10 Homemade Protein Bars and How to Make Them
DIY Protein Bars and how to make them
The protein bar aisle at the grocery store seems like an endless wall of bricks. Literally… bricks of tasteless, teeth-breaking, chemical-laden ingredients that offer questionable nutrition. This is extremely disappointing to many an athlete who need a quick and healthy way to refuel as part of their workout and nutrition routine, especially if they need a quick punch of protein. But have no fear protein seekers!
You can make your own super tasty, protein-packed bars in the comfort of your own kitchen, with many ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry… no crazy chemicals or unpronounceable supplements involved. Even better, many of these ingredients are easily changeable (like substituting a vegan ingredient for an animal-based one) to meet dietary needs and taste preferences.
|Best Homemade Protein Bars||Type||Nutrition||Ingredients||The Good||By|
|Toasted Coconut and Vanilla Whey Protein Bars||• 212 calories;|
• 13g fat;
• 8.8g carbs;
• 16.6g protein;
• 6g fiber
|1/2 cup vanilla whey; 1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes; 1/4 cup coconut flour; 1/4 cup milk||• No-bake; |
• Short Easy recipe;
|Anna Sward of Protein pow|
|Oats & Peanut Butter Protein Bars||• 18.5g protein;|
• 316 calories;
• 14g fat;
• 4g fiber;
• 13g sugar
|2 cups rolled oats; 1/2 cup fat free milk; 2 tsps. Ground cinnamon; 3 Tbsp. honey; 1 cup natural peanut butter; 4 1/2 scoops protein powder; 15 drops liquid sweetener; 2 servings chocolate chips; 1 (15 oz.) box seedless raisins||• High protein; |
• Uses common ingredients;
• Reviewers find it delicious;
|Derek Howes of The Protein Chef|
|Cookies and Cream Protein Bars||• Gluten-free;|
• 10g Protein;
• Less than 10g sugar;
• 273 Calories;
• 19g fat;
• 17g Carbs;
• 5.5g Fiber
|3/4 cup softened coconut butter; 1 1/2 Tbsp. cashew butter; 2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup; 1 tsp. vanilla extract; 2 scoops vanilla protein powder; 3 Tbsp. dark chocolate chunks||• No-bake;|
• Incredibly delicious according to testers
|Jennifer Trennum of Edible Sound Bites|
|Mocha Brownie Protein Bars||• 13g Protein;|
• 98 Calories;
• 3g Fiber;
• 2g Sugar;
|3 scoops vanilla protein powder; 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder; 1/2 cup rolled oats; 2 Tbsp. powdered sweetener; 1 cup cold coffee||• Lowest in calories;|
|By Amy of Amys Healthy Baking|
|Carrot Cake Protein Bars||• Gluten Free;|
• Dairy Free;
• No Refined Sugar;
• 242 Calories;
• 8g fat;
• 28g Carbs;
• 6g Fiber;
• 14g Sugar
|4 eggs; 1 mashed banana; 1/4 cup maple syrup; 2 Tbsp. non-dairy milk; 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract; 1/2 cup coconut flour; 1/2 cup sprouted brown rice powder; 1/4 cup ground flax seed; 1 tsp. cinnamon; 1/4 tsp. baking soda; 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg; 1/4 tsp. sea salt; Pinch of ground clove; 3/4 cup shredded carrots; 1/4 cup raisins; 2 Tbsp. coconut butter, melted (for topping)||• Tastes just like cake;|
• Stores for 5 days
|Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit|
|Vegan Raw Crunch Bars||• All-Natural;|
• 185 Calories;
• 14g fat;
• 4g Fiber
|1oz. chopped almonds; 3/4 oz each chopped cashews & walnuts; 45g hemp seeds; 30g each pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds; 25g each sesame seeds & flaxseeds; 13g ground flaxseed; 1/2 oz cacao raw chocolate nibs; 1/2 tsp. coarse salt; 1 Tbsp. maple syrup; 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. agave||• Raw & vegan;|
• Low calorie;
|Molly Eats Seitan|
|Whole New Mom’s No Bake Protein Bars||• Whole All-Natural;|
• Grain Free;
• Low Carb;
|2 cups nuts or seeds of your choice; 1/2 cup flax meal; 1/2 cup shredded coconut; 1/2 cup seed or nut butter of your choice; 3/8 tsp. salt; 1/2 cup coconut oil; 2 Tbsp. liquid sweetener; 2 tsp. vanilla extract; 1 cup chocolate or carob chips||• Easy to make;|
• Inexpensive ingredients;
• Special-diet friendly;
|Adrienne of Whole New Mom|
|Matcha Chip Protein Squares||• Energy-boosting matcha tea;|
• Natural Sources;
|1 1/2 cups rolled oats; 1/2 cup vegan protein powder; 3 Tbsp. matcha powder; 1/4 sea salt; 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs; 1/2 cup almond butter; 3 Tbsp. chia seeds; 1/3 cup almond milk; 1/4 cup maple syrup; 1/4 cup almond milk; 1 tsp. vanilla||• Natural ingredients;|
• Very filling;
• Energy boosting;
|Mind Body Green|
|Cranberry Almond Protein Bars||Packed with Hemp seeds;|
Hemp Seeds Contain 10g protein per 3 tbsp
|2 cups almonds;|
2/3 cup puffed rice cereal; 2/3 cup dried cranberries; 1/2 cup coconut flakes; 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds; 1/3 cup brown rice syrup; 2 Tbsp. honey; 1 tsp. vanilla extract;
Stays fresh for a long time
|Ali at Gimme Some Oven|
|“3 Minute” High Protein Granola Bars||• 8g Protein;|
• 162 Calories;
• 6g Fat;
• 21g Carbs;
• 12g Sugar;
• 1g Fiber;
|1 1/2 cups rolled oats; 1/4 tsp. salt; 1/2 cup peanut butter; 1/2 cup agave or honey; 2/3 cup protein powder; Handful of mini chocolate chips||• Larger batch than other recipes;|
• Low calorie;
|Katie at Chocolate Covered Katie|
10 Homemade Protein Bars
1. Toasted Coconut and Vanilla Whey Protein Bars
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.
