Here’s an incredibly simple, but delicious Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe that you can make ahead for your next on-the-go breakfast or post-workout snack. Featuring Greek yogurt and good old peanut butter, these bars are rich and creamy on the inside, and sweet and chocolatey on the outside. High on fiber, low carbs and low sugar, these breakfast bars are quick and nutritious and will help you keep you full and focused in the morning.
Here's why I love this recipe
- easy to prepare (only 5 ingredients, plus the chocolate coating)
- made with healthy ingredients
- high-protein and high-fiber, so it'll keep you fuller longer
- low calorie, low sugar and low carb, to support your weight loss goals
- the best guilt-free dessert & post-workout snack
Ingredients used to make Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Protein Bars
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- Protein Powder – My go-to protein powder is a vanilla plant-based protein powder, like this Orgain Protein Powder.
- Notes on using other Protein Powders in this recipe: Most frothy protein-shake type powders like whey, casein, pea, hemp, brown rice, egg protein powders should give you similar results, but slightly different textures. (Whey tends to produce gummier protein bars, for example). Collagen Peptides protein powder DOES NOT work with this recipe, so I highly recommend that you stick with the recommended protein powders. For collagen protein bar posts, check out this collagen page instead.
- Coconut Flour - Coconut flour is a great low carb flour that is gluten-free, wheat free, and grain-free. Coconut flour is also nut-free (even though it's called coco-nut) because it's made from coconut flesh (which is a fruit, not a nut) that’s been dried and then grind into small flour particles. Here is a brand of coconut flour I like to use.
- Sugar of Choice – I used monk fruit sweetener in this recipe to keep this recipe low-sugar and low carb, but raw cane sugar, coconut, date, and maple sugars are perfectly acceptable substitutes.
- Greek Yogurt - I used fat-free Greek yogurt (Fage brand). For a vegan-friendly alternative, try using dairy free (vegan) yogurt made from almond milk or coconut milk, and add 2 Tbsp at a time since vegan yogurt usually has more liquid than Greek yogurt - so you may only end up needing just half the amount called for in the recipe.
- Peanut Butter - the smooth and creamy kind, like Jif
- Chocolate Chips - you can use any chocolate chips. To make these protein bars low-carb, use a lower sugar, stevia-sweetened brand like this one below.
More Protein Powder Recipes (HERE)
Step by Step
How to Make Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Protein Bars
In a clean bowl, mix the dry ingredients: protein powder, coconut flour and sugar (I used monk fruit sweetener).
Next, add in the nut butter and Greek yogurt, using your hands to knead and get the dough to combine together.
You can change the dough to a softer or firmer consistency you prefer. Add more coconut flour if the dough is too soft, add more of milk or water if the dough is too thick. TRY TO ADD A TEASPOON AT A TIME! The final dough should be firm, but soft enough that you can roll the dough into a ball without it falling apart.
Shape the protein dough into a rectangular mound, then wrap in plastic wrap or an airtight container lined with parchment, and let the dough set in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
Use a sharp knife to cut the protein dough into bars. Keep the bars in the freezer until the next step. The longer they stay in the freezer the better!
NOTE: You can take the extra pieces and mold them together into another bar, or roll them into protein balls
Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second bursts until melted, stirring in between. Dip the protein bars into the melted chocolate and then set it aside on a clean parchment paper.
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
- Feel free to experiment with natural flavoring / extracts. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract (I didn't feel like it was essential so I left it out in this recipe), or other flavorings or extracts, such as coffee extract or maple extract.
Just keep in mind that some extracts contain alcohol, and since this is a no-bake recipe, the alcohol won't have a chance to fully evaporate. If serving this to kids, or if you're sensitive to alcohol, be sure to use non-alcoholic extracts or flavorings. Here are some non-alcoholic brands, here: Non-alcoholic peppermint extract, non-alcoholic vanilla extract
How to Make these Breakfast Protein Bars Healthier
- Make Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Protein Bars healthier by adding a handful of nuts, seeds and old-fashioned oats to add texture and nutrition. Even better, add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, hemp seeds, or chia seeds.
How to Store Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Protein Bars
- You can keep the protein bars out at room temperature for 1 day but for maximum freshness and best texture, it's best to store these protein bars covered in the fridge. They'll be fresh for up to 5-7 days.
- These protein bars also freeze very well! Seal them inside an airtight container or Ziploc bag and freeze them in a single layer so that they don't stick together. I recommend double-bagging if you want to keep out the fridge smell. They can be frozen for up to 4 months.
- If you want to make the chocolate coating process easier, freeze the protein bars for 2-3 hours before coating so that they're easier to handle.
- Also, I like to mix in 2 tsp coconut oil (or olive oil) to the melted chocolate. This thins out the chocolate and makes it easier to coat the protein bars.
Simple Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Protein Bars to eat for Breakfast or Post-Workout
- ½ cup vanilla protein powder*
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 3 Tbsp monk fruit sweetener** , or any granulated sugar of choice
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter spread 64g , like Jif
- 6 Tbsp fat free greek yogurt 100g , strained of excess liquid
- ½ cup chocolate chips , melted
- In a clean bowl, mix the dry ingredients: protein powder, coconut flour and sugar of choice (I used monk fruit sweetener).
- Next, mix in the strained Greek yogurt and peanut butter, using your hands to knead and get the dough to combine together.
- Add more coconut flour if the dough is too soft, add a Tablespoon or more of Greek yogurt if the dough is too thick
- Shape dough into a rectangular mound, then wrap in plastic wrap or an airtight container, and let the dough set in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
- Slice into 6 bars. Keep the bars in the freezer until the next step.
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second bursts until melted, stirring in between
- Dip the protein bars into the melted chocolate and then set it aside on a clean parchment paper. Drizzle with more chocolate if desired.
- Let the chocolate set before enjoying
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