With just a few simple ingredients you can make peanut butter protein bars in your own kitchen with 13g protein in each bar!
This is one of those recipes that just got slung across my content calendar with no respect. Poor guy has gotten pushed back like 14 times. WELL, FOLKS- it’s here and I’ve made these like 142 times already. And when I’m not just grabbing a Perfect Bar on the go, these are the alternatives I’m whipping up at home!
I say made THESE 142 times, but the last 140 times I actually turned them into balls. Why balls? Because they’re the best 🙂 And smaller in portion size! I gave this recipe to Mama Hersh to make and she loved them too. I mean, why wouldn’t she?
I tested this with a few different kinds of peanut butter (all drippy): Smuckers All Natural Peanut Butter, Trader Joe’s Creamy Peanut Butter, and Kirkland Peanut Butter. The reason I wanted to specify is that drippy peanut butter is the shit and the key to success when making this recipe.
I say this almost every week but…
PLEASE INVEST IN A GOOD FOOD PROCESSOR. YOUR LIFE WILL BE CHANGED. YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE. AND MAYBE MARRY AN INANIMATE OBJECT.
Just do it and don’t ask questions.
Let’s talk protein powder really quick. I like many different kinds of protein powder, but if I had the choice…I’d choose whey every time. I love the texture and the taste best out of the hundreds (yes, hundreds) I’ve tried. My good friends at Designer Protein sent me a GIANT delivery of protein powder. Like…I don’t think I will run out of protein powder for the next 100 years. In this recipe, I used their Designer Whey French Vanilla. It’s my favorite! You could totally sub out for any whey flavor (chocolate would be delish).
I do want to note…that I have NOT tried this recipe with any other kind of protein powder such as plant-based, soy, pea, etc!
- Spray a 9×9-inch cake pan with coconut oil cooking spray or line with parchment paper and set aside.
- Place rolled oats in a high-speed food processor (I use a Ninja). Process on high for about 30 seconds or until you’ve turned your oats into an oat flour.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients to your food processor and process on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stopping often to scrape the sides. You’ll want to make sure you use a drippy peanut butter for this recipe (Trader Joe’s or Kirkland brands are the best). At this point, the dough should be similar to cookie dough.
- Using your hands, press the dough into the cake pan. Then, use a spatula to make it smooth and even all the way around.
- Pop the cake pan into the freezer for about 30 minutes to set. Remove and then cut into 10 bars with a sharp knife.
Tips & Notes
You can also make these bars into balls for an easier recipe and smaller serving size! It will make around 25 1 tablespoon-sized balls.
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1 bar Calories: 342 Sugar: 30 Fat: 14 Carbohydrates: 47 Protein: 13
I stored these guys in individual plastic baggies in the freezer. They’re an easy grab-and-go snack or meal replacement. If you keep them in the freezer, they will stay longer. Just a little tippy tip!