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Almond Honey Protein Bars

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Unbelievably easy homemade protein bars with only four ingredients! Chewy and loaded with almond butter and honey flavors – gluten free and dairy free.

Side shot of chewy almond honey protein bars stacked between pieces of parchment paper on a wire rack

Add them to your stock of snacks, like my strawberry cashew energy bites, almond butter pretzel bites, apple pie energy bites, coconut lemon poppy seed energy bites, and chocolate pecan pie energy bites

These homemade protein bars are so easy to whip up and keep in the fridge, that you're going to have a hard time not making them in gigantic batches.

The recipe below makes 8 bars, so if you want to make more, just double up!

You can wrap them individually in parchment paper and plastic wrap and stack them in a container in the fridge so that you can grab and go during the week.

Annnnnd… success! Homemade protein bars don't have to be intimidating, sometimes it just takes a little trial and error to find the right combination of ingredients where it's tasty, and not reminiscent of eating chalk.

Side shot of chewy almond honey protein bars stacked between pieces of parchment paper on a wire rack

Making almond honey protein bars

Here's what I use for these homemade protein bars (affiliate links):

And that's it!

Chewy almond honey protein bars stacked between pieces of parchment paper on a wire rack

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Almond Honey Protein Bars

4.27 from 23 votes
An unbelievably easy homemade protein bar with only four ingredients! Chewy and loaded with almond butter and honey flavors.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 bars



  • In a medium bowl with a hand mixer, combine all ingredients until well combined and smooth.
    2 (60 g) scoops of vanilla protein powder – about 1/2 cup (60g)
    ½ cup (56 g) almond flour
    ½ cup (125 g) almond butter
    ½ cup (169 ½ g) organic honey
  • Roll out dough onto a piece of parchment paper into a square or rectangle about 1/2″ thick.
  • Slice into 8 equally sized bars (or 12, if you'd like them to be smaller).
  • Wrap each bar in plastic wrap for an easy grab-and-go snack, or stack between layers of parchment paper. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!



  • Storage: If left at room temperature, they become a bit oily and melty, so make sure you keep them in the fridge or freezer until ready to consume.
  • Protein powder: Keep in mind that different kinds of protein powder have different flavors and sweetness profiles, so I can only speak to the results using the Vega Vanilla Protein Powder I have linked in this post.
  • Note about nutritional information: I did not make these to match the specs of the Rise protein bars, just to make the flavor and give it a bit of a protein boost. They are not a 1:1 substitution for the real thing, nutritionally.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe created by Leslie Kiszka

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  1. 4 stars
    Great recipe, but if you’re looking to add more protein, I replaced the almond flour with more protein powder, leaving me with 12+g of protein rather than 5

  2. Do you know whether I could substitute almond flour and almond butter by just taking whole almonds and mixing them until they’re at a paste-like consistency? I’m trying to recreate bars that are different to yours – no protein added for one, and from what I know they’re 41% almonds, 30% honey – and some unknown quantity of raw cane sugar, wafer paper, and invert sugar syrup.

  3. 5 stars
    Thank god for this recipe. I live in the UK and badly wanted to recreate rise bars rather than wait for someone from the US to come down here I absolutely loved the recipe. It’s a winner for sure! Thanks for experimenting with this. Would love to see more easy healthy yet tasty recipes that satisfy a sweet craving too ☺️

  4. 3 stars
    I want to try these since I love RISE Almond Honey bars. The RISE bars are 20 grams of protein and your bars are only 5 grams. Any way to kick up that level. It is the 20 grams that I am after, so I want to try using Whey Protein Isolate which has a higher protein level. I don’t think RISE uses vanilla flavored powder. .

    1. This recipe wasn’t intended to be a nutritional dupe, just flavor. I’m sorry you felt the need to give it a 3 star rating before you’ve even tried the recipe itself.

  5. 3 stars
    Have any variations been made that come close to Rise’s macros?

    At 280Kcal a ruse bar delivers 20g of complete protein. With this recipe I’d be looking at 800 calories to hit that protein number… and I’m. Or even sure the powder recommended is as complete as whey…

  6. 5 stars
    I made these bars. On days I go to the gym. I am in a hurry for breakfast. I have then with some fresh fruit and 1 cup milk. That fills me up til I get home about noontime.
    Thanks for the fantastic recipe. I love and going to triple recipe next time

    1. 5 stars
      I used PB powder in place of the almond butter. You have to add water to make the dought. They came out fantastic

  7. 5 stars
    I made a batch of these protein bars. They are pretty good. Filing too. I added a teaspoon of Almond extract to this recipe as well to give them more almond taste just because I like it….and find that keeping them in freezer store better for me. Thanks for the recipe

  8. My first attempt had the bars floppy. I added half the syrup. Bars held their shape and not as sweet

  9. 3 stars
    Taste great. I added plain whey isolate. But my bars do not hold their shape. Rise bars are still. I added extra almond flower but it still is not stiff like Rise bars. I guess I can keep adding the flower. Has anyone found a way to make these bars stiff?

