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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
    February 9, 2015 at 1:56 am

    what are the contents, sugar, protein, carbs etc

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    February 8, 2015 at 9:18 am

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

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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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    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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