Vegan Peanut Butter Choc Chip Protein Bars

Happy Monday, Bloggie Friends!  Are you back at work, school, or are you lucky enough to have the day off and you’re lounging around the house reading blogs?  What did you do over the weekend?  Saturday I went to yoga like I mentioned and hung out with the fam the rest of the day.  Sunday I went to yoga, and then ran around like a mad woman to 3 grocery stores: WF’s, TJ’s, and the regular grocery.  I know, you’re jealous you couldn’t come on the Sunday Morning Shuffle Mad Dash with me to 3 markets.  Kidding!  I came home and got to work on fun stuff like cleaning produce, folding the laundry, and working on my yoga & raw food retreat details, which will be announced this week.   Today I went and did some more yoga and have been busy making phone calls and organizing details, and just being crazy with the housework; laundry, dishes, veggie chopping, and taking care of my peanut.  Whew, I’ve been busy!

Thanks for your feedback, and if anyone wants to chime in more about why you can or cannot attend, let me know!  Obviously price is an issue, as is time of year/dates/scheduling, but we’re talking a week on the beach in San Diego in August.  Hello, this is gonna be fun!!!!

But moving along, I’m glad you enjoyed my Weekly Highlights & Recap post where I recapped everything from Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Cherry Balls

to Raw Salads & Homemade Vegan Salad Dressings

to My Balls & Holes Compilation Post

to my Chocolate Recipes Compilation Post.

Go check out the Highlight Reel from Last Week if you Missed It!

And if you missed the Chia Seeds Give Away Winner for the contest, please go Check That Out!

And yesterday I made you slobber all over your screen teased you with Raw Vegan Cheesecake

Just a few ingredients, and it’s soy-free, gluten-free, vegan…

But Really, It’s just Plain Awesome!

But let’s Move On to Today’s Recipe…
There are so many ways to create homemade protein, energy, or snack bars.  Whatever you call them, I call ‘em good!  I know Susan made some, Sheri has made some, Pam just made some, Julie Lynn made some, Kris just made some, and countless others have made their own homemade energy & protein bars.  Heck, I even made homemade LaraBars ….
…Before I started just making Balls and Holes

But although the Balls and Holes are awesome, for something with a little added value protein, try these on for size:

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Averie’s Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

Ingredients

1 Ripe Banana (mashed)

1.5 c Oats
1/2 c Shredded Coconut (I used sweetened)
1/2 c Raisins (or date chunks, cranberries, craisins, dried cherries/mangoes/apricots/etc. Any dried fruit will work)
1/2 c Chocolate Chips (or carob, butterscotch, white chocolate chips, etc.)
1/2 c Maple Syrup (or agave, yacon syrup)
1/2 c Peanut Butter (or any nut butter, i.e. almond, pecan, cashew, etc.)

The Following Ingredients are Optional but I used them all:

2 to 4 scoops of Protein Powder (I used 2 heaping scoops of Sun Warrior Brown Rice Raw Vegan Protein Powder in Vanilla flavor.  And if you don’t care about the protein aspect or don’t have on hand, just omit the Protein Powder all together)
2 Tbsp Flax Seeds
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1.5 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Yields: Approximately 10 decent sized bars
Note: The above are rough measurements and you can use the kitchen sink mentality on this recipe: a dash of this, a dab of that, don’t have this but have tons of that, throw everything in but the kitchen sink strategy and they will “work”.  I promise.

Storage: I store mine in the freezer, individually wrapped, so I can grab and go as needed.  They soften up quickly at room temp, and will keep for a month or more in the freezer.

