No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 221.0
  • Total Fat: 11.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 88.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 12.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g
  • Protein: 15.5 g

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Introduction

These grab-and-go bars could not be simpler to make! At over 15 grams of protein per bar, they would make a great breakfast or post-workout snack. These grab-and-go bars could not be simpler to make! At over 15 grams of protein per bar, they would make a great breakfast or post-workout snack.
Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    1 cup natural peanut butter
    3 tablespoons honey, or to taste
    1 1/2 cups chocolate whey protein powder
    1 cup uncooked oats
    2-5 tablespoons water
    (optional) 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa

Directions

Mix the peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Add the rest of ingredients and mix together. Mixture should be crumbly and slightly moist.

Press (hard) into a 9x9 tray and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Cut into 12 equal bars.

Mmmmm!

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  • Very Good
    83 of 84 people found this review helpful
    These are quite good, but I recommend eliminating the water and slightly increasing the peanut butter and honey instead. I found the water gave it a weird gumminess and I liked it much better without, and you can also skip heating it. Also very good with a little ground flax seed or puréed raisins. - 12/30/12

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  • Incredible!
    46 of 46 people found this review helpful
    Love it...love it...love it! Simple and easy to make. I used 6 TBSP of water, crunchy PB and omitted the cocoa. However, I added ground cinnamon and red pepper to give it a little kick. I am a chocoholic and this is perfect for those cravings. Next time I will add the cocoa powder. - 12/2/12

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  • Incredible!
    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
    Happily surprised! I am excited to replace my processed protein bar with this recipe. It is delicious and filling. Changes made: 4Twater, 2T honey, substituted almond butter for peanut butter. Can't wait to try some more variations (add vanilla flavor, different nut butters, etc.) - 7/26/12

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  • Very Good
    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
    I used vanilla whey powder, no cocoa, extra vanilla. These are good and just what I needed for my peanut butter loving kid who needs more protein. (I used a larger pan and cut them into 32 squares. Seems a more reasonable size for a kid.) - 2/10/12

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  • Incredible!
    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
    One of the best protein bar recipes! I took a lot of the other members advice and increased the water actually to 6 tbsp & used Agave! Highly recommend. Next time I think I'll try chunky peanut butter!





    - 2/27/12

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  • Incredible!
    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
    Delicious and easy. We used chocolate whey powder and omitted the cocoa. I had to use 5 Tbsp water to make them hold. Thanks for the great recipe! - 5/9/09

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  • Good
    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
    I added shredded coconut for texture and crushed Cracklin Oat Bran cereal for crunch and fiber. I had to add a few more teaspoons of water. I also use Xagave instead of honey. One bar was very filling. I like it and it yields a lot. - 12/18/10

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  • Incredible!
    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
    I liked the fact that there wasn't a lot of ingredients and that it was fairly easy 2 make. The 1st time I made these, I used the 9x9 pan but it was sorta messy when I wud cut...and I also learned that they shud b KEPT REFRIGERATED!!!!! This time around I used a tin foil muffin pan which is better. - 7/23/12

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  • Incredible!
    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
    These taste great, are easy to make, and are very portable. When I make a batch, after chilling I cut them into the 12 servings and put each in sandwich baggies and leave in the front of the refrigerator. Then we can each grab one on the way out in the mornings and eat on the go! - 1/19/13

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  • Incredible!
    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
    This protein bar was a BIG hit with my family! Reminded all of us of no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies. Great way to get more protein in our diets. - 12/30/12

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I found this recipe to be very easy & simple to make. I didn't have any all natural peanut butter so I used Skippy which was all I had. I ended up using 6 tablespoons of water but other than that change it turned out awesome. I've made protein bars before and the taste was off but this is wonderful. - 1/30/13

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    These are very good. I think I added more water than called for just to get the final 'dough' a bit more workable. There is none of that 'yucky' protein powder taste. I did use the cocoa and even sprinkled a little coffee in. - 5/7/13

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Absolute yum! I used agave, 5 tbsp water and added 3 tbsp of walnuts. Only negative: they are smaller than a store-bought bar and so deelish that they make me want to eat two! But they do satisfy once you get past that initial desire. - 9/23/12

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  • 9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Super impressed! My kids love these as much as me, which is awesome because they could all stand to eat more fiber and protein. Will be making these again soon! - 5/9/12

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  • 9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    what flavor of whey powder do u use? - 3/19/09

    Reply from CTCLOUGH (3/23/09)
    I use "Rich Double Chocolate" Gold Standard Whey by Optimum Nutrition. Mmmmm!


