Almond Joy Protein Bars (Vegan)

Almond Joy Protein Bars.  I love making homemade protein bars.  These almond joy protein bars are my latest creation.  Have you checked the ingredients in store bought protein bars?   Most of them are high in processed sugar and contain synthetic forms of protein.

Not mine.  I prefer to get my protein from whole foods.  That is exactly what you will get with these almond joy snack bars.


Almond Joy Protein Bars - My Whole Food Life


These homemade protein bars are vegan and gluten free.  The freeze very well, so you can make a big batch if you like.   I only used dates as a sweetener.

They also help to bind these bars together.  If you like the flavors of almond joy, you may also like my almond joy energy bites and my almond joy waffles.

Almond Joy Protein Bars

Almond Joy Protein Bars

Prep Time 5 min Serves 10 bars     adjust servings

A healthy homemade protein bar!


  1. In a food processor , combine the oats, almonds, shredded coconut, chia seeds, flax meal, hemp hearts and sea salt. Pulse for a minute or two.
  2. Then add in the remaining ingredients, except the chocolate chips and water, and mix until a dough starts to form.
  3. Then add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture comes together.
  4. Lastly, add the chocolate chips and pulse a couple times until they get mixed in.
  5. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper. Leave enough paper to stick out the sides.
  6. Press the mixture into the baking dish. Press down VERY hard.
  7. Place the baking dish in the fridge to set. It should take an hour. You can also put it in the freezer for less time.
  8. Once the mixture has set, pull the whole thing out by the sides of the parchment paper. I used a pizza cutter to cut mine into bars.


Recipe Notes

Keep these bars in the fridge. You can also freeze them for longer storage. Enjoy!

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75 thoughts to “Almond Joy Protein Bars (Vegan)”

    1. They are a super food. Hemp hearts are shelled hemp seeds. They add healthy fats, protein and fiber. You can omit them if you like.
  1. I'll have to try this recipe. I like that is soy-free. So many protein bars are also full of soy (e.g., soy flour) not just refined sugar. While a little fermented soy is okay (e.g., tempeh) too much of the other stuff (e.g, tofu, soybean oil, ...) can wreak havoc on one's endocrine system. I have PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) and eating large amounts of soy contributed to my heavy periods becoming even heavier to the point I had to use large incontinence pads instead of regular sanitary pads: the phytoestrogens were helping to over-thicken my uterine lining. After I cut back significantly (and started using progesterone cream), my periods became a lot more manageable. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    1. Just a heads up - flax (maybe some others) are highly phytoestrogenic as well. You may not notice the same issues as with soy but it's worth noting. :)
  2. Thanks for the great recipe! I am a pediatrician who works in sports nutrition for young athletes, and this bar sounds like a winner! Did I miss the nutrition information? How many calories, fat, carbs and protein do the bars have? Thanks again!
    1. Hi Jacqueline, I didn't put the nutrition facts. I don't weigh the food and I am not a dietician, so the numbers will never be exact. I would hate to be wrong in the case of a diabetic. You can probably figure out a rough estimate by using My Fitness Pal.
  3. I love all the superfood packed into these bars. I want to try these, but I don't eat any grains. Is there something I could substitute for the oats?
  4. Coconut oil has a lot of saturated fat. Would it work without the coconut oil? Do you think the dates hold it all together?
  5. How much protein do you feel is in the bars compared to carbs and fat? I am finding most protein bars are heavy on fat and REAL heavy on carbs and low on protein.
    1. Thank you! The dates not only help with the sweetness, they are help bind the bars together. Can you use another dried fruit in place of dates? I could see apricots working in this recipe too.
  6. These were a hit! I added cocoa powder and omitted chocolate chips. Could you put the amount of dates as well as number? Sometimes I use smaller dates and am not sure how many extra to add. Thanks!
  7. We tried these and although they taste great, they were just too sweet for us. Any thoughts about how to tone down the sweetness? Would using half the dates be enough to hold them together?
  8. They are delicious. I am a lover of all things sugar, so I wasn't sure. I didn't miss sugar at all. I am fortunate to live near a whole foods store and found all the ingredients. I just made a double batch of these bars.
  9. Do you think these could be made without the oatmeal? Maybe substituted by almond meal or coconut meal? What are your thoughts? Goal is to make it paleo friendly.
  10. I really enjoyed these bars and have been making them for my breakfast. As a variation, I changed the almond extract to 1/2 tsp orange extract, substituted 1/4 cup craisins for the chocolate chips, and added orange zest from 1 orange, and they turned out amazing! I left everything else the same, and they are so delicious! Thank you for the healthier alternative to store bought bars which I can't have due to a soy intolerance. Also, Using an online recipe calculator, I calculated roughly that for 10 bars from your original recipe, it's about 170-ish calories per bar. This is the site I use most often:
  11. Do you think it'd be possible to swap prunes for dates here? I have everything on hand except the dates and I'd love to try these out without having to hit the store.

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