Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars.. that taste like your favorite cookies! Healthy, Nutritious AND YUMMY… that is the way I like to enjoy my treats and you can too with this simple and quick NO BAKE Protein bar recipe. VEGAN and a great post-workout treat! For a self-proclaimed PB/Choc. lover these SAVE me around the holidays and any other time I am craving a treat!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar RECIPE: 2 3/4 Cups Almond Meal (Flour replacement with lots of protein in it. I get mine from Trader Joe’s. Can use Oat or alternative flour if don’t have Almond Meal but nutrition info will change substantially.) 1/2 Cup Organic Vanilla Rice Protein Powder (I use 1/4 cup of Rice and 1/4 cup of Pea Protein) 1/2 Cup Rice Crisp Cereal (I use organic/natural variety from Whole Foods) 1/4 – 1/2 tsp Sea Salt 1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, or Sunflower Seed Butter (I use PB for this recipe since I used to be a Reese’s lover.) 1/2 Cup Pure Maple Syrup (or liquid sweetener of your choice) 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract 3 Tbsp mini dark Chocolate Chips (I definitely use more.. if you just want to “drizzle” the top with Chocolate.. go with this, otherwise I use 1/2 bag of Dark Chocolate chips to cover the top.) 1/2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
INSTRUCTIONS: ~Line an 8″ square pan with a piece of parchment paper (or 9×12″ pan for a double batch of bars) ~Mix the Almond Meal, protein powder, rice crisp and salt in a large bowl. ~Add in the nut/seed butter, syrup and vanilla. Stir well and combine. [If the almond meal mixture is a bit dry, add a splash of non-dairy milk and mix again. ~Press into the pan. I use my hands to flatten – then put into the freezer to chill. ~Melt the Chocolate Chips and Coconut Oil together in a small pot over low heat. When half the chips are melted, remove from the heat and stir well. ~Remove pan from freezer and drizzle chocolate over the top of the bars. OR spread Chocolate mixture out on top (as I have done in the image above.) ~Freeze again until set. [I set the timer for 10 minutes then remove the pan and score the top of the bars into small squares, so that they are easier to cut later and the chocolate doesn’t break on top.] Once chocolate sets, I cut the bars and place them into airtight freezer bags or containers and enjoy for weeks! Makes 12-16 bars depending on pan size.
With my ingredients.. each full recipe has 189 grams of protein in them (SO mine have 11 grams protein PER BAR!) I DO NOT give these to my children.. but a great bar for post exercise or feel like you are treating yourself. To decrease the amount of protein/bar.. use Oat flour versus Almond Meal, and lesson the total by 77 grams (thus ~7grams/bar).
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