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No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

January 3, 2019

All you need is 5 ingredients, one bowl and 25 minutes to make these No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bars. They’re simple, delicious and packed-full of protein with 12 grams in each bar!

All you need is 5 ingredients and 25 minutes to make these No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bars. They're simple, delicious snack recipe, packed-full of protein with 12 grams in each bar!I’m convinced that if food blogging doesn’t work out for me, I have a future career at BuzzFeed. I am both amazing at coming up with click-bait and being that person who clicks through every single click-bait article that appears in their newsfeed. Basically, my life is one long stream of dramatic yet completely enticing headlines.

I don’t discriminate either. I will click anything from Bruce Jenner, to superhero news (#priorities) to ebola. If there was anything in my life that completely undermines my efficiency, it’s stupid and useless articles or any “21 ways you didn’t know you could use shoelaces”-style posts from BuzzFeed.

In addition to a long list of recipe ideas, I keep a file with catchy blog post or article titles in my phone. I almost never use the ideas I come up with, but should BuzzFeed ever come calling, I’m ready.

All you need is 5 ingredients and 25 minutes to make these No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bars. They're simple, delicious snack recipe, packed-full of protein with 12 grams in each bar!Last week I came up with a great one, which I genuinely debated using as the title of this post instead of “No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bars”. I cannot believe I am legitimately sharing this with the interwebs but I ALMOST named this post “How One Girl Met Multiple Soulmates on Facebook”.

I should probably explain…

Last week I asked my friends on Facebook what their one food they couldn’t live without would be. 90% of you said Peanut Butter. That is how I discovered that there’s basically an entire subculture of humanity that I would like to marry. For clarity’s sake, I said “nuts” in all forms and despite the fact that peanuts technically aren’t a nut (they’re a legume), I totally was eating a spoonful of peanut butter as I posted the question on Facebook. So by nuts I meant peanuts and to everyone who responded with peanut butter, I LOVE YOU.

All you need is 5 ingredients and 25 minutes to make these No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bars. They're simple, delicious snack recipe, packed-full of protein with 12 grams in each bar!These No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bars are for my peanut butter loving soulmates of the world. And now that I know there are so many of you out there, I should warn you that they are completely addictive. We’re talking 12 bars down in 2 days kind of addictive.

But it’s okay. You are not alone. We can have a peanut butter themed potluck and a PBAA (peanut butter addicts anonymous) meeting all in one. Who wants in?

How To Make No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

These bars don’t require any baking and are ready in under 30 minutes! Just be sure to follow specific directions as listed below including: use smooth, natural peanut butter, oat flour and eat directly from the fridge or freezer.

While these no-bake peanut butter cup protein bars are always delicious, they hold their shape best when cold. If you’d like to eat these on the go, I suggest rolling them into 24 small balls as they hold the shape best when in ball-form. But if you’re only eating them at home, leave them as bars!

Otherwise enjoy and be sure to share the love using the hashtag #thehealthymaven


No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Bars 1x


  • 1 cup natural smooth peanut butter*
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup oat flour**
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)


  1. In a large bowl combine peanut butter and honey.
  2. Add in protein powder and oat flour. It should come together into a ball. Batter will be slightly dry.
  3. Place a large piece of plastic wrap over an 8 x 8 inch baking pan so that it hangs over the sides.
  4. Put batter into pan and flatten with hands so it fills the entire pan. Make sure it’s flat and even.
  5. Place in freezer for 20 minutes.
  6. While bars are in freezer, melt chocolate chips in the microwave. I heat in 20 second increments until smooth.
  7. Remove bars from the freezer and lift out of the pan using the plastic wrap.
  8. Cut into 12 bars.
  9. Using a knife spread chocolate onto bars. OR place in a ziploc bag and cut off a corner and drizzle over bars.
  10. Allow chocolate to cool completely.
  11. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.***

*Make sure your peanut butter is the natural variety, meaning the only ingredient should be peanuts!
**You can grind the oats yourself or buy packaged oat flour. This may work with other flours but I haven’t tried.
***NOTE: The texture of these is best straight from the fridge or freezer. If you are eating them on the go, I recommend rolling the dough into 24 balls instead of 12 bars as they keep their shape better.

All you need is 5 ingredients and 25 minutes to make these No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bars. They're simple, delicious snack recipe, packed-full of protein with 12 grams in each bar!

Like this recipe? Here are some No-Bake recipes that I think you’ll enjoy:

Raw Nutella Bars
No-Bake Cinnamon Roll Protein Bars
No-Bake Gingerbread Cookies


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  • Reply
    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files
    February 8, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Raising my hand high! If there is not peanut butter in our house, its a sad sad day. Mr HIT would loveeee these bars and positive I would too! Pinned!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    February 8, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I’m such a peanut butter lover, but I also don’t discriminate- any nut or seed butter you put in front of me, I’ll eat! These look delish and I LOVE how easy they are. I think my picky kiddos would even love them.

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    February 8, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Please save me one of these. SEE YOU IN 7 DAYS!!!!! 7 DAYS!!!

