Healthy And Delicious Homemade Protein Bars
Are you tired of buying high-priced protein bars, and even though you bought them, you didn’t get your desired taste? Well, I have felt the same way. Whenever I go to the convenience store to buy protein bars, it rips a big hole in my pocket, and if I am guessing it right then it’s the same for you guys. So, I tried to do some holiday cooking experiments in my kitchen and came up with a few really delicious homemade protein bars, which will not only satisfy your pocket and taste buds but will also give you enough energy for your daily activities. They are easy to make and a quick way to get a boost of nutrients on the go.
Protein bars are popular snacks among health-conscious people and fitness enthusiasts. However, store-bought protein bars can be high-priced and often contain additives and preservatives, which are not good for people who want to cut out extra junky ingredients. So making protein bars at home can be the best way for fitness fans to avoid eating things they don't want and get enough nutrients.
Here, I will share two recipes with you that I tried during my holidays. Have fun making them!
And have fun eating them !!
Also Read:- Is Protein Helpful After Workout
Coconut Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars, No Bake
Come and fall in love with no-bake homemade coconut chocolate peanut butter protein bars. These delicious protein-packed bars are made of some simple ingredients’ oats, peanut butter, chia seeds and your favourite protein powder, which you can find easily at any shop. These coconut chocolate bars are easy to customize and are grab-and-go snacks that you can have at any time when you feel low in energy.
I am giving you a list of ingredients, and following that are the simple steps you need to follow!
Preparation time- 1hr, 10 minutes
Cooking time- 0
- Natural peanut butter( just peanut+ salt)- ½ cup
- Coconut oil- 2 tablespoons
- Honey- ⅓ cup (use coconut palm syrup if vegan)
- Vanilla extract- 1 teaspoon
- Vanilla protein powder- ½ cup
- Oats- 1 cup
- Chia seeds- 1 tablespoon
- Chocolate chips+ coconut oil- 2 tablespoon+ 1 teaspoon
- Unsweetened shredded coconut- ⅓ cup
- Dried fruits- ⅓ cup- dried tart cherries, date, Almonds( nuts of your choice), optional
Fancy sea salt for sprinkling and chocolate for drizzling.
First, take a saucepan and pour peanut butter, honey, vanilla and coconut oil in it and put over low heat. Stir it well and mix till it combines and smoothens properly. After that, turn off the heat and pour the mixture into a larger bowl.
Mix protein powder in the mixture you made earlier and stir it well until it gets smooth and then wrap it with oats, chia seeds, coconuts, and dried fruits if you are using it. Put it in an 8x4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper placed in it.
Now, take another small saucepan and put some chocolate chips and coconut in it and heat until it melts. Drizzle it on the bar you made and sprinkle some sea salt over it.
Place the saucepan containing bars in the refrigerator for one hour to freeze. After one hour remove it from the refrigerator and cut it into bar shape Pisces, as many as you want.
You can store these bars in tightly wrapped containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Servings contain: 7.4g Protein, 210kcal Calories, 5.7g Saturated fat, 13.1g Fat, 3.1g Fiber, 19.5g Carbohydrates, 10.7g Sugar
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Protein Bars
Hey, It’s Pumpkin here!!!
Oh! I can already feel your disappointment in Pumpkin. I know, I know, not everyone like pumpkins, and you may be that one person who doesn't really like pumpkins.
But you know, pumpkins are not that bad. You just need to make them interesting to eat.
So, I came up with this solution to your pumpkin problem. Let’s make pumpkin bars which are filled with many nutrients like protein, carbs, and fats- I meant good fats here and yummy nuts that will make your boring pumpkin into something delicious called pumpkin pie protein bars.
These pumpkin protein bars contain dates, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and coconuts which makes them perfect snacks for people who are enthusiastic about their workout routines and conscious about their fitness.
To transform your boring pumpkin into delicious pumpkin pie protein bars, you are going to need some ingredients, list is provided below, and some easy steps to mould it.
Preparation time- 3 hours.
Cooking time- 0 hours.
- Pitted dates- 1cup
- Raw Cashews-½ cup
- Raw pumpkin seeds- 2 tablespoons
- Unsweetened shredded coconut- 2 tablespoons
- Vegan vanilla or pumpkin protein powder- ⅓ cup
- Ground cinnamon- 1 teaspoon
- Pumpkin pie Spice- ½ teaspoon
- Pure pumpkin puree- ¼ cup
- For Bar Garnish:
- Raw pumpkin seeds- 2 tablespoons
- Toasted coconut flakes- 2 tablespoons
- Chopped pecans- 2 tablespoons.
Take all ingredients and combine them in the food processor, and process until they get smooth. Do not lose your patience since it may take some time to smoothen. You can also leave them a little chunky if you like.
In an 8x8 baking pan, place a parchment paper and pour your pumpkin bar mixture from the food processor. It will be a little sticky, so I recommend you to work with wet hands to prevent stickiness in your hand.
Press down the mixture into the pan and smoothen its surface with the back of a spoon. Even the top surface of your pumpkin pie bar and sprinkle it with the pumpkin seeds, coconuts flacks and chopped pecans to garnish. Press them firmly onto the bar.
Refrigerate it for 2 to 3 hours or until it gets solid. Now cut it into 8 bars and enjoy.
Store them in a tightly wrapped glass jar. Keep them in the freezer, and they will last up to 2 weeks.
Note: if you want your bar to be more dense and less moist, add some more protein powder. It will last longer than normal time, but it may change nutritional facts.
Servings of 8 bars contain 8g protein, 20g carbs, 2g salt fat, 8g fats, 172g calories, 5g fibre, and 13g sugar.
Can I skip the protein powder?
I would not recommend eliminating the protein powder as the bar wouldn't stick and hold together. If you don’t have any protein powder in the kitchen right now, then you can replace it with almond flour instead and mix it well until a soft dough forms.
How to store homemade protein bars?
You can always put them in containers with tight lids. If the container is made of glass, that's even better. Just keep them in your refrigerator and enjoy a healthy snack whenever you want.