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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Chocolate peanut butter protein bars are packed with protein, chocolate chips and M&M’s. These bars are chewy, thick, and taste like cookie dough!

These are the chocolate peanut butter protein bars cut into pieces and on a baking sheet. Each bar is chocolate covered and topped with mini M&M's and chocolate chips. There is a a hand holding up one of the bars.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars are peanut butter and chocolate protein bars packed with chocolate chips and M&M’s. Made with only 7 ingredients, these no-bake protein bars are quick and easy to make. They are healthier than any chocolate peanut butter cookie, but taste just as delicious! These chocolate peanut butter protein bars are chewy, thick, and taste just like cookie dough! These give off major monster cookie vibes, but have extra chocolate.

What ingredients do I need for this recipe?

I try to make all of my recipes as easy and simple as possible. That means there will usually be fewer than 10 ingredients, all of which are a pantry staple. This recipe only has 7 ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Oats – For this recipe, you’ll need to to use oats to make an oat flour. Don’t let that intimidate you: to do this, all you need to do is put the oats in a blender or food processor for a few seconds. Oat flour will help create a thick and chewy texture for your protein bar. I use a standard old-fashioned or quick oats, just like I use for my easy protein oatmeal!
  • Peanut butter – Peanut butter is one of the most important ingredients for this recipe. Not only does it give the bar a delicious flavor, but it serves as a binder to hold everything together. I recommend using a natural peanut butter for this recipe because it will be extra creamy!
  • Chocolate Protein Powder – One serving of chocolate protein powder will add protein and some sweet chocolate flavor to these protein bars.
  • Honey – Adding honey will make these bars sweet and also serve as a binder to help hold these bars together.
  • Vanilla – I like to add vanilla to everything because I think it can make everything taste that much better. Plus, we’re basically making cookie dough and this will help get us to that flavor.
  • Mini M&M’s – This is another important monster cookie ingredient. The M&M’s are an important topping to the treat, and by using the minis, we ensure M&M’s in every bite!
  • Mini chocolate chips – Like the mini M&M’s, chocolate chips are another important topping for this recipe that we want to make sure is in every bite!
  • Optional: For some additional chocolate flavor and a few nutritional benefits, add a scoop of cocoa powder.
This is a bowl filled with all of the ingredients to make chocolate peanut butter protein bars. There are oats, protein powder, peanut butter, honey, mini chocolate chips, and mini m&m's.

Can I make substitutions to this recipe?

I haven’t tested many of the ingredient swaps, but I would bet you can make the necessary changes based on your dietary needs and available ingredients.

  • Oats – I use old-fashioned oats for this recipe, but you can use gluten-free or any kind of oats that match your dietary needs.
  • Peanut butter – Peanut butter is a really important ingredient to this recipe, but any kind of creamy nut butter would work well. You could try almond butter, sunflower butter, or even a flavored peanut butter!
  • Chocolate Protein Powder – The chocolate protein powder will add a stronger chocolate flavor to this recipe, but you can leave it out if you don’t have any.
  • Mini M&M’s & Mini chocolate chips – These two ingredients are going to help create some additional chocolate flavor we’re looking for, so I would recommend keeping them! However, you can definitely use a regular-sized M&M or chocolate chip instead of a mini version.
  • Cocoa powder - A scoop of cocoa powder can add some additional chocolate flavor but is definitely optional.

What makes these bars nutritious?

These chocolate peanut butter protein bars are made with simple ingredients that taste delicious! The oats will add healthy carbohydrates and fiber to the bar. Peanut butter will add healthy fats and protein, and one serving of protein powder can add extra protein. Combining these ingredients with honey and toppings will create a bar that is packed with a balance of nutrients, potassium and calcium. Plus, each bar is only 99 calories! This bar is a great pre-run, post-workout, afternoon, or late-night treat.

These are the chocolate peanut butter protein bars cut into pieces and on a baking sheet. Each bar is chocolate covered and topped with mini M&M's and chocolate chips.

How long does it take to make this recipe?

This recipe takes about 10 minutes to make. This is a one-bowl recipe so you’ll need to dump all of your ingredients into one large bowl and stir! The hardest part of this recipe will be stirring everything until it’s completely mixed. This is also a no-bake recipe, so no oven involved.. The only “cooking” is the time when these bars will sit in the freezer to firm up. Trust me, this recipe is so quick and easy!

What is the process to make this recipe?

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Place the oats into a blender or food processor and process until finely ground.
  • Put the peanut butter and honey in a large bowl and melt in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir together.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl.
  • Mix very well until everything is combined.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
  • Firmly press the batter onto the baking sheet and spread so that it is all one layer and covers the baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least one hour.
  • Cut into bars and enjoy!
This is a bowl filled with all of the ingredients to make chocolate peanut butter protein bars. There are oats, protein powder, peanut butter, honey, mini chocolate chips, and mini m&m's. Everything is mixed together and this is what the dough looks like.

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Can I have the recipe?

If you try this recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts! I hope you enjoy these chocolate peanut butter protein bars as much as me!

These are the chocolate peanut butter protein bars cut into pieces and on a baking sheet. Each bar is chocolate covered and topped with mini M&M's and chocolate chips. There is a a hand holding up one of the bars.
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4.93 from 14 votes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars are peanut butter protein bars with chocolate chips and M&M's. These healthy bars are chewy, thick, and taste like chocolate & cookie dough!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, peanut butter, protein bar
Servings: 30
Calories: 99kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • Small blender or food processor
  • large bowl
  • spoon
  • baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1.5 cup peanut butter
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup mini m&m’s
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Place the oats into a blender or food processor and process until finely ground.
  • Place peanut butter and honey in a large bowl and melt in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir together.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the bowl.
  • Mix very well until everything is combined. **NOTE: If the dough seems too dry (could happen depending on type of protein powder, nut butter, etc.) just add more nut butter/honey! You don't want it dry or it will get crumbly**
  • Place a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
  • Firmly press the batter onto the baking sheet and spread so that it is all one layer and covers the baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least one hour.
  • Cut into bars and enjoy!

Notes

  • Store the bars in a sealed container in the freezer. 

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating




Lyndie

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

Mine came out a little dry, even after using more PB and honey. Do you think it could have been too much protein powder?

Jordan Smith

Wednesday 18th of May 2022

Hi Lyndie, yes, I'm assuming that could be the issue! One serving of the protein powder I use is "2 scoops" but that could vary from protein powder to protein powder. Usually the trick of adding more peanut butter & honey until it reaches the desired texture works well, so I apologize that didn't work for you!

Allie Z

Sunday 6th of February 2022

Prepped these for the week! Love the idea you had of making them Valentine’s day themed with the pink/red/white m&ms! Yum!!

Allie Z

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

Yum!!! A must try recipe!! So easy and much better for you than grocery store bars. Thanks for sharing.

Laura

Sunday 30th of January 2022

Delicious! It's like a monster cookie but doesn't have to be baked so it takes less time. Now to try to have enough willpower not to eat half the pan at once.

Karry

Sunday 28th of November 2021

These bars are awesome! They definitely satisfy my sweet tooth! We always make multiple batches at once and freeze some.