5 Healthy Homemade Protein Bar Recipes

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According to many nutritionist, protein bars found in stores should be avoided and there is more than one reason for this recommendation.

Here’s a short list of some of the reasons:

These bars come with protein powders and oils that don’t have the necessary level of quality.In most cases, these bars are packed with artificial fillers, sweeteners and other artificial ingredients.Their taste is not very attractive.

These are only some of the reasons why more and more people turn to homemade protein bars.

The preparation process for these bars is very simple.

In addition, their taste is delicious, they are packed with nutrients and they don’t have too many calories, so they can fit in almost any diet.

The following list of protein bar recipes is ideal for consumption before and after physical activity.

Of course, you can use them as snacks between your meals too.

1. Matcha Green Tea Fudge Bars

This is a recipe for pure vegan protein bars. They taste very good and the preparation process is super easy. Keep in mind that you can use casein or whey protein as an alternative.

These vegan protein bars are simple to make and taste amazing. Feel free to use whey protein or casein if you’d prefer either.

Serves 10


1 1/8 cup of unsweetened almond milk1/3 cup of roasted almond butterZest obtained from one lemonOne tablespoon of stevia extract½ cup of oat flour8 scoops of vanilla brown rice protein powder4 tablespoons of matcha powderBetween 2 and 4 ounces of dark chocolate (you can skip this ingredient if you want)


Whip the oat flour, matcha and protein powder together. Leave the mixture aside.Use a stand mixer to beat almond milk, almond butter, lemon zest and stevia. When they are mixed well, pour the matcha blend slowly.Use parchment paper to line the two sides of a standard 8 x 8 baking pan and pour the mixture inside. Make sure that it is spread evenly.Put a plastic wrap on top of it and place it in the fridge. Leave the mixture overnight.Cut ten bars and use melted dark chocolate on top of the bars if you want.Use an airtight container for storing.

Nutritional value (per serving, without chocolate):

Protein: 15 gramsCarbohydrates: 9 gramsFat: 5 gramsCalories: 130

2. Candied Ginger Cheesecake Bars

If you are looking for healthy snacks that are very low on fat, you might want to skip this recipe because these bars come with 13 grams of fat per serving. However, they are very tasty and they are also packed with protein.

The recipe is more complex compared to the others, but once you try these protein bars you will know that the time spent in the kitchen was worth it.

Serves 16


For the crust:½ cup of ground flax-seed½ cup of almond meal1/4 cup of coconut flour½ cup of quinoa flakes½ cup of date paste1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconutOne tablespoon of chopped candied ginger3 egg whitesFor the cheesecake:One cup of nonfat Greek yogurtOne cup of low-fat cream cheese1 ½ cup of 1% fat cottage cheese¼ cup of coconut oil½ cup of coconut butter¼ cup of chopped candied ginger4 scoops of vanilla whey protein¼ cup of honeyOne sheet of gelatinOne vanilla bean


Mix all the ingredients used for the crust in a blender (you can use a food processor too). You should wait until you get a sticky mixture.Use parchment paper to form a layer in a 9 x 9 baking dish. Pour the crust equally all over the baking dish.Use cold water to cover the gelatin sheet and leave it like that.Whisk together Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, coconut butter, cream cheese, protein powder, coconut oil and quarter cup of candied ginger. Feel free to use the bowl from your food processor. Slice the vanilla bean in half and scrape the seed inside the bowl.Cook the honey slowly on the stove and use medium heat because you don’t want the honey to boil. Take the gelatin sheet and squeeze the water. Add it to the pot and it will melt. Stir the mixture from time to time.Pour the warm honey in the cheesecake filling while using the processor or while stirring. It should be placed on the top of the crust. You can also put additional coconut shavings or candied ginger, if desired.Put it in the fridge overnight.If you want to get a sweeter taste, use more honey on top of the bars before serving.

Nutritional value (per serving):

Protein: 19 gramsCarbohydrates: 23 gramsFat: 13 gramsCalories: 281

3. Iced Pumpkin Protein Bar

In the moment you feel craving for a sweet cookie, grab these bars instead.

They are very healthy and don’t have many calories.

