Vegan, Gluten-Free Protein Crunch Bars

Recipe by The Nourished Bite

Vegan, gluten-free protein bars.The Nourished Bite


  • 2 cups rice puffs cereal (be sure the brand is gluten-free and vegan, I love Freedom Foods)
  • ⅓ cup natural smooth peanut butter 
  • 2 tbsp plant-based vanilla protein powder 
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp rice malt syrup (can substitute with pure maple syrup)
  • A block of vegan dark chocolate  


  • Line a tin with baking paper (I used a medium loaf tin)
  • In a mixing bowl, add rice puffs, peanut butter, protein powder, salt, tahini and rice malt syrup
  • Mix until thoroughly combined 
  • Pour mixture in the lined tin and press down with the back of a spoon 
  • Place in the freezer for an hour or until set hard
  • Once set, evenly cut slice 
  • Melt dark chocolate on the stove or in the microwave 
  • Using a spoon and moving quickly, pour melted chocolate over each slice. One completed, place back in the freezer to set 
  • Once set, enjoy! 

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