11 Healthy Protein Bar Recipes to Announce the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook!

Tired of buying protein bars from the store (and shelling out all that cash for them)?  Then make protein bars at home!  Here are 11 popular Healthy DIY Protein Bars that I posted on the blog over the years — they’re all no-bake, ultra fudgy, and nice and sweet, you’d never know they’re refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan, and all natural.  Yup, that means absolutely no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavorings.

Plus, I’m making an announcement.  A big, MEGA HUGE announcement:

My first cookbook, the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook, is officially PUBLISHED!

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DIY Protein Bars is a collection of 48 easy, healthy, homemade, no-bake treats that taste like dessert, but just happen to be packed with protein!

DIY Protein Bars is a collection of 48 easy, healthy, no-bake treats that taste like dessert, but just happen to be packed with protein!

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DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

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I’ve posted 11 protein bar recipes over the years and they’ve always been huge hits.  I thought it would be fitting to share them all here now 😝

The cookbook contains all brand new recipes.  I didn’t want to publish the same exact recipes that were already on the blog for free…  that would be unfair to those who purchased the book.  Instead, the book includes improved recipes (like the Red Velvet Fudge DIY Protein Bars and oh-so popular Nutella Fudge DIY Protein Bars), meaning that the recipes in the book are just a little easier to make (i.e. less ingredients, less steps).  Every recipe has been taste-tested by the harshest of crowds too (family, friends, coworkers, etc.).

Oh, and did I mention that with all the recipe-testing my freezer is literally FILLED with protein bars?  Like, probably 60 or 70 of them?  I barely have room for anything else.  Those four months of straight recipe-testing was a b#$%* …  but eating all them candy protein bars sure isn’t  😉

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DIY Protein Bars is a collection of 48 easy, healthy, homemade, no-bake treats that taste like dessert, but just happen to be packed with protein!

Words cannot even begin to describe how amazing these 11 DIY Protein Bars are.

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Below are all the protein bars posted on the blog.  They are listed in the order that I posted them in, earliest to latest.  Because it would be really hard to choose a favorite (okay, okay, I gotta admit…  the Red Velvet Fudge is like, my all time fave):

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#1:  Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie DIY Protein Bars

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie DIY Protein Bars

These are literally like brownies — fudgy, sweet, chocolatey…  except they don’t require any baking!  Oh, and they’re actually good for you too.

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#2:  Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge DIY Protein Bars

Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

Talk about fudgy.  This is like Peanut Butter Fudge in bar form.  It’s packed with peanut butter flavor, kind of like, you know…  peanut butter out of the jar?  Don’t judge me!  We’ve allll been there.

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#3:  Healthy Triple Chocolate Fudge DIY Protein Brownies

Healthy Triple Chocolate Fudge DIY Protein Brownies (gluten free, vegan)

Are you craving brownies?  Yes?  Okay, me too.  These Triple Chocolate Protein Brownies will satisfy your every chocolate/sugar/dessert/brownie craving and more.  They’ll pretty much restore your faith in everything.

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#4:  Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough PROTEIN BARS?!?  Hell yes.  I’ll take seven.  These are fudgy, sweet, buttery and rich, just like cookie dough, but without the white flour, white sugar, butter, and eggs.

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#5:  Healthy Chubby Hubby DIY Protein Bars

Healthy Chubby Hubby DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby Ice Cream is loved by all.  And so are these Chubby Hubby Protein Bars.  They’re packed with peanut butter, pretzels and chocolate chips (and none of the white sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial flavorings).

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#6:  Healthy Millionaire’s DIY Protein Bars

Healthy Millionaire's DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

Wanna feel like royalty?  Make these Millionaire’s Protein Bars.  They have a rich, almond butter fudge protein base, a layer of liquid gold caramel, and a thick shell of decadent dark chocolate.  That’s as rich as things can get.

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#7:  Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars (like Snickerz!)

Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars (like Snickerz!) from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

Protein-packed candy bars?  Um, I’ll take seven of these as well.

And to-go, please.  Because I’m not sharing.

