Quick and easy protein bars that take only minutes to prepare and don’t have that chalky taste that many store bought varieties contain.

Vegan Vanilla Almond Protein Bars - quick and easy no-bake recipe

If you purchase protein bars often, you’re probably already aware of the high price tag. One bar will typically set you back $3-$5 and it can be difficult to find one that suits your lifestyle. Since everyone has different eating habits, there is no ‘one bar suits all’ kind of bar on the market. Making your own bars will not only save you money, but allow you to customize it any way to please.

By following this recipe exactly and making the bars as is, each one will contain about 9.5g of protein. Not bad for a tiny, little bar. I only used 1/4 cup of protein powder and 1/2 cup almond flour in these, since my focus was more on the almond flavor, but you can easily swap those amounts and use 1/2 cup of protein instead. That will end up giving you close to 12g of protein per serving.

Vegan Vanilla Almond Protein Bars - quick and easy no-bake recipe

The one ingredient that makes a HUGE difference in these bars is good quality vanilla extract. I always use pure vanilla extract in my baking, and haven’t dared to use the artificial stuff in over 10 years. I just recently purchased this vanilla from Amazon as an add on item and it really is some of the best vanilla I’ve used in a while. Not all vanillas are created equally and I do highly recommend that particular variety, but as long as you’re using the real stuff, the vanilla flavor will shine through in the protein bars.

Vegan Vanilla Almond Protein Bars - quick and easy no-bake recipe

Ways to alter your Protein Bars

  • Make them paleo. All the ingredients are already paleo – just swap the pea protein for a paleo friendly variety.
  • Replace the almond butter with peanut butter and add chocolate chips or drizzle melted chocolate on top.
  • Make them raw by using a raw protein powder such as the Sunwarrior brand

If you decide to use a vanilla flavored protein powder, omit the vanilla extract in the recipe. Give the mixture a taste after blended and see if it could use some vanilla, but I find those vanilla powders to be strong enough in taste that the addition of more vanilla is usually unnecessary.

Vegan Vanilla Almond Protein Bars - quick and easy no-bake recipe

4.88 from 8 votes
No-Bake Vanilla Almond Protein Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Servings: 6
  • 1 cup Pitted Dates
  • ½ cup Almond Flour
  • cup Almond Butter
  • ¼ cup Pea Protein
  • cup Hemp Hearts
  • cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Sugar (optional if you like it sweeter)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor (except coconut sugar) and blend until the dates are broken down and mixture is crumbly. Taste for sweetness and if you find you’d like it sweeter, add the coconut sugar.
  2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, then transfer the mixture into the pan. Press firmly, packing the mixture in and spreading it evenly to form uniform bars.
  3. Place mixture in the fridge for 10-20 minutes which will cause them to become firmer. Remove and slice into bars. They can be stored either in the fridge or at room temperature. They’ll be firmer and chewier in the fridge, but are also stable at room temperature.
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Totally agree – a good quality vanilla can make or break a recipe! These look really yummy!

Leanne | Crumb Top Baking

I’m always looking for new and different healthy snacks so I’m definitely making these bars over the weekend! Great recipe Nicole!


This is great roadtrip fuel! I had to google the pea protein – I have never heard of it before but now I really want to try it! Great recipe!

Sarah Newman

Yum yum yum – all my fav ingredients in one!! These seriously sound amazing. 😀

Sadhna Grover

These bars are healthy and tempting, I should try this recipe. I have to look for pea protein.

Nicoletta Sugarlovespices

I need to start making protein bars or energy balls! Not that I buy them, I just don’t eat them, but I know they are a great snack, especially for me that I always struggle with my protein intake. Love the flavors and they seem pretty straightforward to make. Thank you!!


I can’t wait to try these! I completely agree about the store bought versions. I have tried making up my own but haven’t hit on anything I have loved yet. These look fantastic. I am planning on making some to bring on our hiking trip in the mountains this summer! 🙂


What a superb flavor combination- almond and vanilla! YUM! I always get so frustrated when I try the new “hyped” up protein bar, only to taste that chalkiness. These sound like something I would really enjoy!

Jasmin // VeeatCookBake

This is such a great snack. I always use vanilla beans or my homemade vanilla cane sugar . Yum yum tastes so much better with natural vanilla. Totally with you


No-bake is the way to go! Love these protein bars…but I’m pretty sure I’ll be adding chocolate chips! 🙂

Christine @ Happy Veggie Kitchen

These look wonderful! I completely agree that a nice quality vanilla is a great investment. I’ve never made my own protein bars before but as a busy toddler mom I have been wanting to make some great energy boosting snacks for myself, these are right to the top of my list! Thank you for the recipe!


Totally agree with you on the pricey protein bars! Plus they usually don’t taste as good as the homemade ones. 😉
I looove that your bars are vanilla-flavored and also that you used almond flour, which also adds a delicious texture (anything that includes the combo almond+vanilla is a winner for me!).



I love your homemade recipe! They would fit perfectly in my lunchbox and wuld brighten my afternoon 😉
Thnaks for sharing! Claudia


I know I keep saying I’m going to try your recipes, but this one, I swear, I really am, pinky promise going to try soon. hahaha These look so so good and the ingredients sound fantastic. Also, you’re right, all vanillas are NOT created equal. I finally tried pure vanilla (with no alcohol in it), and it blew me away. The smell, the flavor.. the consistency itself was different. Amazing! Anyway.. happy Friday!!! <3