Store these cinnamon protein bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. You may want to wrap the bars with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking to each other.
To freeze: You can also freeze cinnamon protein bars for 2 to 3 months. When you are ready to eat them, remove the bars from the freezer and allow them to thaw and soften.
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Frequently asked questions
There are 188 calories and 10 grams of protein in each of these homemade cinnamon bars.
As these protein bars use oat flour and several sweeteners, they are not suitable for a low carb diet.
For the topping
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons sugar any granulated sweetener works
Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, sugar, and cinnamon and mix well.
In a microwave safe bowl, combine the almond butter and brown rice syrup and heat until melted. Add the vanilla extract and pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix well- It should be crumbly.
Using a spoon, add milk one spoonful at a time until a thick, firm batter is formed. Add more if neeed.
Transfer the protein bar mixture to the lined baking dish and press firmly. Rub the cinnamon bun topping on it and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Serving: 1protein bar | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg | NET CARBS: 15g