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Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Bars…

Peanut Butter Protein Bars - 5 ingredients.

Just five ingredients, and no baking required!

These homemade protein bars are packed with wholesome ingredients and serious peanut-butter flavor. Or would you prefer bachelor bar number two: a highly-processed block with an unpleasant taffy-like texture and an aftertaste that long overstays its welcome?

Oh yeah, he is a handsome one, with a laundry list of ingredients such as: soy protein isolate, fractioned palm kernel oil, maltodextrin, corn syrup solids, distilled monoglycerides… these are some of the actual ingredients in many protein bars on the market today.

You’re much better off making your own—the main ingredient in my homemade protein bar recipe is peanut butter. Do your body a favor and choose homemade:

Peanut Butter Protein Bars - from @choccoveredkt... 5 ingredients, no baking, no corn syrup:


Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Total Time: 10m
Yield: 4-6 protein bars
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  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, or allergy-friendly substitute (110g)
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (I use Vanilla Nutribiotic) (20g)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda (trust me)
  • 1/4 cup Sucanat or brown sugar (40g)
  • 2 tbsp applesauce (30g)
  • tiny pinch salt if desired (I use 1/16 tsp, and my pb also has salt)


If your peanut butter is from the fridge, gently warm it until it is a stir-able consistency. In a mixing bowl, stir the peanut butter and applesauce until they form a smooth paste. In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour the dry ingredients over the pb mixture, and stir until evenly incorporated. It will be a little crumbly, so transfer the crumbly dough to a gallon-sized plastic bag. From inside the bag, form one big ball. Still in the bag, roll out with a rolling pin. Cut bars (or portion bars into individual bags and shape them) and put in the freezer to firm. (Alternatively, you can bake these or make protein peanut butter cookies if you’d prefer.) I store mine in the freezer, but you can fridge them if you want softer bars. Makes 4-6 homemade protein bars, depending on how thinly you roll/shape the bars.

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5 Ingredient Homemade Protein Bars

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  1. Alison says

    Hey Katie! I like your blog and you always come up with creative recipes but lately I have been getting turned off by the fact that you always talk up your recipes by saying negative things about other foods/brands/products. I know it’s al in good fun but I think your blog would be more upbeat and positive of you just do focused on why your recipe is good instead of focusing on why it is better than something else or why that something else is bad. Just some food for thought.

    • Lauren says

      I disagree. I think it’s important to call companies out on the junk they market to innocent consumers. If she didn’t mention what to look out for in some of the more common bars, someone might think “Why would I bother to make my own protein bars when I could just pick up a Power Bar at the grocery store?” A lot of people don’t read labels of the snack bars they buy, which can make it all the more easier for companies to pack in a bunch of not so healthy ingredients into a so-called health food bar.

        • Whitney says

          I agree with Lauren, and would go so far as to say it’s not even about calling a specific brand on the carpet (which sometimes let’s face it, they should be), Katie isn’t mentioning any names in specifics here. It’s about educating her followers, who obviously seek healthier food options (that’s one reason we hang out on CCK, right?) as to what they might be consuming in mass-produced vs. homemade goodies. I don’t see it as a negative at all and I personally really appreciate learning easy/healthy ways to avoid some of those “laundry list” ingredients. So I say “keep up the good work Katie!” 🙂

      • Catherine says

        Just my 2 cents ;-). As someone who is relatively new to eating “clean” and “real” food, I appreciate the comparison. It helps me feel confident that I can make the same foods that I use to buy AND make them healthier! The ingredients that these companies are using are terrible and I think they SHOULD be called out on it. Keep doing what you’re doing! I love your site!

    • Kelly says

      I agree with Alison. Katie, let your recipes speak for themselves. We get it at this point, a lot of store-bought stuff isn’t great for us.

      • Carly says

        Kelly and Alison- this is her blog and she is doing it out of consideration for consumers who still have trouble recognizing healthy brands. Comparisons need to be made in order to educate. Most big brand foods have bad ingredients, not her fault.

  2. Sara says

    I’ve taken to making your Recess egg recipe, but with 3/4 of the sugar replaced with protein powder. It’s not as sweet, but have the same consistency and decadence, plus an extra protein punch! Yum!

