Easy Homemade Protein Bars

6 Bars285 cals

It’s hot, it’s summer, and you’d probably prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time outside so today we’re making some Easy Homemade Protein Bars! This simple protein bar recipe is great for pre-workout, post-workout, or as a quick snack.

Did I mention that you only need 5 ingredients to make them!?

You’re going to start this one by taking out a food processor (I link mine below in the recipe card, it’s cheap!) and adding 3 servings of whole pitted dates into it which is 120 grams.

Cover it up and pulse until a single date ball forms. This should only take around a minute or so depending on how powerful your food processor is.

Next, add into a mixing bowl around 2/3 of a container of Greek yogurt (110 grams), 1 cup of rolled oats, 8 tablespoons of a nut butter or nut butter alternative, and 2 1/2 scoops of protein powder.

Remember, I include both US and metric conversions below.

Pro tip? Add in a stick pack of LMNT Chocolate Salt in for some electrolytes!

Give those ingredients a quick mix.

Once those ingredients are combined you can add in your processed single date ball and mix again until everything is combined.

Homemade Protein Bars

These are your base ingredients. Whatever else you want to add in is completely up to you! Nuts, hemp seeds, chocolate chips, ground cinnamon, dried fruit, and so on all work great.

I went with some hemp seeds and mini chocolate chips this time!

Did you know that about 25% of the calories in hemp seeds come from protein?

With your mix ready you’ll want to take out a baking sheet, pan, or dish and some parchment paper. Whatever you use will be dependent on what you want your homemade protein bars to look like.

Add your mix onto your parchment paper and shape your mix by pressing down into it.

Your mix will be pretty sticky so here’s 2 ways to make it easier for your to shape.

  1. You can put your mix into the fridge or freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  2. You can keep your hands damp as you shape it (quickest).

I don’t have a preference here, both ways work great.

From here you can top them, I added on some walnuts. Make sure to press in whatever you’re topping them with!

Last, put them into the oven on 350F/176C for around 12-15 minutes or until your edges start to turn golden brown.

Protein Bar Tips

A couple tips for these?

  1. You don’t need to bake them but baking them will make them more travel friendly.
  2. Top them with some protein frosting!
  3. Switch the flavors up by mixing and matching your Greek yogurt and protein powder flavors.

A couple of my favorite variations:

  • Chocolate Protein Powder with Banana Cream Greek Yogurt
  • Vanilla Protein Powder with Salted Caramel Greek Yogurt
  • Unflavored Protein Powder with Vanilla or Chocolate Greek Yogurt

Question of the day! If you’re dieting right now, are you following a specific diet? Just tracking your calories? Doing your best to eat better? Let me know in the comments below!

Every summer I always like to ask this question to see how things change overtime.

How about some Fudge Brownie Protein Bars next?

Easy Homemade Protein Bars Recipe

Easy Homemade Protein Bars

How to make your own Easy Homemade Protein Bars with just 5 ingredients! This simple protein bar recipe can be made baked or no bake.
4.92 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked protein bars, bars, easy protein bars, homemade protein bars, no bake bars, protein, protein bar, protein bars
Servings: 6 Bars
Calories: 285kcal
Cost: $4

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  • 4.5 Ounces Dates - Whole Pitted
  • 3.9 Ounces Greek Yogurt - Your Choice Flavor
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 2.5 Scoops Protein Powder - Your Choice Flavor
  • 8 Tablespoons Peanut Butter


  • Process your Dates by pulsing them until a single date ball forms
  • Mix together your Greek Yogurt, Rolled Oats, Peanut Butter, and Protein Powder in a mixing bowl
  • Add and mix in your processed Dates
  • Mix in anything else you want like nuts, hemp seeds, chocolate chips, ground cinnamon, or dried fruit
  • Line a baking pan or dish with some parchment paper
  • Add your mix onto your pan or dish and shape it using your hands (keep them damp and it won't be as sticky)
  • Top with whatever you want like some nuts or chocolate chips
  • Bake them in the oven on 350F/176C for around 10-12 minutes or until your edges turn golden brown
  • Alternatively you can put them into the fridge for a few hours to harden up if you don't want them baked (not as travel friendly)
  • Remove them from the oven or fridge and cut them



Baking time will depend on how thick or thin your bars are so keep an eye on them!
Calories in the WHOLE recipe:
  • Calories: 1714
  • Fat: 66g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Sodium: 961mg
  • Carbs: 163g (Net Carbs: 136g)
  • Fiber: 27g
  • Sugar: 89g
  • Protein: 117g


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.1g | Protein: 19.5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Sodium: 160.1mg | Fiber: 4.5g | Sugar: 14.8g


  1. Kristin on April 23, 2024 at 10:12 pm

    5 stars
    These are great! I didn’t have enough peanut butter on hand so I did half with PB2 and turned out awesome. Baked for 12 min. So good!

  2. Bruce Peters on May 5, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    Sorry found the frosting 🙂

  3. Bruce Peters on May 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Did I miss what the frosting is? Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Henry on February 18, 2023 at 12:46 am

    Hey Derek, thanks for the recipe. Can I ask how long these protein bars can last in room temperature as I am about taking some of them with me while travelling?

    • Derek Howes on March 11, 2023 at 11:23 am

      Should be good for at least a few days and possibly more. Hope this helps Henry!

  5. Wessam on November 6, 2022 at 5:47 am

    Thanks for the recipe chef, I’ll try it out today, but how could I calculate the calories if I want to add more ingredients like bananas or dried fruit?
    Thanks again and best wishes from UAE

    • Derek Howes on January 12, 2023 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Wessam! I almost always add extra toppings and whatnot individually. Hope this helps!

  6. Kelsey on September 17, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Sorry if I missed this anywhere but do you have recommendations on how long these will last? I am considering making a larger batch and storing the excess. I could potentially just freeze them if needed. Any advice?

    • Derek Howes on October 4, 2022 at 8:33 am

      I would freeze them over 5-7 days!

  7. Mario on July 30, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve been struggling to get a pre/post workout snack and something to get my protein in as well. I don’t eat nearly as much as I should and I know it effects my energy and gains as well in the gym. I added some coconut to the recipe, but otherwise followed the directions to a surprising end result.

    My girlfriend is inherently very sensitive to food tastes, I’m along the lines as long as I don’t get sick, I can eat it. She offered to try it and I told her it’ll have a pretty strong chocolate protein flavor. Her eyes lit up looked at me as if I had given her a puppy, she was genuinely surprised how much she loved the bars. She proceeded to call her mom and sister and have me send them the recipe. I think in the next batch I will add chopped up banana chips, I love bananas and I think they’d give an interesting additional flavor and texture. I’m also considering dehydrating them and see how they turn out. I can see why some people love moist bars, but I tend to like mine on the dry side. I also think they’d last longer and carry better. Thank you Protein Chef!

    • Derek Howes on August 3, 2022 at 11:56 am

      Love and appreciate the awesome feedback Mario! Thank you!!!

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