A Homemade No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe that is so easy to make! High in protein, delicious and cheaper than buying them! Easily customizable to make gluten/dairy free.
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If you’re looking for a quick, easy snack – look no further than these homemade no bake peanut butter protein bars.
Easy to make with only 6 ingredients – these are a copycat Perfect Bar recipe that taste amazing and are way cheaper to make vs buy!
These homemade protein bars taste like a peanut butter cup. Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack or even dessert!
Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Why we love these protein bars:
There are so many things to love about these protein bars (aside from them being delicious!). Here are some of the reasons why we love these bars
- Easy to Make– With only 6 ingredients and a few steps, these are super easy to make. Simply mix together, press into a pan, chill & enjoy
- Cheaper to make vs Buying– The average perfect bar costs between $2.49-$2.99. This recipe costs less than $1 per bar. It’s more than 50% cheaper to make your own protein bars than buy them.
- Customizable– You can easily change up the nut butter, add ins or other ingredients to customize the flavor of these protein bars.
- Simple Ingredients– Most protein bars have funky ingredients and a laundry list of add ins/preservatives. These bars are made with only 6 ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
Ingredients For Peanut Butter Protein Bars Recipe
To make these peanut butter protein bars you’ll need only 6 ingredients:
We’ve included substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded box.
Important Tip: It’s important to weigh out/measure your protein powder due to different densities of protein powders. I used Gold Standard Vanilla Whey Protein. It came out to about ½ cup , but measuring is strongly recommended.
How To Make Peanut Butter Protein Bars
- In a bowl -add all of the ingredients except chocolate chips. Mix until a dough forms. The texture will be like a dense cookie dough.
- Fold in chocolate chips
- Press the mixture into an 8×4 pan lined with parchment paper.
- Freeze for 1 hour so the bars can set. Cut into 8 even slices and serve. (Sprinkle with sea salt – optional)
SUBSTITUTIONS FOR PROTEIN BAR RECIPE
These homemade bars are pretty versatile. Here are a few ways you can customize them!
Gluten Free: To make gluten free make sure you use certified gluten free oats.
Protein Powder– For best results, measure your protein powder with a scale. If you don’t have a scale just add about ½ cup a little at a time. Different proteins will create different flavor profiles, nutrition info and texture. The protein used here was Gold Standard Vanilla Whey Protein. We haven’t tested this recipe with vegan or other protein powders but it may work!
Oat Flour– Oat flour is simply old fashioned oats ground to a fine texture. If you don’t have oat flour, grind your own old fashioned rolled oats with a food processor or blender until very fine. Purchased oat flour will often have a finer texture.
Flaxseed– For more protein, use 1/4 cup oat flour and 1/4 cup flaxseed meal.
WW Freestyle Note: These are not a WW friendly recipe. You can save 2 points per serving by omitting chocolate chips. Points were calculated as follows: Maple Syrup: 12SP, Peanut Butter: 48 SP, Protein Powder: 5SP, Oat Flour: 8SP, Chocolate Chips: 12SP
How To Store Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Refrigerator: Leftovers can be individually wrapped and stored in the fridge up to a week. You can’t keep these protein bars out of the fridge for more than a few hours, they will get moldy.
Freezer: You can store the protein bars in the freezer for 3 months
Homemade Protein Bar FAQ
Yes it is cheaper to make your own protein bars. The average perfect bar costs between $2.49-$2.99. This recipe makes 8 bars, and it costs under $8 for all of the ingredients, which means they’re just under $1 per bar. (based on oz used of the ingredients). It’s more than 50% cheaper to make your own protein bars than buy them.
We wouldn’t recommend eating 2 protein bars per day. You can, but it’s better to eat real foods. Protein bars are high calorie and can leave you not feeling as full as lean protein, vegetables and healthy carbs can.
Other healthy snack recipes:
We love easy protein packed snacks. Here are some of our favorites:
Peanut Butter Protein Bars
A Homemade No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe that is so easy to make! High in protein, delicious and cheaper than buying them!
In a bowl or a stand mixer add all of the ingredients except chocolate chips. Mix by hand or with a mixer until a dough forms. The texture will be like a dense cookie dough.
Fold in chocolate chips
Press the mixture into an 8×4 pan lined with parchment paper.
Freeze for 1 hour so the bars can set. Cut into 8 even slices and serve. (Sprinkle with sea salt – optional)
Leftovers can be individually wrapped and stored in the fridge up to a week or freezer for 3 months.
Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Vitamin A 13IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. This is an estimate and can vary pending your ingredients