  3. Anonymous says

    Wow, I’d love to try these!
    I’m one of those people who don’t like to consume protein powder, so it will the recipe work if I sub for cocoa powder?

    • kimber says

      Would love to know if you were able to make them with PB2 and how they turned out. I’m trying to cut down on fat and unfortunately, as healthy as the fat is in peanut butter, it does add some major calories to the recipe. I would guess we’d need more applesauce?

      • Olivia@ OmNom Love says

        I apologize in advance if my ranting gets a little out of hand. 😉

        Not all calories are equal! My suggestion is to cut out all unnecessary carbs (which are converted into glucose and you’re body stores them as fat) and replace them with protein and fat. Studies show that protein helps control appetite so you’d probably end up consuming less calories, because of all the protein.

        As for the fats, monounsaturated and saturated fats are the fats to prioritize. Monounsaturated fats for your looks (shiny hair, nice nails, good skin, etc.) and saturated fat for you brain. Not only is saturated fat good for your brain, it also gives you stronger bones, a better immune system, and is good for your liver.

        And the carbs, the only carbs I’d keep would be small amounts of fruit and as many vegetables as your heart desires. Don’t ever get rid of vegetables! 😉 Both fruits and vegetables have enough fiber that you shouldn’t need to have any excess carbs.

        I’m sorry if this sounds kind of “preachy” but I promise my intentions are good. So I hope this helps! 😀

        • Trish says

          I totall agree. Simple carbs (sugar & grains) are generally the culprit in adding fat to our bodies. Eat the good fats & drastically limit your grains & sugars.

          • Caytlen says

            I agree with you guys! Calories don’t cause weight gain, eating foods that are harmful to your body do. I eat about twice as many calories in a day as a friend of mine and am only a little more active, and yet I am much thinner than she is. I eat only high quality calories from nourishing fats, lovingly raised meats and lots and lots of veggies. I eat about 1/2 cup berries a day-other fruit is too sweet for me. There’s NO need to count calories if you’re trying to lose weight, and eating “Reduced calorie” or “Fat free” foods can actually have the opposite effect than you want! Also, some “Healthy” foods like vegetable oil or skim milk or even pasta cause inflammation in your body, which makes you hold on to extra weight and not burn it off. It’s about calorie QUALITY, not calorie QUANTITY

  4. Andie says

    These look so good! I’ll definitely bring them to my next track meet (we go through protein bars like nobody’s business!) Also, this doesn’t relate to today’s post but I would LOVE to see 1) a recipe for vegan gumballs (like the ones in the machines at the gas stations lol) and 2) a day in the life post! (pretty pretty pretty please???)

    • cck says

      It is actually for flavor. I know this sounds strange, but try it both ways and you’ll see the difference ;).

  5. Danica @ It's Progression says

    These look fantastic!
    I can’t stand to watch The Bachelor, even though I know so many people love it…I think the only reality show I watch is the Biggest Loser–love it!

    • Liz says

      I actually love BOTH those shows. I know they’re silly, but after frying your brain with studying or schoolwork, the mindlessness is a nice change ;).
      I, too, was excited to see Catherine Guidici win on The Bachelor. Yay vegans!

  6. Perie says

    I love pea nut butter. I will definitely try these out as I tend to be developing a sweet tooth after months of sugar abstinence.

    • KristiP says

      Hi Katie,
      Just found your blog and I love it!
      Tried these bars with Growing Naturals original rice protein powder and they were fantastic! I made them specifically for my 16 year old son to grab before soccer practice and to take with us to tournaments. He loved them! Thanks so much. I am thinking of a few add-ins for him. Other than chocolate chips, any other suggestions?

  7. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen says

    Great recipe Katie! I’m excited to try baking more things with applesauce. I actually made a dessert the other day with beans, peanut butter, and apple sauce but it didn’t turn out very well. I threw a bunch of random ingredients together so next time I’ll make sure to use one of your recipes. Oh and for those tv shows, let’s say they are good-dumb 😉

  8. Lisa @bitesforbabies says

    I just went on a crazy homemade larabar binge and made enough for an army!! I prefer extra-virgin coconut oil to replace the applesauce but I’m just a freak for coconut oil! These are seriously so underrated, easy to make and so much cheaper (and better for you!) than store-bought ones!!!

  9. Chrissy P says


    Have you thougtht of using coconut sugar or dates to sweeten rather than sucanat or brown sugar?

