These Crispy Peanut Butter Protein Cups take only 5 minutes to make and only 5 clean ingredients.
The hardest part about making them is you have to practice patience and wait about an hour or so for them to harden in the freezer, but the reward is definitely worth the wait!
They’re ~kind of~ similar to my Healthy Peanut Butter Cup recipe, except they are completely peanut butter with an added crispy crunch from the brown rice cereal.
It’s almost like eating a peanut butter Nestle Crunch Bar!
And of course, a peanut butter treat just wouldn’t be the same without a little chocolate, so I added a cacao drizzle to the top.
To give them an extra boost of nutrition, I used a clean, organic plant-based superfood protein powder, Epic Plant-Based Protein.
While these aren’t exactly the same, it’s a crispy peanut butter treat, so let’s look at the very long ingredient list:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) South Beach Living Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars
Ingredients: Soy Protein Crisps (Soy Protein Isolate, Tapioca Starch, Salt), Maltitiol Syrup, Multigrain Crisp (Wheat Flour Whole Grain, Corn Meal Degermed Yellow, Oats Flour Whole Grain, Salt) Oligofructose, Peanut Butter (Peanuts Ground Roasted, Palm Kernel Oil Fractionated, Cane Juice Invert Syrup Evaporated, Sugar, Glycerine, Maltitol, Corn Syrup, Contains less than 2% of), Milk Non Fat, Milk Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Isolate, Peanuts Oil, Soy Lecithin, Chocolate, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Flavors Natural and Artificial, Salt, Inlin, Caramel Color, Butter (Cream, Salt), Cream Heavy, Monoglyceride, Carrageenan, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Phosphate, Ferric Orthophosphate Iron III, Folic Acid Vitamin B9, Niacinamide Vitamin B3, Riboflavin Vitamin B2, Sucralose, Thiamine Mononitrate Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Pyridoxine Vitamin B6, Vitamin E Acetate, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Oxide, Chromium Chloride, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Molydate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Gluconate, Manganese Sulfate, Phytonadione, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin and Mineral Blend (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “F”
It’s a box of fake, processed food full of GMO’s (soy protein isolate, soy lecithin, corn meal, corn syrup, dairy), white refined sugar and salt, non-organic peanuts that can contain up to 8 different pesticides, and a long list of synthetic “vitamins and minerals”.
This healthier, clean version is made with real, whole food ingredients and it’s organic, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, Clean Eating Chocolate Crunch Bars, Raw Snickers Bars or my Clean Eating eCookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating dessert recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Peanuts (Peanut Butter):*
- excellent source of vitamin E
- high in folate
- contains tryptophan which helps fight depression
- good source of fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Epic Plant-Based Protein:*
- organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO
- contains 19 grams of ultra-clean plant-based protein per serving
- one serving contains 10% iron
- contains 7 organic superfoods
- multi-source protein with a complete amino acid profile
5 Fast Fact About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:*
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Powder:*
- super high in anti-oxidants
- promotes cardiovascular health
- contains essential fats
- can help to decrease blood pressure
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, copper, zinc and iron
*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Tip #1: I added my favorite vanilla plant-based protein powder, Epic Plant-Based Protein, for extra nutrition. You can use your favorite vanilla protein powder (use 4 tablespoons) or leave it out completely if you prefer.
Tip #3: I used the organic, gluten-free Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal with the following ingredients: organic brown rice, organic brown rice syrup, sea salt.
Tip #4: I like to use these muffin cups and they are re-usable and easy to clean. They are standard-sized muffins cups and the recipe will make 8 of these.
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