Cheap Protein Bars without Powder

10 Bars110 cals

PROTEIN BARS!? Always hit or miss, usually packed with way too many ingredients, and they can definitely put a dent in your wallet! These baked cheap protein bars without powder we’re making today are packed with great macros, you can make them a million different ways, they only really take a couple minutes to prep, and the recipe where I live costs less than $2.00!

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We’re gonna start these cheap protein bars without powder off by making a crust. It’s easy, don’t worry!

Add into a bowl 1 1/4 cups of rolled oats, 2 teaspoons of a lower calorie brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 ounce of a milk substitute, and 2 tablespoons of either melted butter or coconut oil.

Mix those together until all of your oats are nicely coated.

The size or shape pan you use here will depend on what kind of bars you want to make. I like using either a bread pan or 9’’ square pan.

Add some parchment paper into that pan and pour your mix in. Do your best to evenly distribute it across the bottom while pressing it in.

Put that crust for your cheap protein bars without powder into the oven on 350F/176C for around 12 minutes.

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While your cheap protein bars without powder crust is in the oven, take out another bowl. Add into that bowl 2 cups of fat free cottage cheese, 2 ounces of Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, a couple tablespoons of some sweetener, and 2 large whole eggs.

You don’t have to but for even more protein you could add in 1-2 scoops of some optional protein powder.

At this stage you could mix in things like nuts, fruit, or some chocolate chips (my preference).

You can also top your cheap protein bars without powder with whatever you want!

What do I top mine with? It depends on what I’m craving so I don’t have a favorite. However, baking M&Ms and a combination of peanut butter and chocolate chips were my choice today!

Think outside the box here and have some fun with whatever you choose.

Mix everything together for a couple minutes.

Once your crust is done, go ahead and pour this mix in.

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Bake your soon to be cheap protein bars without powder on 325F/162C for 50 minutes to an hour. You’ll know they’re done once the edges start to brown.

Let them cool for a bit, wrap them up, and throw them in the fridge for a couple hours before cutting your cheap protein bars without powder!

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So there they are and yes, these protein bars without powder are delicious. Keep them in the fridge and they should last an easy 5-7 days if you don’t eat them before then (they last 3 days max in my house).

You also don’t have to make this recipe exactly like I made it, use whatever ingredients fit your macros or lifestyle.

Don’t like sweetener? Use some regular sugar or don’t use any at all.

Hate milk substitute? Use whole milk.

Don’t like fat free cottage cheese? Use full fat!

Want chocolate bars? Add in some cocoa powder and a scoop of chocolate protein powder.

Want something fruity? Use strawberry Greek yogurt and add in some banana slices!

See where I’m going with this?

Let us know what you try below so we have even more options down the line.

Want another Protein Bar recipe? Check these Fudge Brownie Protein Bars out!

How To Make Cheap Protein Bars Recipe

Cheap Protein Bars without Powder

Ready for homemade and cheap baked protein bars without powder? This protein bar recipe is easy and you only need a few ingredients!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked, baked protein bars, bars, homemade protein bars, protein, protein bar, protein bars, protein powder, without powder, without protein
Servings: 10 Bars
Calories: 110kcal
Cost: $3.25
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked, baked protein bars, bars, homemade protein bars, protein, protein bar, protein bars, protein powder, without powder, without protein
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
Servings: 10 Bars
Calories: 110kcal
Cost: $3.25

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 ¼ Cups Rolled Oats100g
  • 2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar Substitute
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Ounce Milk Substituteor Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons ButterMelted (or Coconut Oil)

Bars

  • 2 Cups Cottage Cheese452g Fat Free
  • 2 Ounces Greek YogurtYour choice flavor
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2-4 Tablespoons SweetenerI prefer Erythritol
  • 2 Large Whole Eggs
  • 1-2 Scoops Protein PowderYour choice flavor
  • Chocolate ChipsOr nuts, raisins, dried fruit, etc

