ginger vanilla protein crunch bars

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking,Breakfast,Dessert,Gluten Free,Meatless Monday,recipes,snacks

“Can I take some of these to work?” was the question Jason asked after he tried one of these. We are always looking for protein bars that taste good and have some staying power for a between-meal treat.

I think the ginger in these bars is what Jason likes best.

These are a combination of some awesome flavors and textures – from the chewy spicy ginger to the toasted sweet coconut – the protein, almonds and oats make that filling snack we are always looking for.

ginger vanilla protein crunch bars

dairy and gluten free

makes 9×9 pan 

2 tablespoons butter (Earth Balance soy free)
1/4 cup agave or maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut milk (carton)
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 1/2 cups apple cinnamon protein cereal
1 cup oats
1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
1/4 cup shredded coconut 

In saucepan over medium low heat, melt butter, whisk in agave. Add milk and protein powder, whisk together until smooth. In large bowl, add apple protein cereal and break up slightly so some pieces are no longer whole (I used my hands). Add oats, almonds, sunflower seeds and about 3/4 ginger pieces. Pour melted butter mixture over dry ingredients, mix together thoroughly. Line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment or foil, spray. Transfer mixture into pan; using wet hands, press down in even layer. Sprinkle shredded coconut and remaining ginger pieces, press down into bars. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes. Let cool before cutting.


It’s ginger week in Meatless Monday A-Z!

We love ginger in this house, and use it daily. Each morning starts with a fresh juice, including the fresh ginger root. We use the pickled (sushi) ginger a lot, and crystallized ginger is incorporated in baking as well.

We love the spicy heat and flavor of ginger.

More recipes that use ginger, in all types:

many of my daily juices (well, except the pizza juice)


cherry ginger coconut quinoa


ginger sesame sauce (on edamame salad rolls)


sushi veggie sliders


ginger cranberry sauce


marcona sesame dusted tofu


For even more ginger recipes, visit Heather today for Meatless Monday A to Z!

Are you a ginger fan? What is your favorite way to use it?


{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 24, 2012 at 5:16 am

I don’t use ginger nearly enough. It’s one of those spices I tend to forget about.


2 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

oooh, I love it. with our daily juicing, we always have fresh ginger so I use it in everything!! :)


3 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 24, 2012 at 5:31 am

I absolutely love ginger. These bars look just perfect. I also want that quinoa… It would be perfect with the smoothie I posted. ;)

Oh! And that last tofu recipe… That will be coming to my kitchen soon.


4 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

the quinoa DOES go well with your smoothie! and yay! I hope you love the tofu!!


5 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit September 24, 2012 at 5:36 am

Ginger is one of my favorites. Have I mentioned how much I love the A-Z week? And I couldn’t agree with you more, so many good things going on with this recipe!


6 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Leanne you should totally join in! this is a really fun project… and there are some good weeks coming up – kale, lentils…


7 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen September 24, 2012 at 7:06 am

Yum. I want some. Now.

Can you just make some for me instead of me having to make them myself?

Thanks. :)


8 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

sure – wanna trade??!? :) :) :)


9 jobo September 24, 2012 at 7:46 am

Yum!! I love ginger! these look awesome. What about a variation for it with chocolate protein powder?? I have some of that cereal left too, I could totally make this, I bet! Perhaps not as pretty as yours though!


10 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

chocolate and ginger is GOOD – if you try that let me know how it goes! :)


11 Jeanette September 24, 2012 at 7:52 am

Apple, cinnamon, ginger and coconut – so many of my favorite flavors all mixed up into these bars!


12 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

yes – that’s what we were saying too! :)


13 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 24, 2012 at 7:57 am

They look incredible! I have been making quite a few no bake granola bars lately (blog hasn’t caught up with real life yet…lol) but I am in love with these. The ginger, mmm, yum!


14 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

the ginger is really good in these – and the coconut on top was a last minute thing, but it got toasted during baking and I LOVED it!


15 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet September 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

Great flavor combo!! I must make them for my hubs soon. I bet he’d love them for sure. Great recipe!!


16 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I hope you do make them – enjoy!!