    1. Although this may add more calories etc to the recipe- chop up some almonds until they are very fine and then place the bar down flat onto the almonds and coat both side. This may help keep them solid

  10. 4 stars
    It’s really great! Though as noted above, when they get warm they get melty. Any tips for keeping them more solid?

  11. 4 stars
    I hated to rate this recipe so low, because I feel it is a good base, but it was WAY too sweet. Not at all like the Rise bars that I love. I used a plain whey protein, I did not want my bar to have a vanilla taste. I even added about an 1/8 tsp salt, but it was still overpowering. I know I don’t like a lot of sugar, so I had my son taste it. He could not eat it. So I added more of everything but the honey, doubled up on all of it. It is really good now, but crumbly. I have to be careful when I eat it, but I love it. I am thinking of adding 3/4 cups of the almond butter, almond flour and protein powder, maybe a 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 cup of honey next time. I am not giving up, and I love what I ended up with. I think a few more tweaks and it will be perfect for me. Thank you for sharing the recipe!!!!

    1. Sorry that you felt they were too sweet, as that certainly hasn’t been my experience! I will say that it could be because of the type of protein powder and/or type of honey used, as some are certainly more sweet than others. Clover honey tends to have a pretty mild sweet flavor, whereas others are more robust and heavier on the sweetness scale. I also don’t use unflavored whey protein powder and only use Vega Clean Protein Powder, so I can’t speak to how that affected the flavor as the vanilla flavor is intended to complement the honey flavor.

      Glad you were able to make it work for your personal preference, but sorry you didn’t enjoy it as written.

  12. Thanks! I forged ahead and used a little over 1/2 cup. They are really sweet….but I’m not someone who uses “protein powder” of any kind. I threw in some salted sunflower seeds as well. Looking forward to having one-a-day as my lunch replacement and see how I feel. 71 and pudgy here and trying to do a better job of eating healthy. Thanks for your help.

  13. Like most of the comments I’ve read, I haven’t TRIED them yet but just came home with the expensive Vega protein powder (vanilla). Your recipe calls for “2 scoops – about 1/2 cup”. The little scoop inside the tub of powder holds almost 1/2 cup! Do I use 2 scoops OR 1/2 cup? Please advise ASAP – I want to make these TODAY!

    1. Hi Linda – luckily I’m online right now to see your comment and help! Maybe they’ve changed the scoop size in the containers since I last made these, as I just double checked mine and each scoop is ~1/4 cup for me. Either way, just measure out 1/2 cup and you should be all set. Enjoy!

    1. I’m not sure how that would work out, as it would add a lot of moisture to the mix. You could probably add some dried fruit though and it would work out well!

  14. 3 stars
    I used the Vega Protein powder but it was the chocolate flavored one. I think the taste of the protein powder kinda ruined my bars because they came out way to sweet! I would definitely try this using a vanilla protein or even just a simple protein powder and add vanilla extract. I think this recipe is a great start to making the perfect homemade protein bar. Thank you

    1. Yikes! Yeah, I wouldn’t advise using the chocolate flavor for this particular recipe, that’s why I only recommended the vanilla :) Live and learn! Hope you can give it a shot with the vanilla flavor next time.

  15. These sound fantastic – I love almonds and honey together, and how well these keep in the fridge! And I really hope you feel better soon so you can enjoy your new home!

  16. I am always looking for healthy snacks to make my husband for after his Crossfit work outs. This recipe is perfect. The ingredient combination looks delicious and they are guilt free. I can’t wait to make these for him.

  17. I’m always looking for a new protein bar. The store bought ones always taste stale to me. I’m willing to bet that these don’e

  18. Hoping you feel better! I am currently dealing with serious hay fever over here on the east coast but last winter I had some pretty nasty colds. Those were brutal! The good thing is that it always provides the perfect excuse to indulge but with healthy protein bars as tasty looking as these, I won’t feel guilty about devouring a bunch of them!

  19. Oh gosh! I hope you are feeling better. We moved house just before Christmas and we all came down with really bad colds soon after, it’s a stressful time I think! These bars sound delicious x

  20. We moved last year with a 20 month old and a 3 month old…I feel your pain! It was so incredibly stressful. On another note, these bars look incredible. My husband has been on the lookout for some protein bars and I think he’s going to have to give these a try!

  21. Oh, we moved a few months ago, and I had a sinus infection through the whole process – and that was No Fun at All. I really hope you’re feeling better by now! I have to confess I was wondering if these had been easy enough to make and eat during the move (we seemed to eat a lot of cheese and crackers as I packed my kitchen… LOL) If there is ever a time you need grab and go food, it’s during a move…

    1. I’m about 80% back to normal! These were a total lifesaver on moving day because the movers were supposed to come bright and early, and I needed something to eat but we’d packed all the kitchen stuff!

    2. 5 stars
      I used PB powder in place of the almond butter. You have to add water to make the dough. They came out fantastic