Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Bars

What’s better than a big spoonful of peanut butta?  These Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars!

They are da bomb 💣

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe (low sugar, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

love love 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 all.  I have four jars of regular peanut butter sitting in my pantry, and in the fridge, a batch of my Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter and a batch of Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Chia Seed Peanut Butter.

All those jars are just waiting patiently for me.  Calling my name.  And calling my name.  Until I go and visit them all with a spoon.

Hmmm, I might go get me some now… BRB!

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe (low sugar, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Nom.  Nom.  NOM, NOM, NOM.

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe (low sugar, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

My Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Chia Seed Peanut Butter recipe makes QUITE a batch (aka, a huge batch).  Even though I made Cinnamon Raison Peanut Butter Krispy Treats, and despite making really good friends with a spoon and visiting the giant jar peanut butter (basically every spoon I own is sitting in the kitchen sink from all the PB dunkin’), I still have A TON leftover…

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe (low sugar, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

That’s how these DIY Protein Bars came to be.  They’re chewy, they’re fudgy, they’re peanut buttery, and they’re sweet.  They taste more like decadent fudge rather than anything actually good for you!

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe (low sugar, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

BEHOLD!  The fudginess!  One bite and you will fall in love.

These Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars are easy to make, they require no baking, they’re refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, AND vegan!  This healthy breakfast/snack/dessert will be on your mind alllll daaay looong.

10 Bars

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Bars

Ingredients:

Directions:

  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, almond milk, stevia, cinnamon, and salt. Mix on low speed.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour and protein isolate/protein powder.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixing stand mixer. Mix until fully incorporated and mixture is even.  Add in the raisins and optional peanuts.  Scoop the dough into the prepared pan and flatten it out.
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Slice into 10 bars.

Notes:

Refrigerate to store.  Keeps for 1 week in the fridge.  These can also be frozen individually in sandwich baggies for up to 3 months.
Do not use whey/egg/casein protein!  The mixture will be gooey and won't solidify.

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Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe (low sugar, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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!

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Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe (low sugar, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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!

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Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe (low sugar, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe (low sugar, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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

I’m pretty sure I’m 90% peanut butta.

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Be happy.

Live fully.

Eat protein bars.

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With love (and healthy dessert),

– Jess

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If you 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 and some sneak peeks!

The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

27 comments on “Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Bars

  1. 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?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      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 🙂

  2. This looks wonderful!

  3. 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!
    Lana

    • dessertswithbenefits

      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!
      -Jess

  4. I made these and everyone LOVED them! All but two were eaten before night. I replaced the raisins with dried 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. Thanks for the recipe!

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

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  7. 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!

    • Lacey-
      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!
      -Jess

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  9. how many calories are in one bar?

  10. Do you think these would freeze well?

    • Akilah-
      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!
      -Jess

  11. This recipe and your photos were stolen and posted in Instagram.com/optimumtraining. 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.

    • Melissa-
      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!
      -Jess

  12. They’ve started this account and are posting the photos here too: http://instagram.com/optimummeals

  13. What are the nutritional facts for these bars?

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

  15. Is the Sunwarrior blend okay? I haven’t been able to find the brown rice protein 🙁

  16. Hello I have just discovered your blog and I made these Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Bars.  Waiting for tomorrow. Do you know macros for each bar or batch?? Thanks

  17. Hey Jess so eager to make them! However with all of your “fudge” DIY protein bars recipes, do all of them have to be kept in the fridge? Cause i would like to have them at my job to grab them as a snack there, but dont have a fridge to store them while theyre not being devoured. Thanks!

    • For the best texture and quality, I recommend storing the protein bars in the fridge so they stay firm and fresh 😀
      If you’d like to bring a few to work, be sure to freeze them overnight in a plastic sandwich bag. In the morning, just bring them out and they should be perfect for lunchtime or snacks!
      -Jess

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