No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

What you will need:
2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 1/4 c. of honey
2 c. (not scoops) of protein powder
1 c. of oats
1/4 cup of chia seeds


Start with  2 c. creamy peanut butter and 1 1/2 c. of honey
Heat for 90 seconds in a microwave safe bowl, then stir
Add 2 cups of vanilla protein powder(or chocolate if you prefer). You can add more if you like the bars thicker.
Mix completely, then add about 1/2 – 1 c. of rolled oats

Now, for the good stuff.

Add 1/4 c. of chia seeds to mixture

Place the mixture in a pan and refrigerate

Cut up and store refrigerated; makes about 24 bars.
You can experiment with the measurements for a more dense bar or one that is soft. I think the texture is like fudge…but it’s good for you!  I find these are best post-workout/run, but they also make a healthy treat.


  1. okay.


    I WILL make.

    YUM!! Thanks!!

  2. emz I have tried them and they are YUMMMMMMYY!!

    I need to break down and buy some whey! Where do I get that stuff?

  3. Oh myyyyy! You had me at peanut butter!!! yum!!! =)

  4. Okay I absolutely have to try those!! You are so creative!!

  5. Kari Blazek says:

    think it would be ok to use chocolate protein???

  6. @ Kari–Chocolate would work for sure! I just prefer vanilla. You might want to mix the 2 flavors!

  7. easy peasy!!
    I have chocolate and vanilla and Im going for chocolate baby!! nom nom nom

  8. These look amazing.. and so simply… Thanks for sharing :) How many calories we looking at?

    • LOTS of calories! Very tasty and very satisfying, but higher in calories than my small frame can handle. Using brown-rice sugar, instead of honey, mine came in at around 195 per bar if I cut the batch into 24 pieces, which makes a fair-sized chunk of goodness. They were around 390 per bar if I cut the batch into 12 pieces, which makes a fairly large bar–almost too much. The size shown in the picture here seems like a good size for a nice treat after a long run or other hard workout.

      • You should get 24 bars, not 12. Those would be WAY too big! :) Because they are dense, you don’t need a big serving. I prefer honey b/c it is natural and has many healthy properties of its own, but sub however you like. 😉

      • Nathan Montgomery says:

        I used powder peanut butter, honey substitute (xylitol), flax not chia, chocolate protein.

        Totals: 2467 calories, 216g protein, $20.18
        Totals /24: 103 calories, 9g protein, $0.84

  9. Wow! I have been wanting to make this recipe for weeks and finally did today!!YUM!!! Thank you so much.

  10. Yum! I definitely want to try this! Have you ever experimented with different ingredients… like almond butter or agave nectar or brown rice protein powder??? I can’t wait to try this out!

  11. OMGoodness. Super simple and easy but I have to change it up a tad and will let you know what I’m doing but all of your ingredients are staying the same except for the PB. Switching that out.

  12. Emz posted a link to your amazing protein bars–I can’t wait to try them. Anything with peanut butter is a “win” with me.


  13. I just came here from EMZ’s blog… I am totally going to try these…tonight! (:

  14. Ha, I’m so behind on commenting, but I saw EMZ’s post about these. YUM! I am going to make!!!

  15. These look sooo yummy!

  16. OMG I love this! Thank you!

  17. This definitely meets my unofficial ‘5 ingredient or less” rule. Yum!!

  18. OMG I need to try these but I fear I will eat the entire pan. That can’t be good can it?

  19. Just popped these in the refrigerator. I can’t wait to eat them – licked some of the spoon I used for mixing, and OMG, sOoOoOo so good!! Thanks for the recipe!

  20. I’m a new reader to your blog and I just made these! They’re in the fridge as we speak and I’m SO looking forward to eating them!! I tried some (ok…A LOT) of the batter while making it and it’s incredibly addictive!!

    Thanks for such a wonderful suggestion!

  21. Anonymous says:

    YUM! Any idea about the calorie/fat content?

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  24. You don’t mess around, my kinda girl!

  25. Yummy! those look really easy!

  26. Sarah Jane says:

    Love it! I’m gluten-free so subbed rice crispies for the rolled oats and they’re delicious!

  27. GENIUS!

  28. GENIUS!

  29. YES! Making these tonight!

  30. Made them, love them, posted about them and linked back to you here:

  31. I just found this post… these look wonderful. Wondering if they freeze? or how long you can keep them in the fridge…

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  33. mmmm sounds good!

  34. Oh god, I want to just eat the batter!

  35. these are RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS. I need some serious self control around these guys!

  36. these are RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS. I need some serious self control around these guys!

  37. These look amazing. I am putting them on my “must try soon” list. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

  38. @Regeneratefit says:

    Yum! Had to modify as I ran out of honey at 3/4 c and use unflavored protein. They were still great. Today I am making them as “cake pops” drizzled with melted 70% dark chocolate as a valentine for my clients. :) thanks for the great idea!!

