Pretty Close to Perfect Protein Bars From Your Own Kitchen

Over here at BarBend, we’re kind of obsessed with any food that comes in block or bar form. We’re particularly fond of peanut-buttery or almond goodness made with added ingredients that don’t sound like they came from a science textbook. Sure, there are a few of those on the market, but they can come with a hefty price per bar and an even heftier shipping fee.

As the resourceful fitness nerds we are, we decided to make our own nut butter protein bars, and they’re pretty darned amazing… and ridiculously easy to make. They’re also customizable! Toss in some chia seeds, flax seeds, a little Himalayan sea salt — the possibilities are truly endless.

Oh yeah, they’re gluten-free, too!

Use any nut butter you like, but take care to note that these bars are perishable and should be kept refrigerated or frozen. We also recommend portioning them out and wrapping them separately, because you are going to want to eat the whole pan in one go. No judgment. You do you. #gainz

Perfect Bar dry ingredients

Pretty Close to Perfect Protein Bars

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition Facts (per serving of Basic Recipe):

Calories: 273

Fat: 20g

Carbohydrates: 15 g

   Fiber: 2.5 g

   Sugar: 11 g

Protein: 10 g

Basic recipe:

1 cup all natural peanut or almond butter

¼ cup raw honey

2 tbs olive oil

1tbs plus 1 tsp nonfat milk powder

1tbs whole egg powder

1 scoop/3 tbs whey protein

pinch salt

Optional additions:

Chia seeds

Flax seeds

Roasted nuts

Dried Fruit

Powdered greens/veggies like EBOOST’s Spruce


Chocolate chips


Step 1: Combine peanut butter, honey, and olive oil in a saucepan and over low heat, constantly stir until melted and smooth.

Protein Bar dry ingredients

Step 2: Add milk powder, egg powder, whey protein, salt, and stir until fully incorporated

Dry Inredients

Step 3: Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 pan and let set in the refrigerator until firm.  Let cool and slice into 8 servings!

Protein Bar

About the author

Brooke Siem

Brooke Siem is a writer, photographer, classically trained chef, and athlete. She is a former professional dancer turned CrossFit athlete and represented her gym in the 2015 North East Regional. As of September 2016 she will embark on a year long trek around the world with the aim of writing and photographing the world's most interesting stories in fitness and food. Follow her around the world on Instagram and Twitter or on her website at