No Bake Chocolate Protein Bars

These no bake healthy homemade chocolate protein bars are the perfect treat. They’re gluten free and packed with protein and calcium. All of the great taste you love without the guilt!

Easy chocolate protein bars are a perfect healthy snack. This gluten free recipe is packed with protein and calcium!

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Protein Bars 

Have you ever tried making homemade chocolate protein bars? They are so good and no baking required! Seriously, I could eat the whole batch!  It’s hard to believe that it’s already Back to School time! I love back to school ideas by some of my favorite bloggers and happy to feature them here on Living Locurto. You might not think of chocolate as a healthy back to school snack, but this recipe is just that!

I’m drooling over these No Bake Healthy Homemade Chocolate Protein Bars by Heidi from Parties for Pennies! A great homemade healthy school snack or quick breakfast and something moms will love too! Enjoy this delicious recipe.

Originally published August 20, 2014

No bake homemade chocolate protein bars are the perfect healthy snack. Gluten free easy recipe packed with protein and calcium.

How to make No Bake Healthy Chocolate Protein Bars

Hi Living Locurto friends! I’m Heidi, lover of champagne and watermelon bubblegum. I adore entertaining and throwing beautiful parties on a budget. Thanks so much to Amy for letting me share a fun little recipe with you.

These Healthy Homemade Chocolate Protein Bars are the perfect before or after school treat. No worrying about high-fructose corn syrup. They’re gluten free and almost vegan (just the chocolate chips). And bonus – they’re packed with protein! The only problem you may have is that they’re so delicious, you may want to hide them for your own treat stash.

No Bake Healthy Chocolate Protein Bars. Gluten Free Recipe.

Before we start with the recipe, here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients –

  • Dates
  • Walnuts
  • Gluten Free Oatmeal
  • Cashew Meal (Found mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • Organic Maple Syrup
  • Salt
  • Dark Chocolate Chips

Kitchen Supplies –

  • 9×9 pan (glass or metal)
  • Parchment paper
  • Food Processor
  • Small Roller
  • Spatula
  • Glass or Oven-Proof Bowl
  • Stovetop Pan (that’s smaller than the glass/oven-proof bowl)

Watch how easy these Homemade Chocolate Protein Bars are to make!

Easy homemade Chocolate Protein Bars recipe! Gluten Free and so good!

Enjoy this Healthy Homemade Chocolate Protein Bars Recipe!

No Bake Chocolate Protein Bars

Easy homemade chocolate protein bars are a perfect healthy snack. This gluten free recipe packed with protein and calcium has the taste you love without the guilt!

  • 2 Dates (pitted)
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free Oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cup Cashew Meal
  • 2 tablespoons Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1 3/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • pinch of salt
  1. In a food processor, mix the dates, walnuts, oatmeal and cashew meal until ground together.
  2. Add maple syrup, salt and mix until it forms a dough.
  3. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper.
  4. Pour the dough into the pan and smooth it out with a spatula or small rolling pin.
  5. Create a double boiler by bringing water to boil in a small pan and placing a heat-proof bowl that is slightly larger than the pan over it. Pour the chocolate chips into the bowl and stir until completely melted.
  6. Once the chocolate is melted, pour over the cookie layer in the pan.Slightly shift the pan back and forth on the counter. This will help you achieve a smooth chocolate layer.

  7. Place the pan in the refrigerator or freezer until completely hardened.
  8. Remove the protein bars by pulling on the sides of the parchment paper. Cut into squares or bars and serve.

Add more maple syrup for sweeter bars.

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Not interested in making your own Protein Bars? Here are the best bars for every diet.

Check out these great Back to School ideas!

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Jazz up your school supplies with DIY Notebook and Pencils and these Dip Paint Herb Planters would make great teacher gifts.

Heidi from Parties wtih Pennies

Heidi Rew shows you how to throw caviar-type parties on a hot dog budget through her blog, Parties for Pennies. She grew up the oldest of four kids, where her father was an elementary school teacher and her mom a stay-at-home parent. Having to pinch pennies growing up, helped to steer her creativity. Her background is as a radio personality in Atlanta, GA but her love for throwing fabulous Parties for Pennies established her as a professional blogger. Cultivating a community of party people, Heidi also contributes to Mohawk Flooring’s blog as well as featured on the nationally syndicated Better TV Show. 

Follow Heidi on: Facebook , Twitter,  Pinterest and Instagram.

 

You’ll also like these Strawberry Cashew Oatmeal Bars!

Strawberry Cashew Oatmeal Bars with Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Easy homemade recipe with whole grain. Make for a snack or breakfast bar with fresh strawberries. LivingLocurto.com

 

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Strawberry Pineapple Mango Fruit Salsa in Orange Bowls

This is the most delicious and easy to make fruit salsa recipe!

