Perfect Bar Ingredients

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The Perfect Bar Ingredients has been a guarded secret, but I managed to get my hands on it. Just kidding. I didn’t have access to their secret formula, but with some help from the internet and qualitative chemical analysis, I was able to piece together what’s inside. Let’s see what I found out about the ingredients!

Copycat Homemade Perfect Bars

Everything tastes better when you know it’s good for you! These Copycat Homemade Perfect Bars are a great way to fill your body with extra protein and make your taste buds do the happy dance. Topped with chocolate chips, they’re the perfect treat.

homemade perfect bars

How to make copycat perfect bars

Healthy protein bars right at home

There’s no denying it: granola-style bars are just better when they’re made at home! Maybe it’s the fresh ingredients, or maybe it’s the satisfaction of making your own, but something about them just tastes better.

For me, I’m all about grab-and-go style bars. Granola bars, protein bars, Perfect Bars, Clif Bars… I love them all. But when I started becoming more conscious of what I was eating and made the transition to a whole foods approach, I knew processed granola bars had to go.

Enter: My own copycat homemade perfect bars! If you’re unfamiliar, Perfect Bars are protein bars that come in a wide variety of flavors. The options are endless, and over time I’ve built up my stock pile of bar recipes to be pretty endless too!

On my website you’ll find all types of bars ranging from millionaire and s’mores bars to cookie dough and pumpkin oat bars. When you set your mind to it, you can make any recipe right at home!

So, let’s dive into creating copycat homemade perfect bars. It’s a no-bake recipe that won’t take much time at all!

homemade perfect bars

Peanut butter protein bar ingredients

This recipe uses 8 different ingredients, many of which you probably already have at home. We’ll be using healthier ingredient options, which you can read more about down below!

  • Oat flour (store bought is best for ultra fine texture)
  • Vanilla protein powder
  • Salt
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coconut oil
  • Mini chocolate chips

Tools used to create this recipe

This recipe couldn’t be simpler. And with that, we’ll only need three tools plus various measuring cups!

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixing utensil
  • Bread pan
  • Measuring cups: 1/4 tsp, 1 tbsp, 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 3/4 cup.
making perfect bars

How to make copycat homemade perfect bars

These bars are incredibly simple to make. You’ll start by mixing the ingredients together, and then you’ll throw them in the fridge! This is a no-bake recipe that requires less than 10 minutes of prep time.

To make your own homemade perfect bars, we’re going to start by mixing the oat flour, protein powder, and salt in a large mixing owl.

Then, add the peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, and 1 tbsp of the coconut oil.

Mix everything together. It will be very thick, so I suggest using your hands to ensure that everything incorporates well.

Eventually, the mix should come together like playdough. If it’s still too dry, add more coconut oil. However, don’t overdo the coconut oil as we want the bars to be firm and not too soft.

Next, mix in the chocolate chips using your hands or a spoon.

Once everything is mixed, press it into a bread pan and add more chocolate chips on top if desired. Press them into the top.

Let sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour before cutting into the batter. Enjoy!

A healthier granola bar option

Just because thees bars are homemade doesn’t mean they can’t be protein-rich! We’re revving up the protein in these bars by including Vanilla protein powder (as well as oat flour and peanut butter). Any brand will do!

Throughout this recipe we also made some ingredient swaps to make this bar overall more whole and nutrient-rich than the processed versions you’d find in the grocery store.

Oat flour
Oat flour is a wonderful alternative to white flour. It includes more protein and fiber and comes with a lower carbohydrate count.

Natural peanut butter
Whenever I use nut butters, I always go for the all-natural options. The chemicals and preservatives present in processed versions are simply not worth it. If your grocery store carries it, all-natural is the way to go!

Honey
Honey is used as the sweetener in this recipe because it’s an all-natural option that tastes delicious and doesn’t contribute any unnecessary sugars. It’s a wonderfully sweet option!

Coconut oil
I used coconut oil in this recipe in place of alternatives like canola and vegetable oil. Coconut oil is known to be more nutrient-rich and a healthier fat than the former.

Peanut butter chocolate chip perfect bar tips

When it comes time to make your bars, take these tips into account to make the process as smooth and simple as possible!

