I remember the first time I tried a Perfect Bar. It was magical. It was the first time I had ever had a high-quality protein bar that actually had a satisfying, crave-worthy taste and texture. I also remember feeling like the cost was too high to be something that I would be buying on the regular…
This got me thinking; why can’t I make my own version of a Perfect Bar? One that’s more cost-effective than the real ones. So I set out to create a copycat Perfect Bar. And let me tell you, I think I nailed it!
This homemade perfect bar is smooth, creamy, filled with protein, and all kinds of satisfying. And the best part is they’re super cost-effective to make! If you love Perfect Bars but don’t love the price tag, try this Copycat Perfect Bar recipe and create your very own batch of protein bars.
We're adding a lot more high protein snacks here at FHM, and they're becoming more popular by the day, like this peanut butter protein dip recipe and our yogurt bark macro friendly recipe! But, I'm super excited to share my copycat perfect bars high protein snack!
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3 Reasons Why You’ll Love This Healthy Perfect Bar Recipe
- Perfect Bars rock. They taste good, feel good, and do a great job of filling you up, but they aren’t exactly budget-friendly. Thankfully, you can imitate all that Perfect Bar goodness from your own kitchen at a fraction of the cost, and this copycat Perfect Bar recipe will show you how.
- These take less than 10 minutes to put together and there’s no baking required. Simple is the name of the game around my house, and any recipe that I can make on the fly gets a huge thumbs-up from me. No complicated steps or hard-to-find ingredients, just some pantry staples and a few minutes of your time and you have a batch of homemade protein bars.
- Your whole family will likely enjoy them. I made this recipe to be a copycat of the original Perfect Bar which is a peanut butter & chocolate chip combo, one of the most beloved flavor combinations of all time. My picky kiddos enjoy these bars almost as much as I do, which is a big win around my house.
Kitchen Tools Required
- Large mixing bowl
- Loaf pan (Caraway Home is my go-to for baking)
- Mixing spoon
- Measuring Cups
Ingredients for Copycat Perfect Bars
- Oat flour
- Vanilla protein powder (Clean Simple Eats (use code TAMI for savings), Ritual, or 1st Phorm Level-1 are my favorites)
- Powdered peanut butter
- Vanilla extract
- Coconut oil (melted)
- Creamy peanut butter
- Mini chocolate chips
- Sea salt (optional)
How to Make
1. Start by adding your oat flour, protein powder, powdered peanut butter, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Combine together.
2. Add to your dry ingredients your melted coconut oil, creamy peanut butter, and honey. Stir together until well combined, the mixture will be very thick – you might need to use your hands.
3. Add chocolate chips, kneading them into your dough.
4. Press the dough into the bottom of your bread pan, ensuring that it’s an even thickness. If your pan isn’t non-stick, use parchment paper.
5. Optional – top the dough with sprinkled sea salt.
6. Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow it to set.
7. Remove from the refrigerator and cut the bars into 8 even slices.
8. Enjoy! Store the unused bars in the refrigerator.
Swaps or Alternatives
There are tons of ways to customize these bars. If you want to reduce calories and make your copycat Perfect Bars just a peanut butter flavor, you can omit the chocolate chips. Additionally, you can easily swap out the peanut butter for almond butter or any other kind of nut butter you have on hand. If you do this, I would recommend omitting the powdered peanut butter and increasing the amount of oat flour you use in the recipe.
The protein powder in this recipe allows it to have a high protein content, you can choose whatever kind of protein you like or have on hand. Play around with the flavors if you’d like!
These Copycat Perfect Bars are supposed to be thick, but manageable. If you find that your dough comes out to be too running, you can add in a bit more oat flour. On the other hand, if it’s too hard and dry to form into the pan, add in a touch more coconut oil to increase the pliability – but don’t go crazy with the coconut oil as that can cause them to become “greasy.”
Macros & Nutritional Information
Copycat Perfect Bar Healthy & No Bake
- Large mixing bowl
- Loaf pan Caraway Home is my go-to for baking
- Mixing spoon
- Measuring cups
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (Clean Simple Eats, Ritual, or 1st Phorm are my favorites)
- ½ cup powdered peanut butter
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- Pinch of sea salt (optional)
- Start by adding your oat flour, protein powder, powdered peanut butter, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Combine together.
- Add to your dry ingredients your melted coconut oil, creamy peanut butter, and honey. Stir together until well combined, the mixture will be very thick – you might need to use your hands.
- Add chocolate chips, kneading them into your dough.
- Press the dough into the bottom of your bread pan, ensuring that it’s an even thickness. If your pan isn’t non-stick, use parchment paper.
- Optional – top the dough with sprinkled sea salt.
- Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow it to set.
- Remove from the refrigerator and cut the bars into 8 even slices.
- Enjoy! Store the unused bars in the refrigerator.