Find extra money DIY-ing Protein Bars!
Dear friends— if there’s anything fragile masculinity teaches us— it’s that healthy BODIES NEED PROTEIN. Unfortunately, products marketed for protein are slapped with a hefty price tag.
Not to fear! Here comes to the DIY-ers, solving problems (as per usual) by going the homemade route! Plant-based protein bars are a well-known budget and health pro-tip— but they’re often tricky to make at home. Luckily, this fudge-y recipe made completely from whole-plant-foods will keep your wallet and stomach full!
If you can’t win Jeopardy…
If you’ve been following Jeopardy lately— you know how some guy named James Holzhauer recently lost the most epic winning streaks in the show’s history! I’ll be honest— I’m not a huge fan of the show (gasp!), but I am jealous of “Uncle Jamie’s” strategic mind and newfound cash! Uncle Jamie, I’m truly sorry— but if you start to run out of dough… try this recipe and cut some costs!
It’s about the Money, Honey!
In all seriousness, I have been trying hard to cut down on personal costs lately— and these DIY Peanut Butter Brownie Protein Bars make my budgeting life so much easier! My favorite protein bar brand, Go Macro, is near and dear to my heart— but habitually spending $2.50 per bar on Go Macro Bars (and other healthy favorites), makes my wallet feel oh-so-sad. In making my own recipe— I kept the bars high-protein, gluten-free, and no-bake, fudge-y, and dense with buckwheat flour!
The Ongoing Dilemma: Sustain-a-Stress Trifecta
If you’re new around here, I often share my experiences here about feeling more-than-a-little stressed about the state of our present world. After learning from “Eco-Feels” expert (and legitimate professor/scholar), Peter Melton— at a Sustainability Conference a few months ago, I gained a bigger handle on our my wormhole of what I dub, “Sustain-a-Stress”. (Check out Sarah’s YouTube Channel, where she posted a video about our conference experience & video with Peter!)
Friends— in total, we know it’s not easy to live a healthy life, acting perfectly “conscious” of:
- Our ENVIRONMENT!
- Our SOCIAL ATMOSPHERE!
- and our FISCAL CAPACITIES!
Similar to questions on Jeopardy, I wish I had THE answer to our mutual socio-environmental woes. “Sustain-a-Stress” might actually be more out of our control than our day-to-day actions can directly— a systemic issue.
Aside from bouts of Jeopardy— we’re empowered to focus on civic engagement, community involvement and eventual institutional change! We build our community and find ways relieve ourselves of stresses— including the fickle fiscal ones, to be socio-environmental advocates. Here lie these special, little tips and tricks, and tidbits— like these plant-based, DIY Peanut Butter Brownie Protein Bars!
Peanut Butter Brownie Protein Bars (No Bake & Gluten-Free)
A chocolate-y recipe for the perfect, plant-based protein bar to enjoy as a snack after a workout or kickstart a productive day!
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 1/2 cup puffed rice
- 1/2 cup cocoa or cacao powder
- 1/2 cup plant-based protein powder (unsweetened & unflavored)*
- 1 tsp salt **
- 3/4 cup unsweetened peanut butter (salted)
- 3/4 cup maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped peanuts optional, for mixing/topping
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips optional, for mixing/topping
Line a tray, pan, or other rectangular sheet with parchment paper. In a large bow, mix buckwheat flour, cocoa/cacao powder, protein powder, and salt together until combined.
To the bowl, add peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Stir until completely mixed. Stir in peanuts and chocolate chips, if desired— taking care to save some for topping.
Press mixture into parchment-lined dish, pressing and/or rolling until evenly distributed and flat. Cut into desired number of bars (I chose 12). Store refrigerated or frozen in an airtight container, with parchment paper in between layers of bars. Enjoy!
*I believe a vanilla or chocolate flavor would also work. Adjust sweetener amount accordingly.
*Add more salt if peanut butter is unsalted.
Nutrition facts below are estimated with 12 total bars— including optional add-ins (using Lily’s Sweets Stevia-Sweetened Chocolate Chips).
Total Fat: 12.6g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Total Carbohydrate: 27.9g
Dietary Fiber: 4.5g
Total Sugars: 13.4g
+ 0 % DV Vitamin D, 3% DV Calcium, 21% DV Iron, 5% DV Potassium.