DIY Protein Bars Cookbook
The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook is a collection of 48 easy, healthy no-bake protein bar recipes!
These homemade protein bars are so simple, tasty, fudgy, and good for you, you’ll never go back to the store-bought stuff again!
This book is a total godsend for the health conscious dessert lovers out there.
AKA, you 😉
What’s In The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook?
- Options for everyone, with sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan recipes! These wholesome, all natural protein bars might be “free” of some stuff, but they sure aren’t “free” of flavor.
- Full color pictures + nutrition facts label for every recipe
- Ingredient measurements provided in both weight (grams/oz) + volume (cups, tablespoons, etc.)
- Fun protein facts sprinkled throughout
Watch me make the No-Bake Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars in this quick step-by-step video:
Check out my YouTube channel to watch me make some other protein bars from the book! You can see how fast and easy they are to make 🙂
Wondering if the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook is for you? Here’s a little checklist to help with your decision:
⇧ If that list is full of checkmarks, then GOOD! It is for me too! There’s a whole lotta that in the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook! 😉
Fan Favorites and Recipe Remakes!
I am so grateful to be a part of such a loving, adoring, and supportive online community. Here are pictures readers have shared of their DIY Protein Bars Cookbook remakes:
Watch Gabby make my Red Velvet DIY Protein Bars!
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What Others Are Saying:
I love Jessica’s work and dedication to nutrition. This book is a clear example of her knowledge and concern for eating healthy. I have enjoyed Jessica’s blog for some time now. I have tried several of her recipes and I love them (my children do as well). The DIY Protein Bars book is such a great addition to my recipe collection. The photos are extremely visually appealing and because I eat with my eyes first, this is important to me. I am also impressed with the general layout of the book. More important to me than either of those is that these bars are simple to make and I can easily control what goes into my body when I am able to prepare it. I have had no problems finding the ingredients at Whole Foods or with an occasional trip to Trader Joes, but with the ever-growing nutrition awareness movement, I have even been able to find quite a few of the ingredients at stores like Target and Save-Mart. There may be a few rare items that you would need to order but I’m the queen of substitution so that hasn’t been a problem for me. If you haven’t checked out Jessica’s blog, it’s a must see. It is very neatly laid out and easy to navigate. The recipes all include nutritional information. I am honored to review this book; it was worth the wait!
I love this book! It’s so unique. It’s seriously hard to find healthy protein bar at the grocery store…almost impossible. They usually have genetically modified ingredients, too much sugar or too many sugar alcohols. Some of them really mess up my stomach and leave me feeling awful. Now I can make my own. I love how Jessica walks you through specific brands that she uses and why…it takes all the guessing out. This book is to the point and easy to follow. It has gluten-free and dairy free bars which fits our eating style. I can’t wait to make the Red Velvet Cake Fudge Protein Bar using beet powder. Groovy!
As a Medical Doctor and in charge of weight loss clinics….this woman is real , her receipts are excellent. My family uses her concepts because she is brilliant. I have reviewed other books and this is obviously one of the best. Buy this book and try her ideas.
BEST PURCHASE EVER!! I would give this book ten stars if I could. Everything is laid out so beautifully! The author has answered every single question you could possibly have before you ask it. Every recipe has been a delicious success! I found some pretty spectacular sales on the SunWarrier protein that she uses in all the bars. A KitchenAid mixer if really a prerequisite for these bars, but most of the ingredients used can be purchased on Amazon. I wish I could shake the author’s hand. I wish all cook books were this plainly laid out and easy to use. If you want to make your own protein bars, this book is the benchmark to which all other books should be held. OUTSTANDING!!
This book is filled with lots of delicious recipes. Great optons for vegetarians and vegans too.
I’ve been enjoying this book, and have made a few of the recipes. Some of them I liked and some of them I didn’t, pretty much like all recipe books. If you’re interested in making your own protein bars, I think you’ll find this a useful read.
