These protein-packed, no bake almond butter protein rice krispie treats are the ultimate way to get a dose of energy and a dash of sweetness in one delicious bite!
I’ve always loved protein bars. Yes, even those really chewy, really hard to determine the actual flavor, probably filled with more chemicals than actual food kind. When I was swimming in highschool, those bars fueled me, especially during those 4am wake up calls, 6-hour long meets and long drives home. Looking back now, I want to scream at myself for not filling myself with actual food before and after such an intense workout.
Even though I still nosh on protein bars from time to time, I prefer the ones that are homemade or filled with ingredients I recognize – like Kind Bars or these all-natural, organic sprouted nut bars. Even though these are relatively good for you, they still have more sugar than I’m trying to consume right now. That’s why I’ve reverted to making my own bars at home – a task I’m whole-heartedly addicted to right now. I’ve made three different varieties, all of which were so good none of them made it to the photographing phase of the recipe development. Except these. And that’s only because my protein-obsessed brother was at work. I’m not kidding, the kid eats 450 grams of protein a day, I’m sure of it.
Now, I really didn’t have any intentions on making these a protein snack. In fact, I just set out to mix two of my favorite things together for a dessert that wasn’t as horrible as the cake I just made. However, I spotted some whey vanilla protein powder on the fridge and immediately thought “why can’t rice krispies be a post-workout snack?” And then these crispy little numbers were born and I haven’t looked back since.
I certainly am not going to advise eating an entire plate of these before an Orange Theory workout, but one will give just the right amount of protein to fuel you, carbs to give you some energy and a dash of sweetness to keep you from crying when you’re doing yet another set of burpees.
*I’ve always been a fan of a heartier rice krispie, so I made them in an 8 x 8 pan. For a bar that more resembles a granola bar, I’d suggest a 9 x 13. See more protein bars here.
No Bake Almond Butter Protein Rice Krispies Treats
Yields about 10 – 12 bars. Adapted from Making Thyme for Health.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Chill time: About an hour
- 3 cups puffed rice cereal
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (or your favorite)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, mix the cereal, peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, protein powder, chopped nuts and chocolate chips together. Mix well.
- Line an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with parchment paper. Using a spatula, spread the mixture into the dish and press it down firmly. Cover with saran wrap and chill for at least an hour.
- Once chilled, cut into bars and enjoy! Can freeze for up to 1 week.
Nutritional information per bar:
Fat: 10 grams
Carbohydrates: 20 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Protein: 6.75 grams