Peanut Butter Coconut Protein Bars

Peanut Butter Coconut Protein Bars

I don’t eat protein bars too often, but sometimes when I have a crazy day at work and don’t really have time for breakfast or lunch, having a bar in my bag is a life saver. And alright, so this is not my prettiest recipe. I won’t deny that. BUT, trust me when I say that these protein bars are delicious! I hate buying protein bars at the store. At $3 a bar, it adds up fast. These bars are super simple to make and I bet you already have most the ingredients in your kitchen.

I went ahead and calculated the calories for these bars and without the chocolate topping, you are looking at around 263 calories a bar. Certainly not a low calorie snack, but keep in mind that these bars are really meant to be eaten as a meal replacement or as a pre/post workout snack. Although it may not look like it from the photos, I added a thin layer of chocolate on top. While the chocolate certainly makes these more tasty, it also adds calories, so use the chocolate at your own discretion! The great thing about this recipe is you can really tweak it to meet your own dietary needs. I think the key is that you have to use some type of flour to bind the other ingredients together.

These bars are best eaten chilled or out of the freezer. I put mine in a lunch bag with a freezer pack along with my other snacks for the day. The bars get a little crumbly as they get to room temperature, but either way, I think they still taste good!

Peanut Butter Coconut Protein Bars

Peanut Butter Coconut Protein Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 small ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tbs. honey or agave nectar (optional or to taste)
  • 1 tbs. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (or whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 3 scoops vanilla whey protein powder (can also use rice protein powder to make vegan)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips + 1/2 tsp. vanilla (both optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine the banana, honey, coconut oil, and peanut butter in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the oat flour, oats, coconut, and protein powder.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well-combined.
  4. Prepare a baking sheet with foil or wax paper. Divide the batter into 8 equal portions. Shape into bars and place on the baking sheet. If not using chocolate, transfer directly to the freezer or fridge.
  5. If you want to add the chocolate topping, melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler. Stir in the vanilla extract. Spoon the chocolate over each bar and then place into the freezer or fridge.

Calories per bar: 263

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Peanut Butter Coconut Protein Bars

   

82 comments

  1. I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate and your bars look amazing!

  2. I’ve never had protein bars before but I should really start making them. 263 calories as a post-workout snack is perfect, especially because I almost pass out from driving home from the gym!

  3. I don’t eat protein bars very often either, but when I have sugar cravings (like the one I had about 15 minutes ago and literally quenched with German chocolate cake), protein bars are better alternatives than the go-to peanut butter milkshake. Looks like a great recipe!

  4. PB and chocolate are always such a hit and these bars look incredible. love that its covered with chocolate.

  5. They look yummy. Why buy them when you can make them? :-)

  6. I never purchase protein bars for that very same reason, they’re so expensive. I’m going to make these for post cycling. BTW, the bars are beautiful.

  7. I love how natural these are. My kids love chewy bars but I rarely let them have them because of all of the preservatives. And I think they look pretty….I mean what isn’t pretty when you cover it in chocolate :)

    • Thanks, Alyssa! I hate that the store bought bars have so much other stuff in them that you can never pronounce! These are very kid-friendly!

  8. Guess what I ate for breakfast this morning…. a fiber bar. They are expensive and this version looks fantastic. I have almost all the ingredients except for the protein powder. Kudos to you for doing us all a big service by showing us this recipe. :) They look perfectly delicious in the pictures too. :)

  9. I can never bring myself to buy those bars unless it is a true hunger emergency. I normally have peanut butter and chocolate or coconut and chocolate but never all three at once. It sounds fantastic, more like a dessert than just a snack.

  10. Those protein bars look so delightful! The coconut just made the PB & chocolate combo even better!

  11. Agreed, protein bars are crazy expensive! These looks fantastic, I love both peanut butter and coconut. Yum!

  12. These sound so, so good! You’re right, store bought protein bars are so overpriced. These may not be super low-cal, but they are loaded with tons of good for you stuff, no artificial crap. I wish I had one of these for lunch right now instead of the dry cereal & grapes I’m eating :(

  13. These look almost like a candy bar, but they are good for you!

  14. These look completely perfect to keep on hand for those out of hand days :)

  15. Protein bars are way to expensive! Glad to see that you have come up with a homemade version. Since these are homemade they are most likely better tasting and do not cost near as much. This bar does have some great flavors as well as healthy ingredients. I am always looking for something to fill up on that I will enjoy the taste as well and these look like they are just the ticket. Well done!

  16. Wow what beautiful photos – would make anyone want to eat a protein bar ;)
    I actually really enjoy certain protein bars and this homemade version looks like a winner. Thanks for the great recipe!

  17. These look absoltely wonderful and actually make me want to eat a healthy dessert! Great work :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  18. These look like a perfect pick-me-up snack – I’m with you, I hate the $3 a bar price tag, but love having them handy, this is a perfect solution!