Also see my  Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars which is this recipe plus 1/4 c coconut oil

Optional Add-In’s, Extras, Tweaks, Variations:

  • Use Christmas Cookie Cutters and make Stars, Reindeer, Gingerbread men, etc.
  • Shape into logs, bars, biggerballs, squares, hearts
  • Decorate with Sprinkles!!!
  • Frosting or Icing (see my Raw Vegan Icing Recipe Here)
  • Roll finished product in: Cinnamon-Sugar, Brown or White Sugar, Carob, Coconut, Cocoa Nibs, Cocoa Powder, Powdered Sugar, Shredded Coconut
  • Dip in Maple Syrup or Agave
  • Add in Carob, Coconut, Cocoa Nibs into the “dough” mixture.
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder or PB2 would be awesome!
  • Use raisins instead of dates, gogi berries instead of raisins, dried cranberries instead of dried cherries, etc.
  • Use or combine multiple types of dried fruit rather than solely using raisins: gogi berries, dates, cranberries, craisins, apricots
  • Dash of agave or coconut oil if mixture is too dry
  • Dehydrate for a more “cooked tasting” version.
  • Flatten or mold into larger cookie/bar shapes
  • Double the recipe to share with others.   I like to make dessert recipes that don’t make a ridiculous quantity so you’re not tempted to eat the whole thing in a sitting!  But also, smaller batches are nice because that way you get to try it, but then move onto something new & different.  Variety is the spice of life, I tell ya!

Have you seen my Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars?
If you want to make those seen here, simply add 1/4 c coconut oil to the previously mentioned list of ingredients.

Read the post below for the step-by-step Directions

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The Steps for the No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
First Mash the Banana

The add the Oats, Coconut…

…Flax & Chia Seeds.  And the Protein Powder’s buried under there somewhere.

…Raisins, Chocolate Chips

Did someone say Chocolate Energy?

Add the Peanut Butter.  I promise, I didn’t plan it to look that pretty.  It looks like a musical note rolling backwards.  Yes, this is how my brain operates.

Flood With Add the Maple Syrup, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon

Stir it all Together

Sweet! Raisins and Chocolate Chips with Coconut Flakes all stick-ified together with maple syrup!

Press into a tupperware-style Container or 8×8 Pan (or use whatever you want, even a cookie sheet with a raised edge will work)

I used plastic wrap underneath as to create less messy dishes for myself.

Popped it in the freezer for a few hours.
After the Big Freeze:

It got hard. (TWSS)

And I cut the semi-hard slab into 10 bars.

Some I made Square like ProBars
Commercial Grade: ProBar

Homemade: Averie Bar

Some were Thinner and Longer…

….like Balance Bars

Commercial Grade: Balance Bar

Homemade: Averie Bar

I Wrapped them up in plastic wrap for Lunches and On-The-Go-Snacks

And I have to say that These…

Look Taste alot better than These.

The active work time on these is about 10 minutes, not including freezer time.   Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan, High Raw (No-Bake), and they taste great!  The rest doesn’t matter if they don’t taste good, right?!

Make Them.

 

 Can see the Peanut Butter woven into the inside of the bar here?  oh yeah, baby!

And the flavors of coconut, chia & flax seeds, mashed banana, oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, chocolate chips, well…they are really tasty in combination together!

**The coconut oil will help the bar solidify a bit more and make it less soft, but is not an essential ingredient if you don’t have or like coconut oil.

Since woman cannot live on Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars alone, I try to eat my weight in Greenery, daily.

This meal was Kale, Brock, Cukes, Sugar Snap Peas, Cauli, and Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing.

This one was raw kale, mixed greens, tomatoes, red peppers, carrots, cauli, brock, cukes and Vegan Holiday-Spice Orange Vinaigrette

With a baked potato on the side

And snack time/dessert time was, of course, a Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bar!

 

Parenthood = The Best Gift Ever

 

This lil one loves her downward dogs, just like her mama does!

