This White Chocolate Peppermint Collagen Protein Bar recipe is both Paleo and Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) compliant. These protein bars are creamy, full of flavor, and are truly a healthy addition to your holiday breakfast or snack routine. Grab the recipe below.
As I mentioned when I shared the recipe for my Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Protein Bars, this is one of four seasonal flavors I'll be sharing with you from now until Christmas.
This White Chocolate Peppermint Protein Bar recipe, in addition to the Pumpkin Snickerdoodle flavor, will also be accompanied by Gingerbread and Apple Pie. You won't want to miss them! The Pumpkin Snickerdoodle is already getting rave reviews on Instagram, and I don't expect the others will be any different.
Let’s look at the ingredients in this White Chocolate Peppermint Protein Bar recipe.
In this recipe, the combination of collagen protein, coconut butter, coconut cream, and real peppermint essential oil makes a seriously delicious holiday protein bar. Just like my other collagen protein bar recipes, these are so delicious, I swear they could pass as dessert.
The Protein Component: Collagen
Although I was once an avid plant-based protein kinda girl, the protein powder I swear by these days is a form of protein called collagen hydrolysate, aka collagen peptides.
Collagen is one of the most structural substances in your body, responsible for healthy tissue repair, joint flexibility, bone and skin renewal, and reducing inflammation. If one of your goals is to help put your autoimmune disease into remission, collagen is your golden ticket.
I used the Collagen Protein from Perfect Supplements for this White Chocolate Peppermint Protein Bar recipe, but I’ve also tested it with Great Lakes and Vital Proteins. All work wonderfully, but the Perfect Supplements option is at a really great price! I also love their mission statement.
The Creamy Component: Coconut
Confession: I’m not a fan of coconut butter. It’s dry, crumbly, and not easy to snack on since it solidifies at room temp. It is however key to the success of this recipe, and once all the ingredients come together, the coconut butter is a non-issue for me. These bars are anything but dry or crumbly, and they’re a perfect snack.
Coconut butter on it’s own has plenty of merit as well. It’s said that the fat from coconut butter can’t be stored as body fat since it’s so readily available for energy. This means that despite these bars being higher in fat, you don’t need to worry about your waist line when eating them. In fact, you can expect any of the following benefits from indulging in these coconut butter based bars:
- High in healthy medium chain triglycerides
- High in fiber
- Improved blood sugar control
- Reduced sugar cravings
Pretty insane, right? Let’s move on.
The Holiday Component: Peppermint
I’ve made these bars in so many combinations at this point: fresh berries, dried berries, pumpkin snickerdoodle, with apples and apple pie spice, and with gingerbread spices. These might just become a favorite, but I'm trying to stay unbiased.
This White Chocolate Peppermint Protein Bar variation has a fresh and clean flavor with the peppermint essential oil, offset with a subtle sweetness from the chocolate icings and the maple syrup sweetener.
The Dessert Component: White and Dark Chocolate Icing
NOTICE: no store bought white chocolate was used in the making of these bars! Most of the white chocolate found in grocery stores is full of icky ingredients; the kind of ingredients that make you feel the need to follow up the holiday season with a restrictive and equally icky diet.
The ‘white chocolate drizzle’ shown in these photographs was created using the recipe below. It’s so easy – don’t skip this step!
Full disclosure, I used 80% dark chocolate for dipping the bottoms of these protein bars, in place of the dark chocolate icing. If you tolerate chocolate without issue, I highly recommend using melted chocolate in place of the dark chocolate icing recipe listed below to make them really feel like a treat. Regardless of the chocolate option you choose (real dark chocolate or coconut oil ‘chocolate icing’), you won’t be disappointed.
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp coconut flour
- 3/4 cup Perfect Supplements Collagen Protein
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened (optional)
- 1/2 cup coconut butter
- 2.5 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (swap with vanilla powder for AIP)
- 1 tsp almond extract (omit for AIP)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 4–6 drops peppermint essential oil
Dark Chocolate Icing (optional):
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp cacao powder, or carob powder for AIP
- 1/2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
White Chocolate Drizzle:
- 1.5 Tbsp coconut butter
- .5 Tbsp coconut oil
- Shredded coconut for sprinkling the top of bars (optional)
For the Bars
- Mix all ingredients together by hand in a bowl. It'll be easier to melt the coconut butter. I heat the glass jar in a sauce pan full of hot water. You could also microwave the jar if it's glass. It may take a bit of stirring before the dough comes together.
- Form into 8 equal bars. I used this inexpensive silicon mold to make my bars all the same size. This is the trick to getting them to look really pretty as well! However, you can also use a greased glass baking sheet, or you can shape the bars by hand.
- Place the formed bars in freezer for about 10 minutes to set. Once they're set, remove the bars from the silicon mold or the baking dish. At this point, you can choose if you'd like to make the chocolate icing and drizzle, (recipes below) or leave plain.
For the Dark Chocolate Icing
- Melt the coconut oil and stir in cacao powder (or carob powder for AIP) and maple syrup.
- Dip bottom half of each bar in the chocolate icing.
- Use a piping bag or a ziploc with a small hole cut in the tip to drizzle chocolate on top of the bars.
- Place bars on waxed paper in the refrigerator to set.
NOTE: You can also melt half a bar of dark chocolate instead of making the Dark Chocolate Icing if you're not following AIP.
For the White Chocolate Drizzle
- Mix together the melted coconut butter and melted coconut oil.
- Place bars on wire cooling rack. Use a piping bag or a ziploc with a small hole cut in the corner to drizzle on top of the bars.
- Sprinkle bars with shredded coconut for garnish (optional), and place in the fridge to set.
- The bars have the best texture at room temperature, but you can also store in the fridge for a longer shelf-life.