Gluten-Free Protein Bars

I did something I’ve never done before. I brought peanut butter into the house. My son is allergic to peanuts, so we haven’t had peanuts or peanut butter in our home for over 7 years now. But I did it, to try this recipe. I was so nervous about not cleaning everything well enough afterwards (the counters, the spatula, etc.) that I’ll never do it again. I was a wreck. But these gluten-free protein bars were really good, so I’ll have to borrow a friend’s kitchen to bake them next time.

Gluten-Free Protein Bars | Easy alternative to expensive store-bought bars | MoneywiseMoms
Gluten-Free Protein Bars
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

Stir together the peanut butter, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in a bowl. Add the oats, almonds, cinnamon and raisins/cranberries; the batter will be thick. Press into an 8×8 baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Let cool before slicing into 8 bars.

I’ve tried this recipe twice now. The second time, I used half the ingredients and cut the cooking time by five minutes, ending up with a crunchier, thinner bar. Both were good! This is a great alternative to expensive gluten-free energy bars.

This recipe is linked to It’s a Keeper at Everyday Tastes, Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Gluten-Free Homemaker, Recipe Swap at Remodelaholic, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Simply Sugar & Gluten Free, Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty & Bedlam, Meatless Monday at Midnight Maniac, CraftOManiac Monday at Craft-O-Maniac, Feasting in Fellowship Friday at Comfy in the Kitchen, Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum, Flaunt It Friday at Chic on a Shoestring, Simply Creations Friday at Simple Home Life, Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home, Hodgepodge Friday at It’s a Hodgepodge Life,, and Friday Food at Mom Trends.


  1. Couldn’t you substitute another nut butter, like almond butter? That way it would be safer to do at home.

  2. Yes, you’re right. I could use almond or sunflower butter next time.

  3. …. there are lots of different types of butters… sesame?

  4. Looks good though… I’m going to try it soon