Protein Bars

We all love those famous candy bars.  You know, the ones with peanuts, caramel and chocolate?  Basically, the synonyms of pure bliss.

Healthy Snickers Protein Bars

And when you combine Homemade Candy Bars + Healthy Ingredients + Protein you get these amazingly delicious Candy Bar Protein Bars!  With a soft and chewy interior, some crunchy peanuts in every bite you take, and then a rich chocolatey shell, you know that these are some treats that you can sink your teeth into, free of guilt.

Healthy Snickerz Protein Bars (low sugar, high fiber, gluten free, vegan)

Yield: 16 Candy Bars


    Protein Bar Base:
  • 128g (1/2 cup) Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar/salt/oil added)
  • 1 cup + 1 tbs Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1+1/2 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 80g (2/3 cup) Oat Flour
  • 168g (8 scoops) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder (I used SunWarrior)
  • Caramel Layer and Peanuts:
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Caramel Sauce
  • 42g (2 scoops) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder
  • 15g (2 tbs) Peanut Flour
  • Roasted, Unsalted Peanuts
  • Chocolate Coating:
  • 9oz Dark Chocolate (I used CocoaWell Chocolate Bars from Whole Foods)


    For the Protein Bars:
  1. Line an 8" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways.
  2. In a stand mixer bowl with beater attachment, add the peanut butter, almond milk, stevia and salt. Mix on low.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour and protein powder. Slowly add to the stand mixer. Mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Take the bowl off the mixer, fold the dough into a ball, dump into the prepared pan and spread/flatten the surface. Refrigerate uncovered for 2-3 hours.
  5. For the Caramel Layer:
  6. In a medium-sized bowl, add the caramel sauce.
  7. Stir in one scoop of the protein powder, then stir in the next scoop.
  8. Stir in the peanut flour.
  9. Scoop the mixture over the protein bar base and spread the super sticky matter to the edges of the pan. Refrigerate uncovered for 30 minutes to an hour.
  10. Slice into 16 bars and place the bars on a cookie sheet with a Silpat.
  11. Press peanuts over the caramel (I made a single row of halved peanuts). Refrigerate while you prepare the chocolate.
  12. For the Chocolate Coating:
  13. Break up the chocolate and place into a double boiler.
  14. When chocolate is melted, dip the protein bars into the chocolate with two forks. Drip off excess chocolate, then place onto the cookie sheet.
  15. Refrigerate for ~2 hours, or until firm.


*I used both my homemade caramel sauce and storebought sauce, since I ran out of homemade after 1/4 cup

This recipe is: no bake, low sugar, high protein, gluten free, vegan!

Healthy Snickers Protein Bars

Simply mouthwatering (as you can see).

The fudgy base, the chewy caramel and the decadent chocolate…  foodgasm.

Healthy Snickers Protein Bars

Chewy, crunchy, sweet, salty…  and secretly healthy.

No one would ever know that these Snickerz Protein Bars are actually good for you!

Healthy Snickers Protein Bars

You can slice them into 10 so that they are wide like the picture above ↑↑

Or you can slice them into 16 and get the authentic-size candy bars like the picture below ↓↓

Healthy Snickers Protein Bars

No matter how you slice them though, you will be in heaven.

You can’t go wrong with healthy homemade protein bars!


Like this recipe?  Then you’ll LOVE the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook!  With 48 dessert-like protein bar recipes, full-color pages and photos for every recipe, you’ll never think twice about buying protein bars from the store again.  See this page for more information on the book, including the Table of Contents, some sneak peaks and sample images.

DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

Order it from Amazon here!

Labels: Bars-Blondies-and-Brownies, Brown-Rice-Protein, Caramel, Chocolate, Eggless, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Low-Sugar, No-Bake, Oat-Flour, Peanut-Butter, Peanut-Flour, Peanuts, Vegan

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Comments (32)

  1. Mariann: June 20, 2013

    Oh, wow! These look absolutely amazing- I will totally make them for my boyfriend who loves snickers (and taste them myself of course) :D

    Thank you so much for sharing so many wonderful recipes :)
    Wishing you a great day – hugs from a Norwegian reader.

  2. Natalie: June 20, 2013

    Can you use vanilla whey protein instead?

  3. dessertswithbenefits: June 20, 2013

    Natalie- I do not recommend whey protein powder because it has a tendency to get really gooey and sticky rather than turn into a cookie dough-like texture from the brown rice protein powder… sorry!

  4. Heather: June 20, 2013

    These look really good! I was wondering if you had the nutritional info for these?

  5. Craig: June 20, 2013

    Look great. But what’s the nutritional value? Thanks for sharing.

  6. dessertswithbenefits: June 20, 2013

    Heather and Craig-
    I tried making the nutrition label for these but I couldn’t because I didn’t calculate the nutrition facts for my homemade caramel sauce… and even if I did I don’t remember how many cups the caramel sauce made. All that is important is that these are WAY healthier than real Snickers bars — lower sugar, lower fat, higher fiber, higher protein, etc :)

  7. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs: June 20, 2013

    These look absolutely amazing oh my!! I’m so in love with your homemade candy bar series… seriously, you’re a genius ;–)

  8. dessertswithbenefits: June 20, 2013

    Thanks! I hope you get to try the recipe :)

  9. linda: June 21, 2013

    mmm looks good! actually all your homemade candy bars look super yummy :p

  10. Carole: June 21, 2013

    Lovely work, Jessica! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is collecting snacks and treats? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. There are already quite a lot of links for you to check out. Cheers

  11. Sneaky! Yours look prettier than the ones you buy at the store and I am sure they taste a million times better too!

  12. Chelsey: June 25, 2013

    My husband would go crazy for these! What could I use instead of stevia extract? I prefer to use honey or maple syrup in my baking. Any ideas what I could use instead of stevia?

