Holy cow… Have I been on a homemade protein bar KICK.
Ever since I developed my 4 Ingredient Cookie Dough Protein Bars I have become obsessed with making batches of homemade protein bars each week.
They’re just too good.
Despite their relatively simple ingredients, these protein bars pack in 8g of protein at around 200 calories a pop. And best of all, they taste like DESSERT.
If you know me reeeally well, then you know that one of my biggest pet peeves is when I try a healthy recipe off Pinterest and it ends up tasting like absolute garbage.
I'm over wasting my time and money on "skinny" foods that taste like sh!t.
That’s why I’m so smitten with these bars. Not only are they relatively healthy and easy to make (4 ingredients baby!) but they’re also insanely delicious.
With the popularity of these protein bars in both my real life and online community, I decided to keep the party going and develop a new flavor each month. I even created a dedicated celebrity tab titled "Protein Bars" under "Snacks" on She Well.
This month's protein bar flavor is Chocolate Peanut Butter... Because who doesn't love a good Reese's Peanut Butter Cup during the Halloween season?!
And HOLY YUM, are these bars good!
With just the right ratio of chocolate to peanut butter, these bad boys are the perfect snack to go with morning coffee or take on-the-go with you! I can't wait for you to try!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Makes 10 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Wait Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 15 minutes
1 cup creamy peanut butter at room temp
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 scoops (1/2 cup) vanilla protein powder (I used Olly)
1/4 cup honey or agave
2 tablespoons filtered water
Note: It is IMPERATIVE that you use protein powder that actually tastes good for this recipe. After experimenting with countless vanilla protein powders I found that Olly vanilla protein powder creates the best bars. I am no way an affiliate for Olly, just love and believe in their product! Olly vanilla is available at most grocery stores as well as online. Find the product on Amazon here.
Note: Depending on what kind of protein powder you are using you may need to add more or less sweetener to the recipe. In this recipe 1/2 cup of Olly Vanilla protein powder contained 13.5g of a sugar/stevia blend. If you can get your hands on this protein powder or something like it I highly recommend for baking.
Note: You can also use any kind of nut or seed butter. Nut butters with oil in them will lend to more of a "protein bar" texture. Plain nut butters with only nuts as the ingredient will be create a crunchy cookie texture. Both are equally delicious ;)
1. Line an 8x8 square baking dish with tin foil and set aside.
2. Place 1 cup of peanut butter in a large bowl ( I like to wet the cup first to avoid the peanut butter from sticking) Add in the cocoa powder and protein powder (see note above regarding protein powder) and mix to combine.
3. Once the peanut butter, cocoa and protein powder are mixed add in the honey. If your protein powder is on the sweeter side, I would add honey in by the tablespoon to ensure that the bars are not too sweet. Stir to combine all of the ingredients. Once the batter is mixed, add in 2 tablespoons of water and mix batter thoroughly.
4. Using a spatula, transfer the batter to the center of the foil-lined baking dish. Use a spatula to make sure that the dough spreads evenly.
5. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour (can freeze for up to 1 week before baking)
6. After an hour, remove the baking dish from the freezer and preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
7. Lift the tinfoil with the bars still on it and place on a firm surface. Cut the batch in half horizontally and then cut vertically into 5 columns to get 10 bars. Place each bar on a foil-lined baking sheet at least one inch a part.
Optional: Drizzle the bars with peanut butter (works best with pb with oil in it) by melting a spoonful of peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds in a small microwaveable ramekin. Use a fork to drizzle peanut butter over the individual bars before placing in the oven.
8. Bake at 300 degrees F. for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool fully before storing to ensure the bars hold their shape.
* Store in the fridge for 3 weeks or freezer for up to 6 weeks.
Nutritional Information (per bar)
200 calories, 12g fat, 12g carbs, 3g fiber, 9g sugar, 8g protein