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Cookies and Cream Protein Bars

Cookies and cream protein bars are homemade protein bars with chocolate & Oreo cookies. These healthy protein bars are chewy, thick, and they taste incredible!

These are cookies and cream protein bars. There are rows of squares of protein bars. The bars are brown and each bar is topped with a dusted coating of oreos. There is also a hand holding one of the bars.

Cookies and cream protein bars

Cookies and cream protein bars are nut butter and vanilla protein bars packed with chocolate and Oreo cookies. Made with only 7 ingredients, these no-bake protein bars are quick and easy to make. They are healthier than a classic Oreo, but taste just as delicious!

These cookies and cream protein bars are chewy, thick, and taste just like cookies and cream heaven!

My love for the cookies and cream flavor is strong, so I rarely turn down a cookies and cream cookie or ice cream. In an effort to create a dessert with more nutrients but with the same delicious flavors, I did some experimenting. It wasn’t long before I came up with my new favorite easy, delicious treat: cookies and cream protein bars.

Note: The idea for this recipe came from seeing the popularity of my Monster Cookie Protein Bars!

What ingredients do I need for this recipe?

I try to make all of my recipes as easy and simple as possible. That means there will usually be fewer than 10 ingredients, each of which are a pantry staple. This recipe only has 7 ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Oats – For this recipe, you’ll need to to use oats to make an oat flour. Don’t let that intimidate you: to do this, all you need to do is put the oats in a blender or food processor for a few seconds. Oat flour will help create a thick and chewy texture for your protein bar. I use a standard old-fashioned or quick oats, just like I use for my easy protein oatmeal!
  • Cashew butter –Cashew butter is one of the most important ingredients for this recipe because it is creamy and serves as a binder to hold everything together. Cashew butter is similar to peanut butter in terms of nutrients (both nut butters have about the same number of calories and have protein and healthy fats), but they differ in flavor. This nut butter is still creamy, but the nutty flavor isn't as strong, which is helpful for this recipe so the cookies and cream flavor can come through.
  • Vanilla Protein Powder – One serving of vanilla protein powder will add protein and some sweet vanilla flavors to these protein bars.
  • Honey – Adding honey will make these bars sweet and also serve as a binder to help hold these bars together.
  • Vanilla – I like to add vanilla to everything because I think it can make everything taste that much better. Plus, we’re basically making cookie dough and this will help get us to that flavor.
  • Dutch Cocoa Powder - This ingredient is important! Dutch cocoa powder is not the same as regular cocoa powder. In a nutshell, dutch cocoa powder is darker in color, mellow in flavor, and is what Oreo cookies are made from! To ensure the cookies and cream flavor, it's necessary to use this specific kind of cocoa powder.
  • Oreo Cookies - It only makes sense to include crushed Oreo cookies as an ingredient for cookies and cream protein bars. You will only need a few for this recipe so you can snack on the remainder.
These are cookies and cream protein bars. There are rows of squares of protein bars. The bars are brown and each bar is topped with a dusted coating of oreos.

Can I make substitutions to this recipe?

I haven’t tested many of the ingredient swaps, but I would bet you can make the necessary changes based on your dietary needs and available ingredients.

  • Oats – I use old-fashioned oats for this recipe, but you can use gluten-free or any kind of oats that match your dietary needs.
  • Cashew butter – Cashew butter is a really important ingredient to the FLAVOR of this recipe. However, any kind of creamy nut butter would work to get the correct consistency. Just beware if you use another ingredient it won't taste exactly like cookies and cream.
  • Vanilla Protein Powder – The protein powder is optional, so you can leave it out if you don’t have any. However, you could use a vanilla, chocolate, or even cookies and cream flavor protein powder if you have one!
  • Dutch cocoa powder & Oreo Cookies – These two ingredients are going to help create the cookies and cream flavor we’re looking for, so I would recommend keeping them!

What makes these bars nutritious?

These cookies and cream protein bars are made with simple ingredients that taste delicious! The oats will add healthy carbohydrates and fiber to the bar. Cashew butter will add healthy fats and protein, and one serving of protein powder can add extra protein.

Combining these ingredients with honey and toppings will create a bar that is packed with a balance of nutrients, potassium and calcium. Plus, each bar is only 104 calories (or 52 if you cut them in half)! This bar is a great pre-run, post-workout, afternoon, or late-night treat.

How long does it take to make this recipe?

This recipe takes about 10 minutes to make. This is a one-bowl recipe so you’ll need to dump all of your ingredients into one large bowl and stir! The hardest part of this recipe will be stirring everything until it’s completely mixed. T

his recipe is also no bake which means there isn’t an oven involved to cook the bars. The only “cooking” is the time when these bars will sit in the freezer to firm up. Trust me, this recipe is so quick and easy!

What is the process to make this recipe?

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Place the oats into a blender or food processor and process until finely ground.
  • Place cashew butter and honey in a large bowl and melt in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir together.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the bowl.
  • Mix very well until everything is combined.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
  • Firmly press the batter onto the baking sheet and spread so that it is all one layer and covers the baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least one hour.
  • Cut into bars and enjoy!
These are cookies and cream protein bars. There are rows of squares of protein bars. The bars are brown and each bar is topped with a dusted coating of oreos. There is also a hand holding one of the bars.

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If you try this recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts! I hope you enjoy these cookies and cream protein bars as much as me!

These are cookies and cream protein bars. There are rows of squares of protein bars. The bars are brown and each bar is topped with a dusted coating of oreos. There is also a hand holding one of the bars.
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5 from 2 votes

Cookies & Cream Protein Bars

Cookies & cream protein bars are chewy, healthy, and absolutely delicious protein bars that taste just like oreo cookies!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies and cream, cookies and cream protein bars, oreos, protein bar
Servings: 30
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • Small blender or food processor
  • large bowl
  • spoon
  • baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder or cookies & cream protein powder
  • cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tsp dutch cocoa powder
  • ½ cup oreos crushed

Instructions

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Place the oats into a blender or food processor and process until finely ground.
  • Place cashew butter and honey in a large bowl and melt in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir together.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the bowl.
  • Mix very well until everything is combined.
  • Note: The consistency of the dough depends on your specific ingredients! If the dough is too dry or crumbly, add more cashew butter or honey.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
  • Firmly press the batter onto the baking sheet and spread so that it is all one layer and covers the baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least one hour.
  • Cut into bars and enjoy!

Notes

  • Store the bars in a sealed container in the freezer. 

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating




Madeline custer

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

Looks amazing! Going to make some tonight