No-Bake Workout Bars

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After every workout, our bodies need to replenish. We hydrate, and then we choose a healthy snack to balance our electrolytes, allow our muscles to repair themselves with lean protein, and add some superfoods to make sure our bodies are fueled and working at their optimum level. Consuming the perfect workout snack within an hour of finishing our workout ensures that the protein and nutrients we consume are utilized efficiently. It’s important to remember that, along with fitness routines that have our hearts racing and our muscles pumping, we need to add meals and snacks to our diet that compliment our workouts and make sure we get the most of each lunge, squat, and minute on the elliptical.

But since we try to stay away from and prepackaged bars, at SkinnyMs., we make our own. And to take away the hassle, we’ve come up with a simple, no-bake workout bar recipe! Fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, such as oats and raisins, are combined with protein-rich protein powder and peanut butter. Flax seeds and chia seeds add superfood power, while chocolate gives you a satisfying flavor.

No-Bake Workout Bars

Chocolate chips, peanut butter, rolled oats, and more! These deliciously satisfying workout bars will keep you from ever purchasing store bought snacks again!
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: Quick and Easy, Vegetarian
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 333kcal
Author: Gale Compton


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup clean protein powder
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life was used in this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds or ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup lite coconut milk (more or less as needed to reach desired consistency)
  • 1/4 cup honey (raw honey if possible)


  • In a blender, pulse 1 1/2 cups of the oats until a flour like consistency. In a large bowl, toss to combine oat flour, remaining 1/2 cup oats, protein powder, chocolate chips, chia or flax seeds, and raisins.
  • Stir together in a medium bowl the coconut milk, peanut butter, and honey. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and stir until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Spread mixture into a 9 x 9-Inch square pan or an 11 x 7-inch pan. Press mixture down and cover with a lid or foil and refrigerate overnight, or until they harden some. Slice into 12 bars and keep stored in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 14mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 19g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 13

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Editors Note: This post was originally published June 13, 2015 and has been updated. 

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96 Comments on "No-Bake Workout Bars"

  1. T Finn  July 6, 2015

    what are the calorie stats and protein on these?

    • SkinnyMs  July 7, 2015

      The nutritional data is listed just above the recipe. Each bar contains 333 calories and 11 g of protein.

  2. lola21st  July 20, 2015

    Would you mind posting the name of the protein powder used in this recipe? The link doesn't work. Thanks!

    • SkinnyMs  July 21, 2015

      We used Tera's Whey rBGH Free Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Whey Protein Powder. The link has been corrected now. Thank you!

  3. anne  September 9, 2015

    would almond butter taste okay in this?

    • SkinnyMs  September 9, 2015

      Anne, Definitely! I have used both almond and cashew butter. It really just depends on your personal preference. Those with a nut allergy can use Sun Butter. 🙂

  4. Jennifer  September 27, 2015

    How long would these last refrigerated?

    • SkinnyMs  September 28, 2015

      If you keep them covered, they will last up to a week.

  5. Alexis  September 28, 2015

    Can you make this without protein powder? Would you need to replace it with anything? I have a major problem with articifcial sweetners :/

    • SkinnyMs  September 29, 2015

      We use clean protein powder made with only natural ingredients, but you could omit it without replacing it with anything. The raw honey, coconut milk, and dark chocolate offer plenty of sweetness.

  6. Sabrina  September 29, 2015

    Is it canned coconut milk or the tetra pack?

    • SkinnyMs  September 29, 2015

      We used canned lite coconut milk.

  7. bellayami  October 28, 2015

    What database did you use to calculate nutr. analysis? There is no way only 5 grams of sugar are in each bar, not for that amount for honey and raisins for each serving.

  8. Sara  January 6, 2016

    The recipe says both 8 and 12 servings….can you clarify?

    • Melissa Florero  January 7, 2016

      Sara, It should be 12 bars or squares. That is what the nutrition data is calculated for. Thanks for checking! 🙂

  9. Nstah  January 17, 2016

    These look great! Could I replace the coconut milk by anything else? I just don’t have it on hand!

    • Gale Compton  January 18, 2016

      You can use almond milk or another liquid of choice.

  10. Julie  January 17, 2016

    These were great! I used 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, and without the raisins. Divine!

  11. Marcy  January 24, 2016

    Where is the link for the recipe?

    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

      Marcy, I’m so sorry. We’re having an issue with some of the recipes not showing up. We’re working nonstop to get it fixed. Please be patient, we would really apprecite it. Thanks so much for being a loyal reader. Check back in a little bit and everything should be back to normal. We won’t stop until it is. 🙂

  12. Daphanie  January 27, 2016

    Do you mean coconut milk in the can concentrated or just regular coconut milk.

  13. Diane  January 29, 2016

    I usually freeze things like this. Will that work to help keep longer?

