I don’t know about you guys, I’m pretty sure I could eat peanut butter every single day and never get tired of it.
It’s just one of those foods that every time I eat it I’m blown away at how good it is (sorry, Paleo people. Almond butter is good too! Though not as good as peanut butter.).
And that’s how these crispy peanut butter protein bars came into existence. I was really just looking for another excuse to eat peanut butter, but the bars turned out awesome—reminiscent of store bought protein bars, but without all the added crap.
Here’s the crispy peanut butter protein bar recipe:
1/2 cup crisp brown rice cereal
1/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup chocolate whey protein powder
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut milk (or other milk)
2 Tbsp PB2 (optional but makes it more peanut buttery)
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
About 1/3 of a dark chocolate bar (I used 85% cacao)
Total prep time: 15 minutes (active)
Total recipe time:About 90 minutes
Stir the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl, then add in the peanut butter, honey and milk.
If it’s too crumbly, you can add a little more peanut butter or honey—you want it to stick together really well since you’re not going to end up baking it. Make sure you mix everything together really well so you don’t end up biting into a bit of dry mix when you’re eating a bar!
Spray a large piece of parchment paper with a little coconut oil (or just spread a little with a spatula), and put your mixture on there. Use the parchment paper to flatten the dough so that it’s in a fairly rectangular shape—remember, this will be the eventual thickness of your bars.
Stick in the refrigerator for an hour or so (or yes, they can go in the freezer for 10-15 minutes if you’re feeling impatient). Once the dough is chilled, cut it into four bars, then melt your chocolate. Dunk one half of the bars in the chocolate (or spread it on if you want it to be a little less messy), then place back on the parchment paper and put them back in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
Macros (per 1/4 bar):
Total calories: 240