Quick and easy protein bars that take only minutes to prepare and don’t have that chalky taste that many store bought varieties contain.
If you purchase protein bars often, you’re probably already aware of the high price tag. One bar will typically set you back $3-$5 and it can be difficult to find one that suits your lifestyle. Since everyone has different eating habits, there is no ‘one bar suits all’ kind of bar on the market. Making your own bars will not only save you money, but allow you to customize it any way to please.
By following this recipe exactly and making the bars as is, each one will contain about 9.5g of protein. Not bad for a tiny, little bar. I only used 1/4 cup of protein powder and 1/2 cup almond flour in these, since my focus was more on the almond flavor, but you can easily swap those amounts and use 1/2 cup of protein instead. That will end up giving you close to 12g of protein per serving.
The one ingredient that makes a HUGE difference in these bars is good quality vanilla extract. I always use pure vanilla extract in my baking, and haven’t dared to use the artificial stuff in over 10 years. I just recently purchased this vanilla from Amazon as an add on item and it really is some of the best vanilla I’ve used in a while. Not all vanillas are created equally and I do highly recommend that particular variety, but as long as you’re using the real stuff, the vanilla flavor will shine through in the protein bars.
Ways to alter your Protein Bars
- Make them paleo. All the ingredients are already paleo – just swap the pea protein for a paleo friendly variety.
- Replace the almond butter with peanut butter and add chocolate chips or drizzle melted chocolate on top.
- Make them raw by using a raw protein powder such as the Sunwarrior brand
If you decide to use a vanilla flavored protein powder, omit the vanilla extract in the recipe. Give the mixture a taste after blended and see if it could use some vanilla, but I find those vanilla powders to be strong enough in taste that the addition of more vanilla is usually unnecessary.
Combine all ingredients in a food processor (except coconut sugar) and blend until the dates are broken down and mixture is crumbly. Taste for sweetness and if you find you’d like it sweeter, add the coconut sugar.
Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, then transfer the mixture into the pan. Press firmly, packing the mixture in and spreading it evenly to form uniform bars.
Place mixture in the fridge for 10-20 minutes which will cause them to become firmer. Remove and slice into bars. They can be stored either in the fridge or at room temperature. They’ll be firmer and chewier in the fridge, but are also stable at room temperature.