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Homemade Crunchy Protein Bars (Peanut Butter & Chocolate)

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Peanut butter and chocolate collide in this homemade crunchy protein bar recipe. Skip the store-bought protein bars and use a few ingredients in your pantry to make these peanut butter chocolate bars. It’s like a healthier version of a classic Crunch chocolate bar!

Homemade crunchy protein bars

You will use vegan chocolate chips, protein powder, peanut butter, maple syrup, crispy cereal, and a little coconut oil to create these delicious treats. This homemade protein bar recipe is great to make and keep on hand for when you get to craving for a sweet treat that is also full of protein.

A healthy snack that is made with real-food ingredients. Make sure to check out my oatmeal protein bars for another great option. If you love carrot cake, you will want to try my vegan carrot cake protein bars which are full of healthy fats and protein. 

Homemade crunchy protein bars

Recipe Highlights 

  • Simple ingredients are used to make these chocolate and peanut butter protein bars. You may have these ingredients on hand. If not, they are very easy to find.
  • Clean ingredients are used when you make your own protein bars, which helps take away from processed ingredients. 
  • A vegan-friendly bar that is a great option for a quick breakfast, snack, or even post-workout snack. 
  • These easy homemade protein bars are great for kids or adults. They are also easy to pack for on-the-go.

Ingredients needed

Homemade crunchy protein bars ingredients
  • Vegan Chocolate Chips: You will use your favorite flavor of chocolate chips. Milk chocolate, semi-sweet, etc. I like using dark chocolate but you can mix it up depending on the flavor you would like.
  • Protein Powder: I used a vanilla protein powder for the protein mix in these high-protein snack bars. Any brand works great. I prefer to use a vegan protein powder. 
  • Peanut Butter: Reach for peanut butter or your favorite nut butter to use for the peanut butter mixture of the bars. I have done cashew butter, almond butter, etc. 
  • Maple Syrup:  Instead of artificial sweeteners I prefer to use maple syrup. 
  • Coconut Oil:  A little bit of coconut oil is used to help create the proper texture for these crunchy bars. 
  • Crispy Cereal: The cereal is going to add a nice crunch to the bars. It is the perfect ingredient to create that satisfying crunch factor. 

How to make homemade crunchy protein bars:

Start by lining your baking dish with some parchment paper. 

Then in a medium bowl, you will add your chocolate chips, protein powder, peanut butter, syrup, and oil. Mix to combine. 

Next, you will microwave the mixture at 30-second intervals. Then stir to combine the ingredients. Repeat the heat cycles, and stir between. You will want to have the melted chocolate mixture fully mixed. 

Then in a separate bowl, you will add your cereal. I used a large mixing bowl to make it easy to stir. Pour the chocolate mixture into the cereal and mix it well to ensure it is fully combined. 

Pour it into the pan, and then spread evenly. Refrigerate the bars for around an hour to firm up. 

Once firm, remove from the pan and slice into bars. 

Homemade crunchy protein bars sliced

Storage and serving:

You can store your bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. 

Or, if you would like you can freeze for up to 6 months. Just make sure to use a piece of parchment paper in between layers if you plan to stack. This will prevent the bars from sticking. 

Recipe FAQs and Tips:

  • If you use a different type of peanut butter like natural peanut butter, sunflower butter or another type just know you might have to add more or less dry ingredients to create the perfect bars. 
  • It is important to allow your crunchy peanut butter bars to be fully set up before you try to slice them. If you eat them before they are set you will find the bars fall apart. 
  • Feel free to experiment with mix-in ingredients to alter flavor. You can add in your favorite candy, some extra oats for a chewy texture, or even melt some dark chocolate chips, and drizzle chocolate on the top of the bars. A chocolate drizzle adds more sweetness to the top. 

How can I make my bars sweeter without adding more sugar?

You can use chopped dates, or other dried fruit to help sweeten up the bars without any extra sugar. 

Can I make these bars gluten-free?

Feel free to reach for certified gluten-free ingredients to make the bars. This recipe is versatile with the ingredients you choose.

Are these bars suitable for a post-workout snack?

You will find these bars are a great snack for after a workout. Just pack in your gym bag and use it to help fuel your body with healthy fats, protein, and some carbohydrates. 

These are the best protein bars that are quick and easy to prep. You will find you have endless variations to these bars to keep you enjoying the flavors of the different ingredients. This is a great prep option for packing for school or a long day at a work.

If you make these peanut butter protein bars leave a comment and let me know what you think of them. 

Homemade crunchy protein bars

Homemade Crunchy Protein Bars (Chocolate & Peanut Butter)

Homemade Crunchy Protein Bars (Peanut Butter & Chocolate)

Homemade crunchy protein bars
These homemade protein bars are perfectly crunchy and sweet.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Setting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Serving Size 38 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups vegan chocolate chips
  • ½ cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal

Instructions

  • Line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a medium sized bowl, add the chocolate chips, protein powder, peanut butter, syrup and coconut oil. Mix together and microwave at 30-second intervals.
    Homemade crunchy protein bars
  • Stir between each interval till the ingredients are all melted together. Be careful not to overcook.
    Homemade crunchy protein bars
  • In a large bowl, add the crispy rice cereal. Then, pour the chocolate mixture in and mix until all the cereal is coated with the chocolate mixture.
    Homemade crunchy protein bars
  • Pour the mixture into the lined baking dish and spread it out evenly in the dish.
  • Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Remove and cut into bars.
    Homemade crunchy protein bars sliced

Notes

●  With plant based protein, You may need slightly more oil since plant based protein powders tend to absorb more liquid.
● Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 6 month

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4 Comments

    1. Lauren – About 100 calories per bar when sliced into 39 bars in a 13 x 9 dish – it depends on the protein powder you use though!

    1. It really depends on the protein powder used and the size of the bar you cut! If I cut these into small bars for a snack I get about 6 grams of protein in each. I would calculate depending on the type of powder you use. Hope this helps 🙂

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