8×4 bread pan
I like to use an 8×4 sized pan for this recipe, but any size will work! Since it’s no-bake, switching up the pan size is perfectly fine.

Add-ons
In addition to chocolate chips, there are a number of ways that you can add on to these bars! You can use white chocolate chips, nuts (like pecans or walnuts!), dried fruit, or even sprinkles.

Swapping peanut butter
If you’re more a cashew or almond butter person, feel free to use them. The peanut butter can be swapped at a 1:1 ratio with any similar nut butter!

Storage
Keep perfect bars sealed in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 4-5 days.

Perfect Bar Recipe

Save some money and make this Homemade Perfect Bar Recipe! Chocolate chip peanut butter protein bars are made with just 4 ingredients, come together in 10 minutes, and require no baking! Packed with 16 grams of protein per bar, along with healthy fats and carbs, they make a delicious and easy on-the-go snack or dessert everyone will love! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free.

Course: Snack

Calories: 292kcal

Protein: 16g

Carbs: 20g

Fat: 19g

PREP TIME:10 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME:10 MINUTES

SERVINGS:8 BARS

ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (256 grams) (you can use smooth or chunky)
  • 1 cup egg white protein powder (80 grams) – see notes for substitutions
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (60 grams)
  • flaked sea salt, for topping

instructions

  • Add your peanut butter, protein powder, and maple syrup to a stand mixer and use the paddle attachment to mix until a dough forms, about 30 seconds to one minute. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use a food processor or just mix by hand with a fork in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add in 3 tablespoons of the chocolate chips and mix again until combined, about 5 seconds. Be careful not to overmix as the dough will become crumbly.
  • Line an 8×8 glass baking dish or bread pan (an 8×8 will give you 8 thinner bars and a bread pan will give you 6 thicker bars)* with parchment paper (this makes for easy removal) and press mixture into the bottom of the pan until evenly distributed. Top with the remaining chocolate chips and a little bit of sea salt. Cut into 8 equal-size bars. To firm them up a little, you can place them in the fridge. Store in the fridge for up to a week.

notes

I suggest using a food scale and weighing your peanut butter and protein powder to help ensure the right texture of the bars.

Make sure your peanut butter is all-natural and is very runny/drippy. I like Trader Joe’s brand. You can use smooth or crunchy (my favorite). If your peanut butter isn’t runny, the mixture will be crumby. You can add more maple syrup to accommodate.

I like egg white protein powder in this perfect bar recipe because it’s bland and doesn’t add any additional flavor. If you don’t have egg white protein, you can substitute your favorite protein (collagen, whey, plant-based), but I would be careful of the ratios. Protein powders vary by consistency and how dense they are, so I would add a little less than the recipe calls for and add as you need for the best consistency. You can always add, but you can never take away! Check out the comments for substitutions others have done!

I tested this recipe a few times and found that 1/4 cup maple syrup works the best. You can adjust the amount depending on how sweet you like them or how moist. You also might have to adjust the amount depending on how oily your peanut butter is.

*using an 8×8 baking dish will give you 8 1/2-inch thick bars. You can use any kind of baking dish since this is a no-bake recipe, but the thickness will change some. A bread loaf pan works well and will give you thicker bars!

PERFECT BAR – DIETITIAN REVIEW

Perfect Bar – Dietitian Review

This Perfect Bar Dietitian Product Review will help you decide if Perfect Bars are nutritionally sound and worth the money. Read on for my review of taste, nutritional properties, ingredients, uses, cost, and overall versatility before making your decision.

 

ABOUT PERFECT BARS

 

Perfect bars are energy bars that come in a variety of flavours. They are marketed as ‘whole food’ energy bars, using no artificial preservatives or ingredients that you can’t understand. According to their website, they require refrigeration but can be left at room temperature for 2-7 days, depending on the flavour. 

PERFECT BAR – DIETITIAN REVIEW

 

perfect bar dietitian review

 

TASTE: 

I sampled the peanut butter flavour. Overall, I thought the product had good flavour. It has a soft, pasty texture but I find it to be less chalky than some other protein or energy bars. It has a strong honey flavour which some people may not enjoy. 