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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Wow, these are nicely textured and moist (used 4 T water)! I didn't have chocolate powder, so I subbed in strawberry-banana powder and added in the optional cocoa powder. Tastes just like a PB&J sandwich - yummy!! Will definitely make again...many times. - 7/8/12

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I just made these - took no time! I heated only the honey (because it had hardened in the container). I pressed the mixture into a 9 x 9 pan, divided it into 12 squares with my rubber spatula and put the pieces into a tupperware container separated with plastic. No water, and they held together well - 1/30/13

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    These are good...but I think due to my protein powder I had to use quite a bit more water, I also didn't have natural peanut butter so I used Jif. I didnt' use the cocoa. They were fantastic!!! - 1/30/13

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  • Good
    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I find vanilla and chocolate whey powders best. - 4/30/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Excellent recipe I just agave syrup since I had no honey! It turned out super! Thanks for the recipe!
    - 1/3/13

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  • Very Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Very tasty! This was really easy for those who do not like to or are learning to cook. I used 6TBSP water and they were still a bit dry, but the recipe says they should be crumbly. Taste was really good and rich! I used melted 90% cocoa square instead of unsweetened cocoa because that's what I had. - 12/28/12

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  • 3 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I had to make it without whey powder. As my oats were running low and my cholesterol is high, I replaced most of the oats with oat bran, and put in a little milk kefir instead of water. Tastes OK. Is now in the freezer to cool down. I may cut it smaller and use it as chocolates.Cld hv added nuts - 12/27/12

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I think this is too dry -- I use 1/4 c of honey and it is perfect - 8/13/09

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    If you use PB2 reconstituted (8 serv of PB2 = 360 cal and makes 1 Cup peanut butter) instead of regular peanut butter (1 Cup = 1515 cal) you save 1155 cal for the recipe or about 96 calories per bar. That substitution brings these to about 125 cal each. Adjust sugar to taste. - 9/3/16

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  • 2 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Going to give this a try. I think I'd go for the agave syrup (lite) and chunky natural peanut butter as well. I don't need things too sweet. - 1/30/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Delicious and easy. I used raw unfiltered honey. - 1/6/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    FYI to people subbing Agave...its not good for you. Just go to your local farmers market and get some good raw honey. - 9/25/14

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    These were just what I was looking for. Perfect. Thanks for sharing. - 7/25/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I just made these and they were DELISH, but they fell apart too much and kind of got stuck in my teeth...I am assuming, I just need to add more water??? How can you tell when you added enough? - 5/8/12

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  • Love these protein bars ! - 4/28/17

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  • Always looking for a way to get more protein into my diet. These are great after a walk! - 4/15/17

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  • Made these with my grandkids today, and they had fun. - 4/9/17

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  • easy to make ant pretty tasty - 4/9/17

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  • looking good - 4/7/17

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  • I made a few changes and they were yummy! - 4/4/17

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  • Very easy to make and delicious - 3/29/17

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  • Awesome - 3/28/17

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  • These were easy to make and tasted great. Used more water after reading reviews about them being crumbly and chalky. The only thing is they didn't set to a hard chewy bar consistancy. Not sure if they are supposed to be that way or soft/pliable and chewy. I will make again for sure though. They were - 3/5/17

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  • Great recipe! - 2/26/17

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  • Look good - 2/13/17

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  • hope to make it soon - 2/8/17

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  • These are incredibly easy too make and so yummy. You have to be careful to eat just one. - 1/31/17

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  • Easy and yummy! - 1/28/17

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  • good flavor but texture is a little too crumbly for me. I'll try some of the other ideas presented here. - 1/6/17

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  • Used PB2 and sugar free maple syrup. Wasn't sure if the protein was supposed to be one actual cup or a scoop so opted for the scoop so the chocolate wouldn't overpower the peanut butter. Placed into 8x8 pan/cut into 8 bars (96 cal per bar). Tastes great! - 12/21/16