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#8:  Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Fudge DIY Protein Bars

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Fudge DIY Protein Bars (gluten free, vegan)

Cinnamon spice and everything nice!  Wait, no, it’s cinnamon spice and everything nice, healthy, nutritious and delicious.  And packed with protein, of course (duh).

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#9:  Healthy Red Velvet Fudge DIY Protein Bars

Healthy Red Velvet Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

Red Velvet. Fudge. Protein Bars.

Need I really say more?  😉

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#10:  Healthy Matcha Green Tea DIY Protein Bars

Healthy Matcha Green Tea DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

If you like matcha green tea, these are for you.  It’s got all the flavor of a cup of matcha tea, just in the form of a fudgy protein bar!

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#11:  Healthy Nutella Fudge DIY Protein Bars

Healthy Nutella Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

Do you like/love-so-much-you-want-to-marry Nutella?  Oh my gosh!  Me too.  That’s why these Nutella Protein Bars are one of the top 10 recipes on this blog!

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So, um…  are you drooling?  Because I’m drooling.  Like, a lot.  Thank goodness I have a stash (aka a lifetime supply) of protein bars in my freezer.  Which is actually kinda dangerous because my freezer is about 15 feet away from me…  hold on, I’ll be right back.

*nom nom nom*

Okay, I’m back 😎

Now, I’m sure a big question that may have crossed your mind about these healthy DIY Protein Bar recipes goes something along the lines of, “Well, how much does it cost to make protein bars?”  And, “How does the price compare to storebought protein bars?”

Don’t worry, I asked the same exact questions when I was writing the book.  Being in college and living in my first apartment ever, budgeting is one of the number one things I know how to do (aside from studying and baking, of course).

I include a cost analysis in the book and compare the price of buying protein bars from the store versus making your own protein bars at home.  Let’s just say that I was pleasantly surprised!  Here’s the page from the cookbook:

DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

⇧ Yes, DIY Protein Bars can save you money! Haaaaallelujah!

This reminds me of all the times I used to go to the store next to my dorm to buy groceries.  And protein bars.  The fact that 2 store-bought protein bars costed MORE than a dozen organic eggs kinda turned me away from them (that and the fact that they usually have 20-30g of sugar in a single bar.  No thanks!).

The recipes in the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook are (or can easily be made) gluten-freerefined sugar-free, soy-free, and vegan…  but you’d never know it.  These recipes might be “free” of some stuff, but they sure aren’t free of flavor!

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DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

 

Be happy.

Live fully.

Eat protein bars.

(And leave none for Gretchen Wieners, bye)

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Jess 

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170 comments on “11 Healthy Protein Bar Recipes to Announce the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook!

  1. OMG congrats!!!!
    im sure its amazing!
    <3

  2. i’d love to make the snickerz!!

  3. The table of contents looks amazing!

  4. This is so awesome Jess! I’m so excited to check out your new book 🙂 I’d enter the giveaway but seeing as how I’m sensitive to brown rice, I wouldn’t be able to use that protein powder anyway if I had a chance at winning lol. I use their Warrior Blend protein instead!

  5. Wow! All these recipes look scrumptious!!

  6. You are great!!! I really admire you and I think that your work is amazing!!!

  7. These recipies are genius! I absolutely love/live off quest bars when I’m on the go. They are pretty expensive which makes it hard to buy them all of the time. I would love to try all of these recipies and it would definitely help to have the ingredients 🙂 the smores, nutella, snickers, heck…they all sound awesome! Great job!

    • Kate Main-
      Aw thanks Kate! I TOTALLY understand your Quest bar addiction 😉 I used to be HOOKED onto those Clif Builder’s Chocolate Mint Bars. YUM!
      Buying them in bulk makes it a little bit cheaper per bar, but they’re still pretty darn expensive.
      -Jess
      PS: The S’Mores was an all-time favorite among my taste testers! 🙂

