Vegan birthday cake protein bars make a great refined sugar free, no-bake, healthy grab-and-go snack! Super soft and chewy, these bars are made in one bowl, in just about 10 minutes! Topped with a white chocolate drizzle and healthy helping of sprinkles, they’re not only super cute but curb a sweet tooth!
If birthday cake is a flavor option for, anything really, i’m choosing it! Whether it’s ice cream or cookies, it doesn’t matter, but protein bars in particular are my weakness. I absolutely love making homemade bars because you can tailor them to how you like them – taste, texture, etc. and it’s a great way to curb your sweet tooth craving while getting in some healthy fats, protein, and fiber
You will love these vegan protein bars because they are:
-made in one bowl in under 10 minutes!
-versatile so you can make them to your dietary needs.
-super soft and chewy.
-packed with protein so they’re perfect for a post workout snack.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Nut or seed butter: I usually make these with cashew or almond butter, but tahini is a great nut-free option and adds a super yummy flavor!
Protein powder: Use a protein powder you love! I used a salted caramel flavored protein which really added an amazing depth of flavor to these! Vanilla would be my second choice! You can use my code “amb-dani” for a discount on the salted caramel (or any flavor) if you’d like!
Organic oat flour: You can make your own by blending oats in a high-powered blender until flour consistency or use store-bought.
Maple syrup: You can sub any sticky sweetener.
Almond extract: This really gives that cake-like flavor!
Sprinkles: I always make sure to use an all-natural sprinkle brand that doesn’t use any artificial ingredients, dyes, etc. I usually buy mine at whole foods but you can also buy these in bulk on amazon!
How to make birthday cake protein bars
First, you’ll want to line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper. Then, in a large bowl, you will want to mix together the nut butter, maple syrup, and extracts. Once that’s all nice and smooth, you’ll stir in the remaining ingredients, stirring in the sprinkles last.
Next, you’ll press the mixture into the pan making sure to press it down firmly. Place the pan in the freezer for 2-3 hours to allow it to firm up. Once firm, you can cut them into bars and drizzle with melted white chocolate and extra sprinkles if you’re feeling fancy!
Storing extra birthday cake protein bars:
You’ll want to store extra protein bars in an air-tight container in the freezer. They will become too soft at room-temp.
If you love higher protein treats, try these recipes too!
Vegan Birthday Cake Protein Bars
- 1/2 cup almond or cashew butter
- 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder (Use your favorite brand)
- 1 1/4 cups super fine oat flour
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 tbsp plant-based milk, if/as needed
- 3 tbsp sprinkles, of choice *more for sprinkling over top
- 1/2 cup white chocolate *Optional – for drizzling. I used a refined sugar-free option.
- Mix all of the ingredients, besides the sprinkles and white chocolate, together until smooth. Taste and adjust as you'd like. It should be a workable dough, but not too dry. If dry, add a splash of milk or an extra tbsp of coconut oil for a more moist texture.
- Stir in the sprinkles. Press the dough into the bottom of a parchment-lined loaf pan. Place in the freezer for at least 1-2 hours to firm up, before cutting into bars
- If you want to, melt some white chocolate and drizzle each bar. Top with extra sprinkles and return to the freezer for a bit to firm up.
- These are best stored in an air-tight container in the freezer!