Save some cash and make your favorite peanut butter chocolate chip protein bar at home. This Copycat Perfect Bar Recipe is dairy and egg free but still fill of flavor and protein. You will end up liking the homemade version better than store bought!
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Homemade Perfect Bars versus Store Bought
There is nothing better than being able to make your favorite store bought or restaurant item at home. For one it’s much more cost effective and you can have it whenever you like.
So you can imagine I was quite happy when I ventured out to make the ever popular Perfect Bar recipe at home and they turned out–first try!
Ok, so they aren’t exactly Perfect Bars–Perfect Bars contain egg, egg powder that is. Funny I don’t happen to just have egg powder hanging around in the kitchen, ha! Plus, I thought that it would be better for my vegan friends because they could enjoy a Perfect Bar-like treat as well!
I will admit, I wasn’t a fan of the bars the first time I tried. I thought they were a tad on the sweet side and didn’t get what the hype was. However, I had a coupon for them right after we had Sam so I grabbed a few and I will say those bars literally saved my life a couple times in the early days with our little nugget.
Sometimes you gotta eat, and you gotta make it easy as possible. The Perfect Bar is perfect for that!
What exactly are Perfect Bars?
This recipe is certainly not an exact replica of an actual Perfect Bar, but it is so similar and has plenty of protein and goodness, I find it to be a great homemade alternative. Perfect Bars are protein bars you can find in the refrigerated section of many groceries and they include a combinations of nut butters, egg powder, milk powder, and other ingredients like seeds, nuts and more.
They also boast a long list of “whole food powders” which tend to come from fruits and veggies. They typically cost about $2-$3 per bar which can be pricey but they deliver a delicious bar to fuel you up so when in a pinch, they re great.
Are perfect bars vegan?
Not all of them are. They have a couple versions that are vegan, but the peanut butter dark chocolate chip is not. Why aren’t they vegan? A lot of them include egg powder and milk powder. This recipe can easily be made vegan–you just have to add a plant based protein powder and keep the milk dairy free. You should be all set then!
Is this copycat perfect bar gluten free?
It is! While I don’t have any issue eating gluten personally, this recipe just happens to include flours that are gluten free. You just have to double check that your oat flour states that it is indeed gluten free.
A few things to know before making this Perfect Bar recipe:
- First, I used almond flour in addition to oat flour because I thought all oat flour may be a bit much and I LOVE the flavor of almond flour. The almond flour was perfect (notice the overuse of this word…). Almond flour is a bit pricey so only needing a little will go a long way since I am sure you will be making these weekly from here on out. Or at least I have been!
- Another thing to note is that when I say press, I mean PRESS these babies into the pan. If you want a really sturdy, dense bar, then you gotta put all your weight into it, sit on it, whatever you have to do, bring the power. The bars will be too flimsy if you don’t so when you think you have pressed hard enough, keep going.
- Also, thanks to feedback from a couple readers who tested this Perfect Bar recipe, you may prefer mini chocolate chips instead of full size, just as they use in real Perfect Bars. Also, if you like the sweetness of Perfect Bars, add a bit more maple. Oh and one last thing, make sure the protein powder you use is one you would be okay drinking as a shake without holding your nose. Just sayin–consider yourself warned.
If you love energy bars and bites, then I have got soooo many goodies for you. This Perfect Bar recipe is just the beginning my friends!
Check some of these out:
- No Bake Mango Coconut Cashew Bars
- Blueberry Muffin Protein Bars (Very similar to a Perfect Bar as well!)
- Blueberry Lemon Energy Bites
- Pecan Pie Energy Bites
Search “Energy Bites” for many many more!
- 3/4 c almond flour
- 3/4 c oat flour
- 1/2 c peanut butter
- 1/3 c vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 c milk of choice
- 1/2 c maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 c chocolate chips
- Dash of sea salt
Combine all ingredients except for sprinkles and milk in a medium sized bowl.
Stir to combine, and then get in with your hands and knead until a dough is formed. Slowly add in milk until a nice thick, but not too wet consistency. Fold in chocolate chips.
Press mixture VERY FIRMLY into a parchment lined pan or dish (about 6x8--pyrex has one that size. If you don't have one, use an 8x8 pan but don't press all the way to one end.)
Freeze for about 30 minutes to set.
Remove from freezer and cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.
For best results, wrap individually with plastic after cutting.