Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars: A Nutritious Snack from “High Protein, No Powder”

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Finding quick, healthy, tasty snacks to keep on hand for a busy family who’s constantly coming and going is a real challenge.

There are a couple of days a week when we don’t get home to eat supper until late, so we need a healthy, filling snack in the late afternoon to get us through, and when the Dancer has early morning rehearsals she needs a nutritious breakfast to sustain her, but doesn’t have much time and can’t have something heavy like eggs. I refuse to resort to most commercial products. They’re expensive and full of soy and other unhealthy additives and ingredients. But I don’t have a lot of time to spend making things from scratch either. I’m constantly looking for nutritious alternatives that I can make that aren’t too time consuming, but my list is pretty short. 

For the last few weeks I’ve been testing out the recipes in High Protein, No Powder: Protein Bars & Smoothies Made With Real Food by Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs.

This 150 page ebook contains 14 protein bar and 20 smoothie recipes that are soy, dairy, grain, gluten, wheat, and corn free. They’re also raw and vegan-friendly. There are step-by step picture tutorials, and each recipe has detailed nutritional information.

But High Protein, No Powder is so much more than just a cookbook!

There are detailed explanations of the harmful ingredients in commercial protein bars and powders and why they’re dangerous, a breakdown of the anatomy of a protein bar so you can create your own using your favorite ingredients, tips on creating the perfect smoothie, suggestions on where to get quality ingredients affordably, and much more.

Check out the table of contents:

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Photo Jan 13, 4 14 35 PMWe’ve made several of the recipes and have enjoyed every one of them. The entire family, down to the four year old, loves the protein bars! They’re our new favorite go-to snack. The kids even ask for them for dessert! 🙂

Tiffany generously agreed to let me share one of our favorite recipes with you. It was between the Almond Coconut (which reminded me of an Almond Joy!) or the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. The kids voted for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, so here it is!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

1/4 cup fresh dates, room temperature and roughly chopped
1/4 cup peanuts
2 Tbsp hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp chocolate pieces, finely chopped
1 tsp coconut oil

I chopped the dates and set them aside in a medium bowl. Next I combined the peanuts, hemp, and sunflower seeds in my food processor and pulsed for about 30 seconds (this may take up to a minute depending on your equipment), until the nuts had released their oils and large chunks had become small.

protein bars ingredients

I added the extract and pulsed again for 10 seconds. Next, I added the nut mixture to the dates and kneaded it all together with my hands, breaking up the larger chunks of dates. After everything was thoroughly combined and sticky (about one minute), I added the coconut oil and chocolate pieces and continued to knead until everything was evenly distributed (this only took another minute or so). Tiffany says the mixture is done when it retains its shape when squeezed into a ball.

At this point, you can eat the mixture or pour it into a mold, packing down firmly. I used mini loaf pans (like these) for the smaller batches, and an 8×8 Pyrex dish for the bigger batches. To help the bars hold their form well, pack it down as tight as possible.

protein bars in pans

I refrigerated them in the pans for an hour or so, then used a knife to gently loosen the edges of the bars and turned them out onto a sheet of wax paper. I stored them (the ones that didn’t get eaten right away 😉 ), wrapped in wax paper, in a storage container in my refrigerator.

finished protein bars

 These taste like a peanut butter cup!

And it literally took me 15 minutes, tops, to make a quadruple batch of them and get them in the refrigerator. I’ve been able to find all the ingredients locally, even the few things that I don’t normally keep on hand, although I’m definitely going to look into some of Tiffany’s suggested sources, which I think will be more affordable.

High Protein No Powder is a lifesaver!

The protein bars are simple and quick to make, full of healthy, real food ingredients, plus they’re delicious! The kids think they’re getting a real treat, and I love that they’re snacking on something full of real nutrition. I love that Tiffany has not only provided fantastic recipes, but she’s given me all the tools I need to create my own versions using whatever flavors and ingredients my family likes. I’m so thankful she’s put together such an awesome resource!

Ready to get your own copy?

There are two options to purchase High Protein, No Powder: the “The Whole Pie”, which includes both the PDF and Kindle versions, a bonus ebook called Homemade Ingredients, three printables, and a one year monthly subscription to new recipes, normally $13, or “Just a Slice”, which includes just the PDF of the book, normally $8.

Thanks to Tiffany’s generosity, you’ll receive 30% off the regular price with coupon code PURPOSEPROTEIN starting today, January 14, through next Monday, January 20th!

If you’re like me, and would like to have nutritious, frugal, easy to make snacks on hand for busy days, you definitely want to check this one out!

Linked with Welcome Home Wednesday, Raising Homemakers, Wellness Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Graced Simplicity, Thrive at Home Thursday, Proverbs 31 Thursdays, Heart Filled Fridays.




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  1. Thank you SO MUCH for your kind words Kara! Your bars look great, and how cute that your kids think they’re a treat! Thank you for sharing my book with your readers. I hope they like it as much as we do! Many blessing to you, and have a great week! ~Tiffany
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