  10. Diana Johannesen says

    This question is for your peanut butter bars…
    if I have powdered peanut butter will this work? Also, if I have a plain protein powder add vanilla would it enhance it and make it taste the same?

    thanks for your help..

  11. Rhonda says

    I just made a bar with 5 ingredients that came out great with nothing processed at all. I used 1 cup of raw almonds, 1 cup raw walnuts, 1 cup non sweetened coconut, 2 packs of dates and 1/3 cup or so of unsweetened cocoa powder. I mixed it all together in my Ninja and flattened it out in a 8 x 8 pan and cut in squares. Oops, I did add a dash of Himalayan pink salt and a little extra virgin coconut oil, because I thought it was too dry — but realized after it would have been fine without. These are delicious!

  12. Radeema Azme says

    Hi Katie-

    Do you think the bars will taste as good if i sub pb2 for the peanut butter and truvia instead of the brown sugar?

  13. Danielle says

    Katie, these look great! I prefer to make homemade protein and granola bars because store bought ones often bother my stomach. Thanks!

  14. Kendrah says

    Thanks for this recipe, my two year old daughter and I just made a batch.
    I used Vega One protein powder in chocolate flavor and added some chopped peanuts and they are very good, i’m excited to have something quick and easy to put together when I feel like a sweet treat.

  15. Katy @ KatysKitchen says

    These look so fantastic! I’m on such a peanut butter kick lately. However, I can no longer eat protein powder. Any suggestions for the subs for that? Maybe soy flour? Although I find that has an odd aftertaste…

  16. jo says

    I was thinking about baking them to make them easy to take to work and leave in my desk- how long would you suggest baking them?

  17. Amanda says

    These look great, Katie! Been searching for a homemade protein bar recipe for a while! (I Tried your cake batter protein bars, but they were way too sweet for me.) Glad to stumble across this one! I might try using my chocolate-flavoured protein powder to make them chocolate-peanut butter bars! Yum!

  18. Trajayjay says

    Awesome! I’m really disappointed at the list of what “protein” bars have to offer. They’re really high in sugar, especially of the added type. Blech. And then they have all the ingredients only a chemist would work with. The reason is, unsweetened protein bars taste like monkey feces mixed with soy protein isolate, and so the companies are compelled to pour in copious amounts of brown rice syrup and refined sugar. I made some “protein” bars in my culinary class and they were also a lot less artificial. It’s too bad the recipe had about 2 Tbsp and 2tsp of sugar per serving. That’s 32 grams! In a one by three inch bar too.

  19. Jax says

    First just wanted to say I love your blog! Second, I didn’t have applesauce and I don’t like bananas in my desserts so I used a ripe avocado instead. These taste like nutter butters! My texture looks different – did you use crunchy or homemade peanut butter? Thanks for sharing!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I used smooth… I think. I’ve made these bars so many times that I’ve used different things: smooth pb (whole foods brand) is my favorite, but I also really like them made with roasted almond butter.

  20. Tala says

    I want to make this like.. right now! Your recipes are amazing katie! You really showed me that you don’t have to only eat fruits and veggies if you want to be healthy. All the recipes I’ve tried were a success! Would you happen to have a blogroll for blogs similar to yours? x

  21. Salinas says

    Your nutritional information is way off. 1/2 cup of peanut butter (720 calories) plus 1/4 cup sucanat (180 calories) totals 900, divided by 6 is 150 calories per bar. Unless your protein powder has negative calories that doesn’t make sense.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I stand by my nutrition facts, but please remember that nutrition facts are meant as a guideline and can vary depending on what specific brands or online calculator you use. I calculated mine using the gram measurements. Even still, I don’t think a 15-calorie difference is “way off.” That is like a stick of gum ;).

      • Becca says

        Woah woah woah, Katie. 15-calorie difference? I think you meant 14. Your math is way off. 😉 *

        *isn’t it time they developed a sarcasm font???

  22. frank weir says

    This idea is brilliant and easy to do which I appreciate as a male diabetic with limited cooking and baking skill. Im getting better but lets just say the squirrels in my yard are still enjoying frequent feedings. Thanks for all you do! Time for you to pubish a cook book??