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  • No cocoa powder, so I added semi sweet chocolate chips, and used only 1 TB of honey. - 12/10/16

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  • Anyone try it with a vegan protein powder? I don't do whey. - 11/23/16

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  • I made these today. I didn't have chocolate powder so I used my regular vanilla protein powder that I keep on hand. Mine needed a little more water. I skipped the cocoa. Tasty. - 11/20/16

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  • These are so yummy! A gilt free way to satisfy my chocolate needs. I've made them a bunch of times already. I increase the water so the mix is a little more workable and to get them to stick together better. And I store them in ziplocks in the fridge for easy access. - 7/15/16

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  • These are good, but I modified them with carob powder instead of cocoa pd. and used shape nutritional shake mix pd. instead of whey pd.
    - 6/7/16

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  • These tasted good but were too crumbly with the protein powder. - 6/6/16

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  • Can anyone think of a way to get the calories for this down a bit? - 5/5/16

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  • - 4/6/16

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  • Great tasting protein bar! Plan to make it on a regular basis. - 3/17/16

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  • Awesome!
    I was bad and added 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips
    - 3/11/16

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  • Overall, a very tasty recipe, and much better than store-bought protein bars. I used only 1 Tbsp of water, but that was the only thing I changed in this recipe. I cut them into 24 pieces, instead of 12, since I wanted a 110 calorie treat, instead of 221. I will definitely make these again! - 2/22/16

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  • Used maple syrup since I ran out of honey. The tips on adding more water helped. - 1/23/16

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  • These little gems came out so good. I personalize them to my liking and omg they come out A-mazing! I didn't use a pan, I made mine into mini muffins. This will be a perfect post w/o snack and in between snacks. So happy I found this super easy recipe. - 12/30/15

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  • Where is the sugar count on this? - 12/28/15

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  • These are great, taste just like no bake cookies! I used hot water, 6tbs, and that seemed to make it mix together really well. - 9/18/15

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  • Very good - 7/21/15

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  • I've made these several times; they taste really good & my husband likes them too ~ success!

    They can be made with a grocery store product like Boost or Carnation Breakfast Essentials, which have a different nutritional content than regular protein powder. Wonderful not to need an oven.
    - 6/9/15

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  • Made these today, they were very good and have a much better taste than packaged bars. I like that the recipe is versatile so you can make it with what you have on hand. I used vanilla whey protein powder, 1/4 c raw honey & 1 T cacao powder. I did not use water. Excellent recipe! - 6/6/15

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  • @cali_lex, what is your measurements for adding the cinnamon and red pepper? - 6/6/15

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  • If you are looking to keep the nutritional value don't microwave the honey. It will kill all the enzymes. - 6/6/15

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  • - 5/27/15

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  • I did try it and quite good, although my daughter preferred it more than me, but well worth making
    - 5/27/15

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  • I will never again buy store bought protein bars. These are so much better and so easy to make. - 5/19/15

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  • super easy - 5/17/15

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  • I'm curious....why use whey protein? Can you use any protein powder? - 3/4/15

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  • I will definitely try this! Protein bars are very expensive and the list of ingredients tipically include all kind of artificial ingredients. These seem very easy to prepare too, which is a plus for a hopeless cook like me! - 1/30/15

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  • These were delicious, the fist time we made it we only used 5 tbs this time we used 6 much better. - 1/5/15

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  • I didn't have chocolate protein powder, so I added 3 tbsps. of cocoa in all. It took more than 5 tablespoons of water to make it work, mainly I think because I didn't heat the peanut butter and agave. I made mine into balls and got about 32 out of them. Absolutely wonderful! I will make again! - 9/20/14

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  • The first time I made this using Jif, it came out beautifully. But the second time I used a cheapo PB and I tried everything to get them to hold together. So now I'm going to use the crumbles as a crust for pies, etc. Back to JIF I guess. - 9/3/14

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  • Delicious! Mine turned out pretty crumbly, even after increasing the water - next time I'd add more water still and let them set for longer. I used the optional cocoa, and probably wouldn't again, as it made the chocolate taste overpower the peanut butter. But I'm nitpicking - yummy and filling!!! - 8/9/14

