10 Homemade Protein Bars and How to Make Them

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Protein bars are now marketed and sold in an appealing variety of subtly blended creative flavors. Homemade protein bars have opened up the doors for creativity and an ability to meet the taste requirement or virtually every person. If you like protein you can try it with so many extra tasty ingredients, for vegetarians, there are homemade protein bars which are made with vegetable sources for proteins and for vegans there are protein bars which meet their strict diet requirements. The recipes for incredibly tasty bars are countless and you can use these recipes to test your own creative food preparation skills. Take a read and taste your way through a great selection.

Last Updated: August 22, 2018
By Sarah Coryell:

A full update of the homemade protein bars list is now live as well as an updated guide and FAQ section. Enjoy!

10 Homemade Protein Bars

1. Toasted Coconut and Vanilla Whey Protein Bars

1. Toasted Coconut and Vanilla Whey Protein Bars
Coconut, vanilla, and chocolate is a classic combination loved by the masses. Add the fact that this bar is no-bake, has 16 grams of protein, and has lots of fiber, you are sure to love this one, created by Anna Sward of Proteinpow.com.
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Nutrition:
The Toasted Coconut and Vanilla Whey Protein Bar recipe makes 3 bars, one per each serving. Each serving has 212 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 8.8 carbs. What makes this bar a star is the 16.6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber packed into it.

Ingredients:
½ cup of vanilla whey
¼ cup of toasted coconut flakes
¼ cup of coconut flour
¼ cup of milk

How to Make Toasted Coconut and Vanilla Whey Protein Bars
•Mix together the whey, flour, coconut, and enough milk so the mixture keeps its form
•Shape into 3 bars
•Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the bars
•Freeze bars for 30 minutes or until set
•Enjoy!
Pros
  • No-bake
  • Short
  • Easy recipe
  • Delicious
Cons
  • Heavily reliant on coconut products
  • Some testers do not like the use of processed protein powder

2. Oats & Peanut Butter Protein Bars

2. Oats & Peanut Butter Protein Bars
The Protein Chef, aka Derek Howes, created these cheap, easy and delicious protein bars. They have 18.5 grams of protein, the most by far in any homemade recipe. Testers find these bars to be extremely delicious, and have even added extra mix-ins, like almonds, to make them even tastier.
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Nutrition:
Protein powder is the main source of protein in these bars, but natural peanut butter also contributes to that. Other ingredients, including milk, honey, and chocolate chips, can be swapped to create a vegan version of this bar. In addition to the 18.5 grams of protein, each bar has 316 calories, 14 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of sugar.

Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
½ cup fat free milk
2 tsps. Ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp. honey
1 cup natural peanut butter
4 ½ scoops protein powder
15 drops liquid sweetener
2 servings chocolate chips
1 (15 oz.) box seedless raisins

How to Make Oats & Peanut Butter Protein Bars
•Mix milk, honey, and peanut butter in a small pan over low heat until combined
•Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients
•Press into a square baking pan and let cool and harden
•Cut into 10 bars.
•Enjoy!
Pros
  • High protein
  • Uses common ingredients
  • Reviewers find it delicious
  • No-bake
Cons
  • Some testers found that the bars did not harden.
  • Making them difficult to portion
  • High calorie

3. Cookies and Cream Protein Bars

3. Cookies and Cream Protein Bars
A classic ice cream combination turned into a protein bar? It can’t possibly be bad, and testers agree. It’s delicious… especially with real chocolate as one of the ingredients. Jennifer Trennum, the creator of this recipe, challenges those who make this recipe to eat just one. Reviewers agree that these bars are hard to resist with their natural sweetness and satisfying candy-bar like texture and taste. One reviewer even said she serves these at her Christmas party, and they are a hit!
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Nutrition:
These bars are gluten-free, vegan, and packed with 10 grams of protein. Described by testers as just like eating candy, the Cookies and Cream Protein Bars have no processed ingredients and less than 10 grams of sugar per serving. Each bar has 273 calories, 19 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, and 5.5 grams of fiber.

