Prot: 23 g, Carbs: 13 g, Fat: 5 g, Cal: 181
Another easy protein bar with great macros! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars!
When trying my hand at protein bars recently, I had a special request for the chocolate and peanut butter flavor combo. I’ve been excited about these stevia-sweetened chocolate chips lately, and so these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars were born!
I wanted to keep the fat lower in these bars, so I used peanut flour instead of peanut butter for the flavor. Peanut flour is made from roasted peanuts, and is similar to powdered peanut butter. (The protein content is slightly higher in the peanut flour, but powdered peanut butter can certainly be used as a replacement.) If I hadn’t run out of Jamie Eason’s Peanut Protein, I probably would have used it here because it is similar to powdered peanut butter, but has a sweeter taste.
While the peanut flour provides quite a bit of protein, I also added some vanilla whey powder. Whey is a bit smoother than plant proteins (including the peanut flour) so the combination gives a nice flavor and texture. If you want to make these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars dairy-free, you can replace the whey protein with more peanut flour or with vanilla pea protein. But without the whey you’d need something sticky to hold them together, like honey. (So they wouldn’t be vegan.) I don’t think agave would hold them together quite as well.
However you make them, these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars will be delicious!
A couple of notes:
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The amount of water used below is a bit vague, I know. I forgot to write that down when I created the recipe. As soon as I have a chance to make these again, I will update the amount. Thanks for understanding! :)
- Serves: 3
- Serving size: 1 bar
- Calories: 181
- Fat: 5g
- Carbohydrates: 13g
- Sugar: 3g
- Fiber: 5g
- Protein: 23g
- Combine whey protein, peanut flour, coconut flour, and stevia.
- Add water (start with 3 tablespoons and add by the tablespoon), and mix to form a dough.
- Flatten the dough, and add chocolate chips. Fold and flatten the dough a few times to incorporate the chocolate chips evenly.
- Shape into a rectangle, and cut into 3 bars.
- Enjoy! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Wrap in parchment to carry with you.
You can replace the peanut flour with powdered peanut butter.
You can replace the whey with casein protein. In this case you may need less coconut flour.
You can replace the whey with more peanut flour or with vanilla pea protein. In this case you will need something sticky like honey (try one tablespoon) to hold it together.