  23. Krista says

    I was just thinking these could be great to take with me on long runs instead of my usual packaged protein bars. I think I’d need to bake them, though, especially since it’s looking like the weather is *finally* starting to warm up in Ohio. What would the baking instructions be? Same as the PB cookies (8 min at 350)?

  24. Whitney says

    I got suckered into this season of the Bachelor when I decided I HAD to watch the Montana episode (how could I resist? they were staying literally two blocks from my old house!)…I got addicted after that and watched the rest of the season like a silly school girl. At least Sean seemed like a decent guy and “the vegan” 🙂 seems pretty genuine. So maybe they’ll be the, what, third couple in a million seasons to actually last? You never now I guess.
    I am DEFINITELY making these this weekend! I have all the supplies and they look way too easy not to! Although I’ll probably toss some mini choc. chips in there. 😉
    Quick question: Do you know about how long they’re good for in the fridge/freezer?
    As always, thanks for the tasty recipe Katie!

  25. katie says

    A great replacement for brown sugar would be dates! I should think I will try to replace the sugar with dates. Any quantity ideas? 🙂

  26. Anonymous says

    Looks yummy! I think the show The Bachelor is good if the actual bachelor on it is a good person with good intentions, like Sean from this last season. 🙂

  27. Anna @ Your Healthy Place says

    I love that you’ve got into using protein powder! I know it doesn’t need to be in everything but seeing as I do better with quite a bit of protein in my diet but am vegetarian, sneaking it into my baked goods means I get enough protein and a nice treat each day – love this recipe!

  28. Jessica says

    Reality shows would be great if they were reality. They’re not – they’re so scripted now it’s laughable.

    I got to get around to making these. I’m always looking for a good protein bar recipe that holds together. But I’m betting they’d be good with some chocolate protein powder as well.

  29. frank weir says

    For those who dont want to use protein powder I would think whole milk powder would work. I think Ive seen it used in recipes like this. But ill let Katie and others weigh in on that. You can get it at Walmarts in the Mexican food section. Its lower carb.

  30. Valerie says

    For a reason unknown to me I am not really fond of peanut butter, but this looks so great that I am seriously considering trying int out!

    On the TV-Show: You can love or hate The Bachelor, but the truth is, several couples from the show from years back are still together (have kids and all). So it basically turns back to you never know where you will meet “the one”. I met my husband on a party 🙂

  31. Claire @ green 'n' golden says

    These look delicious! I love no-bake bars, and anything with peanut butter is a winner in my book. 🙂 Only thing I might add is some dark chocolate or cocoa powder!

  32. Nicole says

    May I post this recipe on my blog? (not a Blogger blog, it’s a Tumblr blog) I will link back to your post and give credit in the comments.

  33. Kayla says

    OMG!! Every time I see one of your posts, I just think how fabulous your desserts look! By the way, is it difficult coming up with vegan desserts form scratch? I am in love with your blog, I know that I can make any of your recipes, and feel good about eating them! Thanks so much for the great food!!

  34. Alex says

    I bought a tub of protein powder a few months ago and it is DISGUSTING. But now I FINALLY have a recipe that will allow me to use it up! I added a little extra sugar, a splash of almond milk and a handful of chocolate chip cookies to mine and it’s like eating cookie dough! Thanks so much for this <3

  35. Claire says

    I just made two batches of these, one with regular healthfood shop 100% peanut peanutbutter and one with Eskal Freenut butter (sunflower seed) , I don’t know if you have it in the US but for any Aussies out there, Dutch chocolate Sustagen works really well with either. I also didn’t have just plain apple sauce so I used Rafferty’s Garden banana, pear & mango puree. The freenut butter one seemed too wet (I always forget that US TBsp are 15ml while Aussie ones are 20) so I also added in 2TBsp of chia bran, also to bulk it up a little, my Mr5 hardly eats at school so I am hoping he will like these, if not I will be more than happy to eat them myself 🙂
    Thanks Katie!

  36. Jolene Ann says

    I made a few substitutions with what I had on hand.

    Peanut Butter = I chose a rasin cinnamon slash half berry orry one

    Protein Powder = I used an equal parts mix of chia with berried and flax

    Sucanat = became Brown Sugar *I know not very healthy*

    AppleSauce = became a puree of Frozen Peaches + Sweetened Shreded Coconut and Coconut water. (Eyeballing it was it was at least at least a cup and a 1/2 but in it went… I think it would make a good smoothie minus the sweetened coconut part)

    I just wanted to share my substitutions because it allowed me to skip the bag/ ball/ rolling pin step b/c my dough was never crumbly.

