Triple Layered Protein Bars with Peanut Butter and Chocolate | © 2013 |

These deliciously sinful protein bars with three indulgent layers , adapted from The Healthy Foodie, are the ultimate treat if you're craving something substantial, sweet and healthy after a workout to replenish your energy.

Bottom LayerMiddle LayerTop Layer
  • 200 g Cashewe nuts, soaked overnight
  • 150 g Dried plums
  • 20 g Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 20 g Chia seeds
  • 50 g Old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Splash pure vanilla extract
  • 250 g Creamy peanut butter
  • 140 g Peanut butter flavored protein powder
  • 25 g Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 50 g Organic honey
  • 60 g Coconut oil, melted
  • Some salted roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  1. For the Bottom layer: Drain the soaked cashew nuts and add to the bowl of your food processor together with dried plums. Process until the mixture turns into a sticky paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until well combined. Press to the bottom of a 28 x 12-cm loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
  2. For the Middle layer: Beat the creamy peanut butter until smooth and light. Add in peanut butter protein powder and process until just incorporated. Press the mixture evenly on top of the bottom layer of chocolate and nuts.
  3. Top layer: In a small mixing bowl, gently mix together the cocoa powder, honey, and melted coconut until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly on top of peanut butter layer. Sprinkle chopped peanuts over the top and place, covered with a plastic film, in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before cutting into bars. | © 2013 | | © 2013 | | © 2013 |


Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style 1/12/13 06:03

Angie, these look wonderful. The plums are a great addition. What a great first recipe for December!

Yi @ Yi Reservation 1/12/13 07:11

Angie, this peanut butter and chocolate protein bar sounds so delicious. I started to work out again this year so I am constantly looking a nice post-gym snack to replenish myself. I'll try this protein bar soon. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown 1/12/13 07:58

Oh my gosh these look seriously amazing! So healthy but evil looking! Yum :)

Anne ~ Uni Homemaker 1/12/13 08:09

I love anything with PB and chocolate in it. This has my name all over it! YUM!

violeta pasat 1/12/13 10:01

Wow these just look insanely good! I Iove multi-layer bars like these.Very healthy,one day I wiill try this recipe.

GG 1/12/13 10:27

These look seriously indulgent , yet they're full of things that are good for you. Great recipe. GG

great-secret-of-life 1/12/13 10:35

wow! looks so tempting.. I love to have this bar.. I am in search for Protein rich food :-)

great-secret-of-life 1/12/13 10:37

BTW where did u get Protein flavoured powder?

Bel | Ooh, Look... 1/12/13 11:55

Mmm, so sweetly delicious! And they are 'healthy', too. Love this!

Vicki Bensinger 1/12/13 12:39

Wow these look incredible and perfect to have on a long hike in the mountains or during a long bike ride. Actually I could see these as a midday snack to restore energy. Great recipe!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 1/12/13 12:40

Yes, very sinful with the chocolate and peanut butter. My husband would go gaga over these.

Ana Regalado 1/12/13 12:57

Angie , the bottom layer alone sounds fantastic ! It looks sinful but actually quiet nutritious :D

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes 1/12/13 13:01

They sound healthy and decadent at the same time Angie, my favorite combination!

Barbara 1/12/13 13:33

Oh, I love that dark chocolate! Great bars, Angie. I am using coconut oil and coconut flour so much more than I used to.

Belinda 1/12/13 14:17

Impressive - why buy in the store?

Rosita Vargas 1/12/13 15:37

se ven crujientes ,ricas y lindas sus barras exquisitas con chocolate,abrazos.

ann low 1/12/13 16:47

These protein bars look very delicious. Wish I can have a slice now :)

Kate@Diethood 1/12/13 17:05

Chocolate and PB, healthified?!?! WOW! :-D So, no guilt after I eat the whole pan? Awesome!

Tricia Buice 1/12/13 17:26

These truly look wonderful Angie. Peanut butter and chocolate are a favorite combination of mine. I think the plums sound so interesting! Bravo :)

Gina 1/12/13 17:35

You had me at chocolate. No, make that peanut butter. No, make that. . . Angie, you've done it again. Now on my ever growing list of recipes to make. Thanks!

Ashley 1/12/13 17:44

Oh wow, these protein bars sound and look delicious! I'm always looking for new snack ideas after my workouts to spice things up! And with peanut butter and chocolate? Yes please!

