By Rosie Hatch

Published on April 4, 2017

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You probably know it’s important to get enough protein, but if you’re not chowing down on a good amount of meat, it can be a challenge. Give your body what it needs with tasty, protein-packed bars that are full of wholesome, fresh ingredients. Prep these ahead of time, and you have a great on-the-go snack that will help you curb cravings before your meals, or when you need an extra boost throughout the day. Here, we rounded up the healthiest and easiest protein bar recipes that you can feel great about.

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Vanilla Oat Protein Bars

Forget dry, flavorless bars. This recipe proves you can have it all with sweet flavor, chewy texture, and plenty of health benefits. The best part? No baking required. In under 15 minutes you can have a healthy snack with 19 grams of protein—perfect to keep at your desk for some added energy to get you through the day.

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Blueberry Vanilla Greek Yogurt Bars

Here’s an on-the-go breakfast idea you don’t need to feel guilty about. You get antioxidants from the blueberries and protein from creamy peanut butter, and there’s a Greek yogurt drizzle that ties all the flavors together for a health food snack you’ll actually want to eat.

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Kind Bars 2.0

Sure, going to the store for a protein bar is convenient, but when you make them yourself you can pick and choose the ingredients, all while saving money. This recipe uses a variety of different seeds like pumpkin, chia, and sesame. Customize the types of nuts and seeds to your liking for a bar that’s truly unique to you.

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4-Ingredient Protein Bars

If time is limited, but you still want to partake in this DIY, here’s a recipe that’s super quick and only uses four ingredients. The medjool dates sweeten the bars while the blended almonds and cashews add a hearty texture. It’s the perfect snack for the time after lunch and before dinner when coffee just isn’t cutting it.

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Raspberry Chocolate Protein Bars

Adding fruit to the mix takes simple bars to the next level. This healthy bar calls for fresh raspberries, but you can swap them out for blueberries if you prefer. Either way, this recipe is so decadent you won’t even realize it’s full of healthy ingredients like protein powder, flaxseed, and rolled oats.

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Coconut Matcha Energy Bars

Instead of sipping your Matcha tea in the morning, why not use it as an ingredient in these tasty bars? Incorporate dates, almonds, cashews, and coconut flakes, and you het a vibrant treat with no added sugar.

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No-Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, especially when apples are blended with cinnamon, coconut flour, and almond butter. Pair these with your routine cup of coffee, and stay full all morning long.

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Chocolate Berry Superfood Bars

Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of your “nutrition bar” and been slightly surprised? Sugar, preservatives, and even corn syrup sometimes sneak their way in, all while being advertised as healthy. Instead, monitor exactly what goes into your bars and feel confident that it only includes pure ingredients, guaranteed for better health, like these beautiful superfood berry bars.

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Homemade Blueberry Lara Bars

Creating your own protein bar has its advantages. Most importantly: They taste fresher than the store-bought alternative.

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Carob Covered Coconut Bar

Although this bar recipe has a few more steps, it’s worth the extra effort. The bottom layer is made with coconut butter, while the top is carob powder (a healthier alternative to cacao powder). The combination of the two layers makes for a heavenly bar that will make you feel like you are eating a dessert.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Bars

With the detoxifying properties of lemon combined with protein powder and cashew milk, you have a creamy yet sweet and sour bar that is truly one of a kind.

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Chocolate Chia Peanut Butter Bars

These bars use five ingredients and take only five minutes to make. In addition, there’s no oven required. For such a simple recipe, you will be amazed at how delightful the finished bars taste.

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