  19. This is going to become my new breakfast treat!! Looks so yummy!

  20. Fabulous recipe! I’m going to make these tonight. Do you think chocolate protein powder will work ok? I do not have vanilla.

  21. I am loving everything about these! Peanut butter and coconut sounds like a wonderful combination for a protein bar…and they are dipped in chocolate for extra yum factor :)!

  22. These look wonderful, Steph! Like you, I don’t eat them too often but I always have a few around for when I’m not hungry but know I need to eat. Some of them can taste more medicinal than good though. This however looks and sounds really really good!

  23. Ooo, yummy. I love protein snacks disguised as delectable treats!

  24. Love the peanut butter and coconut combination! Protein bars are a crazy day item in my house too, but I’ve never tried them homemade before. Definitely must!

  25. Okay this is wonderful. I have never tried this flavor combo. I am so intrigued. I bet it’s out of this world.

  26. I love protein bars! It’s so hard to find one that tastes great and is low in calorie count. Bookmarked these to try out some time. Thanks for sharing Stephanie! <3

  27. These look FLIPPING amazing. Way too delicious to be healthy.

  28. I like that these feature whole, natural, unprocessed ingredients. Great recipe!

  29. These look gorgeous Stephanie – and so doable! I’m completely excited about this recipe and want to give them a try… I appreciate the healthful properties. Sending you some pin love :-).

  30. These bars look really gorgeous…
    Peanut butter… I am already SOLD!!!

  31. Hi, I just wanted to say what a lovely blog, I found you via Sweet Eat

    ciao
    Alessandra

  32. Oh! I rarely.. like coconut in my desserts, but this will definitely change me.. am sure about that.. I can’t wait to make these for some saturday workout.. Have a good weekend ahead.. xoxo

  33. I was wondering if you knew how many grams of protein are in each bar. We count our calories and keep track of our protein and my fiancé is trying to take in tons of protein and i would love to make these for him. thanks

    • Hey Alecia, there are about 13 grams of protein in these bars if you use 3 scoops of protein powder. You can certainly add more if you wanted to though. If you add more and the mixture is too dry, you can try adding more peanut butter or additional coconut oil.

  34. I can’t remember the last time I had a protein bar, but oddly enough I was looking at them at the store yesterday! I skip meals when I get to busy and then I’m famished so I was thinking of buying some just in case. Totally didn’t even think about making my own. These sound fantastic!

  35. Stephanie, thanks so much for getting back to me. The vanilla protein powder we have each scoop has 26 grams of protein in it so mine might be a little different than yours. I guess i could add all the protein up for every ingredient i add and then divide that by the number of bars i get. Thanks again!!!

    • Hm, yeah. I use Spark Recipes to calculate the calories in my recipes. You could just use it and enter all of the ingredients and then add in your protein powder and it will tell you the calories and protein.

  36. I love this bar recipe Stephanie!!! You are on my Fit Feature of the Week post today at Amee’s Savory Dish! :)

  37. These sound great! How long do you think they will keep in the refrigerator?

    • Hey Megan, I’ve had mine in the fridge for almost two weeks and they were fine. You could probably try freezing them if you want to keep them longer.

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  39. Hi Stephanie,

    I’ve been searching for a good high protein bar recipe for days now.
    I’m going to try this, as I like that it does not have milk or eggs.

    BUT, having issues, ha.

    1. What about coconut flour?
    2. For eight bars, I need to have 8 scoops of protein. Now uncertain how much additional ingredients to alter?
    3. I want to add cinnamon and flax seed for health reason.

    HELP! Ha.

    Maybe if you could, come over and we’ll make a HUGE batch together??

    Thanks, have a great day!
    ~ Mark

    • Hey Mark. So, let’s see. I think coconut flour would be fine to swap with the oat flour. As for the protein…if you want to add that much, you may want to cut down on the flour. I’m thinking that much will make the bars very dry if you add all of that plus the flour. The flour works well to bind everything together. One other thing you may need to do is to use more coconut oil if the mixture is too dry. If you don’t want to use more oil, you may be able to add a little water? And as for the cinnamon and flax, that shouldn’t be a problem! I think this is definitely doable, it might just take a little experimenting! :)

    • Thank you for responding Miss, you rock!

      Yes, I am concerned about the bonding ingredients.
      I also desired to eventually make BIG batches and freeze.
      Hoping what’s refrigerated will last 1 week or so, AND that I can carry a bar with me all day if necessary.

      I have more questions though… Ug. Ha!
      Don’t know if you wish them here ?

    • They will definitely last a week in the fridge. I think I have had them in longer. They do freeze well also. As far as carrying all day, they may get a little squishy and crumbly if they get too warm, but they are still good! I keep mine in a little lunch box with a ice pack when I am at work.

      You can ask more questions here or you can shoot me an email at stephanie@eat-drink-love.com.

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  42. I have tried to make these bars twice now and each time it seems there is a disproportion to the wet:dry ingredients. Any suggestions or tips? How much protein powder did you use, what did your scoop produce cup wise?

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