Joe’s Power P90x Protein Bars (No Nuts!)

Can you have too many ways to save money on P90x? I think not. Thus, I’m pleased to share another reader-contributed recipe for homemade P90x protein bars! I’m especially excited about this one because I’ve received a bunch of emails from people asking how to omit the peanut butter and/or nuts from my other P90x protein bar recipe. Now those of you with nut allergies can try this one on for size! We here at myp90xnutritionplan.com are all about adapting Our recipes to your particular dietary needs, especially when it takes absolutely no work from Us, because We are lazy. (Yes, that’s the royal We!) 😉 Let me know what you think!

Take it away, Joe!

“Love the site!!! Thank you for putting this all together. It has been a great help for me going thru this round of P90X2. The first time I did P90X I had amazing results but struggled at times with the diet. I like to keep things new and interesting while at the same time trying to find things a 9 year old boy will eat too. I’ve used several of the recipes on your site and they have been great.

I thought you could use another Protein Bar recipe so I thought I would send you one that I came up with:


  • 2 Cups – Old Fashioned Whole Oats
  • 2 Cups (6 scoops) – Muscletech Whey Protein Powder
  • ¼ Cup – Whole Grain Wheat Flour
  • ¼ Cup – Cold Milled Ground Flax Seed
  • 1 Cup – Grapenuts Cereal
  • 1 Cup – Dried Cranberries
  • ¼ Cup – Honey
  • 1 Cup – Unsweetened Applesauce*
  • 2 – Egg Whites
  • ½ Cup – Flaxmilk, Almond Milk, Soy Milk or low fat skim milk

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients: Oats, Protein Powder, Flax seed, Grapenuts, and cranberries. Mix thoroughly. Add in Honey, milk, egg whites and applesauce. Stir until all moisture is absorbed into the dry ingredients. Lightly spray a 9×13 cake pan with non-stick canola oil and pour mixture into pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. While still warm cut into 12 equal servings, remove and place on cooling rack. Once cool, wrap in plastic wrap and store in freezer.

*I used your method of microwaving apple slices and then putting them thru the food processor. That was an awesome idea… I won’t be paying a premium for applesauce ever again… LOL!!”

Nutrition Information:

Serving size: 1 bar
Calories: 232 (P90x bar = 260)
Carbs: 39g (P90x bar = 31g)
Fat: 3g (P90x bar = 7g)
Protein: 14g (P90x bar = 20g)
Fiber: 5g (P90x bar = 2g)

OK, CJ’s back! =)

P90x Nutrition Plan Portions

1 Protein Bar is 1 Double Snack serving, 1/2 bar is 1 Single Snack serving.

P.S. Please note that in the P90x nutrition plan, protein bars do NOT count as a protein serving! Weird, I know.

P.P.S. Do you nut allergy folks consider seeds (flax seeds, sunflower seeds) to be nuts?

P.P.P.S. Thanks, Joe!! You’ve helped a lot of fellow P90xers out with this one!


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  1. Kelsey

    Flax seeds & sunflower seeds don’t count as nuts, but people who are allergic to nuts are typically sensitive (itchy mouth but not anaphylaxsis) to seeds and fruit.

    1. CJ =)

      Thanks for the information, Kelsey! That helps. – CJ =)

  2. LaQuitta

    Can any protein powder be used or does it have to be that namebrand.

    1. CJ =)

      Hey LaQuitta!
      Any brand should do. Let me know how they turn out!
      – CJ =)

  3. Leighla

    Hi there, this looks like a great recipe, and I’m definitely into saving money on p90x!

    We live outside of the US, and unfortunately do no have Grapenuts. Do you know what would be a good substitute.. maybe some type of fruit muesli?


    1. CJ =)

      Hey Leighla!
      I don’t have an idea for a substitute handy, but you could just try to find a cereal that looks good to you and has a similar nutritional makeup: http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-post-grape-nuts-cereal-i8329
      I hope that helps!
      – CJ =)

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