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  • Terrific protien bar! I highly recommend it! It doesn't taste like one of the store boughten protein bars, it is way better. I found it perfect just the way it is... - 8/5/14

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  • OMG so yummy! I only had plain whey protein powder, but I didn't want to wait to try this. So I used extra cocoa. This is going to be my favorite treat! - 8/4/14

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  • These sound gorgeous and would be great as a grab and go snack or when I need that chocolate hit,plus I really need to work on getting a little more protein into my diet.
    However I'm dairy free.
    Does anyone have any ideas on how I could make it dairy free without too many cals or fat please?
    - 8/4/14

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  • I think I'm going to have to try these! Might use PB2 to cut back the calories a little bit! :) - 8/3/14

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  • I have made these for the past few months and realy like them. I have made with peanut buter chocoate protien powder also . Usually add nut of me sort. Wrap individualy in siran wrap and keep in the frontof the fridge. I do use however much water is needed to hold together. - 6/9/14

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  • Yummmmmmmm!!! Thank You. - 6/8/14

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  • I used vanilla flavored protein powder because I have a lot of it at home. I added more cocoa to the mix and added chopped walnuts to this also, since it is the favorite way my family likes their bars. - 6/8/14

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  • I loved this receipe, Great taste. I did leave the cocoa out and simply used chocolate whey protein powder. Very filling and yummmy - 2/14/14

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  • SO simple - love them! Will make again! - 2/6/14

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  • I really enjoyed these, they were also big hit at work. I will be making them again..Thanks - 2/4/14

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  • These have helped me satisfy and curb my sweet tooth. I keep some in the frig all the time. - 2/4/14

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  • Has anyone tried using PB2 in place of peanut butter? - 2/4/14

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  • Tried to go to find substitute for the P-nut butter couldn't go do it, several tries. None of the comments even mentioned it. Guess I'll just ignore it too. - 1/27/14

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  • I didn't have enough peanut butter so I used about 1/4 cup sun butter. Instead of uncooked oats I used Kashi Go-Lean Crunch, Cinnamon, slightly crushed. I think I will just use regular Crunch cereal next time, or Honey/Flax. I like the crunch it added. 4 tbl water was perfect for this recipe - 1/25/14

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  • I just tried out this receipe. I didn't have chocolate whey protien powder so I used strawberry that I have. I increased the honey and am going to try adding some almonds next time. Great, easy recipe though. Took no time at all! - 1/20/14

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  • I only made one change to directions. I added more water to mix at end. The microwaving made peanut butter and honey more liquid and I feel it is a necessary step. So much better than processed food bars and easier to take to the gym than whey powder after a workout - 1/4/14

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  • Didn't have enough peanut butter on hand, so I used almond butter. No water, increased honey and almond butter and added almond extract for a boost. I did use the optional cocoa and these rock! - 12/1/13

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  • Very good and easy to make. Also easy to pack for a snack after a workout. - 11/2/13

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  • I would LOVE to make these, but need a dairy-free substitute for the chocolate whey powder, since my daughter is anaphylactic to milk (not lactose intolerant -- we're talking about a life-threatening allergy to all milk proteins, including whey, casein, etc). Any thoughts most welcome - 10/25/13

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  • Has anybody used this with soy protein powder? If so, how did they turn out? I don't use whey because the cholesterol amount in it seems extremely high and was told by a friend who went to med. school that whey can cause bulking up much more than soy. - 10/23/13

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  • I have not even made these yet, but I can tell it is a great base for homemade protein bars which saves a lot of money and cuts out the preservatives which I think are responsible for at least half of our cancers. Im a survivor. - 10/3/13

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  • I do not have whey powder any other thing that I can use to replace? - 9/24/13

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  • I made these last night and I love them! I subbed almond butter for peanut butter and used 6T of water instead of 5. I made them with optimum nutrition double rich chocolate protein powder, and I did not need the cocoa powder! They are so good, and I will surely make them again! Texture: Nouget-ey - 8/16/13

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  • I followed the exact recipe and although the consistncy/texture was right, it tasted somewhat chalky. Not sure what correction to make it tast better? I used 5 TBSP of water, but maybe skim milk would be better? - 8/15/13

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  • Super-easy and tasty. I did not add the cocoa powder. I found they were chocolatey enough with chocolate protein powder. - 8/14/13

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