Sweet with just a kick of heat, this Strawberry Pineapple Mango Salsa is fabulous served in cheerful orange bowls. Eat right from the bowl with a fork or serve with crunchy tortilla chips for an amazing party dip!

Easy fruit salsa recipe. Sweet and spicy Strawberry Pineapple Mango Salsa is a fabulous healthy dip served in orange bowls! Perfect party food.

Make this colorful fruit salsa in minutes for your next party!  Guest will love it served in fun orange bowls. It’s not only a tasty treat, but makes a gorgeous presentation.

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The Wild Life Parrot Fruit Snack

How to make a Healthy Parrot Fruit Snack for Kids! A simple treat for an after school snack or a birthday party. Fun food idea inspired by The Wild Life animated movie.

Today, we’re making a healthy fruit snack for kids that looks just like a parrot! I love coming up with fun food and party ideas for the latest movies, so was thrilled when the folks from The Wild Life asked me to create something cute for the new animated movie in theaters September 9th.

How to make a Healthy Parrot Fruit Snack for Kids! A simple treat for an after school snack or a birthday party. Fun food idea inspired by The Wild Life animated movie.

On a tiny exotic island, an outgoing parrot and his quirky animal companions befriend a marooned Robinson Crusoe. When their harmonious lives are disrupted by two savage cats, they discover the true power of friendship against all odds.

Red is my favorite color, so of course the Parrot named Mak caught my eye. Plus, he looked like a funny character… so a parrot treat it is! This parrot fun food idea would be the perfect healthy treat for an after school snack.

Wouldn’t your kids be excited to find this waiting for them when they got home from school? I know I would! It’s really easy to make and would also be adorable for The Wild Life themed birthday party table.

How to make a Healthy Parrot Fruit Snack for Kids! A simple treat for an after school snack or a birthday party. Fun food idea inspired by The Wild Life animated movie.

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Healthy Minions Banana Smoothie

A Minions Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party, quick breakfast or after school snack. Easy Mason Jar craft. LivingLocurto.com

We LOVE Minions around here so to get my kids excited about eating a healthy snack, I made a Healthy Minions Banana Smoothie!

With a little creativity, a regular smoothie can be an exciting twist on an after school snack or quick breakfast! Plus, I thought these would be adorable healthy treats for a Minions themed birthday party.

How cute would these Minions Banana Smoothie jars look on this Minions party table I styled a while back? Wish I had thought of this then!

Simple and Cute Minions Party Ideas! DIY ideas for a Despicable Me Party or Minions themed birthday. LivingLocurto.com

Since Minions are wild about bananas, I attached some Minions mini figurines around the mason jar and my daughter got the biggest kick out of them. ha! You can find them here, or at your local toy store. They make great party favors and cupcake toppers!

A Minions Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party, quick breakfast or after school snack. Easy Mason Jar craft. LivingLocurto.com

To make the Minion glass, I used a Mason Jar, Black Ribbon and a large Googly Eye. Hot glue the ribbon onto the jar and glue on the eye. Super easy!

If making these for a party with small kids and you don’t want to use glass, you could use clear plastic cups or yellow paper cups.

A Minions Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party, quick breakfast or after school snack. Easy Mason Jar craft. LivingLocurto.com

Healthy Minions Banana Smoothie

We added a few secret ingredients to make this smoothie a little more healthy.

First start with a sliced up banana and a half a cup of yogurt. Freeze the banana ahead of time then you won’t need to add ice!

A Minions Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party, quick breakfast or after school snack. Easy Mason Jar craft. LivingLocurto.com

Then add the secret ingredient… oats!

A Minion Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party or quick breakfast. LivingLocurto.com

Then some ice, half a cup of milk and honey to taste, then mix. I added a few drops of yellow food coloring to make my smoothie look more like a Minion, but you can leave that out if you prefer.

A Minions Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party, quick breakfast or after school snack. Easy Mason Jar craft. LivingLocurto.com

I hope you and your kiddos enjoy this fun and Healthy Minions Banana Smoothie! Click down below to print the recipe.

A Minions Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party, quick breakfast or after school snack. Easy Mason Jar craft. LivingLocurto.com

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Healthy Minions Banana Smoothie

A Minions Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party, quick breakfast or after school snack. Easy Mason Jar craft. LivingLocurto.com

We LOVE Minions around here so to get my kids excited about eating a healthy snack, I made a Healthy Minions Banana Smoothie!

With a little creativity, a regular smoothie can be an exciting twist on an after school snack or quick breakfast! Plus, I thought these would be adorable healthy treats for a Minions themed birthday party.

How cute would these Minions Banana Smoothie jars look on this Minions party table I styled a while back? Wish I had thought of this then!

