Peanut Butter Bar Recipe (Protein Packed!)

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Breakfast, Sweets | December 20, 2015 | By

It’s no secret that I love combining chocolate with nut-butters. I’m in heaven with all of these peanut butter bar recipes everywhere! Every cafe and blog seem to be pumping the peanut butter-chocolate deliciousness out by the truckload. Unfortunately, they are usually more “candy” than snack-bar. From GMO-laden corn syrup, to powdered sugar, it’s no wonder why people are addicted. Wanting to create a healthier peanut butter bar recipe, I quickly headed to the test-kitchen.

 

  • My recipe needed to be
    • Organic
    • Refined sugar-free
    • Packed with protein
    • Great for whenever
    • Topped with a thick layer of chocolate (duh!)

Finally! A peanut butter bar recipe you don’t feel guilty eating.

This peanut butter bar recipe is packed full of protein, healthy omegas, and (of course) chocolaty deliciousness! I chose to omit powdered sugar and corn syrup in lieu of agave, oat flour instead of all-purpose, and added hemp seeds for an irresistible texture. More impressive than the nutrition-profile is the taste! A crunchy chocolate shell atop velvet peanut butter combine for a perfect anytime-snack!
Speaking of dark chocolate, did you know it makes for an incredible pre-workout? Along with the countless other health benefits, it’s just another reason to be eating more chocolate.

Pre-workout, post-workout.. eat ’em whenever!

I like to munch a couple of these before hitting the gym, or even a particularly difficult/lengthy yoga session. I find the protein content keeps me satiated for a good hour (or two!). The creamy peanut butter almost melts in your mouth under the crunch of the dark chocolate for an absolute irresistible snack. Unfortunately, they only lasted 2 days in my house (they’re THAT good!) Luckily it takes less than 30 minutes to mix, melt, and pour so I always have some on hand 😉

Yields Pan of peanut butter bars

Peanut Butter Bar Recipe (No bake!)

Crunchy chocolate shell atop rich, velvet peanut butter for a perfect anytime-snack!

30 minPrep Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup oats, blended into flour (I used a coffee-grinder)
  • 1/2 cup vegan protein powder
  • 1/2 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup whole hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup + 1Tbsp non-dairy milk
  • For the chocolate topping
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Mix the oat flour, protein powder, puffed rice, hemp seeds, and salt together well
  2. Incorporate the peanut butter, agave, and vanilla and mix together until combined
  3. Slowly add milk, mixing until a cookie-dough consistency is achieved
  4. Press firmly into a 9x9 baking dish (I only had round, use whatever works!)
  5. Place in freezer to set
  6. For the chocolate
  7. Melt chips in a double-broiler until 3/4 of them are melted
  8. Remove from heat, add coconut oil and mix vigorously
  9. Pour over peanut butter base
  10. Keep in fridge or freezer for an anytime-snack!

Notes

Best if kept cold. I prefer the freezer for a nice, frozen treat.

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