Ingredients:
¾ cup softened coconut butter
1 ½ Tbsp. cashew butter
2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
3 Tbsp. dark chocolate chunks

How to Make Cookies and Cream Protein Bars
•Line a loaf pan with parchment paper
•Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth and well-mixed
•Pour mixture into loaf pan and press down to flatten
•Cover and freeze for 20 minutes
•Cut into 8 bars
•Enjoy!
Pros
  • No-bake
  • Low-mess
  • Incredibly delicious according to testers
Cons
  • 10 grams of protein may not be enough for some nutrition regimens 

5. Carrot Cake Protein Bars

5. Carrot Cake Protein Bars
Who doesn’t love dessert? With the Carrot Cake Protein Bar, courtesy of Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit, you can have your cake and eat it, too… and you won’t have to run extra miles to burn it off. These oven-baked bars pack 13 grams of protein, are highly portable, and are tasty with or without the raisins. Reviewers praise the cake-like texture and taste of this protein bar. The recipe includes traditional baking spices, like cloves and cinnamon, to make this protein bar taste like the real deal.
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Nutrition:
The Carrot Cake Protein Bar meets a variety of dietary needs, since it is free of the following things: gluten, dairy, oil, yeast, refined sugar, corn, grain, and nuts. It uses fresh fruits and veggies as ingredients and can be made vegan by finding an egg substitute. Each Carrot Cake Protein Bar has 242 calories, 8 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fibers, and 14 grams of sugar.

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1 mashed banana
¼ cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp. non-dairy milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
½ cup coconut flour
½ cup sprouted brown rice powder
¼ cup ground flax seed
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. sea salt
pinch of ground clove
¾ cup shredded carrots
¼ cup raisins
2 Tbsp. coconut butter, melted (for topping)

How to Make Carrot Cake Protein Bars
•Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
•Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl
•Sift together dry ingredients in a small bowl then add to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth
•Mix in the carrots and raisins
•Form bars with 1/3 cup of the mixture at a time and place on the baking sheet
•Bake for 22-25 minutes then allow to cool
•Drizzle with melted coconut butter
•Enjoy!
Pros
  • Tastes just like cake
  • Portable
  • Stores for 5 days
Cons
  • Baking required.
  • Ingredient substitution needed to make it vegan.
  • Higher in calories compared to other bars.

8. Matcha Chip Protein Squares

8. Matcha Chip Protein Squares
Matcha Green Tea is known for its energy boosting properties and other overall health benefits. Add some protein in the mix and BOOM! You have an amazing, tasty, and healthy protein bar that is easy to make.
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Nutrition:
Packed with energy-boosting matcha tea and natural sources of protein like nut butters and rice protein powder, the Matcha Chip Protein Square courtesy of MindBodyGreen is sure to become one of your faves. Unfortunately, there is no nutrition information provided on the MindBodyGreen website.

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups rolled oats
½ cup vegan protein powder
3 Tbsp. matcha powder
¼ sea salt
¼ cup raw cacao nibs
½ cup almond butter
3 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/3 cup almond milk
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla

How to Make Matcha Chip Protein Squares
•Soak the chia seeds in 1/3 cup almond milk in a bowl placed in the refrigerator for 10 minutes
•Process the rolled oats in a food processor until they resemble flour;
•In a large bowl, mix the oat flour, matcha powder, salt, protein powder, and cacao nibs
•Add remaining ingredients (including soaked chia seeds) and mix until well combined
•Press into a lined square baking pan and freeze for 15 minutes
•Cut into 9 bars
•Enjoy!
Pros
  • Natural ingredients
  • Very filling
  • Energy boosting
Cons
  • No nutrition info on website 
  • Matcha can have a bitter taste

7. Whole New Mom’s No Bake Protein Bars

7. Whole New Mom’s No Bake Protein Bars
This delicious homemade protein bar, created by Whole New Mom, uses all natural ingredients and no processed protein powder. Not only is it delicious and no-bake, but the ingredients are fully customizable so you can create a whole new bar with every batch you make!
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Nutrition:
This bar is made completely with whole, natural foods, so you don’t have to worry about the harms of processed, chemical-laden foods. This bar is grain-free, low-carb, and vegan, so even those that follow a particular diet or food-preference can enjoy it. Unfortunately, Whole New Mom has not found a nutrition evaluator that meets their standards, so there is no nutrition information provided for this bar.

Ingredients:
2 cups nuts or seeds of your choice
½ cup flax meal
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup seed or nut butter of your choice
3/8 tsp. salt
½ cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp. liquid sweetener
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup of chocolate or carob chips

How to Make Whole New Mom’s No Bake Protein Bars
•Combine nuts/seeds, flax meal, coconut, seed/nut butter, and salt in a food processor until they are a coarse meal
•Melt coconut oil over low heat and then add to food processor with sweetener and vanilla
•Process until you have a thick, crunchy paste
•Press into a lined square baking pan and chill until hardened
•Melt chocolate/carob and drizzle over bars
•Cut into 8 bars
•Enjoy!
Pros
  • Easy to make
  • Inexpensive ingredients
  • Special-diet friendly
Cons
  • No nutrition information provided.

