Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars
So I think its safe to say I’m on a peanut butter kick. For whatever reason, I am just LOVING peanut butter right now. On a banana, toast, with a little honey – YES! So good. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars are no different.
They are like dessert – but for a healthy snack. Um, I know it is awesome. Where did they come from? Great question!
So funny – I was taking one of my favorite System of Strength classes, In the Mix, with an instructor that I had never taken class with before, Erin Byrne. I love In the Mix because it is a combination cardio and weight lifting. Just as your heart starts to race, you slow down for some intense muscle action. Then, just as you think you are catching your breath – boom, back to cardio. It sucks. But its awesome.
I had never taken Erin’s class but I was excited to try a new instructor – safe to say, she did not disappoint. The class was killer and I was huffing and puffing 10-minutes in. But what happened at the end was unexpected and incredible. “I have homemade protein bars!” – um excuse me, what? Chocolate and peanut butter?? Don’t mind if I do!
Perhaps it was the INSANE workout and that my body was in dire need of sustenance – or just the fact that I am a sucker for anything peanut butter and chocolate but these bars were INCREDIBLE. Pure joy in my mouth.
Turns out that you can order these bars from Erin! It’s amazing – she sells them, $10 for 6-bars, and all proceeds go to an incredible cause called Keep Moving. The charity supports local families who have been devastated by unexpected medical bills. So you get to eat incredible peanut butter and chocolate protein bars AND support a good cause. WIN WIN! (Additional information on how to support Keep Moving – coming soon!).
So if there is already a delicious way to enjoy these bars out there, why would I create a new recipe for them? Guys – I’m obsessed with creating new recipes. This is what I do! I couldn’t help myself.
It was actually very fun – I mean, I basically spent 45 minutes tasting different combinations of peanut butter, protein powder, oats, puffed rice cereal, and chocolate – I’m sure I consumed the equivalent of 3 bars… but it is fine.
I made my bars with the puffed rice cereal because I liked the extra airy crunch with each bite. Having said that – you are welcome to use oats if you’d prefer! So, overall – how’d they turn out?
I will admit – I think Erin’s bars might still taste better! BUT these ones still taste pretty damn good if I do say so myself!
They are thick, rich, creamy, and packed with protein. The perfect follow up to a tough workout or grind at the gym. Puffed rice cereal provides the perfect added crunch – just like a candy bar. The almond flour contributes some additional, delightful texture and substance. And the chocolate… well obviously anything with dark chocolate is going to be amazing – so enough said.
Check out these bars! Keep them in the freezer until just a few minutes before you are ready to enjoy – this will prevent the chocolate / coconut oil from melting! I sometimes take mine to go with an ice pack to last a little extra time before I want to enjoy.
- 1 cup peanut butter natural
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey, maple syrup or agave
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 scoops favorite protein powder
- 2 cups puffed rice cereal optional
- 1 cup rolled outs optional
- 1-2 cups dark chocolate melted
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine peanut butter, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla extract - stir to combine.
Whisk in almond flour and protein powder (I used Sun Warrior vanilla). Stir thoroughly to combine all ingredients.
Once all dry ingredients have been absorbed, remove saucepan from heat. Fold puffed rice cereal or rolled oats into peanut butter mixture (I prefer the crunch provided by the puffed cereal, but oats are great too!)
Pour peanut butter mixture into an 8x8 square pan. Set aside to cool.
Melt chocolate over low heat in a small saucepan or in microwave. Drizzle chocolate over peanut butter in pan - feel free to spread the chocolate out smooth or leave as a drizzle!
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until entire pan feels cold. Slice bars into squares, then freeze for another 30 minutes.
Storage: Separate bars with plastic wrap, individual baggies or wax paper to prevent sticking - freeze until about 5 minutes before you are ready to enjoy!