INGREDIENTS: 

 

Perfect bar ingredients list

 

Overall, I like the ingredient profile of these bars. Perfect bars are made with whole-food ingredients that you can understand, which makes them a less processed option compared to some other bars on the market. There are a variety of protein sources, seed oils, and vegetable powders incorporated into these bars which is evident in the nutrition profile. 

 

PRIORITY ALLERGENS:

Perfect bars are gluten free. 

Contains: peanuts, milk, eggs, sesame. May contain tree nuts. 

Note: always check the nutrition label for up-to-date allergen information.

PERFECT BAR – DIETITIAN REVIEW

NUTRITION PROFILE: 

Calories: this bar is energy-dense. I would classify this in the ‘energy bar’ category.

Fat: perfect bars are a source of healthy fats coming from peanut butter and a variety of seed oils in the ingredient list. This helps the snack be more satiating and keeps you full longer.

Carbohydrate: this bar has a moderate source of carbohydrates compared to other energy bars. It is lower in carbohydrates than many other bars with similar calorie content.

perfect bar nutrition facts table

 

Fibre: this bar is a good source of fibre, with 4g of fibre per bar.

Sugar: this bar has 18g of sugar per bar. This is mostly added sugar from honey, which is the second ingredient on the ingredient list. I would consider this to be a high amount of added sugar, though it’s important to note that this is fairly common for energy bars.

Protein: each flavour varies in protein content. The peanut butter bar that I sampled is high in protein, with 17g of protein per bar coming from skim milk powder, rice protein, peanut butter, and dried egg. I like that there are a variety of protein sources used in this product, most of which are not ultra-processed.

Other nutrients: perfect bars are a source of a variety of macronutrients, coming from the vegetable powders. The peanut butter flavour provides a good source of calcium, iron, vitamin E, Niacin, Phosphorus, and Magnesium.

 

PERFECT BAR – DIETITIAN REVIEW

ARE PERFECT BARS HEALTHY? (SUGGESTED USES)

 

Perfect bars are a great option for those looking for a good quality, whole-food-based protein bar or energy bar. It can be used as a post-workout snack for athletes or those with high nutrition needs, though additional carbohydrates may be required. It may also be an option for those looking for a convenient way to help meet their energy and protein needs throughout the day.

This bar is energy-dense and the full nutrition profile may not be necessary as a snack for the average adult depending on their eating habits and nutrition needs.

These bars require refrigeration, so they lack the added convenience of some shelf-stable products. Check the product package for individual shelf life.

 

perfect bar dietitian review

 

COST: 

$$$ – expensive 

The average cost that I can find (in Ontario) is $3.89 per bar. This is high for n snack bar, but not uncommon. This is comparable to other less-processed energy bars on the market.

WOULD I PURCHASE PERFECT BARS AGAIN?

I would purchase this bar again for days where I am on the go and may be inconsistent with my meals and snacks. I love that the ingredients are more whole food based, and it seems like a less processed protein bar compared to others on the market. These bars are dense nutritionally which is not something that I typically need as a daily snack. For that reason, it’s not something that I would use as part of my daily routine. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ARE PERFECT BARS GLUTEN-FREE?

Yes, Perfect Bars are gluten-free. They contain peanuts, milk, eggs, sesame. They may contain tree nuts. Note: always check the label for up to date allergen information. 

ARE PERFECT BARS KETO?

Perfect Bars contain 24-26 grams of carbohydrate (20-22g net carbs) per bar and are not considered keto.

ARE PERFECT BARS LOW FODMAP?

Perfect bars contain honey which is a source of fructose. Therefore, they are not considered low FODMAP. 

 

ARE PERFECT BARS A MEAL REPLACEMENT?

Depending on your nutritional needs, Perfect Bars may be suitable as a meal replacement. Keep in mind, consuming a processed food item (such as a bar) will likely digest much faster than a whole-food-based meal, meaning you will not feel full as long. Perfect bars are also higher in sugar and lower in fibre than a balanced whole-food meal would be.

ARE PERFECT BARS WHOLE 30?

Perfect Bars are not considered Whole 30 as they contain dairy, added sugar (honey), and nuts.

ARE PERFECT BARS PALEO?

Perfect Bars are not considered paleo because they are processed, contain dairy, and contain vegetable oil.

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