  8. I want to make the cinnamon raisin peanut butter ones 🙂 mmmm

  9. Your cookbook looks so neat!! Love the idea!
    Wish you the best of luck with it 🙂

  10. OMG Jess, this is SO A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!! I’m so happy for you and all the great things that happened in your life recently! You deserve it, congratulations!
    I’m participating with several entries for this giveaway, and I hope to win *SO* bad! And, no matter the result, I will definitely buy this cookbook asap! I need ALL of these protein bars in my life, like, now. I can’t wait for my book to arrive so I can try all the recipes – I’m really looking forward to the banana bread, blueberry muffin, birthday cake… And Ooooh the cinnamon roll one! Sounds like heaven!
    Congratulations on your cookbook, I hope it’s a huge success!
    Lara

    • Lara Arar-
      Thank you SO much!! I’m so glad the writing process is over. I like the baking process, not the writing. It was like writing a 114-page essay haha 😉
      Thanks for leaving such a kind and supportive comment. I hope you get to try ALL the protein bars! I actually had some of the Cinnamon Roll Protein Squares yesterday 🙂
      Best of luck in the giveaway!
      -Jess

  11. Looks fabulous, congratulations. Any chance of publishing this as an ebook?

  12. What a sweet giveaway! (literally!) I love protein bars, but as your graph shows – the truly healthy ones are on bit on the expensive side. I’d love to make my own – and your cookbook looks AMAZING!
    You are SO creative with your healthified recipes!

    • Miranda Alexis-
      Awww you’re so kind Mandie! And yes, protein bars taste SOOOO good it’s so sad how they’re so expensive 🙁
      I was so shocked when I calculated the DIY Protein Bars cost. That was a pleasant surprise 🙂
      I hope you like the cookbook! And good luck in the giveaway 😀
      -Jess

  13. I would obviously make the Death By Chocolate. Hands down!

  14. Kristveig Lilja

    These protein bars look amazing, cannot wait to try them out!

  15. I’ve got my eye on that tiramisu recipe, and I second the request for an ebook version!

  16. Congratulations on publishing your book! Too bad shipping & customs in Egypt costs me a fortune I hardly ever find the products you use except online 🙁 I wish that someday soon I’ll be able to make all those recipes!

    • Safaa Shaaban-
      Thank you so much! I’m sorry the world is basically preventing you from making all these recipes 🙁
      I guess the U.S. is different, because everything online is so much cheaper than in stores. I’m right there with you wishing that the shipping costs go down and stores start carrying the products 🙂
      -Jess

  17. Lohandi Janse van Rensburg

    The nutella fudge ones or anything with peanut butter looks amazing! I have to try these – perfect study snack

  18. Every single one of these look amazing! I know a handful of people that will be hounding me to make these for them. Thank you 🙂

  19. Great!
    I love your recipes and hope I’ll be one of the winners of it 🙂

  20. Congratultions! It looks awesome from the outside 🙂

  21. ITS GOING TO BE MY MISSION TO CREATE EVERY ONE OF THESE! They all sound delicious! Congrats! I can’t wait to get my hands on one of the cookbooks! 🙂

  22. I am going to purchase this right now! I am so excited to start making my own protein bars and ditch all that sugar! Congrats to you and this beautiful book!!

  23. Peanut butter and jelly!

  24. I am drooooling! This is so on my Santa Christmas list 😀 I follow you on pinterest and I have made your protein nutella fudge and gave it to my friends and they couldn’t believe it was actually good for them because it was so yummy!
    Cant wait to make some more 😀

  25. I love the chocolate chip cookie dough protein bars!

  26. This is such an awesome giveaway! I can’t wait to try some of these recipes…Do you think I could substitute a different type of protein powder?

    • Chloe-
      Thanks so much Chloe! I hope you get to try as many recipes as humanly possible 😉
      As for the protein powder swap, I’m afraid the brown rice protein powder is the only choice here… I’ve tried using whey, casein, egg and SunWarrior’s “Warrior Blend” and none of them worked! 🙁
      Quite a few people have asked for a cookbook with a different protein powder (due to allergies to rice or preference for whey), so I’m definitely considering writing another cookbook in the future using a different protein powder. Stay tuned 😉
      -Jess

  27. Death by chocolate protein bar sound A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!!!!!

  28. These all look so delicious! I’m a huge fan of red velvet, so I think I’d try that recipe first. Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. I want anything with peanut butter! They all look amazing!

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