  39. I have everything except the chia…I know chia is magical but how essential is it to this recipe???

  40. Oh my these look and sound delicious. Will have to try them.

  41. These look great, and the first recipe for protein bars I’ve found that doesn’t include eggs (I’m allergic :( )

    Thanks a lot!

  42. Can you mail me some pretty please?? I am suffering from Jess and Protein bar withdrawal..

  43. I thought with the protein powder, honey and peanut butter that these would be too sweet, but they weren’t! They were the just right fudgy consistency. YUM!! Thanks for sharing after Abs and HIIT. They were the perfect pick-me-up :) yay!

  44. Anonymous says:

    That’s a lot of calories. The whole recipe is 5,562 calories. It didn’t look like you could get get 24 servings out of that pan. It looked like maybe 12. If you get 12 bars out of it, it’s 463 calories per bar.

  45. Dear Anonymous. Nope, 24 servings, not 12. Those bars would be way too rich and BIG! What kind of protein powder are you using?

    • SpinNYC19 says:

      Hey, Jess – I know that the comment above was made over a year ago, but I have to agree with Anonymous on the yield issue…I was really excited about finding this recipe, for I try to allow myself something sweet, especially since I lead a very active lifestyle, but my end result was such a let down in the servings dept!

      I am absolutely baffled at how your bars, shown in picture, are about 4x the size & double the thickness of what 1/24 of my batter gave me, being a measly 1.75 inch x 1.75 inch x .5 inch. For the record, I did run out of honey, but I really don’t think that the lacking 2 oz would affect it all too much. (side note – there is a discrepancy on this site, for the ingredient list reads 1 1/4 cups honey, but your instructions read 1 1/2 cups – which is it?)

      Once everything was mixed & placed in an 11×7 pan, I realized that I would actually have to cut the overall end product into 6 pieces in order for 1 piece to resemble 1 of your squares…what would essentially end up being a whopping 4 servings each. Am I missing something here?? Perhaps the issue lays in the fact that the recipe doesn’t differentiate between the need for a fluid ounce as opposed to a weighted ounce & only mentions quantities as they relate to ‘cups’.

      • Your comment originally went to spam-sorry for the delay. I make these every week using the ingredients & measurements listed above. They are NOT a low calorie food–but they were never described as such. If you want to lower the calories, use less PB & honey, and more oats but understand they will not be as “fudge-like” a little drier–to each his own. I like the fact that it’s a simple recipe using simple ingredients. Thanks for your comment.

        • SpinNYC19 says:

          Thanks so much for the quick reply, and sorry for being a pest about this, but I’m still really confused on the amounts you use for the wet ingredients. I’m surprised that no one else has questioned this since I’m sure that a few other avid bakers have noticed the weight vs. volume issue.

          For the honey, 8 fluid ounces equals 12 weighted ounces, so then the 1.25 cups from the recipe would really be 15 ounces of honey, not the expected 10 ounces in a typical 1.25 cup. Do you use 10 ounces or 15 of this ingredient?

          In regards to the peanut butter, 2 cups measures out to be 18 oz, so do you use that amount or just a 16 oz jar?

          Thanks in advance to anyone who can help – I’d LOVE to try to make these work for me!

          • I use measuring cups–like for dry ingredients. And, I never realized there was a difference in fluid oz–I’m not an expert in the kitchen-obviously! ha ha! You can adjust the amounts accordingly–it’s not a hard and fast recipe–some people like them softer, others like them a bit more dry :) I do not count calories–so I’m more concerned about ingredients used. Sorry I’m not more helpful!

  46. I just have to say, I TRULY LOVE these bars. I made some this week and I feel like I don’t crave the crap food I usually do and they keep me fuller longer than a candy bar :) I did substitute quinoa flakes for oats because I have a sensitivity to oats. It worked just great. I LOVE chia!! I wonder if you could do a chia gel as a binder like vegans use for baking for part of the honey to cut down on sugar? Thanks for this recipe! The Hubby even likes it!

  47. Anonymous says:

    I have 241 calories per bar, 10g pro, 27g carbs, 12g fat for 24 bars. But it may depend on the protein powder used…

    I am totally going to make them! Similar stats to a Clif, less expensive. :0)

    • I was the one who posted the stats about these above. Oh my – these bars are excellent!!! This recipe is a total keeper (and I’ve tried many a homemade protein bar).

      • Thanks so much for doing that Lauren! I love feedback on these. I have found that simply using organic honey is better too. Less of a spike in blood sugar plus I appreciate the bees’ hard work! :)

    • Thanks for tallying the calories! :)

  48. I made them with half almond butter half peanutbutter, yummy!
    thank you

  49. Is there a substitute for the honey? Maybe Splenda or something low cal?

  50. It is very hot right now so I have to run at night. I cannot take the gel at night because it has so much caffeine . This is a perfect little snack to have mid run. At about 5K, 10K, 15K.

  51. Just made these! Delicious!!!

  52. Hi Jess! I love these bars but I’m trying to get the right serving size too. What size pan do you use?

  53. made these today. going to run the Ragnar Las Vegas relay next week & need some road trip/recovery food. My sample bite tasted delicious!

