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No Bake Chocolate Chip Protein Squares

Good day joyous readers,I love really easy recipes. I'm sure you've noticed? :)Life is busy, I want fast food and I don't want to sacrifice either my health
Aug 29, 2013 | Joy McCarthy

Good day joyous readers,

I love really easy recipes. I'm sure you've noticed? :)

Life is busy, I want fast food and I don't want to sacrifice either my health or taste in doing so. Which brings me to my recipe today that I shared on the Morning Show, which you can watch below -- it's fast, healthy, delicious, without additives or junk. Three cheers for whole, good, real, food!

Oh and have you noticed that I've now made my recipes "printable"? I know many of you have groaned about it being rather annoying when you print a recipe and you get 10 pages with it (don't worry, I don't blame you). I've listened and installed a swanky plug-in doo-dadd so you can print off this recipe joyously! Let me know if you like it please.

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  • 2 bananas (mash them with a fork into a bowl)
  • 2 cups of oats or quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 cup organic chocolate chips (look for "fair-trade" if possible or use raw cacao nibs)
  • 2 heaping spoonfuls almond butter
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 scoop your favourite plant-based protein protein powder (I used chocolate Vegan proteins+)
  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well together.
  2. Line a square dish with parchment paper.
  3. Place the mixture into the square dish and flatten it evenly with your hands
  4. (tip: wet your hands so the mixture doesn’t stick to you) Cover the container and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from the freezer, slice into bars or squares.


The great thing about this recipe is you can use any size pan. The smaller the pan, the thicker the bars and conversely, the large the pan, the thinner.
Also, if you want to make sure this recipe is truly gluten-free as it can be, use certified "gf" oats and chips. Quinoa flakes are naturally gluten-free of course.

I also made these sans the chocolate with cranberries and another time I made them with dried cherries -- loved the tartness.

So all you would need to do is use the exact same amount of dried cranberries or cherries in place of the chocolate chips. The ones you see in the photo below are with cranberries and I used vanilla protein powder too, instead of chocolate.


As you know I love photos, so tweet, instagram or facebook your recipe photo of these bars to me and enter to win 2 bottles of my favourite plant based protein powder by Genuine Health: Vegan proteins+ in BOTH chocolate and vanilla (780g bottle). Approximate retail value is $80-100!

 We will randomly select one winner on Tuesday September 3, 2013. Good luck everyone!

Before I go, here is my segment on increasing the nutritional density of your food. How? Make food combinations that include fat and phytonutrients (plant foods) and you actually enhance the absorption. For example, if you eat tomatoes with avocado, you will absorb more cancer-preventative lycopene!

Aug 29, 2013 BY Joy McCarthy
Kim   •   August 29, 2013

Thanks for this recipe Joy. Quick question about these bars, do you know how long (approx) they keep for? I'm thinking of whipping up and taking on upcoming vacation for healthy snack option. Will they last the full two weeks? Thanks, Kim


Laura Jackson   •   August 29, 2013

These look yummy :) Do you have the breakdown of the macronutrients by chance?

Joy McCarthy   •   August 30, 2013

Crystal   •   August 30, 2013

Those bars look delish! I will be trying this recipe for sure! Congratulations on getting married Joy!


Anita   •   August 30, 2013

Perfect timing, Joy! We are going camping this weekend and I picked up a box of granola bars at the store. Debated about it for awhile and then put them back....just not healthy enough. Came home, saw your post, and whipped this recipe up just in time to take them with us. :) Thanks! Do we send the photo to the Joyous Health site?


Corinne   •   September 4, 2013

I'd love to try these! Do you suggest soaking the oats beforehand? And how long would they last in the fridge for? Or do you keep them in the freezer? Thanks!


Lindsay   •   September 5, 2013

Can you recommend a substitute for almond butter?


corona dentist   •   September 8, 2013

Thank you so much for your efforts. I had no idea who was running this site, but I appreciated it so very much.


Liz (formerly VeggieGirl)   •   September 10, 2013

Always LOVE your recipes, Joy!


Lana   •   September 23, 2013

Hi Joy! Thanks for the recipe. I made these for a hike on the weekend and they were great. The friend I went with couldn't stop eating them either! I'd love more easy snack type recipes! I'll be searching the site!


She Rocks Fitness   •   April 16, 2014

Oh these just look fabulous and I have all the ingredients except for the bananas! Love how you used "heaping" for the nut butter. That's how I always measure mine. ;)


Gillian   •   August 30, 2014

While these look amazing like a lot of home made protein bars out there, I can't have them because of my banana allergy. Joy do you recommend anything that could be used to replace the banana? Thanks!

Kate McDonald Walker   •   September 1, 2014

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