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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

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

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

  • 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)

Instructions

  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
    Beverly
    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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    Vickie
    September 12, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    What is the nutritional information?

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    TOM STEVENSON
    August 1, 2019 at 10:30 am

    PLEASE POST THE NUTRITION SPECS FOR NO-BAKE PEANUT BUTTER CUP PROTEIN BARS, TO MY EMAIL

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    Elizabeth
    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 🙂

    • Reply
      Beverly
      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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    Cait
    July 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Do you know the macros for these?

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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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    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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    Monica Gallagher
    April 8, 2018 at 4:51 pm

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

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    Tisha
    July 26, 2017 at 5:45 pm

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

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    Monika
    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?

    Thanks.

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      Tisha
      July 26, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      I used about 1/4 cup per scoop.

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    cookwarelab
    April 17, 2017 at 5:06 am

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

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