How to make your own Peanut Butter Protein Bars at home
Raw | Vegan, Dairy Free and Gluten Free Options | Refined Sugar Free
Each one of these Peanut Butter Protein Bars contains 10g of protein. You can use whatever protein powder you prefer, as long as it’s vanilla or neutral tasting. You can even use hemp seeds, but don’t use hemp powder – it’s stronger tasting and would over power the bar. The protein powder, chocolate and milk used in the recipe will determine both nutritional and dietary information. You can opt for a dairy bar or a vegan bar by using vegan alternatives for those three ingredients.
Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Easy to make, these no-bake peanut butter protein bars pack 10g of protein per piece. These bars are raw, have no refined sugars and can be made vegan and gluten free
Combine oat flour, protein powder, rice crisps and salt in a medium bowl
Soak dates in water to soften, 5-10 minutes. Once softened drain and blend with 1 Tablespoon of milk in a high speed blender until you get a thick date paste (1 Cup of dates will give you about ½ Cup date paste).
Add peanut butter and vanilla to date paste and blend till smooth.
Add dry ingredients to blender and pulse a few times till well combined.
If the mixture is too dry add a few tablespoons of milk (one at a time) to the mixture until it holds together.
Press mixture into a pan with either a pastry roller; or if you don’t have one a smooth glass works just as well. The trick to ensuring these bars wont crumble is making sure you press the mixture down firmly.
Place pan in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
In the meantime, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together.
Once the bars are semi frozen, remove the pan from the freezer and cut into bars and drizzle with the chocolate mixture.
Place bars back into freezer to set.
Store bars in the freezer for up to a month and enjoy when the need arises.
The type of protein powder you use is going to determine the final amount of protein per bar as different protein powders have different protein values
The type of protein powder and milk will also determine whether or not the bars are dairy or vegan. To make them vegan use a plant based protein powder or hemp seeds and a plant or nut milk.
Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. A Wits University graduate, she earned a Bcom (Hons) (Cum Laude) in Business Management. She’s a writer, runner and passionate about the 3 f’s – food, fashion and fitness. When she’s not inhaling the latest news, trends and ideas you can find her in the kitchen figuring out how to turn a broccoli head into a meal.