It’s hard not to be suspicious of protein bars. Even if they show up at all the top health shops, proudly bearing their “nutritious snack” seal, so many of them are really just glorified chocolate bars. It’s the ugly truth: most commercial protein bars contain more sugar, hydrogenated oil, preservatives, fillers, and a lot of other nutritionally-void ingredients than your body really needs.
True, they’re not all bad—but you really gotta dig deep to find the good ones. They’re just not as easy to get your hands on as their sugar-laden counterparts, and that breaks our fitness-loving hearts.
But not all hope is lost! You know how they say if you want something done right, you do it yourself? Well, it holds true here. If none of the manufactured options are cutting it for you, you can always make your own protein bars. With a few handy tricks, you might even end up with a snack that’s way tastier, healthier, and cheaper than what you might find in-store.
WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR OWN PROTEIN BARS
As if that weren’t enough, going homemade also gives you complete control of the ingredients you use and consume. This means you can totally step up your nutritional game by super-charging your bars with things like antioxidant-rich berries, dark chocolate, and all-natural sweeteners.
Whether you prefer things fruity, nutty, or as clean as can be, here are 5 easy steps to making the best homemade protein bars ever. Bar none!
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE PROTEIN BARS
STEP 1. Choose your protein powder.
Protein powders come in a wide variety of flavors and sizes, so you’re sure to find a match. Whey protein is probably the most popular among fitness buffs, but did you know that vegan protein exists, too? Vegan protein derives it content from plant-based sources (nuts, seeds, grains, legumes) instead of animal by-products like dairy, meat, and eggs. Something to consider!
If you’re not a huge fan of the general taste of protein powders (vegan or not), you’re free to flavor it with spices, cocoa powder, citrus shavings, and various extracts like vanilla, almond, or lemon to make it instantly yummier.
After picking your fave, it’s also best to add some flour to it, too. Unless you’ll be baking these bars, be sure to go for flours that can be eaten raw: coconut flour, almond flour, or grain-based flours are great options.
1. ASAB Organics Spirulina Powder (Raw) (70g), P295
A natural algae powder incredibly high in protein and antioxidants.
2. Roarganics Pure Barley Grass Powder (180g), P600
A powdered barley grass supplement rich in vitamins and minerals; contains beta-carotene, pantothenic acid, and folic acid; filled with amino acids, chlorophyll, fiber, protein, and enzymes.
STEP 2. Add some milk and butter to your batter.
To help your bars retain their shape, you’ll need to add milk to your powder and flour mix. Any milk will do: you can go plant-based with soy, coconut, or almond, or just regular ol’ dairy milk. You’ll also need to add your nut butter of choice. You’ll want to add enough liquid and fats to make your batter come together like dough you can knead into individual bars.
1. Made by Maxi Almond Butter - Plain Roasted (240g), P385
An all-natural, pure, and plain roasted almond butter. Perfectly suitable for people on a paleo, vegan, keto, or vegetarian diet.
2. Made by Maxi Almond Butter - Cinnamon Vanilla (240g), P365
Infused with organic Madagascar vanilla bean and cinnamon to help lower blood sugar levels. Uses low-glycemic organic coconut sugar. A tasty option for diabetics and hypoglycemics.
STEP 3. Time to tie your ingredients together and have some fun!
Again, the beauty of making anything homemade is you can customize it to suit your very specific tastes. You can add nuts, dried fruits, coconut flakes, chocolate to your batter—anything goes! There are certainly are no wrong answers when it comes to what tastes good to you.
1. The Green Tummy Sugar Coated Cacao Nibs (300g), P359
Sugarcoated to balance out the slightly bitter taste of raw cacao nibs. Adds crunchy texture and tons of antioxidants to protein bars.
2. Manila Superfoods Pecans (140g), P315
Rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. Simply crush them to pieces so that they’re easier to incorporate into your homemade protein bar.
3. ASAB Organics Sultana Raisins (100g), P85
Extremely rich in iron, fiber, and antioxidants, plus vitamins A, B, potassium, and calcium. Contains a dose of protein, too.
STEP 4. Mold ‘em and hold ‘em.
Shape the batter into bars. In some cases, you may also opt to dip your bars in melted dark chocolate, or pour the liquid over. It’s a super tasty way to get a load of antioxidants!
STEP 5. Freeze for at least 30 minutes before serving.
To ensure that you can take your protein bars with you without making a mess, store them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to hold.
That wasn’t so hard, right? Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you can start experimenting with things like no-bake matcha balls that are just as energizing and easy to snack on. Whatever you’re making, you’ll be oh-so-proud of yourself for all the creative ways you’re getting your protein fix!
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