  54. Love the recipe and just made a batch but please rescind the microwaving of the peanut butter and honey…microwaving turns food toxic.

  55. This recipe is great! A few questions. How long do these last in the refrigerator? And can you freeze them? I will probably be the only one in my house eating these so I’m afraid they will go bad before I can finish them
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  56. Any idea what the nutritional info/calorie count it for these? I know I can figure it up but thought I would ask first :)

  57. the microwave hater got me curious about research based articles…
    see this NYTimes article
    sounds like much of the issue is related to using water with your veggies to boil them… which also happens on the stovetop.

  58. Um I FINALLY made these! SO good! and i have to say (we don’t have a microwave – for lots of reason… the main one being we’re too cheap to buy one! =) ) and I used the stove top – very easy and I think the protein powder made the PB less sticky so made for very easy clean up – we don’t have a dishwasher either… it’s an old house! (it’s kind of like living in the stone age!) Anywho – these are yummy!! Definitely going to need to keep these stocked in the fridge!
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    • So glad they were a success for you! Seriously, I make them every week. My hubby goes through them so fast!

      • I don’t how Cooper feels about these BUT Harley, our beloved mutt absolutely cannot get enough of them, he thinks they belong to him… He will jump up and try to grab it from my hand as I’m trying to eat it!!
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  59. I make protein bars similar to this and I give them to my son when he is not eating enough protein. Great way to sneak some yummy goodness in to your kiddos.

  60. Made half the recipe and used chocolate protein powder. I substituted ground flax seeds for chia seeds. These turned out awesome! So tastey and they stick together like actual protein bars. Love it!

    • Yum!! Arent they good and SUPER easy?! I have been experimenting with different flavored protein powders….GNC’s AMP 60 banana creme is the latest!!

  61. Very good! Even my son and my husband liked it!

  62. Hello, Just ran across your PB Protein bars on the internet. Is that 2 scoops of protein powder or 2 cups of protein powder. I want to try them and 2 cups sounded like a lot but I have never made protein bars so I wanted to make sure. Thanks!

  63. I made these a few nights ago. These rock! I used chocolate protein powder. It’s like a giant Reese’s peanut butter cup! Thx! Rick

  64. These sound delicious! I don’t actually own a microwave…do you think it would work to just stir up the peanut butter and honey? Or does it have to be headed up? Also, do you know the nutritional value of the bars? They look so yummy and easy to make, Id like to try them!!

    • Maybe you could heat the honey and PB over the stove top? It makes it easier to combine! :)

      Someone posted this above: 241 calories per bar, 10g pro, 27g carbs, 12g fat for 24 bars

  65. Love your modification! :)

  66. Just found this recipe; will try soon. Substituted regular PB for red. fat PB; little concerned that it will modify the constitution thereof, but will try first and let you know how it turns out. I do the Weight Watchers diet; with the red. fat PB and the Protein powder I use it came out to 9 points per serving. 9 Points is normal for some protein bars; will have to calculate the amount of protein per serving and compare that and total cost with said commercial protein bars. Take care and God Bless!

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  67. Michele says:

    Do these need to be refrigerate the entire time to keep it consistency? I have found there are a few recipes that when you try to pack them for on the go they turn into mush.

  68. just made these and they were delish! had to control myself and not eat the whole thing before I even put it in the fridge!

  69. FmcuDZD Valium

  70. When you say 2 Cups of protein powder, do you mean actual cups or scoops?

  71. These are amazing! My daughter is wondering how long one batch will last in your house, because we want to eat it all at once & lick the pan!

    • ha ha! They don’t last long since we eat them so fast! But, they do keep in the refrigerator for weeks and you can freeze them too!

  72. did you guys use a 9×13 or 9×9 pan?

  73. I tried a variation of these tonight and they came out good. These may not be fudge like enough for some people, though they are healthier. I used all of the ingredients except for honey, in its place I used applesauce. Once heated in the microwave, I added a teaspoon of KAL stevia (by far the strongest Ive found, though may be too licoricey for some).

  74. Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe. I needed a good source for a fast protein grab food for breakfast.

    I used only 3/4 c honey, only 1 cup brown rice protein (plain no flavor or sweeteners), no oats, but added 2 tbs flax seed and 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds. Still comes out like fudge and totally delicious!

  75. Hey! Can I use almond butter instead of peanut butter?

  76. These were soooo yummy! Definitely saving this recipe
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  77. Love these! Has anyone figured out the nutritional value for each one if it makes 24?

  78. Chip Engler says:

    Just made some peanut butter this morning, now I know what to do with it! Thanks!

  79. How long do the have to be refrigerated for before trying them?

  80. I actually popped these baddies into the oven for about 10 mins and then cut them up and kept them in the pantry! Worked great!

  81. 5 years later and I still search for this recipe on your blog, I don’t know why I don’t just save it, or write it down, or have it memorized. Never delete this post please.


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