My version of homemade 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. The 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 throws 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 homemade 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 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 bits or crushed nuts. Use your imagination.
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|Please note that I am not a nutritional or medical professional. I do not give out any medical advice. I only share my own experience on this blog and encourage you to consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. The nutritional information provided for my recipes are estimates. Please calculate nutritional information on your own before relying on them. None of the recipes I post are meant to be used by any specific clinical population. The ingredients in my recipes do not affect my glucose levels or cause any allergic reactions to me. You should use my recipes and shared experience at your discretion. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained on this website.|