Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

by Kristine on January 30, 2015

in Gluten Free, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snacks

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What do you make when you have a huge bag of peanut protein? Make peanut butter chocolate chip protein bars, of course!  If you love peanut butter and peanuts in general, Jamie’s Peanut Protein from Labrada is really great. Its lightly sweetened and de-fatted, so it has a ton of peanut flavor, with less fat and more protein than the nut butter itself. Not that peanut butter isn’t amazing in its own right, but you see, if your entire bar was made of peanut butter, it wouldn’t be very calorie conscious. Know what I mean?

I eat a homemade protein bar everyday as my post-workout snack. These are quickly becoming one of my favorite combinations. I love how filling, peanut-y (is that a word?), and satisfying these bars are.

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I’ve been enjoying these straight out of the freezer (and even photographed them frozen). But what’s great is they aren’t hard as a rock right out of the freezer, you can eat them right away.

On a budget and don’t have peanut protein? No problem! Use your favorite whey protein instead, just add less milk. I find using the peanut protein you need to add a touch more liquid to have in come together into a proper cookie dough consistency.

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This recipe makes a good sized batch – 14 bars, so you’ll have plenty to spare to grab from the freezer when you’re on the go.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 14 bars
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, place in all ingredients (except milk) and stir together.
  2. Add in milk and stir or combine with hands. You might need to add more milk to get a cookie dough texture.
  3. TIP: If you have a stand mixer, throw everything in and use the dough hook attachment to combine it together. This will save your arms from getting tired.
  4. Press mixture firmly into a 9x13 pan using a sheet of plastic wrap over top to avoid the mixture from sticking to your hands.
  5. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm them up. They will become less sticky once they are cold. Cut into bars.
  6. If you like, you can take each bar out and place in a small plastic bag and store in the freezer or fridge for grab-and-go. Bars can also be stored in the fridge and consumed in about a week.
Notes
If you don't have peanut protein, you can substitute for whey protein (any flavor). You might need to use less milk. Start at ¾ cup and go up from there if needed.
Nutrition
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 266 Fat: 13.5 g Saturated fat: 21 g Carbs: 30 g Sugar: 5.6 g Sodium: 55 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 16.5 g

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I'm Kristine Fretwell, busy mom of 2 little girls, author, blogger, and former pro fitness competitor. I love almost any kind of cookie, anything coconut or pumpkin flavored, and Thai food. A perfect day for me is enjoying my family, getting to the gym, and whipping up a new healthy recipe. I've got a collection of over 300 healthy recipes, and other tidbits like fitness and health tips. My recipes have been featured on websites such as Huffington Post, Savvy Mom, Shape and Skinny Scoop.
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  • Fiona

    Hi Kristine,

    Would I be able to use peanut flour in place of the peanut protein?

    Thanks!

  • S

    Hi Kristine,
    Do you think the protein bars would taste better using vanilla or chocolate whey protein? I don’t have peanut protein on hand and I’m trying to decide between the two. Thank you!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      I think it would definitely be better with vanilla!

  • Valeria Monnier

    Hmmmmmm excuse me, this bar is far from being “healthy”. It’s loaded with sugar and it has only 5g of protein per bar? I make bars at home, they have 22g of protein, 230 calories and less than 3 grams of sugar (and I use chocolate 70% cacao). They are 2 1/2 ounces each.

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Hi Valeria, you are actually reading the nutrition incorrectly. They have 16.5 g protein and less that 6 g sugar.

      • Valeria Monnier

        Thanks for correcting me!

  • http://wheres-the-beach.blogspot.com/ Heather @ Where’s the Beach

    Would something like PB2 or other powdered protein work in lieu of the peanut protein?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      PB2 would work, you’d just have to use so much of it. I’d opt for whey protein instead, or even a vegan protein, but I’d use half the amount.

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