  14. Rachelle  March 11, 2016

    Oat flour? It’s not in the list of ingredients. How much?

    • Gale Compton  March 12, 2016

      Rachelle, Please read the first paragraph of the directions. You make the flour with 1 1/2 cups of the rolled oats. 🙂

      In a blender, pulse 1 1/2 cups of the oats until a flour like consistency. In a large bowl, toss to combine oat flour, remaining 1/2 cup oats, protein powder, chocolate chips, chia or flax seeds, and raisins.

  15. Kris  March 26, 2016

    As is, one bar calculates to 11 SmartPoints. Is there anything that can be swapped or cut out to make it more “affordable” in my SmartPoints budget?? I took out the raisins, which I don’t like much anyway, but it’s still 10 points. I can cut it in half; still a lot of points.

    Thanks! I DO love your recipes!

    • Gale Compton  March 26, 2016

      Kris, Thank you! Here’s my suggestion if you want to get the SmartPoints down: remove the raisins as you mentioned, use only 1/4 cup chocolate chips, and use water in place of coconut milk. This should get the points down considerably and you’ll still have a tasty bar for energy.

      • Kris  March 26, 2016

        I wish there was a way to “like” you comment! 🙂

  16. Ashley  March 27, 2016

    Do these need to stay refrigerated after they are made?

  17. Sunshine  March 29, 2016

    Are this best for just after workouts? Or can I use them as a breakfast bar or midday snack?

    • SkinnyMs.  March 30, 2016

      These no-bake bars are a great snack for any time of the day. 🙂

  18. Bonnie  April 4, 2016

    I can’t believe I didn’t write a review when our daughter made us a batch of these a few months ago! I’ve been craving these little beauties ever since. I just put a batch in the fridge for us.
    So, for my daughter and myself, we’d love to give you 10 stars for these great bars:)

    • Gale Compton  April 4, 2016

      Bonnie, YAH!!! Thank you so much for the feedback, it’s truly appreciated. 🙂

  19. Ashley  April 27, 2016

    Do you have to use peanut butter ?

    • Kym Votruba  April 28, 2016

      The peanut butter helps the bars stick together. If you are adverse to peanut butter, you can substitute almond butter.

  20. SandraS  July 15, 2016

    Is there something that could be in the place of peanut butter to make it nut free for school?
    Thanks for all the earlier comments! Can’t wait to try these!

  21. marilyn  August 15, 2016

    What can I use in place of coconut milk – sorry just can’t stand the taste.

    • Gale Compton  August 16, 2016

      Marilyn, You can’t taste the coocnut milk. But, you can sub with almond milk. I recommend “SO Delicious” brand, it has 2 ingredients: Almonds and filtered water. 🙂

  22. Mona  August 24, 2016

    I made these and substituted a nut and fruit trail mix for the raisins. Turned out great and lasted for a little over 2 Weeks! Love these bars for breakfast!

    • Kym Votruba  August 25, 2016

      We’re so happy you like them, Mona. 🙂

  23. Katie  September 12, 2016

    How about dates instead of raisins, would that change it much?

  24. Marise  September 23, 2016

    When i try to cut them to be in a ‘bar’ form, it doesnt stick together.. Anything i do wrong? I followed the recipe very precisely.. How can i i adjust this?

    • Kym Votruba  September 23, 2016

      Once they have been refrigerated over night, you should be able to cut them into slices without them breaking apart. If not, it could be that the peanut butter you are using has excess oil in it. If that is the case, you should be able to adjust the texture by decreasing the amount of coconut oil.

  25. Tim  September 26, 2016

    Do you think I could substitute quinoa for chia?

    • Kym Votruba  September 28, 2016

      We haven’t tried using quinoa with this recipe, but imagine that it is possible. The quinoa will increase in size much more than the chia will when liquid is absorbed, so that would have to be accounted for. Let us know if you give it a try!

  26. Faith  January 21, 2017

    I make them EVERY week! Can’t get through the work day without them! My husband and co-workers also love them!

    • Gale Compton  January 21, 2017

      Faith, Oh good! I’m with you…love them and make almost weekly. I take one in my gym bag and eat before most workouts.

  27. Eloise  January 21, 2017

    I am going to make these bars today. love the recipe and all the feedback. Using them for a snack and/or before I workout.?

  28. marilee  April 13, 2017

    I have subscribed to many sites with recipes and I’m seriously considering unsubscribing to all except for skinnyms. Your recipes make so much sense, healthy and yet sound delicious with mostly everyday ingredients. Thank you.

  29. Momo  June 7, 2017

    Can I use quinoa flour instead of the oat flour?

    • Emilia Horn  June 7, 2017

      You can try, Momo, but it might not hold together as well as oats.

  30. Julie  June 23, 2017

    If I was to buy actual oat flour what would the measurement be.

  31. cathy  June 26, 2017

    hi, can I use plant based protein?