    So, now it’s in the freezer, but I don’t know how long it’s supposed to set-up in there???

  37. Lisa says

    Katie, these are delicious! I doubled the recipe, used half a banana since I didn’t have applesauce, and used a whole bunch of whey protein, they turned out excellent! Thank you!

  38. Janet Skiles says

    Made this recipe and I trusted you on the baking soda….next time I’m gonna leave it out….too much after taste, other than that…these are great! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  39. The Girl in the Orange says

    OMG–such a simple, tasty, CONVENIENT ingredient list! I made these bars yesterday without even having to run to the store to pick up some exotic gum or other…fantastic!! 🙂 I subbed granulated stevia for the Sucanat and they still were amazingly peanut-buttery-fudgey awesomeness. Why couldn’t I have thought this up..? 😉

  40. Jolene Ann says

    I made a few substitutions with what I had on hand.

    Peanut Butter = I chose a mix of rasin cinnamon peanut buteer and then half of a berry peanut butter

    Protein Powder = I used an equal parts mix of chia with berries (it usually just goes in my smoothies) and flax seed

    Sucanat = became Brown Sugar *I know not very healthy*

    Apple-Sauce = became a puree of Frozen Peaches + Sweetened Shreded Coconut and Coconut water. (Eyeballing it was it was at least at least a cup and a 1/2 but in it went… I think it would make a good smoothie minus the sweetened coconut part)

    I just wanted to share my substitutions because it allowed me to skip the bag/ ball/ rolling pin step b/c my dough was never crumbly.

    Update: b/c of the peach puree mine took a day or two in the freezer to really set up, but i’d suggest slicing them up while still soft.

  41. Kelly says

    My pregnant self has been on a big PB kick lately- it just helps my tummy feel good! I don’t keep protein powder, but I took another commenter’s suggestion of using dry milk powder. I used dark brown sugar and added a bit of vanilla. They don’t look anything like your pretty pictures, and I don’t think they would stay solid if left out of the freezer, but they are delicious!! They’re my current nighttime snack- filling, tasty, and a good dose of healthy stuff. Thanks Katie- you rock!

  42. Jessica says

    Very good! This recipe is very versataille I added ground flaxseed, hempseed, oats, and half a banana…and it turned out great. 🙂 Great job Katie! Your recipes never seem to fail!

  43. Dawn G says

    Hi Katie!
    I have made so many things from your site and I have loved everyone of them. I just made these for my hubby. I substituted a few things but they came out amazing. I used almond butter because the only protein we had was chocolate-peanut butter so I thought I would give it a shot and they came out so good. I am not a protein bar kind of girl but I can get used to eating these. I am also making the chocolate mousse with the tofu in a few (first time ever eating tofu) so thank you for helping me to branch out 🙂

    • Niki says

      I made the chocolate mousse pie with tofu
      Fantastic!!!!! I put in in a low fat graham cracker crust, although next time I’ll just use ramekins. I also added maybe 2tsp of trivia because I thought my bf would like it. So good!

  44. Anje says

    I made these today with cacao powder and coconut sugar. They worked well, but were a little bitter for my sensitive taste buds. Also left a nasty aftertaste, but again, I am very sensitive to bitterness. I might try these again with regular cocoa powder and a bit more sweetener.

  45. Kari says

    Has anybody ever added oats? I’m thinking about trying this but never made these bars so not sure if it would work

  46. Dawn says

    AWESOME! I also did not have protein powder, and yes cocoa powder works awesome. It tastes like chocolate peanut butter frosting, you can eat it right out of the bowl. I added a tablespoon of chia seeds and a small amount of vegan chocolate chips. Mine was not dry at all , so I molded them into 6 little bars , put them on a tray and froze them. Lucky me, hubby cannot eat chocolate, so they are all mine! 🙂

  47. Wendy says

    Hi Katie! I’m going to make these protein bars this week and bring it to my boot camp (I’m an instructor)! What a great recipe!