 

   

54 Responses to “Vegan Peanut Butter Choc Chip Protein Bars”

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    Burnsy — November 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I love your vegan protein bars! I hope you don’t mind that I posted the recipe on my recipes page despite not really having any traffic! :) But I love it so much and I just post my favorites on there. I just wrote down your No Bake Cake Truffles recipe and have been looking forward to trying that one out as well! I may substitute the milk with coconut milk – I’ll let you know how they turn out! Thanks for all the great ideas!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — November 9th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      I’m glad you like the bars. Keep me posted on the truffles. What’s not to like with those, though, really? :)

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    Jo — December 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I just made these and love them! I haven’t found any energy chews or bars here (plus I wanted a natural product) and need something for long runs, will let you know how they work on 12+ mile runs. Even my husband loved them, which believe me, is a huge feat!! Thank you for this awesome recipe!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — December 10th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      and P.S. I just cleaned up the recipe & post and added a Print This feature, too :)

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      • Jo replied: — January 11th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

        Thanks! Just popped back to say these are awesome on long runs. Only problem is self-control – having to wait a few miles to eat them! Yum.

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    Nadiya — January 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Interesting recipe. I do love how with protein bars you can literally put anything in them (without excluding chocolate) and they will turn out great :)

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    La Tanya — January 11, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Hello Averie, I’m not a vegan but these raw bars look delicious! I love protein bars but don’t like all the unnecessary additives and preservatives. How many calories are in bar? Or can you give me the nutritional content of each your bar recipes? Thanks!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 11th, 2012 at 9:17 am

      I don’t know because I don’t track it. But you could plug the data into an online calculator and see for yourself if you’re curious.

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    Ruth — February 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Just discovered your site and have already made the peanut butter protein bars and raw chocolate – delicious! Perfect for a health nut with a sweet tooth! Thanks very much for sharing, I’m looking forward to trying out more of your recipes!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 6th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      thanks for saying hi and for making the bars and the raw chocolate…wow, that’s wonderful and thanks for reading!

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    Cheryl — March 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I absolutely love your all natural recipes!!! Thank you for sharing!!! It’s always hard to fing recipes with no processed ingredients, made with only wholesome ingredients & I’m really looking forward to trying yours!! I love your pics– they are very inspiring!!!!!

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    aubrey — March 9, 2012 at 6:18 am

    thanks for the recipe. i have returned to a more vegan eating style of before i was married…and i have been looking for yummy recipes for my meat-eating husband to enjoy with me. so far we have tried a few recipes for protien bars that were kind of odd tasting. this one has a definite promise. THanks again!!

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    Julie — April 14, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Hi, I made a low-arginine version (arginine is associated with cold sore outbreaks, according to some). Details at my blog: http://handcraftedlife.blogspot.com.

    I love these bars. Thank you!

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    paul — May 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

    just made these. didn’t have the oats so doubled up on the protein powder. liquified the raisins to make a glue. looking forward to eating ‘em up! thanks for the great recipe and blog.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 3rd, 2012 at 10:27 am

      I like the liquified raisins/glue idea. Like a date paste almost which is another fabulous glue (just don’t blow out your blender motor doing it! haha) Glad you like these and thanks for the great comment. Keep me posted if you make any other recipes.

      If you’re into raw/vegan/nobake stuff, this compilation post has some nice ideas, many of which would fit that bill
      http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2010/01/ball-recipes.html

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    Daphne — June 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Absolutely delicious and addictive! These always go quickly in our house. Thanks for the recipe Averie! However I might begin substituting the agave nectar for honey, since I’ve heard recently that agave nectar isn’t all that it’s hyped up to be… It sure seems to add a great taste though :)

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    Hans — June 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I found this recipe looking for a more wholesome—and evidently cheaper—alternative to protein and energy for my training rides. As I usually eat Clif bars, I wanted to see how these compared nutrition-wise to them, and also what daily values these would contribute to. To anyone reading, I just want to note that the ingredients I use may have a different composition, such as the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and protein, so take these as kind of an average. For my personal recipe, I used everything up to vanilla extract in the recipe, swapping out maple syrup for agave, raisins as the dried fruit, and 8 tbsp of soy protein—I just assumed 1 scoop = 2 tbsp. The following list is assuming 10 bars made from 1 batch and a 2,000 calorie diet.