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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    February 8, 2015 at 9:22 am

    A total sucker, I am! These look genius though, I’m sure they live up to their name 🙂

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    February 8, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Too good! These look like they are going to be delicious. Thank for sharing another great recipe!

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    Miss Polkadot
    February 8, 2015 at 9:46 am

    [Insert me shouting my name!!] While I can’t say peanut butter was my ONE food because I’m way too indecisive it -is- high up there. So much so I spent quite some time raiding stores high and low once I moved to my current place to find a natural one. Can you believe basically every freaking brand had hydrogenated palm oil and sugar added? Even those in the two health food stores around – what??? In the end, I found a brand and it was worth the extra commute there. I’d like to add that the best peanut butter has one more ingredient than you say, though: SALT.
    What can I say about these bars? Peanut butter, honey, chocolate – let’s get the party started!

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    February 8, 2015 at 10:08 am

    These look SO GOOD. Whoa. Like a chewy decadent snack bar of my dreams. Yes please!

    I actually didn’t start liking peanut butter until I got to college, can you imagine?! My entire life I never understood why all my friends loved it (I was raised Russian and peanut butter wasn’t a common food in our cuisine). Totally get it now!

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    She Rocks Fitness
    February 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    These look fabulous, but then again ANYTHING with peanut butter in it ROCKS my world. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
    February 8, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I always have 5 or 6 different nut butters at one time in my pantry. Now that I’m a NuttZo ambassador it’s about to double too. I can’t live a day without nut butter. What is our obsession over it I wonder? I love no bake bars and really need to start making more of them especially now that it’s 80 degrees in the desert already!

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    Luv What You Do
    February 8, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Any suggestions on what to add instead of protein powder or can I leave it out?
    These look awesome!

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    Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks
    February 9, 2015 at 1:08 am

    What a simple but useful recipe! I will definitely be making these!

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    February 9, 2015 at 1:56 am

    what are the contents, sugar, protein, carbs etc

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    February 9, 2015 at 3:21 am

    You totally should have used that title. But peanut butter cup sounds good too (and totally stealing it for a recipe ;))

    Send me a batch of these please. Pre frozen so they arrive thawed.

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    Nikki @ Quest for Balance
    February 9, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Huge sucker for click bait, huge lover of peanut butter. Eating peanut butter straight from the jar may or may not have been a significant contributor to my freshman 15. It was a terrible addiction that ended with me throwing a jar of peanut butter into the woods for the squirrels. Dramatic much. Thankfully I’ve since then learned portion control with PB. Peanut butter soul mates forever!!!

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    February 9, 2015 at 11:15 am

    BuzzFeed is probably the best thing that has happened to me since the etch a sketch. Seriously…SO many hours of entertainment! I would like to be added to your list of PB soulmates, because I can’t get enough of the stuff. Lay these protein bars on me hard, sista!

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    Kay @ Kay Bueno
    February 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I love clickbait, and peanut butter, but I probably have worse impulse control around click bait. Ever since Facebook put trending topics on the sidebar, I probably waste 30 more minutes on them daily.

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    February 9, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Hell yea, I’m most definitely a peanut butter loving woman…although lately cashew butter has been my favorite, but I’ll always come back to my first love – PB!

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    February 10, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Ha – I used to scroll through the old buzz feed when I was bored at work back home. It never failed to amaze me some of the crazy articles they had on there.
    I am glad you have made these with peanut butter – I feel like everyone else in the healthy world has abandoned the poor old legume!

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    Jennifer L.
    February 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Smucker’s Natural is my favorite peanut butter. It has only 2 ingredients (peanuts and salt) is is very affordable at $3/jar. I love it and highly recommend it.

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    Julia @ Swirls and Spice
    February 15, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I’d like an invite to the potluck, please! Please do bring these bars!

    Also, peanut butter came to my rescue twice recently. 1) It made chocolate lentil buttercream frosting into something special (and blog-worthy). 2) It made a sub-par baking experiment into something delicious (though not blog-worthy)

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    March 5, 2015 at 2:47 am

    I just nearly ate the screen of my phone… those look so yummy I am obsessed with nut butter of all kinds! I am a mouse in a trap for click bait, always avoiding what I should be doing to read pointless crapola on the interwebs. I even made a new years resolution not to do that anymore, we all know what happens to new years resolutions *sigh*

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    April 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    how about the macros in this recipe? looks interesting.

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    April 16, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Does anyone know the calories in these?

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    May 28, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I can’t wait to make these!!! And your protein oat cups! (I think they look like cups haha!) found you on Instagram and I’m loving your blog, thank you!!! ❤️ Simone

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 28, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Aw thank you Simone! You’r too sweet. Hope you enjoy!

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    July 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I want these! Too bad I JUST got back from the store. I have everything but protein powder. Wait…I could omit it 🙂

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    August 28, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Perfect, looking for a back to homeschool, afternoon snack. These fit the bill perfectly. I am subbing almond flour for the oat, because I have almond on hand.

