no bake peanut butter protein bars - Color Me Meg

no bake peanut butter protein bars

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i think it’s safe to say that we are now…. gym rats.

this is my 3rd week going 5 days a week, and it feels great.
it’s usually the hour of freedom that is the motivation to get there…
but i really am enjoying the workouts too.

i’ve mentioned before that my man likes to inform me on all the “right” foods to eat before and after a workout… and how much you need protein when you lift weights to build muscle. we have been buying bananas, greek yogurt… sweet potatoes… there are lots of good complex carbs that make great pre-workout snacks.

and we have a protein powder that we really like and tastes like ice cream.
we get ours on amazon here*

and as i’ve also said before, the hubs has been lifting for a few months now and it really shows! packing in the protein and lifting daily looks good on him!

so, not to be outdone by my own husband who is looking better than me these days,
i’m trying to get my game on…
i’ll admit it’s a lot harder in the “eating healthy” department, but we’re getting there…

as long as i have enough protein with each meal, i’m less inclined to eat crap.
and the pre-workout snack makes all the difference between a good workout and a great workout…

so, we’ve been buying protein bars and veggies for snacks,
and i was sure i could make my own pre-workout snack that would give me energy AND protein…
but be easy to make and cheaper than all the bars we keep buying…

and we use the natural lower sugar/sodium peanut butter {we like skippy} and splenda brown sugar to lighten them up {splenda brown sugar is 1/2 splenda 1/2 real brown sugar… so it tastes great, but 1/2 the calories}.

the flavored protein powder is what makes these so great though. i’m sure you can use whatever protein powder you’ve got, but man, ice cream flavor can’t hurt, right?

and i should say that my toddler LOVES these. so i can squeeze a bit more protein in that kid.
he would eat fruit all day if i let him, which isn’t bad, but getting his protein is much harder for some reason…

no bake peanut butter protein bars


prep time: 5 minutes

total time: 60 minutes

makes: 16

no bake peanut butter protein bars

The perfect pre-workout snack. Oats and rice krispies with a kick of protein and the perfect amount of peanut butter and chocolate sweetness.


  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup rice krispies
  • 1-2 scoops protein powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup splenda brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips {optional}

what to do

combine oats, rice krispies, protein powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl. put remaining ingredients {minus chocolate chips} in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 20-30 seconds at a time until melted. stir until smooth and combine with dry ingredients until mixed well. add in chocolate chips. press into a foil-lined 9×13 pan and chill for 1 hour. remove and cut into bars. keep refrigerated for solid bars, or on the counter for chewier, cookie-like bars.

adapted from saving with shellie


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About Meg

I am Meg. A health and wellness coach, a color lover, and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE cooking together and doing home projects. We blog about our [mostly] healthy food and DIY adventures from sunny Arizona with our 3 cutie kids. Email me at colormemegblog at gmail dot com to work with me!

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