Peanut Butter Protein Bars and a Giveaway! [closed]

So, can we agree that the Fourth of July is just weird this year? I mean, it couldn’t get more awkward than having a holiday that is just made for weekend BBQing on a Wednesday. Of all days.

When do you take your long weekend? Do you take vacation on Monday and Tuesday and then still have the tail end of a week left? Or, do you call out Thursday and Friday and have a post-Fourth party. (Or are you like me, and not in possession of enough vacation days to take any time off? True story. Bummer.)

I was zooming all around this past weekend–I helped paint my grandma’s apartment; I was out at my parents’ house; we were down at the beach; I met Charlie in New York for dinner-and-dessert on his way through town as he trained it up the East Coast. That’s a lot of hopping! And I don’t know about all of you…but I tend to get hungry. And not like just hungry but…hangry. Think hungry + angry. I can get verrrry testy if I’m not fed regularly.

Which is why having a bunch of these in my fridge has been so clutch lately. First off, they’re no-bake. If you’ll recall (and I’m so glad you were amused, Amy), my apartment is a magma swamp at the moment. The oven and I are not on speaking terms. So a snack you can make in literally 15 minutes that doesn’t involve contributing to the rain-forest-like quality of my kitchen? Ace. AND they’re healthy. I win at life.

Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Adapted from Peanut Butter Fingers

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup PB Crave Razzle Dazzle peanut butter
  • 2 cups bran flakes (I used Raisin Bran Crunch)
  • 1 cup granola (I used Love Grown)
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/3 cup raisins

1. Line an 8×4″ loaf pan (I used a disposable one) with aluminum foil and set aside.
2. Add honey and sugar to a medium-sized pot and warm over medium heat, stirring until the two are melted together.
3. Add cinnamon and continue to stir until mostly dissolved.
4. Add peanut butter into the honey mixture, continuing to stir until all ingredients are incorporated smoothly (make sure your flame isn’t too hot, or it’ll start to burn).
5. Remove pot from heat and stir in bran flakes, granola, flaxseed, and raisins.
6. Press mixture into your lined loaf pan (mine made a little more than enough to fill the loaf tin, so I filled a mini loaf tin as well). Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Then…cut yourself a bar and try not to eat the rest of the tin in one sitting. I dare you.

These bars are a wonderful combination of sweet and salty, crunchy-crispy from the bran flakes, and filling thanks to that peanut butter base. They’re fabulous eaten right out of the tin…but they’re even better crumbled over some yogurt (or ice cream, if you’re feeling indulgent).

And now, the giveaway!

**The giveaway is closed!! The winner is Karey @ Nutty About Health, who was working on the Fourth of July but was looking forward to a “grilled veggie burger and some delicious, creamy potato salad.” Congratulations, Karey–and check your email!!**

PB Crave (remember them?) has generously offered one of my readers a CoCo Banana Variety Pack–three jars of your own PB Crave to have and to hold. And to nom. Enticed?

To enter:
MANDATORY: Leave a comment below and tell me, What are you bringing / did you bring to your Fourth of July BBQ? (Or what are you most looking forward to, if you’re not cooking/baking.)

For additional entries (you must leave a comment for each additional entry):
Subscribe to Chip Chip Hooray via RSS or email.
Follow @ChipChipHooray on Twitter
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That’s six possible ways to win! (And if you don’t, take heart–the PB Crave people have just informed me that their product is now available on the East Coast at Fresh Market grocery stores. Woohoo!)

Giveaway details:
–This giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States only (sorry again, HI, AK, and UK friends!) and will run until from Monday, July 2, until Friday, July 6, at 11:59 pm EST.
–Winner will be determined via a random number generator software program. Winner will be notified via the contact email provided on the comment contact form.
–Winner will have until Monday, July 9, to respond to my email and claim their peanut butter pack or another winner will be chosen and contacted.
–Prize peanut butter will be shipped directly to the winner’s address by PB Crave.

Disclaimer: While this giveaway was sponsored by PB Crave, I did not receive a similar prize pack. I simply won one of their daily trivia contests and decided to share the prize with one of my readers, since I’ve already gotten to try their peanut butter. I hope you enjoy! As always, all opinions are my own.

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78 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Protein Bars and a Giveaway! [closed]

  1. These look excellent, and right now, with the temps at almost 100, not using the oven is a big plus. For my 4th of July, I’m driving to a family get-together, which will feature all kinds of food. I’m not sure what I’ll be making yet, but I’m really looking forward to it.

    As to the giveaway, LOL………………I just added your RSS feed to my reader and also just started following you on Twitter, plus liked you on facebook.

  2. uh, i’m BEYOND excited that i got a shoutout with a reference to the magma swamp. YES! and your use of hangry? epic. =)

    this year for the 4th, we have two small parties to attend. it’s going to be six bajillion degrees, so making something that won’t melt / turn into a food poisoning fiasco is a must. i’m thinking some sort of room temp israeli couscous salad with fresh veggies. =)

  3. I think we’re going to play it pretty low-key this year. I’m with you on thinking it’s very strange that it’s on a Wednesday. And taking two days off from work just for the fun of it isn’t an option (I’ve got to make each day count!). We do, however, have a great raw-corn salad on the menu for our little grill-out for two. :)

  4. It is also my sister’s birthday so I make a cake that she likes and I will have all fans going while I make it because it is so hot here. It is a banana cake with cream cheese frosting. She asked for it so I will have the oven on for just a little bit and bring the cake.

  5. AUUHHH YEEAUUUHH PB CRAVE YEEAUUHHHH! On fourth of july I’m bringing guacamole so I can eat it animal style..face first. LOOK MA NO HANDS! lol

  6. Ummm yeah this holiday is awkward in a major way. You know what else is awkward? The fact that I’ve never heard of this rockstar PB brand before! WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!?!? I need a few jars AND these bars in my life! I’m bring a white balsamic custard fruit tart to the 4th!

  7. Well, no barbecue for me this year but I am looking forward to all the kick butt kimchi at CookOut NY this weekend! That counts as a barbecue right? I figure that should become a staple in American BBQs. My grandparents always had Boar’s Head franks on the grill. Ahhh nostalgia. :-)

  8. These look so, so yummy. I love healthy treats, and I especially love that these don’t call for any weird ingredients! Pitted dates and de-fatted peanut flour and the like? Excuse me for not having those in my kitchen at all times. Hah! And I totally understand the hangry thing… ahahha :)

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