No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Bars that are no-bake, easy to make and are refined sugar-free, Vegan friendly and they can be gluten-free. They are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack to boost your protein intake.

Peanut Butter Protein Bars

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I had to go a few too many weeks with no protein powder in my cupboard recently as it seems I had used up my kilo bag before my next order had arrived, so three weeks without protein powder, and I was dying to make some protein bars as it seemed like a little while since I had made some but in actual fact my last recipe for Banana Bread Protein Bars wasn’t actually as long ago as it seems but prior to that my Crunchy Beetroot Protein Bars were months ago now!


I buy a kilo bag of Soya protein every few months which usually lasts me through until my next order as every weekday morning I have a protein smoothie bowl like my blog post here overnight-protein-oats which is easy to blitz up the night before and take with me on my journey to work, and I have been doing this for as many years back as I can remember now. However, the last 2-3 weeks I’ve had to change up my morning routine as the thought of a protein overnight smoothie bowl in the morning has been repulsing me, which I am gutted about. Isn’t it funny how you can do something for years and then suddenly it makes you feel ill. So for now I am off the protein smoothie bowl for my morning breakfast, so I wanted to try and incorporate my protein into another form, and of course these grab-and-go protein bars are the perfect choice!

For anyone who cannot stomach breakfast in the morning, bars such as these Peanut Butter Protein Bars, or Peanut Butter & Jelly Banana Oat Bars, Peanut Butter Chocolate Breakfast Bars or these Trail Mix Breakfast Cereal Bars, are all perfect for an on-the-go breakfast to take with you and have whenever you’re beginning to get peckish and I know for a lot of people this can be quite a few hours after you’ve woken up, but for me I am generally hungry within 1-2 hours of waking up and then I have an elevenses breakfast snack where I eat homemade bars like these to keep me going until lunch.

Homemade Protein bars are the best option because there are no added ingredients, you can use a protein powder that suits you and you can add any flavours and superfoods that you like and I also make mine Vegan friendly, refined sugar-free and you can also make them gluten-free too. Plus, they’re cheaper to make them yourself as store-bought ones can be expensive unfortunately as with any product promoting itself to be healthy and nutritious.

Peanut Butter is one of my favourite ingredients to use and it works really well in these Protein Bars and it is an excellent source of healthy fats and a source of the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, and not to mention it tastes delicious. When sourcing your peanut butter, make sure to use either homemade or a good quality brand that is made from almost 100% peanuts like my favourite brand here.


How To:

Line a dish with parchment paper and set aside.

In a good quality food processor, add the dates and process for a minute until they have broken down into smaller crumbs. Then add the peanuts and process until they’re in smaller pieces too.

Then add the remaining ingredients and combine well until a dough forms. (If the processor is struggling to combine then add a few tbsp’s of the reserved liquid – I needed 4 tbsp’s).

Once the mixture is smooth and combined into a dough. Remove from the processor with a spatula and place in your dish.  Smooth out the top and edges and place in the freezer to firm up for a minimum of 4 hours.  (8 hour or overnight is ideal)

Then remove from the freezer and slice into bars (I sliced mine into 6 bars but you could easily double the recipe).

Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an air-tight container or in the freezer and remove 30 minutes before serving.

*Note there is no bake time in the recipe because no baking is necessary, however, you must allow a minimum of 4 hours to set the bars*


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Peanut Butter Protein Bars
 
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Recipe type: Vegan, No-Bake
Cuisine: Breakfast, Snack
Serves: Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dates, soaked and drained* (reserve some of the liquid)
  • 1 cup blanched raw peanuts
  • ¾ cup soya protein powder
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 2 tbsp peanut flour
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or more date liquid)
Instructions
  1. Line a dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, add the dates and process for a minute until broken down. Then add the peanuts and process until they're in small pieces. Then add the remaining ingredients, combine well until a dough forms. If the processor is struggling to combine then add a few tbsp's of the reserved liquid (I needed 4 tbsp's). Once the mixture is smooth and combined into a dough. Remove from the processor with a spatula and place in your dish, smooth out the top and edges and place in the freezer to firm up for a minimum of 4 hours. The remove from the freezer and slice into bars (I sliced mine into 6 bars).
  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an air-tight container or in the freezer and remove 30 minutes before serving.

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