These healthy Peppermint Protein Bars are made with collagen peptides, almond flour and coconut butter. In addition, this easy protein bar recipe is Paleo, keto, no bake and requires just 8 ingredients. They're a crowd pleaser and a great holiday snack or 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 flavoring
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.
How to Make Peppermint Protein Bars
The dough for these collagen bars is made in one bowl, then pressed into an 8" x 4" baking pan and placed in the freezer to set. This easy recipe is no bake and takes just minutes to throw together. Here are the steps:
Make the Bars
To make the bars, first combine all dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. This includes the almond flour, collagen, monk fruit sweetener and salt.
Next, add in the wet ingredients (melted coconut butter, water, vanilla and peppermint). Mix with a spatula, then use your hands to knead the dough.
Press the dough into a lined 8" x 4" baking pan. If your pan is larger, I suggest doubling the recipe.
Lastly, place the bars in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to firm.
Once they are firm, remove the bars from the baking pan and cut them to desired size (I made 8 bars).
Make the Topping
The topping is optional, but I like a little chocolate with my peppermint 😉 Plus, the topping brings these bars from boring to beautiful!
First, melt the chocolate and coconut oil on the stove top, over low heat. Stir frequently until the chocolate is fully melted. Mix in the peppermint flavoring.
Take the cut protein bars and space them out over a wire cooling rack or sheet of parchment paper. Drizzle the chocolate over the protein bars and top with sprinkles.
How to Store Homemade Protein Bars
These peppermint bars are best kept in the fridge or freezer. They will slightly soften at room temperature, but can be kept out for a few hours.
Keep them in an air tight container or baggie and store in the fridge up to two weeks or the freezer up to two months.
More Easy Protein Bar Recipes
I love making my own Paleo protein bars - they're SO easy, taste great and are made with healthy ingredients. Here are some more easy protein bar recipes to check out:
- Dark Chocolate Protein Bars
- Pumpkin Protein Bars
- Hazelnut Collagen Protein Bars
- Bone Broth Protein Bars
These no bake peppermint protein bars are made with collagen peptides, almond flour and coconut butter and have a delicious minty flavor.
- 1 cup blanched almond flour, packed (115g)
- ¼ cup collagen peptides (22g)
- 3 Tbsp golden monk fruit sweetener
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ¼ cup coconut butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp water
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp peppermint flavoring
- 2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips
- ½ tsp coconut oil
- ¼ tsp peppermint flavoring
- Combine all dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. This includes the almond flour, collagen, monk fruit and salt.
- Add in wet ingredients. This includes the coconut butter, water, vanilla and peppermint. First, mix with a spatula, then knead dough with your hands until it is well mixed and holds together.
- Press the dough into a lined 8" x 4" baking pan*
- Place bars in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to firm.
- Remove bars from freezer and cut to desired shape/size.
- 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. Mix in the peppermint flavoring.
- Spread the protein bars out on a wire cooling rack or sheet of parchment paper. Drizzle chocolate over bars and top with sprinkles.
- 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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