Instructions

  • Melt your Butter or Coconut Oil and mix together all of your crust ingredients
  • Line a pan of your choice (whatever size or shape you want) with some parchment paper and press your crust mix into the bottom of it
  • Bake your crust on 350F/176C for around 12 minutes
  • Mix together all of your bar ingredients
  • Lightly mix in anything else you want your bars to have in them
  • Pour your bar mix on top of your crust
  • Add a topping
  • Bake on 325F/162C for 50 minutes to 1 hour (your edges should start to brown)
  • Let them cool, wrap them up, and put them in the fridge for a couple hours

Video

Notes

Factor in the calories from whatever you add inside or on top of them after (it’s easy)!
Keep them in the fridge and they should last 5-7 days!
Make them in bulk and freeze them!
 
Calories in the whole recipe w/ 1 scoop of Protein Powder and no topping:
  • Calories: 1197
  • Fat: 41g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Sodium: 1615mg
  • Carbs: 103g (Net Carbs: 93g)
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Protein: 104g
 
Calories Per Bar (if you cut 10) w/ 1 scoop Protein Powder and no topping:
  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8g
  • Sodium: 161.5mg
  • Carbs: 10.3g (Net Carbs: 9.3g)
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 10.4g
 
Calories in the whole recipe w/ no Protein Powder or topping:
  • Calories: 1097
  • Fat: 41g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Sodium: 1504mg
  • Carbs: 102g (Net Carbs: 92g)
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Protein: 80g
 
Calories Per Bar (if you cut 10) w/ no Protein Powder or topping:
  • Calories: 110
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9g
  • Sodium: 150.4mg
  • Carbs: 10.2g (Net Carbs: 9.2g)
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 8g

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Sodium: 150.4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 ¼ Cups Rolled Oats 100g
  • 2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar Substitute
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Ounce Milk Substitute or Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter Melted (or Coconut Oil)

Bars

  • 2 Cups Cottage Cheese 452g Fat Free
  • 2 Ounces Greek Yogurt Your choice flavor
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Sweetener I prefer Erythritol
  • 2 Large Whole Eggs
  • 1-2 Scoops Protein Powder Your choice flavor
  • Chocolate Chips Or nuts, raisins, dried fruit, etc

Instructions

  • Melt your Butter or Coconut Oil and mix together all of your crust ingredients
  • Line a pan of your choice (whatever size or shape you want) with some parchment paper and press your crust mix into the bottom of it
  • Bake your crust on 350F/176C for around 12 minutes
  • Mix together all of your bar ingredients
  • Lightly mix in anything else you want your bars to have in them
  • Pour your bar mix on top of your crust
  • Add a topping
  • Bake on 325F/162C for 50 minutes to 1 hour (your edges should start to brown)
  • Let them cool, wrap them up, and put them in the fridge for a couple hours

Video

Notes

Factor in the calories from whatever you add inside or on top of them after (it’s easy)!
Keep them in the fridge and they should last 5-7 days!
Make them in bulk and freeze them!
 
Calories in the whole recipe w/ 1 scoop of Protein Powder and no topping:
  • Calories: 1197
  • Fat: 41g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Sodium: 1615mg
  • Carbs: 103g (Net Carbs: 93g)
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Protein: 104g
 
Calories Per Bar (if you cut 10) w/ 1 scoop Protein Powder and no topping:
  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8g
  • Sodium: 161.5mg
  • Carbs: 10.3g (Net Carbs: 9.3g)
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 10.4g
 
Calories in the whole recipe w/ no Protein Powder or topping:
  • Calories: 1097
  • Fat: 41g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Sodium: 1504mg
  • Carbs: 102g (Net Carbs: 92g)
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Protein: 80g
 
Calories Per Bar (if you cut 10) w/ no Protein Powder or topping:
  • Calories: 110
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9g
  • Sodium: 150.4mg
  • Carbs: 10.2g (Net Carbs: 9.2g)
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 8g

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Sodium: 150.4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

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