You only need 4 Ingredients for these no bake protein peanut butter cups! Oats, protein powder, peanut butter and chocolate! Each cup is 187 calories 8 grams of protein, 11 carbs
This past weekend, during a hiking trip, I saw some Quest protein peanut butter cups at the local grocery store that I was tempted to buy. Except they wanted $3.99 for the package, and there were only two peanut butter cups inside!
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Now, I love my protein, and I love my peanut butter cups. But, I just couldn’t justify the expense (more on the hiking trip under the recipe below!!)
So, as soon as I got home, I decided to make those protein chocolate peanut butter cups on my own. I already knew how I would make them too.
I took my regular no bake protein bar recipe here. Except I switched the cookies and cream protein powder for vanilla and added chocolate to the top.
I use the original protein bar recipe in a variety of ways! Different protein powders and different nut butters. The basics of it is oats, protein powder, and a nut butter. I also add 1 tablespoon of milk or almond milk, but if your nut butter is wet enough, you might be able to skip this. (here’s another variation of the same recipe, my birthday cake protein balls)
Also, let it be known, that I don’t purchase natural peanut butter. I buy the regular commercial peanut butter, usually the store brand, with the added sugar.
I like the natural peanut butter. But, no one else in my family does, and most brands are the same calories anyway. So, instead of buying peanut butter for them, and peanut butter for me, I just buy the kind with sugar and we share.
That’s OK though, because that means you don’t have to add any sweetener to the protein bar recipe.
How to make the no-bake protein peanut butter cups
To make these cups, I mixed the oats, protein powder and peanut butter into a small bowl. Drop by drop I added a little milk to help it stick together. I had to use my hands to really get it to come together.
Then, in 5 silicone muffin cups, I divided the dough among them, and pressed it down. Then, I put the pan in the fridge while I melted the chocolate.
I melted 5 tablespoons of milk chocolate chips, so each cup could have an entire tablespoon of chocolate. After the chocolate was melted, I poured on top of each peanut butter cup, and returned it to the fridge to set.
Do you want a video of me making this recipe?? Although it’s soo simple, I feel like a video would be fun to do!
No Bake Protein Peanut Butter Cups
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/3 cup oats dry
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter I use the kind with sugar, and then I don't have to include a sweetener in this recipe
- 5 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon almond milk or skim milk Only if ingredients wont' stick together.
- Mix protein, oats, peanut butter and milk in a bowl.
- Fill silicone muffin cups with two tablespoons of dough in each (makes 5).
- Press into the mold of the silicone cups.
- Melt all the chocolate chips and divide it among the 5 silicone cups.
- Chill in the fridge or freezer until firm.
Hiking in Bryce Canyon
As I mentioned, I went hiking in Bryce canyon, Utah this past weekend.
For Christmas, I got this fun poster on Etsy for my husband. It’s a bucket list map of all the National Parks. We’re so close to having no kids living at home, that I thought it would be a fun bucket list to start in our empty nesting years.
Well, on Sunday was our 24th anniversary. And although it’s winter here, I wanted to get started on the bucket list.
So, we booked a room at a hotel (even though it’s only 3.5 hours from our house), and we stayed two days hiking in Bryce.
Day 1 we hiked 1.5 miles on the popular trail. Check out my strava profile here for details.
Then Day 2, we hiked Fairyland Loop, for 8 miles! It was AMAZING! (strava details here!)
And we did it all with no protein peanut butter cups! LOL. Just sandwiches. But, now that I have this recipe for protein peanut butter cups, I might have to make some to bring on our next hiking trip!