17 Tommy September 24, 2012 at 8:45 am

so two dozen of these, another dozen of your orange creamsicle cupcakes, I should be set!! you have our address…


18 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

yeee! coming right up!


19 Linda Mercury September 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

Jason had better take enough to work to share! ;)


20 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

hmm… not sure he shared ;) next time I’ll make a package for YOU GUYS… that Jason can deliver!


21 Beth @ Tasty Yummies September 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

Ahh ginger, one of my absolute favorites! Something about it just makes me feel healthier when I eat it, as silly as that sounds. I even like it in just a little hot water, as a tea of sorts. So simple and delicious.These bars look so amazing, I wish I had some for our road trip tomorrow, they’d be perfect!


22 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm

not silly at all – I feel the same way! I add it to my hot tea – love it!


23 Heather @ Better With Veggies September 24, 2012 at 10:36 am

Oh this sounds fantastic and I am looking for more snack recipes! Perfect timing. :)


24 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm

oh good – I hope you make these!


25 Caroline September 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

These smell amazing, I am making them right now!! :D


26 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm

oh good – did you enjoy them!?


27 Eileen September 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

These bars sound amazing! Clearly a perfect snack to tuck into your bag before heading out for a long day. :)


28 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm

yes they were, Eileen! gone way too fast… need to make more! ;)


29 Allie September 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I still need to make that quinoa! It’s been hanging out on my cooking list for a while. Because everything with ginger in it is amazing. And cherries.


30 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

we just made the quinoa again the other day… SO good.


31 Liz September 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

YUM! Your protein bars sound wonderful. These would be great for my upcoming road trip…most snacky food makes me sleepy, but these beauties would be perfect :)


32 Liz September 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Ooh, these would be perfect for my upcoming road trip….yummy and protein vs. carb heavy. Thanks!!!


33 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

you are welcome, Liz! I liked the protein boost as well – they stick with ya! :)


34 Purely Twins September 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm

oh yum! perfect traveling snack


35 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

yes they would be! very quick to make too!


36 Lisa B September 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

These look so delicious!! (and so does everything!)

I love ginger and don’t use it enough! I like it in cookies and baked goods the most!


37 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

thanks Lisa B! :) I love ginger and I use it every day! :)


38 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy September 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

oh. my. gosh WOW those sound just divine! love the ginger


39 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

thanks, Caralyn! they were gone way too fast – definitely need to make more! :)


40 Michele September 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I have never made a bar of my own, I like the flavor here (except the coconut, I’ll leave that out ;) )


41 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

haa – I understand, Michele – I am kinda picky on some coconut textures… but these worked for me (I think because it’s toasted?)


42 Nichole September 25, 2012 at 4:50 am

This might be an overshare, but ginger helps with nausea when you’re pregnant. The bars looks amazing!! I am hooked on these things called Gin-Gins.

How bout a gin and tonic?! lol


43 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm

oooh, Gin Gins!! yes! we have those too (the “American version”) but they’re the Ginger People chews, right? yum. and no – totally not an overshare, and I can imagine ginger would be great for pregnancy – it is good for all kinds of nausea. I drank so much ginger tea when I was in the hospital when my appendix burst in two – being on heavy meds for a week, the tea was a lifesaver! :)


44 Mrs Pine Nut October 4, 2012 at 8:19 am

Hehe! The smell of ginger actually made me want to puke in my latest pregnancy, but ordinarily I love it:-)


45 Ashley F. September 25, 2012 at 8:16 am

Love ginger in all it’s forms! So many great things to try here – I don’t know where to start!


46 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I love all kinds of ginger too – and always have fresh ginger in the house… almost always have the crystallized too! and tea! and.. and… ;)


47 Mrs Pine Nut October 4, 2012 at 8:20 am

I really want to try these! I am ginger-obsessed lately.


48 Misty June 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Silly question, probably, but do the bars need refrigeration? I’m going on a trip to Europe and would like to have some protein snacks tucked in my travel bag.


49 Kristina Sloggett June 9, 2014 at 7:20 pm

hi Misty! not a silly question at all – I have taken these on a trip myself, they do just fine without refrigeration! enjoy Europe! cheers, Kristina


50 Misty June 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Thanks so much!


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