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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
    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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    April 16, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Does anyone know the calories in these?

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    April 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    how about the macros in this recipe? looks interesting.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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