Perfect Cookbook for the Protein Bar Lover!
As a fellow food blogger, I’ve been following Desserts With Benefits for sometime now and have tried a few of Jessica’s recipes. I was super excited when I saw she was coming out with a cookbook. To be honest, I am not the biggest protein bar lover, but the second I saw the cover of this book, I knew I wanted to try them! I understand and appreciate the work that goes into creating recipes that are healthy and Jessica definitely put forth the work to create a great collection of healthy, easy bars. These recipes truly are simple and delicious! What’s really impressive is that she shares why certain foods are good for you and includes detailed nutritional information with each recipe.
For those who are new to healthy baking, there will probably be ingredients you’ll need to purchase, but Jessica shares what brands she likes and makes it easy for the reader to know what to look for. It’s also possible to adapt or substitute if needed. There have been some reviews complaining of recipes being too similar. While the base of some protein bars may be alike, this actually makes the recipes even easier. Stock up on a few basics and you can make many of her recipes in minutes. However simple these recipes are, Jessica still managed to create practically every flavor variety you could possibly want in a protein bar! Flavors range from fruity to nutty (some containing fresh greens or vegetables!) and remade favorite candy bar flavors. One of my favorites was the “Snicker” protein bar. This book really has everything you want in a protein bar cookbook!
The toughest part of Ms Stier’s recipes is tracking down a few ingredients if you stick to your local stores. I found everything easily accessible online and from there the fun began! The recipes are simple to prepare and most of the bars I made had a creamy nut base. They won’t make you forget about a Snickers Bar, but they will satisfy any cravings and leave you feeling 10x healthier!
I purchased both first and 2nd editions… I love the improved recipes in the second edition and the photos are much better! I will continue enjoying my favorites (pecan pie and scotcheroos).
I subscribe to Jessica’s blog, Desserts with Benefits, and have made a few recipes from her website. They’ve all come out delicious, and I appreciate her commitment to health and education. I like to support bloggers like her, so I decided to buy her cookbook. Added bonus, I’m a fan of protein bars, because when I wake up in the morning, I’d much rather grab a bar than sleepily try to make an omelet or something.
Each recipe comes with ingredients, instruction, and most importantly – nutritional information. No more bookmarking tasty-looking recipes and realizing later they’re 900 calories. Calorie-wise, I don’t think there’s a single bar that clocks in over 300 calories, most are 170 – 250 calories. If you’re doing the low-carb thing, eyeballing it it looks like the bars come in between 15g – 30g (depending on the recipe). All the ingredients are natural, and there are no added sugars (primarily using liquid stevia for sweetness). The only downside is if you don’t already own protein powder, almond butter, stevia, or any of the other ingredients, it can get a bit pricey. She does have a section illustrating that making your own protein bars actually winds up being cheaper, but it’s hard to remember that when you’re ordering a giant tub of expensive protein powder on the Internet! Most of the recipes use the same base ingredients, so you most likely won’t end up with a giant tub of protein powder you’ve only used one scoop of.
I haven’t owned the book long, and have only made two recipes (Cookie Dough Protein Bars, and Matcha Green Tea Bars), both have come out tasty. They’re fairly easy recipes too – basically just throw everything at the stand mixer, toss it into a brownie pan, refrigerate and then cut everything up.
Overall, I’m glad I bought this book, I’m looking forward to trying new recipes (next I think will be Red Velvet Cake Fudge Protein Bars…), and hope to see more from Jessica in the future!
The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook is a collection of 48 easy, healthy no-bake protein bar recipes!
Make protein bars.
Yes! So excited, this is fucking awesome, just ordered.
You ever thought about a paperback collection of all your recipes? That would be amazing. Actually that’s what I was hoping this book would be. But I’m still legit thrilled.
