no bake chocolate peanut butter protein bars

Chocolate PB No Bake Protein Bars

If you’ve got 10 minutes, you’ve got enough time to make these rawsome awesome protein bars! All you need to do is soften some dates, stir in some peanut butter, dump it over the dry ingredients, and press into a pan. Easy to make, easy on the wallet.  

Chocolate PB No Bake Protein Bars (5 of 10)

This recipe contains whey protein isolate. I used to be fairly anti-protein powders. Unless you were an elite athlete, a body builder, or needed a specialized medical diet, I didn’t think they were necessary. I still don’t think they’re necessary, per se. A person can certainly live a healthy happy life without ever touching a protein powder but I also  how they can be a helpful tool. 

Protein is a key nutrient in promoting fullness. Recent research has shown that protein at breakfast can have a huge impact on food intake throughout the rest of the day. (for more on why you NEED protein at breakfast, check out my e-book!)  

This recipe contains whey protein isolate. What I like about whey protein isolate is that it’s simply whey protein leftover from making cheese that has been dried into a powder. Since I eat quite a bit of cheese  I feel as though I’m balancing out my dairy by buying the whey too. If you put them together, they make a whole food, right? 🙂

So whey protein isolate is just that: cow’s milk protein. There aren’t any added flavours, sweeteners, or other ingredients.  

Chocolate PB No Bake Protein Bars (9 of 10)

Not sure where to find whey protein isolate? Never fear.. Amazon to the rescue! 

Also, take note: whey protein concentrate is not the same thing as whey protein isolate.  Both products use the same starting material but the isolate has a higher percentage of protein. 

Chocolate PB Protein Bar Collage

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Each bar has nearly 10g of protein and 5g of fibre. This combination is a powerful snack that will keep your stomach full and your mind off food until your next meal. Combine it with a piece of fruit such as an apple or a pear for more fibre, volume, and nutrition!

If you give this recipe a go, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram!  I’d love to see your creations! Knowing someone has enjoyed one of my recipes always makes my day brighter.  


No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Yields 16
A slightly sweet, chewy DIY protein bar! So quick to make and much cheaper than storebought.
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  1. 16 dates
  2. ¼ cup water
  3. 1 cup peanut butter
  4. ¼ cup milk
  5. 2 cups oats
  6. ½ cup isolated whey, lightly packed
  7. ⅓ cup chia seeds
  8. ¼ cup cocoa
  9. ⅓ cup chocolate chips
  1. In a glass measuring cup place the dates and the water.
  2. Microwave on high for one minute. Mash with a fork.
  3. Microwave on high for another minute. Mash with a fork until a paste forms. Return to microwave if they need more softening.
  4. Stir in the peanut butter and milk.
  5. In a large bowl, place the oats, whey, chia seeds, cocoa, and chocolate chips.
  6. Pour in the peanut butter mixture. Stir until well combined.
  7. Line a 9x9 pan with plastic wrap.
  8. Press the mixture firmly into the pan.
  9. Refrigerate for ½ an hour.
  10. Cut into 16 bars.
  11. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
Smart Nutrition
 Calories: 216 | Fat: 11.5g | Carbs: 22.5g | Fibre: 4.5g | Sugar: 9g | Protein: 9.5g

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

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14 Comments on “no bake chocolate peanut butter protein bars”

  1. My son & I love these Jessica! I take one when I work night shift and my son eats one on the way out the door to university.
    They are super tasty and filling.

  2. I have never bought protein powder before, but when I see yummy recipes like this one or a smoothie recipe that calls for protein powder, I usually skip the protein or the recipe altogether. So if a newbie like me were to buy only one protein powder, is this the one you would recommend?

    1. Yes, this is the protein powder I’d recommend. There isn’t any additional flavourings or artificial sweeteners so it’s a great base that you can flavour/sweeten in whatever way YOU want!

    1. Hi Agustina,
      Dates are a dried fruit used as a natural sweetener. You can often find them in the baking section of the grocery store. They are also known as date palms.

  3. Hi, I tried this but I didn’t seem to bind, it’s breaking apart as I cut it into pieces. Did I make a mistake? I thought I followed the recipe exactly.. Thanks,

    1. Oh I’m so sorry it didn’t hold together for you! It really should. Without being there while you made the recipe I can’t really speculate as to why it didn’t!

  4. Yum! Thanks Jessica. I love raisins and had some soaked ones left over from another recipe so played around with this one, adding them to 100g dates, used almond butter & almond milk, added maca powder & extra dry ingredients, virtually doubling the end product. Cut them into snack-sized bars meant for between meals and post-workouts but hard to stop at just one! Cheers, Aggy.

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