Are you a gym-nut? Vegan bodybuilder? Peanut butter lover? Or all three? Then feast your eyes (and soon your mouth) on these vegan Peanut Butter Protein Bars.
Forget the store-bought, neon colored protein bar with a mind-numbing ingredient list in its package. These Peanut Butter Protein Bars are naturally powerful and tasty. These bars are a sweet and salty way to get swole after a hard gym session or power up before a long run. With a combination of brown rice protein powder, peanut butter, and peanut flour one of these bars will pack a protein-filled punch for your kick-boxing class.
They’re also naturally sweetened with date syrup, making them refined sugar free with the added vitamins and nutrients of dates. The naturally occurring sugars also help are great for an energy boost as a pre-workout snack or to restore glycogen stores post-workout If you don’t have date syrup though, feel free to sub it with your liquid sweetener of choice.
These protein bars make a great snack or breakfast to meal prep for the week. Making them is as easy as stirring some ingredients together and throwing them in the freezer for half an hour to firm up. Grab one out of the fridge to tide you over before dinner or as you’re running out the door to work with some fruit. Keep them in the fridge for about 2 weeks (although they never last more than a few days in my house). They are also freezer friendly. Wrap each individually in parchment paper and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Whenever you’re craving one, just let it defrost on the counter while you’re stretching after your workout.
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Makes about 8-9 Bars
60 g - Brown Rice Protein Powder - Sub unflavored or vanilla protein powder of choice
60 g - Coconut Flour
24 g - Peanut Butter Powder or Peanut Flour
194 g - Natural Peanut Butter
120 g - Date Syrup - Sub liquid sweetener of choice
28 g - Crushed Peanuts - Optional
¼ tsp - Vanilla Extract - Omit if protein powder is flavored
½ tsp - Kosher Salt - Omit if peanut butter is salted
In a bowl, mix together protein powder, coconut flour, peanut butter powder, and salt. Ensure there are no clumps
In another bowl, mix together peanut butter, date syrup, and vanilla extract until well combined*.
Add wet ingredients to dry. Using a spoon or wet hands, knead ingredients until a ball forms*.
In a 9-inch loaf pan, use a spatula or wet hands to spread dough out evenly. Press crushed peanuts on top.
Allow to chill and set in the freezer for at least half an hour.
Remove from the freezer, slice into bars, and enjoy.
Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.
If wet ingredients are too difficult to mix, microwave for 30 seconds to soften before stirring.
If the mixture is too dry, add more add date syrup 10 grams at a time until able to knead properly. If too wet, add 10 grams of coconut flour at a time until able to knead properly.
Looking for another peanut butter recipe to make? How about these Lower Carb, Crunchy, Peanut Noodle Salads?