YAY I’m glad you’re totally as excited as I am!! 😉
I hope you LOVE the cookbook 😀
I actually haven’t thought about making a cookbook of the recipes already on the blog. While it would be nice to hold a physical book with the recipes instead of having to go online, I’m not sure how people would feel about paying for recipes that are free on the blog. Maybe it could be new and improved recipes? Not sure yet… thanks so much for your input 🙂
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I’m really happy you published a cookbook! Congratulations. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. One question: do you need a stand mixer to make the bars?
Thank you SO much! I use my stand mixer to make my recipes but I HAVE made the protein bars without one. It’ll just take a longer time to mix the protein “dough” 🙂
Hope you like the book!!
Bought the book and made the Chocolate fudge protein bars. I used a small cookie scoop to make bite sized portions. They are now in the fridge. Not sure how to store them, but they are sure delicious.
I love your website. Have been making a different recipe each day.
First of all, thank you SO much for getting a copy of my cookbook! Great idea with the cookie scoop to make bite-sized portions, that’s genius. I’m trying that on my next batch 🙂
You can store the protein balls on a plate in the fridge covered with plastic wrap. Or, you can place them in sandwich baggies and freeze them for a few months.
Thanks so much for sharing Jamie!
I just started reading your blog, and I just got your cookbook. It looks amazing, but I had a question on a few of the utensils that you use. I don’t have a stand mixer, can I use my hand held beater? I can’t afford to go out and buy something else. Also, I have a VitaMix. Can I use that for any of your recipes?
Thank you so much for getting my cookbook! I’m glad you like it so far 🙂
As for the stand mixer, I haven’t tried using a hand held mixer so I can’t be sure… if your hand mixer is pretty strong and sturdy I’d say it might work, but if you have an old weak one (like the one I have that I rarely use), it probably won’t work. I’ve made all my protein bars by hand and that works too, it just takes a lot longer to fold everything together because the dough is pretty thick.
As for the Vitamix, you can use that to make homemade oat flour and homemade nut butters! Making nut butters at home is very cost-effective. I buy organic almonds in bulk off of Amazon.com and make DIY Almond Butter instead of buying the premade stuff and it saves SO much money 🙂
Hope this helps Christina!
I just made your Cookie Dough Protein bars. They were pretty good, no replacement for actual cookie dough, but I am glad that I know I am eating something healthy and not processed. I used Sun Warrior protein Classic, I found it to be a little grainy, but these are still better than store bought.
Hi Christina! I’m so glad you got a chance to make the Cookie Dough Protein Bars recipe 😀
Just FYI, the SunWarrior Classic is unflavored and unsweetened, while the SunWarrior Classic Vanilla is sweetened. I bought the Classic version and really didn’t like it at all so now I only use Vanilla and Chocolate. If you make the recipe again using the Vanilla, I think you’ll enjoy it a lot more 🙂
I hope you get to try some more recipes! S’Mores is definitely the #1 recipe in my family 😉
PS: If you ever get the chance, I would really appreciate you reviewing the book on Amazon.com! Thanks 🙂
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Could you please provide a list of typical pantry ingredients needed to make your bars? i.e sweeteners, all the protein powders, and other non typical pantry items. Although once you have the ingredients it may cost less to make the bars, buying all the specialty items could be quite costly. Plus I don’t typically use artificial sweeteners because I find the flavour off putting plus they just aren’t that good for you. I see most of your bars are really high in calories already so using real sugar would just add to that, so I’m a little hesitant to order your book. I do make all my own food from scratch but we also follow a very low calorie diet, are any of your bars below 200 kcal (for a reasonably sized bar)?
Absolutely! I listed nearly the entire Pantry Staples section below. However, you probably wouldn’t need ALL of these ingredients at once. And, depending on your taste, you might choose to make a few of your favorite bars multiple times rather than every recipe in the book:
-I use a wide variety of nut/seed butters throughout the book (almond, cashew, coconut, hazelnut, macadamia, peanut, pecan, walnut, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed), but most of them use almond butter and peanut butter.
