Peanut butter chocolate protein bars created in honor of my beloved RXBAR. They pack the same amount of flavor and they’re so easy to make. Yes!
In case you aren’t aware, I’m both a personal trainer and a health coach. Lucky for me, I’ve learned from both of these specialties about the importance of fueling up after workouts. I try to get a mix of protein and carbohydrates in my body within an hour of working out — protein to help rebuild my muscles and carbohydrates to help rebuild my energy stores.
I go through phases of grabbing certain snacks to keep in my gym bag — sometimes it’s protein powder to simply shake up with water, other times it’s been protein bars or energy bites. I went through a phase when I was constantly packing RXBARs for a post-workout snack. I would buy them by the case because they were (and still are!) that good.
I love the ingredient list, and they were actually a satisfying snack for me — especially after a workout.
I quickly realized how much money I was spending on RXBARs and I figured I should probably rein it in. These copycat protein bars are a product of that realization, and you guys… they’re amazing. Treat yourself to a protein bar for a fraction of the price! I can’t wait to experiment with more flavors. Maple sea salt, I’m looking at you!
- High in protein! The protein powder and peanuts pack a solid protein punch in these bars.
- E-A-S-Y. Seriously, I can throw these together in 15 minutes or less!
- Gluten-free and paleo-friendly, with a vegan option.
- Chocolate. ’Nough said.
Technically these are bars, but if you’re a ball gal or guy, you can absolutely roll them into balls!
I can’t wait to hear if you take on the challenge of creating your own protein bars. I promise it’s worth it!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars
- 10 pitted medjool dates
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- 1/2 cup egg white protein powder (collagen and vegan protein powders work too)
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (if peanuts are salted, leave this out)
- 1-3 Tablespoons of water (if needed)
- 2 Tablespoons dark chocolate chunks or chips
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Add dates, peanuts, protein powder, cocoa powder and sea salt into the base of your food processor. Process until everything is combined and peanuts are broken down into tiny bits.
- At this point the mixture might be sticking together well and forming a ball of dough. If so, great! If not, it may be dry and not really sticking together (it will depend on how moist your dates were). If this is the case you’ll want to add a little water. Add 1 Tablespoon, run the food processor and see if the mixture starts holding together. If not, add another tablespoon and blend again. You'll likely only need to add 1-3 Tablespoons of water.
- Once the mixture is holding together, transfer into the loaf pan lined with parchment. Fold the parchment over top and press the mixture evenly into the pan. Once even, add chocolate chunks and press those into the top of the mixture as well.
- Place the mixture in the fridge to harden up (about 30 mins to 1 hour) before removing from pan and cutting into 5 bars.
- Store bars in fridge for up to 1 week. Enjoy cold or at room temperature.
What do you usually eat post-workout? I want to hear your routines!
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