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    September 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    what are the macros for this?

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    Wendy Johnson
    September 21, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I am a peanut butter junkie! I love it and I can’t wait to try out these bars.

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    January 10, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Do you have nutrition info for these?

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    January 17, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Like this idea. 2 questions B4 I make these: 1) If I only have unsalted PB, how much salt would I add, & 2) Can I sub an equal amount of cacao bits? Thanks so much for all your time & energy in making life more beautiful! You are a lifesaver for people with special dietary needs. I found you only a short time ago & I have made 6-7 of your recipes but have yet to comment, though I have shared everything with family & friends who have grown to love you too! When I can breathe again (I suppose after Christmas) I promise to critique every recipe that I have made because they are soooo good! Your granola bars will forever be a staple in our home.

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    February 7, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Nutritional value, please? A few people have asked already!

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    February 9, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Has anyone calculated the calories in these yet? I would love to know if anyone has that info!

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    February 21, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    using Leanfit Protein powder mine work out to 211 calories per bar, 12.2 grams fat, 16.4g carbs and 12 grams protein, 8.9 grams sugar.

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    Stacy Braiuca
    June 20, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    OMG I am so a member of that club too… Hello my name is Stacy and I am a PB addict. It’s not about PB & chocolate (unless it’s dark chocolate maybe); but it’s about the RATIO of PB to anything! If I were “allergic” to PB, it would be time for “suicide” b/c I’m NOT living without it!
    AHHHHHHH, so glad I’m “home” and have met my peeps!!!
    Peace, Love, and PB sisters and brothers!

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    August 2, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    These were fantastic! Thank you!! For those of you who have been eyeing these, drooling over these, wanting to make these and just haven’t yet. Try them! They are delicious!
    We made them with unflavored whey isolate protein powder (I don’t like the taste of stevia). I added an extra 1/4 cup of honey and two teaspoons of vanilla extract to replace the loss of flavor and sweetness from using an unflavored protein powder. We used Jif Natural- I’m sure you probably meant to use the REAL natural peanut butter, all we had in the house was Jif Natural. The kids came running over when they heard the chocolate chips being poured into the bowl. They helped rolling them into teaspoon-sized balls. I think they gobbled two each while they were helping.
    You received the approval of all three of us! Thank you for helping me to feed my family a nutritious and delicious treat. I’m hoping their classroom isn’t peanut-free this year, I’d love to send one piece in each of their lunch boxes. Thank you again, and again!

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      August 2, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Uh oh- between the three of us (my two kiddos and myself), we polished off half the tray already. I can’t stop eating them. My mouth is actually watering, because I’m typing and not chewing. Thank you again- and again. I need to rummage through your blog to start trying more of your recipes. Pinned. Forwarded.

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    September 4, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    What is 3 scoops of protein powder equal to? I have two kinds of protein powder and their scoops are very different sizes (once requires two scoops to get to one serving (~20g protein) vs. the other only needs one scoop to get the same amount of protein). Is there a weight or cup measurement to use instead?

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    April 17, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Interesting idea. Is there any nutrition value for this recipe?

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    July 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Two questions.
    Since we all use different products, 3 scoops of whey protein powder (or anything for that matter) doesn’t mean anything to me. How many grams is one scoop for you?
    Also, I am very allergic to oat flour, but otherwise love this recipe/ingredient list. Do you think coconut flour, almond flour or maybe even a hemp protein powder would work?


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      July 26, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      I used about 1/4 cup per scoop.

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    July 26, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Made these with chocolate protein powder and skipped the chocolate chips. So good!

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    Monica Gallagher
    April 8, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    THANK YOU for all of your amazing recipes!!! ?

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    Ellen Taylor
    October 24, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Looks a new peanut butter recipe is here. My 6 years old son is a crazy fan of peanut butter. Going to give him a surprise soon.

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    Chris Loll
    February 16, 2019 at 1:56 am

    My wife and I are addicted to these in fact we just got done making a batch

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    July 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Do you know the macros for these?

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    July 12, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I absolutely loved them. Delicious and really easy to follow. Thank you very much for sharing and great work 🙂

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      November 11, 2019 at 3:29 pm

      Incredible! Taste like peanut butter cups without any junk food ingredients. I used 1/3 cup + 3 tbsp plain whey protein powder and 1 tsp vanilla extract. I mixed in a small amount of mini chocolate chips into the batter I spread of melting and drizzling on top. I also mixed in some ground flax seeds for fiber. Cannot wait to try this recipe with homemade almond butter.

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    August 1, 2019 at 10:30 am


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    September 12, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    What is the nutritional information?

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    November 11, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Incredible! Taste like peanut butter cups without any junk food ingredients. I used 1/3 cup + 3 tbsp plain whey protein powder and 1 tsp vanilla extract. I mixed in a small amount of mini chocolate chips into the batter I spread of melting and drizzling on top. I also mixed in some ground flax seeds for fiber. Cannot wait to try this recipe with homemade almond butter.

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