  13. dessertswithbenefits: June 25, 2013

    Chelsey- I haven’t made these without stevia before but I’m sure you can! I would suggest using 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup in the protein bar base and adding extra protein powder and/or oat flour to compensate for the extra liquid :)

  14. Anoushé: July 25, 2013

    Jessica your recipes are divine! I’m (unsuccessfully) trying to wean off of processed sugar and commercial sweets and pursue a clean eating diet, but sometimes I just cannot resist! Thank you for creating so many great recipes to help the process of being more health concious! :) can’t wait to try this!

  15. dessertswithbenefits: July 25, 2013

    You can do it, Anoushé! :)

  16. Dortha Agnew: August 10, 2013

    What is the nutritional value of these bars? We are on a low carb diet and limited to 31 carbs daily. We get SO hungry for something like this! Thanks!

  17. dessertswithbenefits: August 16, 2013

    Dortha Agnew-
    The nutritional value really depends on how you slice the bars and the specific ingredients you use.
    The main reason I didn’t make a nutrition label for this recipe is because I didn’t weigh out the caramel when making the bars and I don’t know the exact measurement of how many cups my homemade caramel sauce makes. Making a nutrition label takes a bit of time but I would recommend trying it out, especially if you are on a low carb diet, you will most likely refer back to nutrition label-making again.
    The specific program I use to make nutrition labels can be found on my FAQ page (
    I’m sure the bars will fit inside your daily carb limit, but it might take up most of it because of the homemade caramel. If you want a lower carb recipe just look at my other protein bar recipes (!
    I hope you like the recipes :)

  18. traci: September 8, 2013

    Now I am going to make this for my breakfast!

  19. Howard: September 17, 2013

    I am bookmarking your blog!

  20. Christy: February 25, 2014

    Have you considered using PB2 in your recipes? I have been thinking about converting some recipes but I don’t know what to add for the moisture since it is dehydrated….? Any ideas?

  21. dessertswithbenefits: February 25, 2014

    I don’t use PB2 because it contains sugar, but I do use peanut flour, which is basically the same thing but without the salt/sugar. It tastes really good and you can use it in savory applications too (it makes a great PB sauce)! I have this organic version of PB2 in my pantry but I haven’t made any recipes with it.
    As for using powdered peanut butter in these protein bars, that is a GREAT idea!! I have definitely got to try that soon. I made peanut butter frosting with peanut flour though, so I’ll base this assumption on that recipe. I would try replacing the 1/2 cup of peanut butter with 3/4 cup Peanut Flour + ~6 tbs Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. Mix this together before making the recipe to make sure it has the same consistency of PB. If it’s too dry, add more milk. If it’s too wet, add more flour. Good luck, hope this works out for you!! :)

  22. Sophie: April 4, 2014

    Georgous home-made bars! they look very appetizing & fantastic even!! Yummm! :)

  23. Mandy D: July 13, 2014

    THESE LOOK AMAZING! Thank you so much for this great recipe!! I’ll be making these asap!

  24. dessertswithbenefits: July 13, 2014

    Thanks, Mandy! I hope you like the protein bars :)

  25. Mike: September 6, 2014

    WOW this is FANTASTIC!

    I can’t wait to try this. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to do this.

    What is the shelf life if you don’t refrigerate?

    Thank you again,


  26. dessertswithbenefits: September 8, 2014

    I wouldn’t recommend not refrigerating these because the texture gets a little too soft (still good, just really soft). The chocolate helps keep the bar sturdy and in place, but it’s just best when it’s chilled.
    But, if you’re camping or something where a fridge isn’t available, then I would say about 2-3 days.
    I hope you like the recipe!

  27. Julia: October 13, 2014

    I didn’t read the comments and tried the recipe with whey (vanilla and cookies&cream). It was too much milk, but it tastes mighty fine :)

  28. dessertswithbenefits: October 13, 2014

    Yeah, for some reason whey, casein and egg protein powders don’t work in my protein bar recipes at all. Even though it’s gooey, at least it’s delicious!! ;)

  29. Natasha James: December 26, 2014

    Looks soooo delicious! I was wondering will the concistency still be good if I don’t use the protein powder and is their something that can replace the peanut flour for another nut flour like cashew?

    Thanks in advance!

  30. Natasha James-
    I’m afraid I haven’t had any luck replacing the protein powder with peanut flour or nut flours. Peanut flour is pretty absorbent so that might work but I’m just hesitant to recommend any substitutions… don’t want you to waste your time and ingredients on a failed batch! (Happens to me way too often and it aint fun)

  31. Lauren: January 28, 2015

    I recently made these and I’m in heaven! I’m battling between my desire to keep them all for myself, and my boyfriend, friends, family, and professors, who all want me to share. As soon as I made these I knew I had to have your book. I can’t wait to make them all. You’re brilliant.

  32. Lauren-
    Your comment SERIOUSLY just made my day!! I’m so glad you like the protein bars :D (these were definitely one of my top favorites too)
    I hope you like my cookbook just as much as (if not more than) these bars :)
    Thanks Lauren!

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