These protein junk they are prepared in 30 minutes with a short list of whole ingredients. They pack protein powder in both the chocolate coating and the scotch base. Enjoy!
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As Midwesterners, we love a good dessert bar, and you protein scoops are sure to impress. Not only do they pack that buttery flavor and chocolate flavor you love, but we’ve added chocolate protein powder to both the crispy rice base and the chocolate coating.
What’s in these Protein Scotcheroos?
These protein shakes are made up of two layers, a peanut butter crispy rice layer and a chocolate layer. The peanut butter layer consists of rice crackers tossed in peanut butter, honey, coconut oil and of course protein powder.
And the chocolate layer contains butterscotch and semi-sweet chocolate chips, coconut oil and protein powder that all melt into the most gorgeous glossy chocolate coating.
Substitutions & Variations
- Chocolate chips: you can use a dairy-free chocolate chip or milk chocolate. We do not recommend removing the butterscotch chips as they are vital to the flavor.
- Protein powder: we also tried this recipe with collagen powder, and that worked great. Feel free to use any type and any flavor. Chocolate would be delicious!
You can also mix up how you cut these bars. Triangles would be fun! Or you can make them smaller so they are more bite-sized to serve a crowd as well.
We recommend a double boiler for melting the chocolate for this recipe because it helps melt evenly and is the best way to avoid burning the chocolate. A double boiler consists of two stacked pots: the lower pot contains simmering water and the upper pot sits inside it.
The heat from the simmering water in the lower pot is gently and evenly transferred to the contents of the upper pot. Essentially, it’s a way to heat things up slowly and evenly without direct contact with the heat source. If you don’t have two pots, you can use a saucepan and a metal bowl.
Add coconut oil as needed. If the peanut butter used is not rich enough, you may need to use more coconut oil to smooth out the peanut butter mixture.
Storage instructions + freezer
After slicing the scallions, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. We do not recommend storing them at room temperature as the coconut oil will cause the bar to not hold its shape.
We recommend storing these scotcher bars in the freezer as they will last longer. We have them in a gallon size bag and that works great!
Our protein bars feature protein powder in both the peanut butter layer and the chocolate layer. It’s the perfect sweet treat that contains 9g of protein per bar!
Line a 9×13-inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Heat the peanut butter, honey and coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir to combine and heat until melted and glossy.
Remove from heat and add protein powder, rice crackers and peanut butter mixture to a large mixing bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon or wet your hands and mix until homogeneous.
Pour the crispy rice mixture into the lined pan. Press the crispy rice firmly to the bottom of the pan with your hands. Set aside.
Place a double boiler on the stove.* Heat the pot over medium/low heat. Add the coconut oil, chocolate chips and caramel chips to the top pot. When the mixture begins to melt, stir the ingredients continuously until the mixture melts and becomes glossy.
Slowly add the chocolate protein powder to the melted chocolate, mixing until combined before adding more protein powder. When all the protein powder is added and mixed, remove from heat.
Pour the chocolate over the rice crispies and use a spatula to spread them evenly. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, if desired.
Place the pan in the refrigerator until it sets.
Serve immediately or store on the counter for softer bars or in the fridge for a firmer bar.
Tips & Notes
- A double boiler is a kitchen tool used to gently and indirectly heat food or liquids. It consists of two stacked pots: the bottom pot contains simmering water, and the top pot sits in it. The heat from the simmering water in the lower pot is gently and evenly transferred to the contents of the upper pot. Essentially, it’s a way to heat things up slowly and evenly without direct contact with the heat source. If you don’t have two pots, you can use a saucepan and a metal bowl.
- If the peanut butter used is not rich enough, you may need to use more coconut oil to smooth out the peanut butter mixture.
- Be careful not to heat both the peanut butter and chocolate mixture over high heat so they don’t burn.
Calories: 329kcal Carbohydrates: 31G Protein: 9G Fat: 21G Fiber: 2G Sugar: 20G
Photo: The photos taken in this post are by Ashley McGlaughlin of The Edible Perspective.