  48. Kimber says

    Instead of putting them in a bag, I simply used parchment paper! I flattened them with my hands after wrapping in parchment paper, then folded the paper on itself on each end to make straight edges. I transferred them to the freezer on the parchment after cutting and slightly separating the bars…Turned out perfect and no sticking at all!

  49. BakeMeABallerina says

    I have a request… Do you know about the zone perfect cookie dough bars? It would amazing if you could replicate them! Also, do you have a energy/power bar that doesn’t need to be kept in a cool environment? I need something to pack with me when I am dancing!

  50. Robin says

    Made these today for my 20 month old son for breakfast instead of cereal bars. He kept asking for more. Dad and I are big fans too. I tried them raw and baked. I liked them either way. They taste like peanut butter cookies baked. Thank you for sharing.

  51. KayRen says

    So, as I discovered this morning, if you can’t be bothered to find and open a jar of apple sauce and you use fruit spread instead because it is right there and you’re in a hurry, you end up with Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Bars… and theyre soooo good….

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      My peanut butter is unsweetened as well. No need for more than what’s called for in the recipe. However, if using an unsweetened almond butter you might need to add a pinch of salt. Taste the dough to decide.

  52. Ashley says

    I CANNOT wait to try these! I think your blog has saved my figure! Awesome blog… seriously. My favorite I’ve found so far!

    LOVE the Bachelor – actually watching the Bachelorette now!

    Ashley (A Cute Angle)

  53. jill says

    Loooveee these! After a tough work out, these were the perfect non-guilty and healthy treat for my hard work! I added more protein to mine by adding in a little soymilk and then adding more protein powder. I made them into cookies and they still came out delicious. I also sub’ed the sugar for sugar/stevia mix which also worked well. Thanks for the yumminess!

  54. Jacqueline says

    Hi Katie,these look scrumptious! I’m going to use sunflower seed butter and put them in my son’s lunch, what a great simple way to add some healthy protein into a kids lunch! Thanks for sharing this recipe,your amazing! I don’t watch those programs,I have enough going on in my own world to watch someone else’s, just saying!!!

  55. Tess says

    Can I use stevia instead of the sugars? Or even omit it (as my protein powder is sweet)?
    Is it for sweetness only or does it do anything for the texture?

  56. George Lin says

    I just make these and even though I ghaven’t tasted a full bar yet (they’re in the freezer at the moment) I can tell they’re gonig to be fantastic. Even though I know you weren’t refering to the Quest Bars in your commentary, they are quite the rage on one of the websites that I’m a member of and they still do have a taffy life texture to them.

    The only thing going for them over your bars is the calroie count, which can be manipulated and the fiber content, which is more tricky. Luckily I have more than enough sources of fiber in my daily diet. I can’t wait to see where these bars go and what other protein bars you develop in the future.

    BTW, what are your primary sources of protein? I find that my diet is the most lacking in protein as I’m really carbophilic.

  57. Kristina says

    I just made these and they are great! Mine were soft enough just to eat in a big ball (made 4 balls). I think I will do less baking soda next time, personally. It was too strong for me. Great recipe, though – thank you CKK!

  58. Smaley8 says

    I know this is an old post, but wanted to leave a comment. LOVE your website Katie, so inspiring!! I just made these, used pb2 in place of peanut butter, agave instead of brown sugar, banana instead of applesauce. I baked them as the texture was more like brownie batter after mixing. They turned out like muffins (who doesn’t love muffins?)!

  59. Asenath says

    Omg!!! So excited to try these, with and without the baking soda. I can understand the whole flavor thing after making real soft pretzels.

    I’m going to try with a couple of different nut butters, as well as dates and vanilla protein powder! You’re awesome, thank you for sharing! 🙂

  60. Julie says

    I think that you should try this recipe using dates instead of the sugar. I am going to try this tomorrow using dates. thanks for all the recipes that you share!

  61. Sherry-Lynn Kemper says

    OMG! Love these. I did tweak a bit, I confess (added flax and used honey instead of applesauce) but I love this recipe! Thank you.

  62. nicole says

    I love these. But instead of brown sugar, I use crushed cherios. It might be weird, but i think they’re great that way.

  63. Jamie says

    I just made these tonight, however I didn’t have applesauce so I used coconut oil instead and I also added wheat germ… they taste delicious but they need to be kept in the freezer, possibly due to the coconut oil, they get soft very fast. Also my mixture never was ‘crumbly’ – regardless, they are delicious!

