If you’re tired of baking, then this is the recipe for you! These no bake Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars come together quickly to provide a satisfying, satiating snack of the go.
How do you make a raw chocolate peanut butter protein bar?
Raw means no bake here.
Read: this recipe requires no baking.
If you have a stove (or heating element to melt a few ingredients together) then you can certainly make these Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars!
To begin, you’ll create a date paste just like we did in those Gluten Free Brownies! This is super simple and takes less than 5 minutes.
Heat dates with water. Blend to yield date paste.
Then, you’ll melt the healthy fats together with that sweetener source (aka the date paste) and/or maple syrup.
Heat peanut butter and sweetener with salt.
Lastly, you’re going to combine all ingredients together and place in a baking dish to harden in the freezer.
Yes, no baking required remember!
Can these protein bars be made vegan?
Yes, they can.
Depending on the type of protein powder you use of course. Unlike other protein bar recipes, I used dates and maple syrup to sweeten them.
Most traditionally use honey which negates the vegan aspect.
To make these vegan, I suggest checking out these sorts of protein powders:
What if I don’t like protein powder? What can I use?
You can omit the powder completely and add 1/2 to 3/4 cup more oats.
This will lower the total protein content, but will still provide a satiating protein bar.
You can also add hemp seeds which naturally pack over 11 grams of protein per 2 tablespoon serving.
Are these Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars healthy?
As a dietitian, you have my seal of approval that these are healthy! They’re also gluten free too if you use a gluten free oat and protein powder.
These are filled with heart healthy fats from peanuts.
Studies have shown that the nutrients found in peanuts not only are a great source of antioxidants, but also flavonoids.
Flavonoids are very helpful in reducing inflammation, something I am definitely in favor of getting into Mr. CEO’s diet when he returns from his 4 hour training runs.
If you’re looking to fuel up with a homemade, healthy bar, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars are for you!
Without further adieu, here are they are!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars
- 3/4 cup dates about 10 dates
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup natural peanut butter melted
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1/3 cup roasted, salted peanuts roughly chopped
- Place dates in a microwave safe dish and cover with water. Heat 60 seconds. Remove and pour dates and liquid into a food processor or high powered blender. Pulse until jelly like consistency is achieved.
- In a large bowl, combine oats and protein powder. Set aside.
- Add peanut butter to a medium pan on the stovetop. Heat over low heat until peanut butter begins to melt. Stir in date paste, maple syrup and salt. Once combined, turn off heat.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture into the bowl with the oats and protein powder. Mix together until uniformly combined.
- Pour mixture in an 8×8-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper. Press the remaining 1/3 cup of crushed peanuts into the top of the bars.
- Put in the freezer for up to 30 minutes to harden.
- Remove and slice into 12 bars.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 10 days, or freeze in a ziplock bag for up to 1 month. Defrost for 20 minutes on the counter before eating.
Happy Cooking, friends!