    Calories: 304 (Calories from fat: 99)

    Total Fat: 11g (14.5%)
    - Saturated Fat: 3.3g (16.5%)
    - Unsaturated Fat: 7.7g
    Sodium: 70mg (2.8%)
    Total Carbohydrates: 44.3g (14.8%)
    - Dietary Fiber: 5.4g (21.6%)
    - Sugars: 27g
    Protein: 11.4g (22.8%)

    Vitamin A: 0.3%
    Vitamin C: 3.3%
    Vitamin E: 4%
    Calcium: 3.4%
    Iron: 13.2%
    Phosphorous: 1.5%
    Magnesium: 1.5%
    Thiamin: 4%
    Niacin: 8%

    Omega-3 (ALA): .31g
    Omega-6 (LA): .071g
    Omega-9 (OA): .08g
    Lignans (SDG) .98mg

    Not bad, if you ask me. Comparing it to the Crunchy Peanut Butter Clif Bar, it’s a little bit of a trade-off when it comes to nutrients, and the homemade bars are a little fattier, but for $0.22 cheaper a bar—I usually find Clif bars for $1—reduced packaging, infinite combinations, and the sense of “I made this”, Averie bars are downright awesome. Currently waiting on mine in the freezer and I can’t wait to chew on them on the road. Amazing job, Averie!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Wow…that is quite the analysis and all I can say is glad you like them! :)

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    Kaitlin — August 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    You’re daughter is freakin adorable!!!!!!! I just made the protein bars from your website and they are delicious! I’m very excited to try more of your recipes. I think my next one will be the vegan gluten free raw cheese cake :) Thanks for all the wonderful tips and recipes!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — August 1st, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks for the compliments and glad you made the bars and are pleased! Keep in touch and LMK what else you make!

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    Jill — August 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I made a double batch of these today, but they turned out too gooey, even after several hours in the freezer! I didn’t use coconut or protein powder … do you think one of those makes such a difference? Any idea for something else to add in place of them to fix the consistency? Otherwise, the flavor is great, but they are a mess to eat and the texture isn’t very appealing. Thanks for ideas!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — August 15th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Yes I do think the protein powder definitely makes a huge difference – it’s a binder (like flour) so it will help the bars solidify and hold together. Use another binder if you don’t want to use that, i.e. almond flour, oat flour, OR next time use less banana. Or add the coconut. Basically you need to play around with your ratios based on your ingredients so you get them to hold together based on what you used.

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      • Jill replied: — August 15th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        Thanks for such a quick response! I’m going to try mashing them all together again, adding another binder, and refreezing. Wish me luck!

        • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — August 15th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

          Yes your batter is just too wet. Dry it up with…something dry :)

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    Lex — February 23, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Any suggestions for those of us who can’t do the PB? I’m thinking Sunflower butter, or maybe more coconut oil? Would love other suggestions or recommendations!

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    Gillian — March 8, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    These are literally amazing. When I’m craving something sweet, I break one out of the freezer and take a bite. Instantly satisfied. Thank-you so much for sharing this recipe! I am obsessed with them :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — March 8th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks for coming back to LMK you’re obsessed. I love them too and haven’t made them in ages…it’s an older post and nice to see it still gets some lovin’ and attention :)

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    Norma — May 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I’m allergic to bananas could I leave it out ? And my peanut butter already has coconut oil in it will that make a diffrent s

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 12th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      If you’re allergic to bananas make these instead http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2012/10/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-granola-bars.html (use regular PB)

      And yes, of course it would make a difference if you’re using PB with coconut oil already in it for EITHER recipe…this one or the one I just linked to. Same goes for ‘just leaving bananas out’ – yes, that changes things.

      Feel free to experiment on your own and come up with something that suits your needs and the ingredients you have on hand!

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    plasterers bristol — May 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Absolutely love this recipe

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    Erin Kay — October 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    These bars ROCK!

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