Serves 9


1 cup of pumpkin puree4 eggs¼ cup of maple syrup3 scoops of vanilla protein powder1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract2 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk2 tablespoons of ground flax-seed1/3 cup of coconut flour¼ tablespoon of Hair Buddha2 tablespoons of cinnamon¼ tablespoon of sea salt½ tablespoon of nutmeg1/8 tablespoon of ground clovesFor the topping:One scoop of vanilla protein powder¼ cup of chopped pecans


Set the oven to 375 F.Blend the eggs, maple syrup, pumpkin, vanilla extract and almond milk together in a medium-sized bowl. Use a sturdy spoon.Use a separate bowl to whip two scoops of vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, flaxseed, coconut flour, cloves, salt, nutmeg and baking soda.Use the dry ingredients in the pumpkin mixture and wait until the mixture gets even. Leave it like that for 2-3 minutes.Use a silicone mat or parchment paper to line a baking sheet and separate batter into 9 equal parts. Each part should be about 1/3 cup. Shape the batter into rectangular form (use your hands).Bake between 22 and 25 minutes. After this period of time, the top should look like it is about to start cracking and the bottom should have a golden brown color.Let it cool for about 5 minutes and after that, put it to a wire rack.When they are cooled, work on the icing by mixing water at room temperature in the scoop of vanilla protein powder that was left. The mixture should be smooth and thick at the same time.Use a plastic bag to store the icing and remove the corner. Push the icing from the top in order to pour icing equally on top of the pumpkin bars.If you want to get the best results leave the icing for an hour or two.

Nutritional value (per serving):

Protein: 16 gramsCarbohydrates: 11 gramsFat: 6 gramsCalories: 162

4. PB Protein Brownies

These bars are definitely the favorite bars of many people.

However, brownies are not at the top of the list of the most nutritious bars. If you want to make them more nutritious and healthy, you should use chickpeas. The good news is that you won’t notice them, but they’ll make the bars softer.

Serves 10


For the batter:One can of garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)6 ounces of chopped dark chocolate2 tablespoons of cocoa powder2 eggs¼ cup of coconut sugar½ tablespoon of salt2 tablespoons of vanilla extract2 tablespoons of natural peanut butterOne scoop of unflavored whey proteinFor the topping:2 tablespoons of egg whites½ cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurtOne tablespoon of honeyOne scoop of unflavored whey protein2 tablespoons of natural peanut butterOne tablespoon of vanilla


Set the oven to 350 F and preheat it. Use coconut oil to grease a standard 8 x 8 baking pan.Take the blender (or food processor) and add eggs, garbanzo beans, two tablespoons of peanut butter, cocoa powder, salt, coconut sugar and one scoop of unflavored whey protein. Mix the ingredients until they become smooth.Use a double boiler on the microwave or on the stove to melt semi-sweet chocolate. While stirring, carefully pour the chocolate inside the brownie batter. Spread it equally in the pan.Bake between 20 and 25 minutes. The edges will become golden brown and the topping will set.Wait for a few minutes and after that, cut the brownie in 10 equal bars. Wait until they are cooled down. Store the bars in sealed containers.

Nutritional value (per serving):

Protein: 14 gramsCarbohydrates: 39 gramsFat: 11 gramsCalories: 292

5. Chocolate Quinoa Protein Bars

If you are looking for protein bar that will provide energy and improve your workout performance, the quinoa bar is an ideal choice.

Feel free to unleash your creativity and swap ingredients or add some ingredients that you find suitable to the recipe. For example, you can add chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds or replace dates with figs.

Serves 8


16 whole dates (without sugar)2/3 cup of water1/3 cup of rinsed quinoa½ cup of natural almond butter½ of raw almonds½ cup of chocolate rice protein powderOne tablespoon of honey, if desired


Put a covered pot on a stove on medium heat and wait until the water and quinoa start to boil. After that, reduce to heat to a simmer and leave the pot covered for about 15 minutes. Next, cool down the quinoa and leave it in the fridge overnight.Create a date paste by using the blender and set the paste aside.Grind the almonds in the blender until you get very small pieces. Keep in mind that you don’t need to create powder.Now take the dates and add them to the mixture of quinoa, protein powder and peanut butter. You can also add one tablespoon of honey if you want. Mix until you get a fine mixture.Separate the mixture into 8 equal parts and shape a bar. Leave the bars in the fridge for about one hour and store them in a sealed container.

Nutritional value (per serving):

Protein: 15 gramsCarbohydrates: 56 gramsFat: 9 gramsCalories: 379

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