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 Bar Recipes from Desserts with Benefits 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! 🙂
In celebrating the book launch, I thought it would be fitting to share all the protein bar recipes that I’ve posted so far on this blog. I’ve posted 11 protein bar recipes over the years and they’ve always been huge hits.
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… I feel like that would be unfair to those who purchased the book. Instead, the book includes improved recipes of the ones on the blog (like the DIY Red Velvet Fudge Protein Bars and oh-so popular DIY Nutella Fudge 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 (aka my 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 😉
Words cannot even begin to describe how amazing these 11 DIY Protein Bars are.
Below are all the protein bar recipes 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):
These are literally like brownies — fudgy, sweet, chocolatey… except they don’t require any baking! Oh, and they’re actually good for you too 😉
Are you craving brownies? Yes? Okay, me too. These DIY Triple Chocolate Protein Brownies will satisfy your every chocolate/sugar/dessert/brownie craving and more. They’ll pretty much restore your faith in everything.
DIY 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.
Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby Ice Cream is loved by all. And so are these DIY 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).
Wanna feel like royalty? Make these DIY Millionaire’s Protein Bars. They have a rich, almond butter fudge protein base, a layer of liquid
goldcaramel, and a thick shell of decadent dark chocolate. That’s as rich as things can get.
Protein-packed candy bars? Um, I’ll take seven of these as well.
And to-go, please. Because I’m not sharing.
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).
Red Velvet. Fudge. Protein Bars.
Need I really say more? 😉
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!
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:
This reminds me of all the times I used to go to the store next to my dorm to go buy groceries. And protein bars. Oh, those Clif® Builder’s® bars were my favorite! But, the fact that only four protein bars costed MORE than a giant carton of two dozen organic eggs kinda made me turn away from them. That, and the fact that they have 21-22g of sugar in just one bar. No thanks!
The recipes in the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook are (or can easily be made) gluten-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free, dairy-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! The recipes are naturally sweetened with organic stevia extract, fruits, organic caramel sauce and chocolate. The majority of the recipes are comprised of organic brown rice protein powder and whole grain, certified gluten-free oat flour. I always use SunWarrior Classic protein powder because it has a great taste and provides a suuuper fudgy texture. Since brown rice protein powder is the staple ingredient used throughout the book, I thought it would be awesome to give some away! A BIG thanks to SunWarrior who was so kind to provide all the protein powders for this celebration giveaway.
Seriously, they’re like the nicest people I’ve ever talked to 🙂
So, what are the giveaway deets?
Prizes: (each winner will receive all 3 of the following)
- One DIY Protein Bars Cookbook
- One 2.2lb bag SunWarrior Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder
- One 2.2lb bag SunWarrior Chocolate Brown Rice Protein Powder
Dates: November 11th, 2014 – November 27th, 2014 at 11:59pm EST
Eat protein bars.
(And leave none for Gretchen Wieners, bye)
– Jess ♥