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Fudgy Peanut Butter Protein Bars (Vegan + GF)

This is what happens when you need a protein-packed snack and crave chocolate and peanut butter at the same time. Introducing Fudgy Peanut Butter Protein Bars!

These soft and fudgy protein bars are full of peanut flavor, crunchy peanuts, and a layer of dark chocolate! These no-bake bars require just 7 ingredients and pack over 7g of protein! Did I mention these are protein powder-free?

Fudgy Peanut Butter Protein Bars (Vegan + GF)

Instead of going for oat or almond flour as a base for these bars, I used powdered peanut butter. It does not only increase the protein content but also gives them an even stronger peanut flavor!

Then, to add sweetness and give the bars more structure, we have Medjool dates, maple syrup, and peanut butter. A little bit of coconut oil to make them firmer and moister, and some vanilla extract for flavor.

Fudgy Peanut Butter Protein Bars (Vegan + GF)

You process all the ingredients together in a food processor until it forms a dough. Then, press the dough into a small baking dish and top with melted chocolate. Cut into bars, and you’re ready to go!

For those of you who don’t have a food processor or don’t want to use it, you can simply mash the dates using a fork and then knead all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

Fudgy Peanut Butter Protein Bars (Vegan + GF)

If you want to make these bars completely refined sugar-free, feel free to use coconut sugar-sweetened chocolate.

These protein bars are not too sweet, crunchy, and fudgy at the same time, and so easy to make! They keep very well in the refrigerator but can also keep at room temperature if you want them to be softer.

Fudgy Peanut Butter Protein Bars (Vegan + GF)

If you are looking for more protein-packed snacks, check out these Cookie Dough Chocolate Crunch Protein Bars or these Chocolate Almond Protein Bars!

Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!

Fudgy Peanut Butter Protein Bars (Vegan + GF)

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Fudgy Peanut Butter Protein Bars (Vegan + GF)

Fudgy Peanut Butter Protein Bars (Vegan + GF)

5 from 3 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
Soft and fudgy protein bars full of peanut butter flavor, topped with a thin layer of dark chocolate! Easy to make, 7g of protein per bar, and so good!
Prep Time : 25 minutes
Servings 12 squares
Calories 155 kcal




  • Add the medjool dates, powdered peanut butter, peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract to the bowl of a food processor. Process for 5-10 seconds, or until it forms a dough. Note: I also had success by simply mashing the dates using a fork and kneading all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, so no food processor required.
  • The dough should be soft but not sticky. If it's too sticky, add a bit more powdered peanut butter. If it's too crumbly, add more maple syrup.
  • Line a 4x7-inch pan with parchment paper. Transfer the dough into the pan and press it down firmly into an even layer. You can top with parchment paper and use the bottom of a glass to press it down. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  • For the topping, melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat. Once melted, pour into the pan, over the dough. Use a spatula to spread it into an even layer. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes, or until the chocolate has set.
  • Cut into 12 small squares (or make larger ones) and enjoy!
  • These peanut butter protein bars will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They will become slightly softer at room temperature.


Serving: 1 square | Calories: 155 kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.8 g | Protein: 7.4 g | Fat: 8.6 g | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 9.8 g
Course : Snack, Sweets
Cuisine : American
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5 stars
looks amazing. Will try it tomorrow. Thanks.

I made them.
As I didn’t have the powder peanut butter I just used the normal peanut butter and suppressed the coconut oil. Worked very well.
When I thought about picturing them in a beautiful plate to send to you, the carnivores were already done with all the pieces!
I will make them again very soon and , this time, I hide them till the photo is taken.

5 stars
Made it! So easy to make and so delicious! Even my non-vegan friends loved it. – Thank you Thomas 🙂

5 stars
Hey Thomas,

Made them for the weekend – delicious and so easy to make! My non-vegan friend loved it too. Thank you 🙂