Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Bars
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup Iso-Force protein powder (your preferred flavor)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (such as almonds or walnuts) - optional for added crunch and nutrients
1/4 cup chocolate chips or dried fruit (such as cranberries) - optional for extra flavor
Prepare a Pan: Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides to easily lift the bars later.
Mix Wet Ingredients: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanut butter and honey. Microwave in 20-30 second intervals, stirring each time, until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate large bowl, mix together the oats and protein powder. If you're using chopped nuts and chocolate chips or dried fruit, add them to this bowl as well.
Combine Wet and Dry Mixtures: Pour the peanut butter and honey mixture over the dry ingredients. Use a spatula or your hands to mix everything until well combined. The mixture should be slightly sticky and hold together when pressed.
Press into Pan: Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Use the back of a spoon or your hands to press it down evenly and compactly.
Chill: Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours, or until the bars have firmed up.
Cut into Bars: Once the mixture has set, lift the parchment paper to remove the block of protein mixture from the pan. Place it on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut it into bars of your desired size.
Store: Individually wrap the bars in parchment paper or plastic wrap to keep them from sticking together. Store the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or you can also freeze them for longer storage.
Eating healthy and hitting that protein goal DOES NOT HAVE TO BE HARD! Getting extra protein in is EASY and can be DELICIOUS! Try this recipe and let us know if you love it as much as we do!