Homemade Protein Bars

Lately, I have been trying to make protein bars from scratch, instead of buying the pre-packaged kind at the store. ¬†Although I have found a few store bought brands that I love (Zone, Balance, Pure Protein), I figured, if I’m making them at home, I know exactly what’s going into them, and I eliminate most of the sugar and ingredients I can barely understand. ūüôā ¬†Obviously it’s a little more work, but I think it’s worth it in the end. I’ve tried many different recipes, but this is the one I’ve been sticking with lately. ¬†I found it on Pinterest, and the original link doesn’t work, but it looks like it came from Runner’s World. ¬†I have adapted the original recipe.

They don’t look too appetizing, but I promise you they are! ¬†I use a 9 x 11 pan and cut into 10 bars.

Protein Bars

Homemade Protein Bars

7 Scoops Vanilla protein powder (or 7 servings, depending on your protein powder)

2 c quick oats (I actually use 1 cup. They are pretty gooey, but it eliminates a few of the extra carbs)

1/4 c mini choc chips ( I tend to go more towards 1/2) ūüôā

3 T honey

3 T natural Peanut Butter

1 T Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (optional, can also use chocolate protein powder)

*You can also add in other ingredients, such as dried cranberries, cinnamon chips, chopped nuts, etc.  The original recipe called for 5 T of sliced almonds.  Be creative!

Mix all ingredients together, add water to good consistency and press into a sprayed baking dish. Bake at 350 for approx 5-7 min. ***NOTE: The original recipe called for 15 min.  I like them a little on the gooey side, but 15 min was still waaay too long for me. I only bake them for about 6 min.


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