Peanut Butter Protein Bars

These homemade peanut butter protein bars are cheaper than storebought and take minutes to whip up! Made with just 4 Ingredients (YES!), these peanut butter protein bars are keto, sugar free, vegan, and a paleo option. Gluten Free, Dairy Free.

peanut butter protein bars

We love our homemade protein bars around here. Our favorites include keto protein bars, no bake protein bars, and these chocolate peanut butter protein bars.

My peanut butter protein bar recipe literally tastes like a protein peanut butter cup! Unlike many store-bought protein bars, these don’t taste artificial.

A fudgy protein-rich peanut butter center covered in a healthy chocolate coating- It’s like eating dessert, minus the guilt!

I’ve been snacking on this homemade protein bar like it’s going out of style- The high protein content is keeping me satisfied between all my meals, and I’ve even been eating one or two for dessert! 

Like my other homemade protein bars recipe, these low carb peanut butter protein bars are easy to make and need just 4 main ingredients- Sugar free, dairy free and keto!

How to make your own protein bars

The Ingredients

  • Protein Powder– Any protein powder works, including whey protein, casein protein, and brown rice protein. For a more intense peanut butter flavor, use peanut butter protein. 
  • Coconut Flour– This helps hold the protein bars together while ensuring they have a soft and doughy texture.
  • Peanut Butter– Smooth and drippy peanut butter, with no added sugar. If you are allergic to peanuts, you can use any smooth nut or seed butter. 
  • Maple Syrup– Either traditional maple syrup or keto maple syrup, to lower the carbs and calories. You can also use agave nectar or honey (not strictly vegan). 
  • Chocolate Chips– To cover the protein bars with! To keep these as plain peanut butter protein bars, you can omit the chocolate. Use either sugar free chocolate chips or dairy free chocolate chips. 

The Instructions

Start by mixing together your protein powder and coconut flour in a large mixing bowl. Next, melt your peanut butter and syrup together, and whisk together. Add to the dry mixture and mix very well, until a thick batter remains. Transfer the peanut butter protein bar mixture into an 8 x 8-inch square pan. Freeze the bars for 30-40 minutes, until mostly firm. Remove from the freezer and cut into bars. Place back into the freezer while you melt your chocolate. Once melted, move quickly and dip each peanut butter protein bar in the melted chocolate until evenly coated. Repeat until each protein bar is covered in chocolate and refrigerate until the chocolate firms up. 

chocolate peanut butter protein bars

FAQ’s About Homemade Protein Bars

Are protein bars really healthy? 

I shared over 20 of my homemade protein bar recipes which are all full of healthy, whole food ingredients. 

With that said, many protein bars can be full of added sugars or even have a very minimal amount of protein. Be wary if you do opt to buy a packaged one that it is high in protein, fiber, and has no added sugars. 

Are protein bars good for you to lose or maintain weight? 

 I believe protein bars can be a good snack between meals, or even a quick small breakfast. 

Many readers include my DIY protein bars as part of their weight loss and maintenance diets, with much success. 

My protein bars are generally low carb and low calorie, clocking in around 100-200 calories per bar. These are much better macronutrients than many store bought brands. 

Is it bad to eat too many protein bars?

Solely eating multiple protein bars can have negative side effects, especially if you have an intolerance to protein powder ingredients. 

However, from personal experience, I regularly enjoy 1-2 protein bars per day, especially in between meals or if I’ve missed breakfast.

Can I replace the coconut flour?

If you don’t follow a grain free or keto diet, you can use another flour instead of coconut flour.

  • Almond flour– You can use almond flour or almond meal as another low carb and grain free flour. However, you will need to double the amount of coconut flour required.
  • Oat flourOat flour can also be used instead of coconut flour, and you will need to double the amount. 

Storing and Freezing Peanut Butter Protein Bars

  • To store: If you made chocolate peanut butter protein bars, they will keep well at room temperature, as the chocolate coating makes them portable and stable. If you’ve only made peanut butter protein bars, they need to be stored in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 2 weeks.
  • To freeze: Sugar free protein bars are freezer friendly and can be stored in the freezer. Keep them in a ziplock bag and freeze for up to 6 months. 

homemade peanut butter protein bars

More DIY Protein Bars

Watch how to make it

sugar free protein bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

These homemade peanut butter protein bars are cheaper than storebought and take minutes to whip up! Made with just 4 Ingredients, these chocolate peanut butter protein bars are the best homemade protein bar recipe.
4.79 from 125 votes
Print Rate
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24 Bars
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Arman

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Line a deep pan with parchment paper and set aside. For thicker bars, use an 8 x 8-inch pan. For thinner bars, use any size bigger. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well. 
  • In a small mixing bowl, melt your peanut butter with sticky sweetener until combined. Add to dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. 
  • Transfer peanut butter protein bar batter into the lined baking dish and press firmly in place. Refrigerate or freeze until firm. Once firm, cut into bars and cover in optional chocolate and enjoy! 

Notes

* I prefer using casein, brown rice, or paleo protein powder. I never recommend whey as the texture is incredibly sticky and doesn't form well. 
** To keep it keto and sugar-free, use a monk fruit maple syrup. For all other options, maple syrup, agave nectar, brown rice syrup or honey work well.
Please note- If the batter is too thick/crumbly, add water/milk until a firm batter remains. 
Peanut Butter Protein Bars should be kept refrigerated and are freezer friendly. If coated in chocolate, they are stable at room temperature. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg | NET CARBS: 2g
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

-

Free email series!
5 SECRETS TO FOOLPROOF HEALTHY DESSERTS...

My secret tips and tricks to DELICIOUS healthy desserts that DON'T taste healthy!

    We won't send you spam.

    The Big Man’s World ® Arman Liew owns the copyright on all images and text and does not allow for its original recipes, pictures and content to be reproduced anywhere other than this site unless authorization is given. If you enjoyed this recipe and would like to publish it on your own website, please re-write it, in your own words and link back to my site and recipe page. Copying and/or pasting full recipes and pictures to social media or personal blogs is strictly prohibited. Read my disclosure and copyright policy. This post may contain affiliate links.

    Categories:

    Energy Balls, Bars, and Bites Gluten Free High Protein Snacks Keto No Bake Snacks Paleo recipe Snacks Vegan Recipes

    YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

    Comments

    58 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Protein Bars

    1. I made these to feed a keep a group of teenage girls powered through a volleyball tournament. The bars were a hit and the moms all took the recipe home. Thank you!

    2. I see the nutritional facts at the end of the recipe, but it doesn’t say how many this is of total recipe and if this included the chocolate chips.

    3. I just made these as of 30 minutes ago. I used maple syrup as the sweetener. These taste exactly like dense Reese’s peanut butter cups. 5 stars.

    4. Hi Arman, It appears that I have a sensitivity to coconut. Could you recommend an alternative? I’m ok with soy. I can’t eat milk protein, gluten, or corn either. Thanks!

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe Rating