LCHF Protein Bars (homemade Quest bars)

My version of LCHF protein bars originates from the idea of making my own homemade Quest bars. Why?

I discovered the Quest bars and their deliciousness when I was at the beginning of my keto journey. While I thought they were a perfect snack for busy people, I also realized it wasn’t the cheapest snack out there. Later on, I started thinking these bars were not much more than highly processed food, and that one should not consume too many of them, no matter how tasty. Recommended limit is 2 bars a day, but I think there’s so much real food out there that, even for an extremely busy person, 2 bars a week should be enough.

While on a ketogenic diet, even one Quest bar at a time can be a bit too much protein. A nice solution would be eating half a bar and adding more fat like whipped cream or coconut butter. Further on, the bars contain IMO syrup that supposedly throw some people out of ketosis. So, having a Quest bar at hand is a very nice solution when extremely busy, but it shouldn’t be the only solution.

Taking all this into consideration, I decided to make my own bars that would be more keto-friendly and would make a perfect on-the-go snack when all else fails. I invested into the IMO syrup, and made a batch of bars that seems to last forever. Half of the bars are still sitting in my refrigerator. I prefer natural food but still find one of these to be a delicious sweet little snack in emergencies.

Some of the benefits of making your own LCHF protein bars:

  • You choose what type of protein powder you throw in. This way you are in control of the ingredients and possibly avoid less preferred sweeteners.
  • You increase the amount of fat in the bar and decrease the amount of protein as you desire.
  • You choose the type of flour/ meal that goes in. I use macadamia meal and/ or shredded coconut.
  • You make a bar as big as you need for a snack.

I’ll share recipes for two basic types of the homemade LCHF protein bars. One is based on macadamia and the other on coconut. You can use almond or any other nut butter and meal if you wish, but the macronutrient values will change accordingly. Add some dark chocolate bites or crushed nuts. Use your imagination.

Some hints: Matcha green tea powder, cinnamon, cardamom, jaffa chocolate butter … Use your imagination.

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LCHF protein bars (homemade Quest bars)
One macadamia based protein bar comes out to be 147 Calories,
Fat: 10.8 g (of which Saturated: 1.8 g, MUFA's: 8.6 g),
Total Carbs: 11.1 g,
Fiber: 9.2 g,
Net Carbs: 1.9 g,
Protein: 6.4 g

One coconut based protein bar comes out to be 159 Calories,
Fat: 10.3 g (of which Saturated: 5.5 g, MUFA's: 4.4 g),
Total Carbs: 16.3 g,
Fiber: 13.3 g,
Net Carbs: 3 g,
Protein: 7.1 g
LCHF protein bars (homemade Quest bars)
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Rating: 3.4
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
bars
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Macadamia based protein bar
Coconut based protein bar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Macadamia based protein bar
Coconut based protein bar
LCHF protein bars (homemade Quest bars)
Votes: 10
Rating: 3.4
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. This procedure applies to whichever version of protein bar you choose to make.
  2. Get your ingredients ready. In a small bowl, combine flour (or meal) and protein powder. Have the tablespoon of butter at hand.
    LCHF homemade Quest bars
  3. Pour the IMO syrup into a small microwave-safe bowl (or a ramekin).
    LCHF homemade Quest bars
  4. In a microwave, nuke the syrup on high for 20 seconds.
  5. Take the bowl with the hot syrup out of the microwave and immediately mix in the nut butter (use a spoon). While the mixture is still hot, mix in the flour-protein mix.

    Feel free to add in some spices at this point. I love adding ½ tsp. of matcha green tea powder, especially with the coconut version.
    LCHF homemade Quest bars
  6. The mixture will probably be crumbly and should also be sticky. Put it on a kitchen foil, cover it with more foil, and use your hands to shape one or two bars.
    LCHF homemade Quest bars
  7. If you desire, add some dark chocolate bits or crushed nuts.
    LCHF homemade Quest bars
  8. Place the bars in the fridge. You can eat one straight away or microwave it for 20 seconds (in this case it will inflate a bit and get soft. You can add some whipped cream, and eat the bar as a dessert).


3 Comments

  1. Do you know what imo syrup is? Do you know what changes a microwave has on nutrients? There are too many unknowns there. It is a common misstep on the keto path. Part desperation, part ignorance. One is better off having a little raw sugar, dark chocolate, quality honey, etc. and exercising to burn it off. The more you do, the more carbs one can afford.

    • My Sweet Keto

      Folwart, thank you for pointing out some of the concerns that you (and me) share with lots of individuals out there.

      IMO syrup stands for IsoMalto-Oligosaccharides syrup that is, in short, made out of starch. It is not a natural ingredient, nor it is calorie or carb-free. Probably, each person digests it somehow differently, depending on many factors. Same goes for protein powders. While this recipe includes a considerable amount of IMO syrup, it does not intend to encourage readers to use it excessively. It does, however, offer an alternative option for commercial protein bars. Another possibility is also a bag of chips at a supermarket. Everyone decides for themselves. As for the alternatives you are offering, I couldn’t agree more. Now and then I do indulge in bits of either quality chocolate or honey, or such, just like I occasionally use IMO syrup in a dessert or a bar, mainly because of its gluing properties. But overdoing it is not an option here.

      As for microwave effects on nutrients, I just recently wrote an article about pros and cons, standing on scientific research. It will be published soon. Writing it, I couldn’t find any sound scientific research that would support the somewhat popular belief that microwaving is unhealthy in any way. If you find such research, please do share.

      Anyhow, I strongly support an individual’s thoughtfulness and criticism of what they are being sold and what and how much of certain something they consume.

      Bests,
      Tisa

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