Simple and Cute Minions Party Ideas! DIY ideas for a Despicable Me Party or Minions themed birthday. LivingLocurto.com

Since Minions are wild about bananas, I attached some Minions mini figurines around the mason jar and my daughter got the biggest kick out of them. ha! You can find them here, or at your local toy store. They make great party favors and cupcake toppers!

A Minions Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party, quick breakfast or after school snack. Easy Mason Jar craft. LivingLocurto.com

To make the Minion glass, I used a Mason Jar, Black Ribbon and a large Googly Eye. Hot glue the ribbon onto the jar and glue on the eye. Super easy!

If making these for a party with small kids and you don’t want to use glass, you could use clear plastic cups or yellow paper cups.

A Minions Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party, quick breakfast or after school snack. Easy Mason Jar craft. LivingLocurto.com

Healthy Minions Banana Smoothie

We added a few secret ingredients to make this smoothie a little more healthy.

First start with a sliced up banana and a half a cup of yogurt. Freeze the banana ahead of time then you won’t need to add ice!

A Minions Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party, quick breakfast or after school snack. Easy Mason Jar craft. LivingLocurto.com

Then add the secret ingredient… oats!

A Minion Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party or quick breakfast. LivingLocurto.com

Then some ice, half a cup of milk and honey to taste, then mix. I added a few drops of yellow food coloring to make my smoothie look more like a Minion, but you can leave that out if you prefer.

A Minions Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party, quick breakfast or after school snack. Easy Mason Jar craft. LivingLocurto.com

I hope you and your kiddos enjoy this fun and Healthy Minions Banana Smoothie! Click down below to print the recipe.

A Minions Banana Smoothie is a healthy treat for kids! Fun food snack recipe for a Minions themed birthday party, quick breakfast or after school snack. Easy Mason Jar craft. LivingLocurto.com

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Healthy Yogurt Mix-In Ideas

Healthy snacking can get so BORING. My snack staple is yogurt and to keep myself from getting burnt out, I reach for a few of my favorite healthy yogurt mix-in’s.

In my experience, healthy snacking is HUGE part of healthy eating. If I skip my morning snack, I will be the first person in line in a drive through and I will be ordering ALL the fries. Throw in a milkshake for good measure.

Anyone that has had to put in some serious effort to lose weight (like myself) or to maintain their weight (also me) knows that variety is intimidating. Once you figure out how build your daily meal plan in a way that satisfies, nourishes, and achieves your health and fitness goals, it’s really hard to stray from those meal and snack staples.

But everyone reaches a point when they think, “OMG. If I see another string cheese, I’m going to lose it.”

So figuring out how to dress up your nutritional staples becomes the name of the game.

Especially during the holiday season when there is so much delicious food lurking around every corner. How can you pass up that pumpkin chocolate chip cookie in favor of the same snack you’ve been eating for the last six months, every single day at 10:00 A.M.?

You mix it up.

Yogurt is my daily staple. It’s good for your immune system and high in protein. (I stock up at Walmart once a week.)

healthy yogurt mix in ideas

But I need something that I can CHEW. So here are just a few of my favorite healthy yogurt mix-in ideas, paired with my favorite Yoplait® Greek 100 combos!

Freeze-dried strawberries, hemp hearts, granola, and coconut Yoplait® Greek 100.

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Frozen raspberries, chia seeds, and coconut Yoplait® Greek 100.

healthy yogurt mix in ideas 2

Almonds, dried coconut, chia seeds, and lime Yoplait® Greek 100.

healthy yogurt mix in ideas 3

Granola, dried coconut, chia sees, dried mango, and mango Yoplait® Greek 100.

healthy yogurt mix in ideas 4

Powdered greens, chia seeds, and strawberry Yoplait® Greek 100.

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A few notes here…

All of these healthy yogurt mix-in’s are fridge and pantry staples. I use them in baking, smoothies, oatmeal, salads, and DIY snack mixes. My point, is that you don’t need to run out and buy all of this at once. Take a look in your pantry and see what dried fruit, nuts, and granola or cereal you’ve already got.

Chia seeds (or “cheetah seeds” as my son calls them) are available in most grocery stores now and are great in pancakes, smoothies, and oatmeal. A 12 oz bag will last you quite awhile, even if 3 hungry people are adding it to their yogurt every day.

This is how we #SnackandSmile.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Candy Corn Themed Fruit Snacks

Cute Candy Corn Themed Fruit Snacks are perfect for a Fall or Halloween party. Healthy party favor treat bags for kids. LivingLocurto.com

Fall is always a great time to create fun food ideas and these cute Candy Corn Themed Fruit Snack Bags are perfect for Fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving class parties at school. This is also a great way to get the kids to eat a healthy snack instead of your typical party treats.

I’m excited that Jill is back at Living Locurto making these cute treats for us! They are so easy and will take you just minutes to create. Enjoy this cute treat idea!

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