gluten free, vegan, low sugar, high protein, healthy dessert

looove peanut butter, don’t get me wrong, but I have SO much in my pantry and fridge and under my pillow right now that I don’t even know what to do with it.  I have three jars of regular peanut butter sitting in my pantry and a bunch of leftover Cinnamon Raisin Chia Seed Peanut Butter waiting patiently for me in the fridge…  hmmm, I might go get me some now, brb…

gluten free, vegan, low sugar, high protein, healthy dessert



Nom, nom, nom.

These Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars are da bomb.

gluten free, vegan, low sugar, high protein, healthy dessert

Okay, I’m back!  That Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter is so good by itself I just spoon some out of the jar and eat it straight up seven times a couple times throughout the day.  Even though I made Cinnamon Raison Peanut Butter Krispy Treats, and despite making really good friends with my giant peanut butter jar, and although every spoon I own is sitting in the kitchen sink from all the PB jar dunkin’, I still have A TON leftover…

gluten free, vegan, low sugar, high protein, healthy dessert

So I made protein bars!  Chewy, fudgy, peanut buttery protein bars that taste more like decadent fudge rather than anything actually good for you.

gluten free, vegan, low sugar, high protein, healthy dessert

BEHOLD!  The fudginess.  One bite and you will be in love.  This easy, no-bake, low sugar and high protein breakfast/snack/dessert will be on your mind alllll day.

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Bars (low sugar, gluten free, vegan)

Yield: 10 protein bars



  1. Line an 8" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer with beater attachment, add the peanut butter, milk, stevia/truvia, cinnamon and salt. Mix on low.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour and protein isolate/protein powder. Stir in the raisins and coat them with the dry ingredients.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixing stand mixer. Mix until fully incorporated and mixture is even.
  5. Take the bowl off the mixer, scoop the dough into the prepared pan, spread/flatten the dough.
  6. Press the peanuts over the flattened mixture.
  7. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Slice and serve the next day!


Keep protein bars covered and refrigerated for up to one week.

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

gluten free, vegan, low sugar, high protein, healthy dessert

I have made three batches of these protein bars in two weeks. Everyone in my house eats these protein bars like it’s their last meal. Most people like the added crunch of peanuts, so I chop some up and press them into the bars. Totally optional though!

gluten free, vegan, low sugar, high protein, healthy dessert

This batch of protein bars are noticeably darker in color than the protein bar pictures in the rest of this post, and that’s because I used SunWarrior protein powder instead of Growing Naturals.  You can use either one, both work just fine!

gluten free, vegan, low sugar, high protein, healthy dessert
gluten free, vegan, low sugar, high protein, healthy dessert

I have eaten so much peanut butter lately, it’s coursing through my veins.


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, Chia, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Low-Sugar, No-Bake, Oat-Flour, Peanut-Butter, Raisins, Vegan

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Comments (21)

  1. zosia: July 14, 2013

    155g (5 packets) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Isolate (I used Growing Naturals) OR 168g (8 scoops) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder (I used SunWarrior)

    Why is there a difference in amounts if they are both “protein powders”.

    Does one absorb more water than the other?

  2. dessertswithbenefits: July 14, 2013

    Zosia- I have made these protein bars with both types of protein powders and they were a little bit different in texture but flavor very similar. You’re right! The SunWarrior powder results in a firmer protein bar because it seems to absorb more water. The Growing Naturals powder results in a fudgier/smoother texture :)

  3. Ole: July 14, 2013

    This looks wonderful! Could you supply nutritional information per bar/for the recipe? It would be great to compare it to the other recipes I have stored.

  4. Lana | My Happy Dessert: August 1, 2013

    Hi Jessica,

    I’m really enjoying your blog! I love that you’re putting your own twist on dessert recipes and that you’re keeping them healthy! These protein bars look delicious:)

    I just wanted to let you know you have a new follower!

  5. dessertswithbenefits: August 1, 2013

    Hi Lana!
    I’m so glad you like Desserts with Benefits, I definitely try my hardest to make tasty (and secretly healthy) recipes :)
    I hope you love my future recipes as much as you like my other ones!

  6. Ashley: August 19, 2013

    I made these and everyone LOVED them! All but two were eaten before they went bad. I replaced the raisins with dried chopped plums and used plain brown rice protein powder because I can’t find vanilla brown rice protein powder anywhere. They tasted fantastic and were very filling for such small bars. I would also appreciate nutritional information with your posts. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Susan: August 25, 2013

    I just made these during my meal prep today — oh my YUM!! Great recipe!!

  8. Lacey: January 28, 2014

    Does it have to be brown rice protein powder? I just bought the vanilla sunwarrior raw plant based protein powder and wondering if I need to buy a whole different powder. This is my first time making my own protein bars and I am certianly not a baker!

  9. dessertswithbenefits: January 30, 2014

    The SunWarrior raw protein has hemp and pea protein powders in it. I have never used this version before so I can’t be 100% sure. However, all vegan protein powders seem to absorb a fair amount of liquid and I think it might work in this recipe! I would give it a shot :) I’m crossing my fingers it works!

  10. power ranger: April 29, 2014

    how many calories are in one bar?

  11. dessertswithbenefits: April 30, 2014

    Power Ranger-
    I didn’t calculate the nutrition facts for this recipe, but it should have a similar calorie count to my Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Bars:
    Hope you like the recipe! :)

  12. Akilah: May 28, 2014

    Do you think these would freeze well?

  13. dessertswithbenefits: May 29, 2014

    I haven’t tried freezing these exact protein bars, but I have tried freezing some of the latest ones I’ve made recently… and they freeze just fine! I put them in plastic sandwich baggies and “thaw” them in the fridge overnight so they’re the perfect texture by around lunchtime. When I forget to freeze them the day before, I just freeze them for a couple hours before leaving and they’re nice and fudgy in a few hours :)
    Hope this helps!

  14. Melissa Klotz: July 13, 2014

    This recipe and your photos were stolen and posted in I’m a blog owner and I’d want someone to tell me if my content was stolen and used without credit, so I’m letting you know.

  15. dessertswithbenefits: July 14, 2014

    Thank you so much for letting me know!
    It’s really a shame that people steal other people’s work and don’t leave any credit… I just reported them to Instagram because they are copying plenty of other bloggers too!

  16. Melissa Klotz: July 14, 2014

    They’ve started this account and are posting the photos here too:

  17. Anna: February 24, 2015

    What are the nutritional facts for these bars?

  18. B12: April 24, 2015

    Can you use whey protein in this recipe? thank you!

  19. B12-
    I’m afraid whey protein powder doesn’t work to replace the brown rice protein. Whey (and casein and egg) protein powder turns the mixture really gooey and sticky :(

  20. B12: April 30, 2015

    Is the Sunwarrior blend okay? I haven’t been able to find the brown rice protein :(

  21. B12-
    Unfortunately, the Sunwarrior Warrior Blend doesn’t work… I’ve tried it :(
    It absorbs too much liquid and the flavor also changes quite a bit. Have you checked Amazon or iHerb?

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