Low-Fat Protein Bars


This recipe is inspired by Naturally Stefanie's protein bars. I watched one of her latest YouTube videos where she created mouthwatering protein bars from scratch. I was all for making them until I heard her say that they were 18 grams of fat per bar. Eeek! If I wasn't in a calorie deficit, I would be all over these bars but... I am totally in a calorie deficit, so I decided to try making a lower-calorie version  

I calculated what Stefanie's bars would be, though I don't know what kind of chocolate she used and how much, but my results came to: 400 calories per bar, 15 grams of protein, 50 grams of carb, 16 grams of fat. 

I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make these bars, or as close to these bars as possible, with half the calories.

What I made might not be identical to Stefanie's and they are definitely not as much protein, but, per bar I managed 198 calories, 11 grams of protein, 22 grams of carb, and 7 grams of fat!

The main substitutes I had to make were for the peanut butter and maple syrup. Peanut butter is very dense. One spoonful is over 100 calories... (And I totally did not know this back in the day when I ate peanut butter from the jar.) Maple syrup is also all carbs. So I swapped the peanut butter for powdered peanut butter and the maple syrup for Walden Farms low-calorie pancake syrup which, guys—this is a game changer. 5 calories per serving!!! 

Another adjustment I had to make was with the amount of ingredients overall. Dates have a lot of calories in them, so I had to cut the amount of dates in half. I basically did less than suggested for most of the ingredients to ensure low-calorie bars. 


Here's the recipe:

First layer:
Blend together —

  • 50 grams of oats
  • 30 grams of finely shredded coconut
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (I use vanilla Vega Clean Protein)
  • 75 grams of pitted dates, chopped

Press this mixture into a pan* lined with parchment paper.          
*I used an 8-inch circular pan.

*If it's too crumbly, add some Walden Farms syrup to the mixture or 10 grams of powdered peanut butter mixture (powdered peanut butter mixed with water to create a paste). 


Second layer:
In a pot over low heat, mix together —

  • 50 grams of puffed rice cereal
  • 50 grams of powdered peanut butter (measure 50 grams of powder & mix with water until it resembles peanut butter)
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (I use vanilla Vega Clean Protein)
  • 60 ml of Walden Farms pancake syrup

Smooth this mixture over the first layer and place in fridge until it hardens (1-2 hours)


Take out of the fridge and cut* into pieces.         
*I cut 8 pieces like a pie. 

Place preferred chocolate into a shallow bowl and microwave until melted. Use a fork to place a piece of the bar into the bowl, cover with melted chocolate, and place coated bar onto a plate with parchment paper. Repeat process until you've done all of the bars. 


Place in freezer until the chocolate hardens.

Take out and enjoy! (I recommend microwaving them for 20 seconds.)


Calorie + MAcro breakdown

For the entire mixture, without the chocolate: (this way you can divide it based on how many slices you cut, and add your own chocolate macros) 

  • 1,141 calories // 84 grams of protein // 151 grams of carbs // 22 grams of fat

For the entire mixture, without the chocolate & my protein powder: (this way can add in the macros of 2 scoops of your preferred protein powder or don't use protein powder at all):

  • 889 calories // 34 grams of protein // 147 grams of carb // 18 grams of fat

For the entire mixture with the protein powder and chocolate I used (roughly 80 grams of Seed and Bean mint dark chocolate), my bars came out to:

  • 1,589 calories // 91 grams of protein // 177 grams of carbs // 57 grams of fat

Thanks for checking out this recipe. If you try it, please let me know! And I highly recommend you check out Naturally Stefanie's blog for easy vegan recipes. Shout out to Stefanie for the inspiration!