Talk about love at first bite.
I thought it couldn’t be done. All we want is a perfectly craveable snack. All we want is something portable, like a bar, that’s full of protein, low in carbs, and maybe even suitable for our vegan ventures. All we want is said bar that’s not crazy expensive, crazy caloric, and full of crazy chemicals.
My friends, the craziness is over. These bars have 80 calories, 3 grams of net carbs, and a whopping 15 grams of protein. It’s like finding the holy grail, only tastier. Preach it.
As if these bars could get any better, you have the option to make them completely your own. You can make them low fat/calorie or not (depending on if you use PB2 or regular peanut butter), vegan or not (depending on the protein powder you use), of filled with chocolate chips or not (okay this really shouldn’t be optional).
Do you want the secret to out-of-this-world protein bars you’ll love forever and ever? Of course you do.
Do not settle for the bargain stuff you bought on a whim and hate. I’ve tried it, you’ve tried it, and we both know it tastes like chalk.
Well chalk be gone! Prepare to throw that garbage where it belongs because I’ve found the motherload of protein powders.
It’s a completely vegan protein that is vegetable based and inexplicably tastes like heaven. Plus, the stats are great; each scoop has only 70 calories and 2 grams net carbs, yet manages to pack in 15 grams of protein.
I’ve basically been living off the vanilla flavor! It’s powdered perfection.
But I digress.
Just make sure you use a high quality protein powder, and you’re golden.
I’ve grown quite accustom to noshing on a Quest bar, but those things come with a hefty price tag and ingredients more confusing than my calculus textbook. And that’s saying something.
There are definitely recipes for homemade Quest bars, but they all call for an obscure isomalt sweetener that also comes with a sizeable price tag and a questionable impact on your health.
Um, no thank you.
Luckily I’ve got you covered. You can have all the perks of a Quest bar in the comfort of your own kitchen. They only take a few minutes and a handful of ingredients you already have in your pantry! It’s nice to live the dream.
Full nutritional info (finally!):
Serving size: 1 bar (1/4 recipe)
Net carbs: 3.25g
Weight Watcher Points+: 2 points
Yield: 4 bars
5 minPrep Time:
5 minTotal Time:
- 3/4 cup protein powder (I use Sun Warrior )
- 1/4 cup peanut butter OR 1/4 cup PB2 mixed with 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2-4 tablespoons sugar, erythritol, or stevia (depending on how sweet your protein powder is)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until it forms a ball. Sweeten to taste. Press into an 8x4 loaf pan, then cut into four bars. (You could also simply form the dough into bars by hand.) Store in the refrigerator. That's it! Oh, and devour.
For a vegan version, use vegan protein powder.
For a lower fat version, use PB2. For a higher fat version, use regular peanut butter.
For a paleo version, use almond butter in place of the peanut butter.
Nutritional information calculated with Sun Warrior protein powder and PB2.
Do you eat bars?
My Quest bar habit is getting expensive, and they’re not exactly real food. Hopefully these protein bars will help us all! I can post more flavors later if you’d like. Which flavors would you like to see?