Make your own homemade protein bars with just a few simple ingredients.  These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars are the perfect post-workout or afternoon snack.

Talking with many of you on Facebook or Instagram you have requested a look into what I meal prep each week.  When I first started meal prepping a few years ago I usually just cooked grilled chicken and prepped a snack.  Then I started getting a lot more into it realizing taking a few hours to prep meals on the weekend meant I had a lot more free time during the work week.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

One of the very first snacks I ever prepped were my Oatmeal Raison Energy Bites.  While those bites are delicious I was looking for something that had a bit more protein, especially because at the time I was working out in the afternoon.  And sometimes I didn’t have energy bites prepped so we ate Protein Bars such as Quest Bars for a snack.  I do love a good Quest Bar every now and then, but they aren’t packed with the cleanest ingredients and come with a price tag more than I’m willing to spend each week.  So then I thought I would try to make my own.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars have protein, healthy fats, good carbohydrates and are made with only a few other ingredients.  They can be prepped in 10 minutes and cost much less than the average protein bar.  While they have a bit more sugar from the dates and honey than some protein bars, these are real unrefined and not artificial sweeteners which I’m all for.  Not to mention they also taste delicious.

Peanut Protein Bars

To make these protein bars you’ll need oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Whole Oats), dates, honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, and protein powder (I have been loving Vega Protein).  I start by soaking the dates in some water for at least 20 minutes, it helps soften them and makes processing them much easier.  But if you don’t have time for this step it’s ok.

Ingredients for homemade protein bars

Process the oats and dates in a food processor.  When the dates are chopped and oats look like oat flour I add the honey, peanut butter, vanilla, and protein powder and pulse until all the ingredients are blended.  The ‘dough’ will be very thick and you might need to use a spatula to move it around a bit between pulses.

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Then stir in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.  These are optional, you could leave them out or you could replace them with cocoa nibs or peanuts.

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You will then want to spread the mixture out using your hands or a rubber spatula into a 9×9 inch baking pan covered with parchment paper. You use the parchment paper so you can easily get the bars out of the pan.  Then let them sit in the refrigerator for an hour before cutting.

PB Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

I cut them into 8 rectangular bars, you could also cut them into 16 squares for smaller servings.  I keep them stored in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator for the week.

PB Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

I love having a healthy and clean protein bar to snack.  These help keep me full before/after a workout or help me survive the rest of the afternoon at work.  Anyone else feel themselves dragging by the end of the work week?  I love the combo of healthy fat from the peanut butter, good carbohydrates and fiber from the oats, and protein from the powder.  All ingredients to help keep you fuller longer.

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Remember if you try making these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars tag me on Instagram @sweetandstrongblog and use the hashtag #sweetandstrong

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Make your own homemade protein bars with just a few simple ingredients. These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars are the perfect post-workout or afternoon snack.
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 10 whole pitted dates
  • 2 cups whole oats
  • 1 cup drippy peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vanilla protein powder
  • ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Add the 10 dates to a bowl of water and let soak for 20 minutes. If you don't have time, skip this step.
  2. Add soaked dates and whole oats to a food processor and pulse until dates are chopped and oats have become an oat flour.
  3. Add the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and protein powder to the date and oat mixture. Pulse for a few minutes until all the ingredients have blended. You may need to take the lid off and move the 'dough' around with a rubber spatula.
  4. Once ingredients are combined stir in the mini chocolate chips.
  5. Line a 9x9 inch baking dish with parchment paper and spread the mixture out evenly.
  6. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour then remove and cut bars into 8 rectangular bars or 16 squares.
  7. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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10 Comments on Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

  1. Courtney Ferris
    February 28, 2018 at 1:55 pm (6 months ago)

    These sound so easy to make and look delicious! Definitely going to make these soon. xx Courtney

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      February 28, 2018 at 2:23 pm (6 months ago)

      They really are so easy to make, I’m kicking myself for spending so much money on protein bars in the past.

      Reply
  2. Kelli at Hungry Hobby
    February 28, 2018 at 5:23 pm (6 months ago)

    Holy moly these are so simple and look amazing! All ingredients that I usually have around, so it’s perfect! YUM!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      February 28, 2018 at 11:14 pm (6 months ago)

      It truly is so simple to make your own protein bars at home and they taste 100 times better if you ask me. I hope you’ll give them a try Kelli 🙂

      Reply
  3. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups
    March 1, 2018 at 12:27 am (6 months ago)

    these sound delicious and I love that it’s all regular pantry ingredients!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm (6 months ago)

      Yes exaclty why I started making them all the time on my own rather than paying almost $2 per bar. Hope you’ll give this recipe a try 🙂

      Reply
  4. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    March 1, 2018 at 2:12 am (6 months ago)

    I love this idea! I need to start making my own again… and totally try these. I’m a huge snack fan.

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm (6 months ago)

      I literally could not survive the work day without my afternoon snack! I hope you’ll give this recipe a try 🙂

      Reply
  5. Wendy Moore
    March 2, 2018 at 3:09 pm (6 months ago)

    I’m definitely going to try these Patty! I love to make my own protein bars. Especially since so many on the market have ingredients you can’t even pronounce. The best thing I need this week was my air fryer blueberry bagels!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 3, 2018 at 11:56 am (6 months ago)

      I totally agree, I hate when packaged bars have so many ingredients you can’t pronounce. And blueberry bagels sound delicious. I’ve really been considering purchasing an air fryer, do you love it?

      Reply

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