These healthy Peppermint Protein Bars are sweetened with monk fruit, making them a healthy, low sugar option. They contain collagen – perfect for increasing your protein intake as well as many other benefits (improved skin, digestion, hair, nails…). They are also grain free, gluten free and contain just 8 simple ingredients. They’re a crowd pleaser and a great holiday dessert option!
Any time I smell or taste peppermint it reminds me of joyous Christmas mornings and softly falling snow. So, whenever I’m feeling nostalgic, I like to whip up a peppermint flavored recipe to bring back happy holiday memories.
Usually, I consider peppermint in combination with chocolate to be a must. Which is why this no-bake peppermint protein bar recipe calls for a drizzle of dark chocolate. However, they taste great without any topping.
These bars contain simple, whole food ingredients that are all:
- gluten free
- dairy free
- low in sugar
My top priority when making protein bars is creating a recipe that is low in sugar. Of course, being Paleo is always a must as well.
Ingredients in Paleo Peppermint Protein Bars
- blanched almond flour
- collagen peptides
- golden monk fruit sweetener
- coconut butter
- vanilla extract
- peppermint extract
These healthy mint protein bars contain collagen as their source of protein. Collagen is easy to digest, great for the gut and can help improve the look of hair, nails and skin.
Almond flour is a great low carb, Paleo option and is the main ingredient in this protein bar recipe.
These keto friendly mint bars use monk fruit sweetener instead of “real” sugar. This sweetener is my favorite, and the only one I use in any of my baking. I like it because it doesn’t have an aftertaste. It is also keto, Vegan and Paleo friendly. However, this ingredient can be substituted with any granulated sugar or sweetener.
Although not required, these bars are topped with dark chocolate and sprinkles. Decorating with different colored sprinkles can make them festive for any holiday, or you can go without them completely.
Healthy, low sugar Paleo protein bars.
- 1 cup blanched almond flour (packed)
- 1/4 cup collagen peptides
- 3 Tbsp golden monk fruit sweetener
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup coconut butter (melted)
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 tsp coconut oil (room temp)
- For the bars, combine all dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Mix in all wet ingredients. First, stir with a fork, then knead dough with hands until it is well mixed and holds together.
- Press dough into a lined 8″ x 4″ baking pan*
- Place in the freezer for at least one hour to set.
- Remove bars from freezer and cut to desired shape/size.
- For the topping, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil on your stove-top in a small saucepan. Set heat to low, stirring frequently until chocolate is fully melted.
- Drizzle chocolate over cut bars (you may not use all of the chocolate) and then add sprinkles before the chocolate has a chance to set.
- Store bars in the fridge or freezer.
*I recommend lining the pan with plastic wrap. Cut a long piece of plastic wrap, fold it in half (to make it thicker), then place it in the pan with the edges draping over the sides. Put the dough in the plastic-lined pan and evenly spread it out with a spatula. Fold the plastic wrap over the dough and use that as a barrier between your hands and the dough to press down the bars.
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