This high protein peanut butter dip is perfect for dipping apples, celery, or crackers. I made this peanut butter dip with blended dates to make it sweet. I use peanut butter powder to get the flavor of peanut butter, while still keeping the calories low. And then protein powder to really pack in the protein!
This dip started as my attempt to make a lower calorie, protein energy ball or protein bar. I love bars like Larabars, and all the energy balls other creators make. However, they are usually made with nut butters, making the final product very high in calories.
So, I started with an idea that I wanted to use the peanut butter powder instead of the nut butter. I kept the dates, because they are sweet and they hold together bars well, like a Larabar. Then, because I wanted it to be a protein treat, I included a vanilla protein powder.
The problem was, it was too runny. In fact, it was more like frosting than a ball or a bar.
But, once I licked the spoon… I. Did. Not. Care. My husband immediately began using it as a spread on bread. He ate it all.
I made it again, and used it as a dip for apples.
SO GOOD!! This recipe will forever be a favorite of mine.
How to make the protein dip:
Creating this is simple. The trick is to soak your dates. I found pitted dates, and put 6-8 dates in a bowl filled with water. Blending these in a food processor without soaking them first won’t get you a spread or dip, and it’s much more difficult to blend.
After a good 2-3 hour soak, put the dates, peanut butter powder and vanilla protein powder in a food processor. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the date water if it’s having trouble blending.
Keep blending until it’s like a fluffy, frosting cloud!
In total, this made 100 grams of dip. So, for each tablespoon, I calculated:
- 36 calories
- 4 g protein
- 5 g carbs
- 0.5 g fat
But, if you are like me and peanut butter makes portion control impossible, eat the entire bowl. You’ll be getting:
- ✔️369 calories
- ✔️37 grams protein
- ✔️48 grams carbs
- ✔️4 grams fat
High protein peanut butter dip
- food processor
- 7 medium dates pitted
- 32 g vanilla protein powder
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter powder
- Soak the dates for a few hours to make them soft enough for blending.
- Then, take the dates out plus 1-2 tablespoons of the water they were soaking in.
- Then, in a food processor, mix it altogether.
- 369 calories
- 37 grams protein
- 48 grams carbs
- 4 grams fat