Unknown 1/12/13 18:37

Yummy and fantastic! Thanks :))

Rosa's Yummy Yums 1/12/13 18:57

Divine! Your bars must taste really amazing.



Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 1/12/13 19:38

Sweet and delicious, love the added protein in these bars!

Alida 1/12/13 19:47

My God you are amazing! This looks like something out of a magazine! The ideas you have are just brilliant. I love this!

Unknown 1/12/13 20:42

They do look totally decadent Angie! Who would ever know they were filled with all kinds of good things!

Anonymous 1/12/13 21:12

Oh yum - delicious, fabulous, decadent! And full of good stuff!

Daniela Grimburg 1/12/13 22:05

This sounds divine,Angie.
Such a rich, tasty treat with no regrets because of the amazing,healthy ingredients.

jasna varcakovic 1/12/13 22:09

Looking delicious and powerful!

Nancy 2/12/13 01:09

What a great recipe -- the bars look so tasty! Thanks for sharing Angie.

Balvinder 2/12/13 01:17

This is a wonderful recipe, Angie! I will try to find peanut butter protein powder but in case I don't get, what can I substitute with?

Amanda 2/12/13 03:36

Chocolate? Peanut Butter? My two favorite things combined together? Yes please!

Veronica 2/12/13 03:37

Peanut butter with chocolate - sounds super-delicious, and packed with some healthy stuff too!

Terra 2/12/13 04:01

Oh my goodness, my husband would go crazy over this decadent dessert!!! Each layer is like one happy celebration after another! :-) Gorgeous, Hugs, Terra

mjskit 2/12/13 04:36

"deliciously sinful" is right! I love everything about these bars! Each layer by itself looks delicious and I can't imagine how great they all are together. Love it!

Anonymous 2/12/13 04:43

Sever seen tasty and sweet in one form sweet bars before i reading your recipes here Angie!
i guess you should had youw own healthy pastry brand!

Unknown 2/12/13 04:51

Wow, cashewnuts Angie, sounds so good. Absolutely yummy looking and divine bars.
A lovely mix of layers. Hope you had a great weekend.

Nammi 2/12/13 04:55

yumm, chocolate and peanut butter

Angie's Recipes 2/12/13 05:24

@Balvinder If you can't find the peanut butter (I got mine from amazon) flavoured protein powder, then vanilla will do great too.

Akila 2/12/13 06:17

Hhhmmmm simply superb....

Koko 2/12/13 08:17

Seriously!? These look waaaaaaay too good to be even remotely healthy!!

Emma | Fork and Good 2/12/13 10:12

These look lovely, as usual, but I could imagine those at a shop just waiting to be brought. Yum =]

Sanjeeta kk 2/12/13 12:49

Awee...what a healthy and delicious treat for the coming festive season! Looks gorgeous.

Unknown 2/12/13 13:23

I could eat the whole pan of those.. they look wonderful!!!

Anonymous 2/12/13 15:23

Wow, these look and sound amazing Angie!
:-) Mandy xo

easyfoodsmith 2/12/13 16:04

I am smitten by these sinfully delicious bars.

Pam 2/12/13 17:33

They look fantastic!

Gloria Baker 2/12/13 18:03

ah Angie I love these protein bars! Look awesome!

Angela @ My Golden Pear 2/12/13 19:33

I love when something so healthy can look so good. Beautiful!

Erica 2/12/13 20:29

I have to start using coconut oil in my recipes! This recipe sounds and looks fantastic!

Lenia 2/12/13 21:03

I am fainting!!!!They are sooo decadent!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 2/12/13 21:28

Does cooking for Thanksgiving count as a workout? I need one now!

Evelyne CulturEatz 2/12/13 22:54

Yum these bars look amazing. Don't tell me they are healthy, I don't want to know with these lol.

Unknown 3/12/13 01:37

Yum, love peanut butter and the layered look of these bars-would enjoy one anytime!

Delectably Green 3/12/13 01:45

Angie, these looks fantastic - full of great flavors and a delicious energy boost!
Mary x

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 3/12/13 02:43

Gorgeous bars, Angie! And the flavor combo is sublime...a lovely way to get a protein boost!

Elisabeth 3/12/13 04:23

Peanut butter, and chocolate?...always gets my attention! Two of the best combo, that I can think of. Lovely, and super delicious bars! xo

Monet 3/12/13 05:48

Now this is my kind of protein bar! Thank you for sharing, my friend! I hope you are having a great start to your week!

