These peanut butter homemade protein bars literally only take 10 minutes to make from start to finish. All you do is mix 5 ingredients together, press them into a pan, cut them and enjoy. Perfect for a last-minute snack, especially for right after a workout.
Every once in a while, I get the question, “do you eat a post-workout snack?” The answer is YES, I always eat something after I workout, usually because I am starving, but also because I want to refuel my body after putting it through a rigorous workout.
I like to get in a good serving of protein and carbs for my post-workout snack. I like carbs after I workout because they help replenish my depleted glycogen stores, and I like protein to help rebuild muscle tissue and aid in recovery. If I have had an especially long and sweaty workout, I like to replenish my electrolytes as well (usually with a green juice).
So, then…what do I eat after I workout? Good question. I like to have a protein smoothie after a workout. My protein smoothies follow a few basic principles:
- Protein Powder: I like Plant Fusion protein powder
- Carbohydrate: some of my favorites include banana, fruit, oats, yogurt, etc
- Healthy fat: peanut butter, full-fat yogurt, almond butter, avocado, etc
- Greens: I always throw some in some spinach and/or kale because you can’t beat the nutrients
- Electrolytes: If I had a really long sweaty workout I will include coconut water, orange, pineapple, etc (or have a green juice)
- Sweetener: If needed, I try to sweeten with fruit, but sometimes I add a little stevia, honey, or maple syrup
Protein smoothies are great, but they aren’t the most convenient snack. You need access to a blender…so if I know I won’t be able to go straight home after my workout, then I like to pack a couple of these bars. They are super easy to make, include protein, carbs, and healthy fats and are delicious. Perfect for a busy day on the go, or after a good workout. I usually eat two of them at a time, but once again, I am really hungry after I workout :).
I also like to keep these bars on hand for days when I really want a snack and I’m really hungry. These fill me up and keep me from eating unhealthy snacks. Today was one of those days where I had to mentally stop myself from snacking all day long. I wasn’t hungry, but I was super “snacky.”
I caught myself more than a few times looking aimlessly in the fridge and pantry for something to munch on, and a couple of times I found myself mindlessly taking bites of my kids’ snacks. I am a big fan of snacking, and usually, have 2-3 snacks each day, but I am not fond of mindlessly snacking when I am not actually hungry.
Typically, when I get I get like this, I grab fresh fruit or veggies to snack on, but I desperately need to go to the grocery store, so my fresh produce was very limited, and I am sure I could come up with a ton of other excuses :). So that’s when I usually make these bars. I pretty much always have these ingredients on hand and I bet most of you do too.
I would love to know if you try these bars and what you think of them. Please comment below and let me know what you think!
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5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Homemade Protein Bars Recipe – Post Workout Snack
These peanut butter bars only have 5 ingredients and only take a few minutes to throw the ingredients together. That’s all you do is mix, press in a pan and you can eat them right away!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: Clean Eating
- Mix all ingredients together until all incorporated and a thick dough is formed – if all the ingredients won’t incorporate slowly add in the almond milk 1/2 Tbsp at a time (the consistency of your peanut butter typically determines if you need the almond milk)
- Press dough firmly into a greased 8×8 pan
- Cut into 8 bars and eat immediately or store in the refrigerator
Keywords: Homemade, Protein