Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

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These no bake peanut butter chocolate protein bars taste delicious and each bar has 9 grams of protein. Plus, they’re so easy to make.

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 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 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!

Stack of Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Why I Love These Homemade Protein Bars

  • 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.
Protein bars with peanuts and chocolate chips sprinkled around

Ingredients in Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

  • medjool dates – you can buy medjool dates that are already pitted or pit them yourself (it’s super easy). Two brands that I like are Natural Delights and Joolies. You can find Natural Delights in the produce section of most grocery stores (near the bananas) and Joolies are offered on Amazon and Thrive Market.
  • peanuts – helps to pack a solid protein punch in these bars.
  • egg white protein powder – collagen and vegan protein powders work too.
  • cocoa powder or cacao powder – either option will work.
  • sea salt – if peanuts are salted, leave this out.
  • dark chocolate chunks or chips – I like to use Lily’s dark chocolate chips to keep this recipe low in sugar and dairy-free.
Protein bars in a loaf pan with parchment.

Notes & Substitutions

Nuts – Allergic to peanuts or prefer a different nut switch up the added nuts and add walnuts, pecans or almonds (or any other type of nut!) to the bars.

Mix-ins – Feel free to get creative with your mix-ins! Coconut would be a great addition.

Balls – If you’re a ball gal or guy, you can absolutely roll them into protein balls — or better yet, try my protein balls!

Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

How to Store Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

These bars are perfect for your weekly meal prep. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week or store in the freezer for up to 1-2 months for a quick on the go protein snack.

Hand Reaching in for the Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

Benefits of Medjool Dates

Medjool dates are healthy! They contain natural sugar, but they have a low/medium glycemic index score because they also contain a good amount of fiber, which slows the release of the carbohydrates and gives you sustained energy rather spiking your blood sugar crazy high. They’re also low in fat and packed with nutrients like potassium (50% more potassium by weight than a banana), copper, magnesium, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, iron and vitamin K.

Stacked homemade protein bars

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If you try these homemade protein bars please be sure to let me know how they turn out by leaving a comment and star rating on the recipe. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

5 from 6 votes
Homemade 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!
Peanut butter chocolate protein bars with chocolate chips in a row on a white textured surface.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • Prep your pan: Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Mix ingredients: 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.
  • Assess your mix: 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.
  • Transfer mixture: 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.
  • Add remaining ingredients: Once even, add chocolate chunks and press those into the top of the mixture as well.
  • Let cool: 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: Store bars in fridge for up to 1 week. Enjoy cold or at room temperature.

Notes

Nuts – allergic to peanuts or prefer a different nut switch up the added nuts and add walnuts, pecans or almonds (or any other type of nut!) to the bars.
Mix-ins – feel free to get creative with your mix-ins! Coconut would be a great addition.
Balls – if you’re a ball gal or guy, you can absolutely roll them into protein balls — or better yet, try my protein balls!

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar Calories: 209kcal Carbohydrates: 42g Protein: 9g Fat: 3g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 35g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: protein bars

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    33 comments
    1. Doreen
      July 7, 2021 AT 5:47 pm

      5 stars
      Brittany,
      Thank you for responding to my question about subbing dried plumbs for dates and peanut butter powder in place of protein powder.
      The bars were great!!
      So glad I made a double batch.
      The texture was perfect, even out of the fridge.
      The bars weren’t too sweet as I used craisins rather than chocolate chips on top(think peanut butter and jelly).
      Next batch I want to use dark chocolate chips.
      Can’t wait!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 8, 2021 AT 10:26 am

        Yay!! So glad these bars were a hit, Doreen! Thanks for making them and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Doreen
      July 2, 2021 AT 8:54 pm

      Can I use peanut butter powder in place of the protein powder?
      Also, I have used dried plums (prunes) in place of dates in several similar recipes and the texture was perfect. Do you think the flavor combo would work with these?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 5, 2021 AT 11:14 pm

        Hey Doreen – I haven’t tried dried prunes or peanut butter powder, so I’m not 100% sure how the recipe would turn out. I would imagine it’d be fine, but you’ll have to let me know if you try it and how they turn out!

    3. Michele
      January 15, 2021 AT 8:01 am

      4 stars
      Would you recommend to add peanut butter into the recipe? If yes, how much to add?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 17, 2021 AT 8:03 pm

        Hey Michele – Are you looking to use peanut butter as a sub to something in the recipe?

    4. Michele
      January 3, 2021 AT 4:52 am

      4 stars
      How much of collagen and protein powder equivalents to 1/2 cup egg white protein powder (collagen and vegan protein powders work too)?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 3, 2021 AT 8:06 pm

        It would be the same amount – 1/2 cup. 🙂

    5. Karen
      November 29, 2020 AT 5:13 pm

      I am wondering why they would only last a week. There are no ingredients in recipe that has short life span.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 29, 2020 AT 5:40 pm

        Hey Karen, To ensure the freshness of these bars I recommend one week in the fridge. If you want them to last longer, you can freeze them and pull them out to the fridge as needed. 🙂

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

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