  32. Pinky  August 5, 2017

    Divine I love,love them. Thank you so much!!! Recipe was very clear to understand.

    • Nichole Furlong  August 5, 2017

      We’re do glad you loved the No-Bake Workout Bars!

  33. Sara  August 10, 2017

    Do you use the coconut cream on top or the liquid on the bottom? Or shake it up? Sorry new to this.

    • Jennifer Hanford  August 11, 2017

      Hi, Sara. You’ll stir up the coconut mixture (coconut milk, peanut butter, and honey) separately then pour it over the oat mixture — then stir everything together before adding to the pan.

    • Undesirable #1  August 17, 2017

      Usually lite coconut milk does not separate. Full fat coconut milk tends to separate in the can. Just stir it up and keep going with the recipe.

  34. Undesirable #1  August 17, 2017

    These are really good! Will be making them regularly for a great snack, breakfast or even dessert. Although I think they are sweet enough without the honey – I might skip that part.

  35. Michelle  September 12, 2017

    Can I substitute almond flower for the oat flour if so 2 cups?

  36. Amber  October 17, 2017

    Is it the coconut milk you use from a can or the half gallon coconut milk that’s refrigerated?

    • Jennifer Hanford  October 18, 2017

      Hi, Amber. Either one of those will work!

  37. Amanda  January 5, 2018

    Instead of natural PB can I just use regular PB with this recipe? I use that at home usually, so trying to keep to the ingredients I already have if possible.

  38. None  March 1, 2018

    Why do so many of your receipes have such high sugar, not great for diabetics

  39. Peter  April 8, 2018

    OK. So I have tried several online healthy recipes for bars like these. Most of them leave a little to be desired re: flavor, texture, etc. I stumbled across your site and found this recipe. At the risk of sounding like a teenager…OMG! Hands down the best recipe I have found to date. I made them last week and it was all I could do not to eat the whole pan in one sitting. So good. Getting ready to make another batch for the upcoming week. Also chose 2 other recipes off your site for dinners this week simply based on how great these bars are. So glad I found you!

    • Nichole Furlong  April 9, 2018

      We’re so glad you enjoyed our No-Bake Workout Bars, Peter!

  40. Ashley  October 26, 2018

    Do you think you could use PB2 instead of peanut butter to lower the fat grams? Probably huh?

    • Gale Compton  October 26, 2018

      Ashley, The Peanut Butter is needed, otherwise the bars will be too dry. You could add PB2 but will need to add a little more liquid. Add the extra liquid (coconut milk or water) until mixture can be shaped into bars. 🙂

  41. Bri  January 6, 2019

    I’ve made this recipe several times with different variations and it’s a hit every time! I was wondering though, could maple syrup be used instead of honey?

    • Gale Compton  January 7, 2019

      Bri, Definitely! I recently started using maple syrup as well and they were delicious. 🙂

  42. Lindsay  February 18, 2019

    These are my favorite bars!!! I eat them for breakfast before an active day.

    • Gale Compton  February 18, 2019

      Lindsay, Thank you so much for the feedback. I’m having one this morning on my way to the gym. 🙂

  43. Crystal Siebert  February 25, 2019

    These are amazing and easy! I used 1/2 cup chopped nuts in place of choco chips for less sugar. I also used 1/2 cup chia AND 1/2 cup flax. I added 2 TBS cocoa powder. I didn’t have coconut milk and didn’t want to use regular milk in case they would spoil faster so I just used water and it worked great!

    • Chef Sallie  February 25, 2019

      Great substitutions! Thanks for sharing with us!

  44. Suzanne  April 2, 2019

    This looks so good! What a great meal prep to stay on track for the week!

    • Erin Milller  April 3, 2019

      Thanks Suzanne! 😀 Having healthy snacks on hand certainly makes it easier to make healthy choices, doesn’t it?!

  45. Vanessa  April 2, 2019

    Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?

    • Nichole Furlong  April 6, 2019

      These will keep for about a week and a sealed airtight container.

  46. Lori  June 21, 2019

    Love this recipe. I would like to mail these to my daughter in college. Do they really need to be refrigerated?

    • Nichole Furlong  June 22, 2019

      The refrigeration is due to the coconut milk and to help keep the bars together. You could try to send them two day priority mail, but I can’t guarantee what they would be like upon delivery!

  47. Mary Margaret Janisse  July 3, 2019

    could you use hemp seed instead of chia since i dont have chia on hand right now

    • Nichole Furlong  July 9, 2019

      For this recipe it’s best to stick with the chia seeds as it also acts as a binder to hold the bars together.

  48. Charla Gueho  August 21, 2019

    Can you use almond milk instead of coconut milk? Also, how would the nutritional info change if you left out the raisins?

    • Nichole Furlong  August 24, 2019

      Yes, you can use almond milk! The raisins will change the nutritional data, but not drastically.


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