Making your own protein snack bars couldn’t be any easier with this recipe! These quick, no-bake Peanut Butter Protein Oat Bars are made with oats, peanut butter, and some protein powder for an extra filling snack with 10 grams of protein in each bar. Gluten-free friendly!
ALRIGHT. So if these bars look a tad familiar to you all, it’s because they’re the blonde sista of my Chocolate Protein Oat Bars, a recipe I shared over on Jess’s blog. I was so, so excited about how they turned out. I NEEDED to make them again. Actually I made the chocolate version twice. And then when those ran out I thought, “Hhmmmm… what if I did a straight up peanut butter version to share here with you all?” DONE and DONE.
Okay, so I added a chocolate topping, but we’ll get to that in a sec.
Peanut butter is making up the base of these bars today, which is (duh) awesome. I used a 100% pure peanut butter, nothing added. Mine was pretty drippy, so if you’re going that route give it a good stir before adding in the honey and coconut oil. The mixture then goes in the microwave for a bit to melt the coconut oil. (If you decide to use a thicker peanut butter, make sure it is melted well. You may need to add another tablespoon of coconut oil if your peanut butter is really thick.)
DAT PEANUT BUTTER THOUGH ^^
Just like my original recipe, these bars are SO EASY and take about 5 minutes to throw together.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Add your peanut butter mixture to your dry ingredients, then press the mixture into a lined pan, and put in fridge to set.
VOILÁ. Homemade, wholesome Peanut Butter Protein Oat Bars done.
Of course after the bars set, I decided I definitely needed some kind of topping. Naturally chocolate came to mind. But then I thought, “What if I added MORE peanut butter?…. HOLLA.” And so a peanut butter chocolate drizzle was born. You could do this a couple different ways, realistically. But what I did was melt 3 TBS mini chocolate chips + 2 tsp coconut oil, then stirred in 3 tablespoons of peanut flour (or a PB2 type of thing works) until it was smooth. Then we DRIZZLE.
The peanut butter chocolate topping is just another way to sneak even more buttah into these bars Peanut Butter Protein Oat Bars. It might not be 100% necessary, but it sure is tasty.
for the bars
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
- 3 TBS hemp hearts (or flaxseed)
- 2 TBS chia seeds
- 3 scoops (a little less than 1/2 cup) whey protein powder*
- 3/4 cup all natural peanut butter*
- 1.5 TBS coconut oil
- 1/3 cup + 1 TBS raw honey (or brown rice syrup)
optional peanut butter chocolate topping
- 3 TBS peanut flour
- 2 TBS mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Line 8x8 pan with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients (oats through protein powder). Set aside.
- In a medium microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter, coconut oil, and honey. Microwave for 10-15 seconds, and stir until evenly combined.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stir gently until mixture is evenly combined. Mixture will be thick and heavy.
- Press mixture into prepared pan, using hands to press evenly into all corners. Place pan in refrigerator for 1 hour to set (or 30 minutes in freezer).
- Once bars have set, lift parchment paper from pan and place on cutting board. Using a large sharp knife, cut bars into 12 servings. If using topping, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave for 10 second intervals. Once completely melted stir in peanut flour until no lumps are present. Drizzle peanut butter chocolate on bars and allow to set, about 15 minutes at room temperature.
- Store Peanut Butter Protein Oat Bars in airtight container in fridge up to 2 weeks, or in store in freezer for longer period of time. Enjoy!
- I have not tested these bars with a vegan protein powder yet. But if you try it, let me know how it turns out! Some wet ingredients may need to be adjusted.
*For the peanut butter I used a "drippy" kind with no added ingredients
-Nutrition does not include PB chocolate topping
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