  64. sunnysideupsoph says

    I work out quite a lot and it would be awesome to have some healthy and whole protein bars 🙂 Thanks for this recipe.

  65. Sophia @ Fit Healthy Girl says

    I made these with plain nonfat greek yogurt in place of the applesauce and 6 teaspoons of truvia in place of the sucanat/brown sugar. I used swanson premium vanilla whey protein powder.
    They are in the freezer now and I think they are going to be great! The dough was delicious. 🙂

  66. Bridgette says

    I really like your blog.. very nife colors &
    theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?

    Plz respond as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to know where
    u got this from. kudos

  67. JB says

    These bars were amazing! Thank you for the recipe. It doesn’t have that artificial taste that many protein bars have. It was like eating peanut butter that doesn’t stick to your mouth or maybe peanut butter cup filling that’s not overly sweet (just right!).

  68. KBellatti says

    Mine came out really soft even after leaving them in the freezer overnight.
    I used a no-stir natural peanut butter. Maybe it was too oily?

    What kind of peanut butter did some of you use when you made this?

    The recipe is tasty. I just need to get the bars to be more firm.

    • Rena says

      I used Jif natural peanut butter, and they were firm enough to cut into bars. Texture of a brownie. REALLY AMAZING!

  69. Steph says

    Just made these, but was out of applesauce so I used pumpkin puree instead. Cut sugar in half since my protein powder was stevia sweetened. Turned out perfectly. BTW, I put mine into a quart size bag and it filled in perfectly once rolled out, so I have nice clean edges on my six bars! Thanks for the recipe–I’m starting grad school next week and needed a grab and go snack!

  70. bex says

    Hi Katie, great recipe (as usual). I was wondering if you know a way that stevia could be substituted for the brown sugar? Just so it’s sugar free.

    Please help if you can!

  71. Cat says

    these were so good! i tried making a chocolate version of these (substituting 1/2 cup almond butter, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 2 T cocoa powder, and a small handful of chocolate chips for other ingredients) and they also turned out AMAZING!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  72. Kelly says

    I just made these, but turned them into protein balls instead of bars. I used sunbutter instead of peanut butter and PlantFusion vanilla protein powder. They weren’t great. :/

    I think it was the combination of the sunbutter and protein powder – I don’t think they really complimented each other.

  73. Sophia @ Pray. Work. Eat. says

    I was wondering what the use of the baking soda was? I was guessing it’s supposed to add a baked/cookie taste… but not sure…. Could you enlighten me on this?

  74. Sherry says

    quick question…I don’t have Sucanat and I would prefer not to use brown sugar. Can I use stevia (liquid or powder) or Xylotol….not sure if I spelled that right.

  75. Shirley L says

    I just made these for my grandson who has had problems with eating (swallowing issues and I think maybe just picky!). I think he’s going to love them! I do! I’m not sure what gave yours in the pic the white speckles, I ground up some almonds very fine and added them. These are delicious and easy! Thank You!!

  76. Susan Smith says

    These turned out great and are so super easy to make! I subbed almond butter for the peanut butter and used the protein powder that I had on hand (Vanilla Sunwarrior Warrior Blend brand). Also, instead of making these into bars, I rolled them into 8 balls. I was excited to find a recipe using Sucanot as I recently found a bag of it in the back of my cupboard that needs to be used up. I will definitely be making many more of these in the future!

  77. Mackenzie says

    Wow. These are AMAZINGGGGGG! I just wanted to eat the dough without freezing it/putting it in the fridge, but that was amazing too. I’ve been meaning to make these for a long time, so I’m really glad I did! I used Gold Standard 100% Whey vanilla ice cream protein powder (my husband’s) and it was delicious. Thanks Katie!

  78. brown says

    I know this is an old post but anted to give my 2 cents.
    I substitute some ingredients to make it keto and the recipe came out fabulous!
    I subbed 1T butter + 1T s/f (NO Malitol!) maple syrup, for the applesauce, and to that mixture added 1/4t ground cloves.
    I used Swerve Brown sugar, and to the dry ingredients, added 1t cinnamon…
    was super pleased with the results and this is a recipe you can “make your own”

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