Homemade Double Chocolate Almond Butter Oat Protein Bars. Using oats in protein bars makes these super quick and no food processor needed. Just one bowl and less than 30 minutes! You can’t say no to these.
GUYS. Drew has discovered my Perfect Bar stash. My world as we know it, is over.
He said to be one morning as he was digging through the fridge “I don’t know what those peanut butter bombs are, or if I am supposed to eat them or not… but they’re fricken good.” The poor soul doesn’t ever know what food is or isn’t off limits – food blogger problems. I look at what he is referring to and realize he is talking about the bottom drawer of the fridge where the peanut butter flavor Perfect Bars were (not so) secretly hidden. And at once connecting the dots – no wonder my box seemed low…
Of course I wasn’t *actually* hiding anything from him. I just strategically place my favorite items in places where my 6′ tall husband doesn’t think to look is all… Like in the bottom or back of the fridge 😀 Also for whatever reason, it seems sometimes boys tend to eat a lot more of one thing than ladies do. So it’s only fair I ration, right? Please help me justify here… I know I am not the only one who does this.
So once I discovered how much Mr. FMK was going ham on the PB Perfect bars, I set out to make some more homemade protein bars for us ASAP. I actually made one of my favorites – Peanut Butter Oat Protein Bars–that led me to explore a new rendition
Chocolate Almond Butter Oat Protein Bars
I absolutely love this recipe because it takes hardly any time at all –we’re talking like 30 minutes total– and made with most ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
what you need
- rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
- cocoa powder (or cacao)
- protein powder (plant-based of whey)
- chia seeds
- almond butter (can sub)
- chocolate chips
I actually used homemade chocolate almond butter here which I highly recommend 😀 But if you can’t make your own or just feeling lazy (no judgement here, I do it too!), Wild Friends has a delicious blend. You can also sub another nut or seed butter blend too if you’d like.
Pretty much all you need is one bowl, a sturdy spatula, and a lined 8×8 square pan.
Once everything is mixed you’re pressing the mixture into the pan and chilling it before cutting into.
Then it’s CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE TIME.
And then it’s time to get your oat protein bar snack on.
Seriously so freaking quick and easy it’s a must for your meal prep snacking. Doubles as a healthy treat…
for the bars:
- 3/4 cup natural chocolate almond butter* (regular/plain also works)
- 1/3 cup + 1 TBS honey (I like raw here)
- 1 TBS almond or coconut oil
- 1/2 cup protein powder** (plant based or whey)
- 3 TBS cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa)
- 2 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
- 2 TBS chia seeds
- 2 TBS mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl gently stir together almond butter, honey, oil, cocoa powder and protein powder. If almond butter is really thick and oil has separated, make sure it is well stirred before adding into bowl with other ingredients. You can also microwave almond butter and honey together for 15 seconds prior to adding in the cocoa and protein to make stirring easier if necessary.
- Add in rolled oats and chia seeds; use large sturdy spatula to stir. Don’t be afraid to use hands to get the dry ingredients mixed in well.
- Press mixture into prepared pan, using hands to press evenly into all corners. Place pan in freezer for 20 minutes to set, or refrigerator for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- 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 drizzle chocolate on bars and allow to set, about 15 minutes at room temperature.
- Store Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Bars in airtight container in fridge 2-3 weeks, or in store in freezer for longer period of time. Enjoy!
*Feel free to use your favorite nut/seed butter or blend here as well.
*If using plant-based protein you may need to add 1-2 TBS of milk or water to help mixture come together easier. I used chocolate plant-protein here and I found that was the case. I don’t think the extra liquid is necessary if using whey protein.
Bars adapted from my Peanut Butter Protein Oat Bars
SOME OF THE PRODUCTS I USED IN TODAY’S RECIPE
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