This is an updated remix of the No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars I made a few months ago. Maybe you’ve tried this variation, but if not – you’re going to love it.
Keep in mind that you could EASILY substitute another kind of nut in this recipe (I love it with almond butter, personally) for the peanut butter.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Yield: 12 bars
You will need: microwave safe bowl, measuring cups and spoons, cutting board and knife, 9×9″ pan, mixing fork
1 cup all natural Peanut Butter (that means no ingredients except the nuts – I do like the Maranatha crunchy brand that has a “hint of sea salt”)
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1 1/3 cups (or approximately 4 scoops) chocolate Protein Powder – I use chocolate egg white. You can also do 1/2 plain and 1/2 chocolate – whatever you have on hand.
2 T cacao powder
1 cup Almond Meal Flour
1/4 cup milled/ground Chia Seeds
1/4 cup, plus 2 T cacao nibs
1/4 cup plus 2 T shredded unsweetened Coconut Flakes
2-3 T peanuts, chopped
1. Measure peanut butter and coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl – I often just put it in a glass liquid measuring cup. Microwave the ingredients together for 1 minute. You could also heat them on your range the old fashioned way. Either way is fine.
2. Remove from heat and mix the two ingredients together with a fork until evenly blended.
3. Add protein powder, almond meal flour, cacao, ground chia seeds, 1/4 cup cacao nibs, 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes to the mixture and stir until well mixed. You’ll get a consistency that’s slightly sticky, but dry enough to handle.
4. Scoop the batter into an ungreased 9×9″ pan and press it down evenly.
5. Sprinkle the chopped peanuts, 2 T cacao nibs and 2 T coconut flakes over top and press them into the batter with a spatula (or your hands).
6. Cover and freeze for about 20 minutes, then cut into bars. They will be fine kept in the refrigerator after their original quick freeze.
I take them with me when I travel often – and even though they get a little soft in the bag after they warm up, I’d rather eat something I made myself than some weird packaged protein bar with “sugar alcohol” or random ingredients that are side effects of packaging.