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
- Easy recipe
- Heavily reliant on coconut products
- Some testers do not like the use of processed protein powder
2. Oats & Peanut Butter Protein Bars
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.
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.
- High protein
- Uses common ingredients
- Reviewers find it delicious
- Some testers found that the bars did not harden.
- Making them difficult to portion
- High calorie
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.
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
- Incredibly delicious according to testers
- 10 grams of protein may not be enough for some nutrition regimens
4. Mocha Brownie Protein Bars
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.
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
- Lowest in calories
- May have to eat multiple bars if you’re extra famished
5. Carrot Cake Protein Bars
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.
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
- Tastes just like cake
- Stores for 5 days
- Baking required.
- Ingredient substitution needed to make it vegan.
- Higher in calories compared to other bars.
6. Vegan Raw Crunch Bars
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.
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
- Raw and vegan
- Low calorie
- Can be expensive to make
- Nut allergies beware!
7. Whole New Mom’s No Bake Protein Bars
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.
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
- Easy to make
- Inexpensive ingredients
- Special-diet friendly
- No nutrition information provided.
8. Matcha Chip Protein Squares
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.
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
- Natural ingredients
- Very filling
- Energy boosting
- No nutrition info on website
- Matcha can have a bitter taste
9. Cranberry Almond Protein Bars
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.
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
- All-natural ingredients
- Stays fresh for a long time
- Reported as too sweet
- No nutrition analysis on website
10. “3 Minute” High Protein Granola Bars
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.
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
- Larger batch than other recipes
- Low calorie
- Lower amount of protein per bar
- Low fiber
In conclusion having to make the protein bars yourself saves you 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 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
Protein bars are one of the things you can consider as fast foods especially when in a hurry but the best part is that they are very nutritious and addictive once you get used to having them, they can make you forgo snacks when heading out for a run or a walk or a picnic .With the rise in creativity we can all agree our world is a better place, the rise in technology and human ability to make things from scratch is amazing, the same goes for protein bars getting them from the store can be a bit disappointing especially if you have to get yourself a tasteless one or a hard one that will make you jaws sing in pain later, well what if you could skip the store part and make this delicious bars at home whichever way you like it.
Well we are here to give you the best 10 protein bars and how to make them at home, easy steps to achieving one of the most nutritious foods in the planet, below are some of the things that you need to have in mind before starting the process of making one of your favorite.
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, also this prevents you from purchasing ingredients that you could react to, making you have and easy time to make your best protein bar also it 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, since it a protein bar that doesn’t mean you fill it up with just the best amount of proteins you need, unlike one that you get at the stores that can have less or more amount of proteins compared to carbohydrates or any other you wish to add, making you r own protein bar gives you the benefit of having to determine which amount of all the nutrients is right for your body. Especially if you react to excess proteins having the privilege of making it from home will be the best idea you can come up with.
Okay here is a scenario you have all you want to make the dream protein bar then you have absolutely no idea where to begin how to make it to whatever you want it to be, you can hate yourself for it, in our research we have been able to get down some of the best and their recipes just in case you need to make one and you have no clue how. Also chose one that is not complicated to make as the complicated one might come with the disappointment that you never saw coming and can make your runs suffer as you can make something that is not chewable leave alone the bad taste it might have. Get the right recipe for making your chosen one and hopefully it is one that can be mastered for great results
Cost of Preparation
Among other things is the price of making the protein bar should be considered. The price of buying all the required ingredients to make the required product, you need to know the price of each of them while going to the market to get them to avoid inconveniences of not having the right amount needed. Also make sure you have enough that can help you get extra ingredients just in case you might need to make extra. Cost is effective for making a choice on which bar you will need up making and the amount that you will be able to make as well.
Quality of Output
You need to get good quality ingredients to make the best protein bar that you are looking for ensure you get the right one however much it might cost but the best ingredients will ensure the end product will be perfect too, you know how you need your bar to taste and look like achieving that will mean you have to go an extra mile with buying the best products that will make it easier for you, making your own means you have control over everything and anything that is put in them and the amount required in them.
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 night mare if there are some factors you have placed in your mind hence can end up having the worst. Ensure you have the right reasons of 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.
Making the protein bar yourself guarantees freshness since you make them and you maintain 100% hygiene apart from that you get to store them well, not that the ones in the store are not storied well but in this case you can make as much as you can finish and make extra another time when the need arises in this way you have control over the excess that can be made and not consumed in time that can make it stale.
Nutrients In the Protein Bar
This is the overall nutritious value you are planning to get from then protein bar, this should be considered as one of the factors as you will require to know which quantity of each nutrient you will require to make your bars, make sure it is nothing like the ones you get from the store, here you have the right of controlling what goes in how much goes in making it. The right nutrients will result to a healthy life for you.
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 feed back 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 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 Home made 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 sir down to name.
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