Although I’m a huge fan of baking, especially during the holidays, preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit doesn’t always sound appealing. Baking usually involves multiple bowls, countless measuring cups, and too many ingredients; don’t even get me started on the clean-up process. One thing that always sounds appealing? These peanut butter protein bars.
I found Blonde Ponytail’s original recipe on Pinterest a while back, and when Sunday midmorning rolled around, I walked into the kitchen, checked the cabinets, and celebrated because I had every component in stock.
Perfect to refuel post-workout, these bars contain two of my favorite things: peanut butter and protein powder.
In order for your batch to turn out tasty, you must love your protein powder. Plain and simple. Chalky, tasteless powder will yield subpar bars.
I used Jay Robb egg white protein powder, and I would really, really appreciate it if you tried chocolate protein powder. Chocolate and peanut butter? Done and done. In the meantime, though, these will more than suffice.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars
1-3/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1 cup organic honey
2 cups protein powder
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup chia seeds
1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Microwave for 90 seconds.
2. Add protein powder and mix well; incorporate oats and chia seeds. Mix well.
3. Scoop mixture into pan and refrigerate. (I waited 1.5 hours.)
4. Cut up and store refrigerated.
Makes about 24 bars.