Seeing how much I love peanut butter, there's no questioning why I loved those Peanut Butter Crunch Bars by PureFit. Although they weren't as sweet as my tastebuds would've liked, they were packed with peanut flavor, 18g of protein and only 220 calories.
I usually reserve bars for emergency snacks only, since they aren't the most nutritious snack out there, but they are always great to have on hand since they are satisfying and filling. I also find that bars prevent me from making bad food choices. On one hand, I could go to the McDonald's drive thru, but on the other hand, I could whip out a delicious, chewy peanut butter bar... I choose the peanut butter option.
But since I reserved bars for emergencies, I made excuses to be in emergencies. For example, I would take way too much time getting ready in the morning just so I would "run late" and have a legitimate excuse to grab a couple bars on my dash out the door ;)
But now that I'm avoiding added sugars (to the best of my ability), I have since then cut out storebought bars. The main reason I've cut out bars though, is because I am now allergic to just about every ingredient they usually contain (like whey, casein, soy, egg white, etc). Don't worry though, you won't be able to tell these bars are hypoallergenic, and not to mention healthy! They taste way too sweet to be sugar free, way too fudgy to be vegan, and way too peanut buttery to be considered a diet food. You'll definitely enjoy (maybe fall in love with?) these 6-ingredient protein bars!
Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Bars: [no bake, sugar free, high protein, GF, vegan]
(makes 10 bars)
128g (1/2 cup) Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar/salt/oil added)
1 cup + 2 tbs Unsweetened Almond Milk
10 packets Truvia* (or sweetener of choice)
40 drops Stevia Extract*
1/8 tsp Salt
96g (1 cup) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, blended to a flour (GF if you like)
168g (8 scoops) Unflavored Brown Rice Protein Powder** (I used SunWarrior)
*If you don't have stevia, add 6-8 more packets of Truvia/sweetener of choice, or to taste.
**8 scoops = 1+1/4 cups packed. Do not use whey protein powder in this recipe, it will be gooey and will not solidify unless you freeze it.
1. Line an 8" brownie pan with wax paper or parchment paper both ways and set aside.
2. In a medium-sized stand mixer bowl, add the peanut butter and almond milk and stir (don't use a whisk attachment. If you feel like getting an arm workout, skip the stand mixer and use a spoon and your arm!).
3. While the mixer is stirring, add the Truvia, stevia and salt. Still mixing, add the oat flour. Once the oat flour has fully mixed in, add the protein powder. Mix until all the protein powder is incorporated.
4. Take the bowl off the stand mixer and fold the mixture with a rubber spatula to form a giant PB dough ball. Dump into the prepared pan and flatten with the spatula (or if you're fancy, a pastry roller). Cover and refrigerate overnight.
5. The next day, slice into bars and store in the fridge. If you are the on-the-go type, wrap each bar in parchment paper and tape to close, that way you can easily grab them out of the fridge.
I was never a fan of the crunch in the PureFit bars, but if you like it then add some chopped peanuts to the mix! Feel free to add dried fruit or mini chocolate chips as well.
Since these bars were inspired by PureFit's Peanut Butter Crunch Bars, iiiiit's...
NUTRITION LABEL SHOWDOWN TIME!!
PureFit's label is on the left, Chockohlawtay's label is on the right:
While both bars are a healthy snack option (definitely better than a drive-thru), my bars are:
- lower calorie, lower sodium and lower carb
- sugar free and cholesterol free
- high fiber and high protein
- rich in calcium and iron
I should call these nutrition powerhouse bars! You must make these soon, and since they are 50 gazillion times healthier than storebought bars, you don't need to make up any lame excuses like I did ;)