peanut butter protein bars

Recipe: No-bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

While it’s preferable to try and fulfil your micronutrient requirements through meals, after an intense exercise session, sometimes an extra protein hit is a must. And sometimes, you just want a delicious baked snack, in which case, it may as well be as healthy as possible!

This recipe makes 9-12 bars depending on how generous you’re feeling. Using zero calorie maple syrup is a great way to slash your calories in a sweet treat. I’ve used one from Bulk Powders but there are many different options including one from The Skinny Co. which I also love.

These bars require no baking, just a microwave and a fridge. They’re quick to make and perfect for taking on a long run or cycle.

Ingredients

  • 150 g instant oats
  • 225 g smooth, runny, peanut butter
  • 150 g whey protein powder
  • 3 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 50 g coconut oil
  • 125 g zero maple syrup
  • Two scoops white cacao buttons

Method

  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper
  2. Add the oats, protein powder, and seeds to a large bowl
  3. In a separate, microwave-safe bowl, add the peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Microwave for approximately 30 seconds, on a medium-low setting- watch carefully. If not fully combined, mix and put back in for 10 more seconds. Repeat until fully combined
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix combined into a thick dough
  5. Press the dough into the lined tin and flatten out as smoothly as possible
  6. Melt cacao buttons in a microwavable bowl, and once completely melted, spread over dough
  7. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until cacao topping has hardened

Store in a clean, airtight container.

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