These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars are super easy to make and use dates for sweetness. Homemade protein bars are great for breakfast, an on the go snack or a little guilt free dessert! Making your own protein bars at home is quick and simple.
Ingredients for No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Four simple ingredients for this recipe is all you need! I’ve included some optional ingredient swaps in case you don’t have these all on hand:
- Protein Powder: we used Optimum Nutrition Extreme Milk Chocolate Whey Protein Powder for this recipe to get lots of chocolate flavor. If you prefer to use vanilla protein powder add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the recipe to get the chocolate flavor. Either way use your favorite protein powder for this recipe.
- Peanut Butter: creamy peanut butter works perfectly for this recipe. If you prefer to use almond butter or cashew butter feel free to make the swap. Natural peanut butter can also be used for this recipe just be sure to give it a good stir before adding it!
- Peanut Butter Powder: this powder helps give a rich peanut butter flavor and adds a couple of extra grams of protein to these bars.
- Dates: dates give this recipe a chewy texture and slight sweetness.
How to make No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars
The mixture should press together easily. If it is too dry and doesn’t stick together easily add a little bit of water at a time until you get it to stick together. If it’s too wet add a little bit more protein powder.
Remove the pan from the refrigerator and use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan. Then, slice the bars into your desired sizes using a sharp knife. We sliced it into 5 bars and each has about 19 grams of protein
Store the bars in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 10 days. I do not recommend keeping these at room temperature.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! Homemade vegan protein bars can be made using this recipe by substituting in your preferred vegan protein powder.
Peanut butter powder brands such as PB Fit and PB2 can be found in your local grocery store in the section with the peanut butter.
Of course, we added a couple of mini chocolate chips but feel free to add anything you prefer. Think sea salt, chopped peanuts, peanut butter chips, etc. The options are endless.
This recipe contains almost 20 grams of protein per bar, healthy fats from the peanut butter and lots of fiber thanks to the added dates! If you have a sweet tooth but also want a healthy and nutritious snack these protein bars are a great option.
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If you are a peanut butter lover be sure to try these recipes as well: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dessert Hummus, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Blondies, Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Acai Bowl and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mug Cake.
- 12 dates, pitted
- 1/3 cup peanut butter powder such as PB fit
- 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 tbsp water
- Using a food processor or blender, blend dates until chopped finely.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend until combined. If too dry add a little more water at a time or if too wet add a little bit of protein powder. Mixture should press together easily.
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and press mixture into pan.
- Refrigerate for at least one hour to firm bars.
- Remove from refrigerator and slice into 5 bars.
- Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week in an airtight container.
- Serve and enjoy!
Feel free to add nuts of chocolate chips pressed into the top!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1/16th of pan
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 182mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 19g