Juliana 3/12/13 05:55

Awesome bars Angie...cannot go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate...
Have a wonderful week :D

Unknown 3/12/13 06:00

I simply love your home made protein bars! So much better than the store bought ones.

The Yum List 3/12/13 08:24

Now I'm having mid afternoon cravings and I want these bars!

lena 3/12/13 13:35

i think i'll be reaching for one after another! peanuts and cashew nuts and cocoa..why made them so addictive? LOL!

Monica 3/12/13 16:48

These sound and look wonderful! Very satisfying with the peanut butter and the layers!

RavieNomNoms 3/12/13 18:06

This is SO right up my alley!! They sound amazing!

Erin | Well Plated 3/12/13 19:20

You put store bought granola bars to shame Angie!

the Squishy Monster 4/12/13 00:03

Drool! These sound incredible and they're good for me you say? =)

Norma Chang 4/12/13 00:23

Love no-cook recipes that are delicious and also healthy.

Debra Eliotseats 4/12/13 03:12

Peanut butter and chocolate!?!?!? Yum

motherrimmy 4/12/13 03:31

If I hadn't looked at the ingredient list, I would never have believed these were protein bars - they look to decadent. You outdid yourself with this recipe Angie. Maybe you could ship a few to me as a holiday gift. :)

Reeni 4/12/13 03:53

What a glorious sight Angie! You managed to make one of my very favorite combinations healthier! These look delectable.

Sokehah cheah 4/12/13 09:27

I'm in dire need of these to replenish my energy! Just yum!

Joanne 4/12/13 13:09

What a beautiful treat! I would never have guessed these were healthy!

Cathy at Wives with Knives 4/12/13 14:05

We are always looking for a healthy treat and love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Looking forward to trying this recipe, Angie.

Kitchen Belleicious 4/12/13 14:06

look at those layers and how perfect they are! I love how natural the ingredients are and yet soooooo delicious

Kathy 4/12/13 14:11

These bars look wonderfully delicious, Angie! Chocolate and peanut butter…what could be better?

kitchen flavours 4/12/13 16:52

These protein bars looks perfectly made! Wish I could have a slice!

cristina 4/12/13 17:43

I've never thought of making protein bars this. You always have the most beautiful and inspiring posts/recipes, Angie! Love these protein bars!!

Linda 4/12/13 22:00

wow, this has to be the most indulgent looking healthy bar!! This will be a great food gift for my friends who would rather not indulge in holiday cookies!!!

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 6/12/13 02:04

I love this healthy treat, really sounds yummy.

Ann Jones 7/12/13 15:08

I love that your recipe uses both cashews and chia seeds. They are both so yummy in baking recipes! Your photos look great as always :)

My Inner Chick 8/12/13 19:22

Delectable & Sinful.
I must have these little sins! Xx

Blog do Chocolate 9/12/13 17:03

So lovely, dear Angie, so dangerous because these bars make us want them and non-stop eating ! :)


Mary Moh 10/12/13 10:59

Beautiful but fattening. I will eat this for breakfast and your carrot and clementine salad for lunch. That will take away some guilt....haha

Amelia 15/12/13 14:57

Hi Angie, love this delectable bars. Great combination... and off course with a good cup of coffee.

Have a great weekend.

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 19/12/13 05:40

You've done an absolutely gorgeous job with your adaptation Angie. I love how the three layers come through so distinction (and deliciously!) -- these would be dangerous to have around for sure -- happily made up of health promoting ingredients :)

Cooking Rookie 22/12/13 07:28

These look so rich! Yum! Amazing bars

MANDY 26/10/14 23:56

They are wonderful thanks the richest I have ate in a long time..

Unknown 24/11/15 06:45

wow , i just love triple payer protein food , very interesting :))

chowringhee vijaynagar

Anonymous 14/2/16 23:59

These are more carbs/sugar than protein. NOT a protein bar by any means.

Unknown 17/4/16 00:49

I will eat this for breakfast and your carrot and clementine salad for lunch.Protein bars

Zurainny Ismail 5/6/18 09:02

Oh gosh...these are so yummy! Do you sell them? Bcos I would love to have a bite!

Jacob Lee 20/9/18 11:14

Look amazing & mouth-watering. Love to eat such protein rich nutrition bars


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