The Best Perfect Bars Recipe (No Bake!)
Congratulations! You’ve found The Best Perfect Bar Recipe! Each copycat bar is loaded with 16 grams of protein! You only need 6 ingredients and no baking is necessary! Vegan friendly, dairy-free & gluten-free!
How to Make Your Own Perfect Bars
If you’re looking to save some money while still being able to enjoy the AMAZINGNESS of perfect bars, you’ve come to the right place. I’m all about making recipes that are easy, delicious, and packed with nutrition. My Vegan Chocolate Granola and Homemade 6 Ingredient Graham Crackers are just the beginning.
Even if you’ve never had a perfect bar before, these homemade peanut butter protein bars will be your new favorite. They only take about 10 minutes to make and require very minimal ingredients! You simply mix all ingredients together, press the dough into a pan, and freezer until set! That’s it! So simple, and they are the best perfect bar copycat!
DIY Perfect Bar Nutrition Facts
I truly love you guys because I made these copycat perfect bars 3 different ways! You can stay updated from my Instagram to see whenever I’m recipe testing (some flops and successes!) I used an unflavored whey protein powder, a vanilla plant based protein powder, and an unflavored plant based protein powder. ALL of them turned out amazing! The unflavored plant based protein powder did make the bars taste a little less sweet, but that can easily be fixed with a tad more honey if needed (I didn’t mind them being less sweet).
Nutrition breakdown for 3 different protein powders I tested:
Unflavored Whey Protein Powder: (¾ Cup= 2.5 scoops) 272 calories, 16 grams protein, 11.6 grams fat, 31.3 grams carbs
Vanilla Plant Based Protein Powder: (¾ Cup= 2.5 scoops) 264 calories, 13.7g protein, 11.3 grams fat, 32.2 grams carbs
Unflavored Plant Based Protein Powder: (¾ cup = 2.5 scoops) 271 calories, 15.4 grams protein, 11.8 grams fat, 31.5 grams carbs
Where to Store Homemade Perfect Bars?
- Room temperature: You can keep these copycat protein bars at room temperature for up to a week! Store in an airtight container or resealable bag. You can feel confident leaving the house with one of these in hand for the perfect on-the-go healthy snack.
- Refrigerator: Exactly like the original perfect bar, these diy perfect bars can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 months!
- Freezer: Store homemade perfect bars in an airtight container or resealable bag in the freezer for up to 4 months! If using whey protein powder, the bars will remain chewy, STRAIGHT OUT OF THE FREEZER! This same thing happens with my Chewy Homemade Granola Bars too! It’s truly magical. If using a plant based protein powder, the bars will still soften once taken out of the freezer. They will initially be a little harder in texture out of the freezer though. Still equally delicious!
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The Best Perfect Bar Recipe (No Bake!)
Congratulations! You've found The Best Perfect Bar Recipe! Each copycat bar is loaded with 16 grams of protein! You only need 6 ingredients and no baking is necessary! Vegan friendly, dairy-free & gluten-free!
- ½ Cup Smooth Peanut Butter (clean brand) (you can heat it for 20 seconds to make it more runny if needed)
- ⅓ Cup Honey
- 1½ Cups Oat Flour (I make my own in 3 steps) (can sub almond flour)
- ¾ Cup Unflavored Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powder (or Protein Powder of Choice, See Note 1)
- ¼ Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or Milk of Choice or Water)
- 1 tsp Maca Powder, ¼ tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
1. Line a 1.5 quart dish with parchment paper. (You can use whatever dish you have on hand)
2. In a medium bowl or using a standing mixer, add all ingredients and mix with large spoon or firm spatula. Press the back of spoon down against ingredients and the side of bowl to disperse the peanut butter until a dough forms. If dough is a little dry, add a little more almond milk until you get a soft dough. If dough seems too wet or very sticky, add a little oat flour until you get the right consistency. (all protein powder is different so this is why the recipe is a little flexible)
3. Transfer protein bar dough to parchment lined dish. Using your fingers or the back of spatula, press dough down into an even layer. PRO TIP: Use parchment paper to press dough into bars so it doesn't stick to your hands! (shown in video above). You can also wet your fingers to avoid sticking.
4. Place perfect bars in the freezer for 15-30 minutes until set. Transfer out of freezer, cut, and enjoy! Makes 7 large bars.
5. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week, the refrigerator for up to 2 months, or the freezer for up to 4 months!
- Protein Powder: You can use any protein powder you have on hand. I would stick with vanilla or unflavored to get the best perfect bar flavor. I’ve tried with 3 different types (unflavored whey, vanilla plant based, unflavored plant based) and they all turned out amazing. Nutrition information for perfect bars using each protein powder is listed in blog post above. Whey protein powder will make these bars the chewiest! Unflavored plant based protein powder may require more honey to taste (I didn’t mind them being less sweet though).
- Freezing: I love eating my homemade perfect bars straight from the freezer because they are still soft and chewy when you make them with whey protein powder. Plant based protein powder firms up a bit more in the fridge and freezer, but they can still be eaten straight from the freezer too!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 11.6gCarbohydrates: 31.3gNet Carbohydrates: 27.3gFiber: 4gSugar: 15.5gProtein: 16g
Loved these!!! I used whey and they turned out pretty sticky (also wondering if I measured something wrong – ha!) but they taste SO GOOD. Will be making them again when I run out!
Awesome! So glad you love them! Yes they will be a little sticky, but that’s why I store them in the freezer, or at least freeze them for 15-30 minutes before cutting them. Also, every protein powder is a little different and they all act differently in recipes. Feel free to add more oat flour next time to get the desired texture you’re looking for. Thank you for leaving a comment and question! Means so much to me! 🙂
Will Dairy milk work with these bars or do you need a dairy alternative for the recpie to work?
Hi Katie! Diary milk will work just fine 🙂 let me know how they turn out!
Kimberly Murray Nettleton
OK, so I haven’t made these yet. Your recipe looks like the best one out there because of the addition of protein powders. However, I am wanting to replicate the (addictive) store bought ones and they have ingredients such as: sunflower lecithin, kale, flaxseed, rosehips, orange, papaya, tomato, alfalfa, celery, kelp, dulse, carrot, spinach, flax seed, pumpkin seed, etc.
I am thinking that they would be better for you, a better nutritional analysis, since they have all those veggies etc. in them. Have you tried incorporating those items?
Hi Kimberly! I have been told these peanut butter perfect bars are a staple in many of the houses of my #shhfam members 🙂 Including my own haha! So yes, they are AMAZING! I love your thoughts about adding those extra ingredients to make them higher in nutrients. What’s actually amazing is that you can use protein powders that HAVE those veggie powders in them already! For instance, I use garden or life of Ideal raw and both of those brands have added veggie powders in them 🙂 So it’s perfect! I have those protein powder brands listed in the description below this recipe 🙂 Let me know if you end up making these!
Can you make these using a different flour other than oat or almond? Have sensitivity to oats and almonds. Looking for protein bars without those or dairy. Any suggestions?
Hi Deb! If you can do cashews, cashew flour is a great option! Let me know if you try them 🙂