Protein bars are a great grab-and-go snack, and this protein bar recipe gives you a quick and easy way to make them at home. With five natural ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, the no bake peanut butter chocolate bar is easily prepared on the stove top. A cross between chewy granola bars and crispy rice cereal treats, it contains healthy whole foods to improve energy and athletic performance.
Fuel for your workout
Athletes need to fuel their fitness with nutritious whole foods eaten 30 to 40 minutes before exercise, to raise blood sugar and fight fatigue. According to registered dietician Manuel Villacorta, “If you fuel correctly, you’ll work out harder.” Carbohydrates, found in the glucose (honey and chocolate) and grains (puffed rice), provide energy to exercise at maximum capacity. The protein in Ryno powder and the nut butter help prevent muscle injury. This protein bar recipe is a good way to combine carbs and protein in a healthy snack.
Easy protein bar recipe
The no bake peanut butter chocolate chip protein bar recipe, found on Making Thyme For Health, has an endless number of possible substitutions if needed for dietary preference or health reasons. The puffed rice cereal may be replaced with whole grain brown rice cereal for more fiber. Brown rice syrup, agave syrup or maple syrup, instead of honey, will make the recipe suitable for vegans. Substitute almond, sunflower seed, or another nut butter if peanut allergy is an issue. Customize with your favorite flavor and type of protein powder, as well as a variety of chips, nuts and dried fruit add-ins.
The Ryno Power protein powders come in vanilla or chocolate. The vanilla would add a nice sweet note, the chocolate would make it add an extra layer for cocoa lovers. It’s a matter of taste, your pick.
Peanut butter chocolate chip protein bar
½ cup honey
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup protein powder
3 cups puffed rice cereal
½ cup dark chocolate chips (chilled in freezer so they don’t melt in mixture)
1. Chill chocolate chips in freezer. Line 8×8 square baking pan with parchment paper.
2. In saucepan, stir honey and peanut butter over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
3. Blend in protein powder until combined, then mix in puffed rice cereal. Add chilled chocolate chips.
4. Spread mixture into lined baking pan and press with parchment paper on top to flatten.
5. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or freeze for 2 hours to set, then cut into bars.
Store in airtight container in refrigerator or at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Whether you are looking for a healthy lunch box goodie, a mid-afternoon pick me up, or a pre-workout snack for yourself or your mini-athlete, this easy protein bar recipe has you covered. Modify the recipe to fit your personal preferences by leaving it plain or adding in extras like carob chips, almonds or dried cranberries. Ditch commercial protein bars for this customizable, all natural recipe.