9. Cranberry Almond Protein Bars

9. Cranberry Almond Protein Bars
This whole food bar, created by Giimme Some Oven, rivals the KIND bar you can buy in stores. They are no-bake, gluten-free, and stay fresh for a long time – 10 days!
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Nutrition:
The secret protein punch in these bars is the hemp seeds. Just three tablespoons of hemp seeds has 10 grams of protein. Add to that the almonds and coconut, and you have a tasty protein-rich treat. Unfortunately, Gimme Some Oven does not yet have nutrition info up and running on their website. They are searching for the most accurate provider of this information.

Ingredients:
2 cups almonds
2/3 cup puffed rice cereal
2/3 cup dried cranberries
½ cup coconut flakes
1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
2 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract

How to Make Cranberry Almond Protein Bars
•Line a square baking dish with parchment paper
•Place almonds, cereal, coconut, cranberries and hemp seeds in a large mixing bowl
•Cook syrup, honey, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium high heat until thick and bubby (4-5 minutes)
•Immediately pour over almond mixture and stir until combined
•Pour into baking dish and press down
•Cool for 30 minutes and cut into 8 bars
•Enjoy!
Pros
  • All-natural ingredients
  • No-bake
  • Stays fresh for a long time
Cons
  • Reported as too sweet
  • No nutrition analysis on website

4. Mocha Brownie Protein Bars

4. Mocha Brownie Protein Bars
The Mocha Brownie Protein Bar by Amy’s Healthy Baking is just like a classic brownie: moist, chewy and chocolatey. Protein powder is the source of the protein in this recipe, and coffee not only enhances the chocolate flavor, but gives eaters an extra boost of caffeine. When you are craving a brownie but don’t want to spend extra time at the gym, munch on one of these… it’s all the chocolate without the guilt!
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Nutrition:
Each bar has 13 grams of protein, along with 98 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of sugar. These would be more of a snack, or eating a larger bar would fulfill bigger cravings.

Ingredients:
3 scoops vanilla protein powder
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup rolled oats
2 Tbsp. powdered sweetener
1 cup cold coffee

How to Make Mocha Brownie Protein Bars
•Line a loaf pan with parchment paper
•Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, then stir in the coffee until well mixed
•Pour into pan and press down to flatten
•Chill for 2 hours before cutting into 6 bars
•Enjoy!
Pros
  • Lowest in calories
  • No-bake
  • Chocolate!
Cons
  • May have to eat multiple bars if you’re extra famished

6. Vegan Raw Crunch Bars

6. Vegan Raw Crunch Bars
These crunchy treats are not only vegan, but they also fit into a paleo diet plan. Inspired by a product purchased at a juice bar, creator mollyeatsSeitan concocted her take on this raw protein bar so she could enjoy them any time she wanted. They are a one-bowl, no-bake bar that provides 8 grams of protein.
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Nutrition:
The protein in these bars is strictly from natural sources, specifically tons of nuts and seeds. One of these crunchy bars has 185 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 4 grams of fiber.

Ingredients:
1 oz. chopped almonds
¾ oz each chopped cashews and walnuts
45 g hemp seeds
30 g each pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
25 grams each sesame seeds and flaxseeds
13 g ground flaxseed
½ oz cacao raw chocolate nibs
½ tsp. coarse salt
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. agave

How to Make Vegan Raw Crunch Bars
•Set aside a small portion of the flaxseeds and sesame seeds for the topping;
•Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl
•Press into a square baking pan lined with wax paper
•Sprinkle with reserved seeds and press down
•Cover and freeze for 2 hours until set
•Cut into 8 bars
•Enjoy
Pros
  • Raw and vegan
  • Paleo
  • No-bake
  • Low calorie
Cons
  • Can be expensive to make
  • Nut allergies beware!

10. “3 Minute” High Protein Granola Bars

10. “3 Minute” High Protein Granola Bars
Reminiscent of a traditional granola bar, the “3 Minute” High Protein Granola Bars created by Chocolate Covered Katie are fully customizable by using different flavors of protein powders and different mix-ins. The possibilities are endless! Each bar has 8 grams of protein.
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Nutrition:
Made of rolled oats, protein powder, and nut butter, with honey or agave to sweeten them up, these bars have lots of nutritious ingredients. Also good to note is that these ingredients can be swapped with gluten-free or vegan alternatives to met special dietary needs. In addition to 8 grams of protein, one serving of these bars has 162 calories, 6 grams of fat, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of fiber.

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups rolled oats
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup agave or honey
2/3 cup protein powder
Handful of mini chocolate chips

How to Make “3 Minute” High Protein Granola Bars
•Line a baking pan with parchment paper;
•Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined
•Pour into baking dish and press down
•Freeze until hard, then cut into 10 bars
•Enjoy!
Pros
  • Larger batch than other recipes
  • Customizable
  • No-bake
  • Low calorie
Cons
  • Lower amount of protein per bar
  • Low fiber

In conclusion, having to make the protein bars yourself saves you the hassle of getting one from a store at probably a higher cost and end up disappointed as it might lack some for the nutrients you look forward to or have more of it that will be difficult to consume. with an increase in technology and overall creativity in humans, it is wise to make such yourself as this will guarantee quality among other factors.


