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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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!
1/2cupegg white protein powder, collagen and vegan protein powders work too
1/4teaspoonsea salt, if peanuts are salted, leave this out
1-3Tablespoonsof water, if needed
2Tablespoonsdark chocolate chunks or chips
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.
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!