I was in the checkout line at the health food store when a bin from local vendors caught my eye. Peanut Butter White Chocolate Protein Bars, the sign read. To me, it came as a screaming kind of message. I am totally not an impulse buyer but these bars had to be tasted! I don’t see peanut butter and white chocolate together often and I KNEW we didn’t have this combo on the blog. I picked up 3 bars for tasting and researching!
Wow, peanut butter and white chocolate is my new favorite flavor combination! I want to eat nothing but those two lovelies from here on out. That should be taken as a warning!
I love this recipe for a few reasons. Like many protein bars, you feel like you are eating a dessert over something that is actually good for you! This recipe tastes like delicious cookie dough! They are refined sugar-free and protein-rich but they are also completely vegan. Bonus: You can make them as gluten-full or as gluten-free as you’d like.
All that good stuff makes it hard to believe these peanut butter white chocolate chip taste-like-cookie-dough bars are so healthy! Whip up a batch to see for yourself. If you love soft cookie dough, white chocolate and peanut butter, you’re in for the best treat!
Peanut Butter White Chocolate Chip Protein Bars (vegan, gluten-free option)
3/4 cup Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Almond Milk
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon Liquid Stevia
1/4 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
1/4 cup Oats (can use GF)
3 Tablespoons Ground Flax
3 Tablespoons Barley Flour (or substitute flour of choice)
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/3 cup Homemade White Chocolate Chunks
In a medium sized bowl, beat together the peanut butter, maple syrup and almond milk until blended and creamy. Add stevia and vanilla extract. Mix in the protein powder, oats, flax, barley flour and cinnamon. Gently mix in the chocolate chunks. Spread out onto a parchment lined 8 by 8 inch baking dish. Cover and place in the fridge to set for 30 minutes. Slice into 9 bars. Enjoy right away or store in the fridge for up to 5 days.