 

Criteria For Choosing the Best Home Made Protein Bars

We are here to give you the best 10 protein bars and how to make them at home. We have tried to include easy steps so it easier to achieve delicious results.  Below are some of the things that you need to have in mind before starting the process of making one of your favorite.

Ingredients

Before making yourself a protein bar, you need to know the ingredients it will require.  This is to make your work easy and also to ensure that you get the right ingredient for the specified bar. Additionally, this prevents you from purchasing ingredients that you could react to, and it also helps in budgeting as you could know the number of items to purchase and where they can be found. Knowing the needed ingredients is a step closer to making your desired protein bar get it right to avoid disappointments.

Amount of Protein

The amount of proteins you need in your bar is crucial for your runs and you can customize the amount of protein to meet your unique workout needs. Making your own protein bar gives you the benefit of having to determine which amount of all the nutrients is right for your body.

Cost of Preparation

Among other things, the price of making the protein bar should be considered. The price of buying all the required ingredients to make the required product has to come into play, and you need to know the price of each bar you are going to end up with.  Also, you have to make sure you have enough leftover ingredients for extra batches or to make a second batch in case something goes wrong with your first batch.

Quality of Results

You need to get good quality ingredients to make the best protein bar that you are looking for. You know how you need your bar to taste and look like and the results are what determines how successful a recipe t is.  Making your own protein bars means you have control over everything and anything that is put in them and can contrl the final outcome.

 

Other Things To Think About

To ensure that you make the best protein bar you need put in mind some factors as you prepare your protein bar to get the best results you want to achieve. Making a protein bar can be a nightmare if there are some factors you have placed in your mind hence can end up having the worst. Ensure you have the right reasons for making them yourself and in case you are trying to avoid the ones in the stores ensure you do not make a replica of them but something absolutely different from them.

Freshness

Making the protein bar yourself guarantees freshness since you make them and you maintain 100%  freshness by storing them properly and controlling how many you make at a time. You can have much fresher protein bars than what you can find sitting on the shelf oft he health food store.

Nutrients In the Protein Bar

You have control over every aspect of the protein bars you make. You control how much goes into each batch so you can create custom protein bars that meet your nutritional needs. Want fewer carbs then add less sugar to your bars. Need more fruit or nuts then add them to your bar. You can control what you put in and get out of your bars- that is the wonder of homemade protein bars!

 

FAQ

These are some of the questions that appear so many times and we think are very relevant to our research and can assist you in your findings and increase the knowledge of the product as well. we appreciate your feedback too.

Q: Which Protein Bar is the Healthiest?

A: The healthiest protein bar will be one that is full of nutrients, one that has the right amount of sugar and protein and also fats .getting to make one that is full of nutrients is good for your body that is why we encourage homemade as you will have control of the quantity to use.

Q: Which protein bar is for vegetarian?

A: This depends on which one you prefer but there are tons of vegan protein bars, this only means you avoid ones that have animal products by all means when you see any protein bar that has any product from an animal look the opposite direction.

Q: Can protein bar make me gain weight?

A: One should stick to about 220 calories past that you are likely to add extra pounds, they look like a soft snack but if taken regularly they have the ability to weigh on you.

Q: Can I get a Gluten Free Protein bar?

A: Yes you can make yourself one and not just that you can be able to find a gluten free bar from the stores, ensure you have this in mind while purchasing and if it is one you want to make avoid buying ingredients that have anything to do with gluten.

Q: Are Homemade protein bars better than manufactured?

A: There is no doubt that the answer is yes, the homemade protein bars are better by far from manufactured ones for many reasons, like freshness, quality, and quantity, cost-effective and many other reasons that can be countless if you sit down to name.


Here are a few sources we used

We gather our information from all over and we get the most vital information written down on our research pages. We get our information from sources such as running guides, food and nutrition, clothing and fashion just to mention but a few. Listed are some of the sources that you could use to get more information if need be.

Sources

  1. Jillian Michaels, Protein Bars Are Always a Healthy Choice, Food Blog, Oct 30, 2015
  2. K. Aleisha Fetters, Are Protein Bars Really Healthy?, Diet Tips and Nutrition., Feb 28, 2017
  3. Jane Maynard, CHOOSING HEALTHY PROTEIN BARS AND HOW 10 POPULAR BRANDS STACK UP, Health,
  4. Anna Sward, DIY Protein Bars: Healthy Bars In 5 Easy Steps, Nutrition, Jun 07, 2017
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