Savory Chickpea Protein Bars


Just because it’s a protein bar, doesn’t mean it needs to be sweet! This mouthwatering combination of chickpeas, nuts, seeds, and spices makes low-sugar snacking both convenient and deeply satisfying. In place of the harissa powder, feel free to use another spice blend, such as a good chili powder.

  • 10Servings


  • 3 Tbs. ground flaxseeds or flaxseed meal
  • 2 cups crispy brown rice cereal
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs. yellow miso paste
  • 1 Tbs. harissa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbs. chia seeds, optional


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 9-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing paper to spill over sides for easy removal. Coat lightly with cooking spray.

Whisk together flaxseed meal and 1/2 cup water in small bowl. Set aside.

Pulse rice cereal and walnuts in food processor until partially ground. Add chickpeas, tahini paste, maple syrup, miso paste, harissa powder, salt, and flaxseed mixture, and blend until dough forms. Add sunflower and chia seeds, and pulse until just incorporated. 

Spread dough in prepared pan, and press into a smooth, compact layer. Bake 20 to 22 minutes, or until top looks dry and edges have begun to turn golden. Transfer to wire rack to cool, then unmold and cut into bars.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 187
  • Carbohydrate Content: 16 g
  • Fat Content: 13 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 211 mg
  • Sugar Content: 4 g