No bake Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bars that taste just like a Reese’s. This protein bar recipe will be your new favorites snack to keep in your fridge and enjoy all week long.
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Raise your hand if a Reese’s peanut butter cup is your favorite candy; it’s been mind since I was a little girl. I remember finding my Dad’s stash of peanut butter cups in the fridge or freezer and begged him to have one after dinner.
It’s funny, I even remember eating the edges of the peanut butter cup then savoring the peanut butter middle for last.
Now I still appreciate peanut butter cups, but love making my own DIY versions that taste just as good as the real thing but give you a little nourishment in return. And of course, I realize these technically aren’t cookies, but a protein bar that looks and tastes like this can certainly be included — right?!
Let’s chat about the ingredients + my product recommendations for these fabulous peanut butter cup protein bars:
peanut butter: you can use whatever kind of nut butter you’d like, just make sure it’s all natural (with no additives — just nuts + salt). I use Smucker’s or Santa cruz for these.
honey: this unrefined sweetener is perfect for holding together + sweetening the bars.
flaxseed meal: So what is flaxseed meal? It’s just ground flaxseed. I absolutely LOVE how it adds fiber + protein to these bars.
protein powder: you can use plant based or a whey protein. My personal favorite is tera’s whey, but I also love aloha vanilla plant based protein powder for this recipe. Those are the two I highly recommend for flavor and consistency.
dark chocolate: you can use your favorite brand of dark chocolate. I recommend theo, divine or alter eco brands. Alter eco has a lot of great dairy free/vegan options.
SEE HOW TO MAKE THE BARS:
These bars are seriously one of my favorite healthier treats to make because they’re so freaking easy and do not require to be baked. They also make an excellent post workout snack when you need something sweet or mid-afternoon treat for a little pick me up.
Personally I love keeping them in the fridge when I want a healthier dessert that’s similar to my favorite candy in the world.
And guess what? They also pack nearly 9g protein per bar. WIN. WIN. WIN.
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- Serves: 10
- Calories: 210
- Fat: 13.8g
- Saturated fat: 3.4g
- Carbohydrates: 13.4g
- Sugar: 8.0g
- Fiber: 2.8g
- Protein: 8.6g
- ¾ cup natural creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey (or coconut palm syrup, if vegan)
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup ground flaxseed meal
- 1/2 cup of your favorite vanilla or plain protein powder
- 2.5 ounces your favorite 85% dark chocolate bar
- Coarse sea salt for sprinkling on top
- In a medium bowl mix together peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla together until smooth. Add in ground flaxseed meal and protein powder of choice. Use a spoon to mix together until you can’t anymore, then use clean hands to help work together. The batter should be similar to cookie dough.
- Press into an 8x4 inch pan lined with parchment paper.
- Make the chocolate layer by adding 2.5 ounces of dark chocolate to a small saucepan and melting until completely smooth. Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer and tilt the pan so that the chocolate covers the peanut butter layer entirely. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes-1 hour before slicing into 10 bars or squares (either works but I love squares the most). Store covered in the fridge until ready to eat. Bars will keep for up to two weeks.
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Photography by: Sarah Fennel