-I also use a wide variety of flours: almond flour, coconut flour, oat flour and peanut flour (oat flour is used the most).
-The main protein powder used is brown rice protein powder. I use SunWarrior, but there are many cheaper brands out there (always buy your protein powder online, you will save $5-15 PER tub… I buy mine from Amazon, iHerb or Thrive Market). Just one recipe in the book uses whey protein, and another recipe is protein powder-free.
-You’ll need chocolate. From mini chocolate chips to regular chocolate bars, to mix into the bars or for chocolate coatings.
-Depending on the kinds of bars you make, you’ll need extracts/flavorings: almond extract, natural butter flavor, butterscotch flavor, mint flavor, vanilla extract and vanilla paste. For the Fruity Protein Bars section (also the reduced-fat section), I use fruit extracts: banana, blueberry, cherry, raspberry, strawberry.
-For extra flavor, you’ll need ground cinnamon/nutmeg, instant coffee, brewed espresso and salt. For single specialized recipes (like Tiramisu and Super Greens), you’ll need ingredients like rum, matcha powder, etc.
-For the protein bars toppings/frostings, you’ll need Greek yogurt, Neufchâtel cream cheese, coconut oil, various nuts and seeds, caramel sauce (I used Date Lady® Organic Caramel Sauce throughout the book because it’s made from dates instead of sugar), 100% fruit spread, ground flaxseed meal, shredded coconut, quick cooking oats and quinoa flakes.
-Fruits/Veggies: beets, carrots, lemons, oranges, spinach, dried blueberries/cranberries, raisins, freeze-dried bananas/cherries/raspberries/strawberries.
-Milks: unsweetened vanilla almond milk and unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (soy milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, rice milk and regular dairy milk will work too).
-Sweeteners: organic liquid stevia extract (just like the protein powder, I always buy this online because it’s MUCH cheaper… it’s also all natural and non-GMO, not artificial) and pure maple syrup.
I know this list was SUPER long, but it’s for 48 completely diverse recipes. I just wanted to give you an idea of the whole book and what it contains.
As for calories, the range is from 150-300 with all the bells and whistles (aka, caramel sauce, chocolate coating, etc.) 😉
Hope this helps Jessica! 😀
Looking for your Best Tiramisu recipe. See it on pinterest but for some reason cannot find the recipe. Can you help please?
Here’s the Tiramisu recipe you’re looking for!
Hope you like it 😀
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do you have a “knock off” Almond Joy or Mounds protein bar recipe??? Found an Atkins bar that is good. But would like to make my own. Thanks
You’re in luck! Because the book includes both a Mounds and an Almond Joy knockoff! The Mounds version is called “Dynamic” and the Almond Joy version is called “Duo.” I included pictures of both versions within the post if you want to know exactly how they look like 😀
Hope this helps Teresia!
Hi Jess, I am very interested in trying some of these recipes. One question for you though. Why brown rice protein powder instead of whey? Whey is what we typically buy, so I just wanted to see if I can use that before I buy something different.
I wrote this cookbook trying to make it suitable for the vast majority of people, vegans and non-vegans, gluten-free and non-gluten-free alike. The only protein powder that suited that (and tasted good) was brown rice protein powder. I also have quite a bit of experience with it, so it just seemed like the route I should take 😀
I don’t have anything against whey protein though, I literally just used Bodylogix whey protein today! This book has 1 whey protein recipe in it, the rest are brown rice protein. Whey does not work in place of rice protein (it’ll turn all gooey and sticky and strange).
Hope this helps Kathleen!
Amazing work!!! I haven’t eaten any protein bars but you made it look so good!!
Just wondering how to store these protein bars and how long will they last in room temperature conditions until they turn bad?
Awww thank you so much! I used to eat store-bought protein bars because they were basically candy bars but with a little extra protein added, haha 😉
I wouldn’t recommend leaving the protein bars at room temp because they will get really soft. The fridge helps keep them firm, and it also happens to preserve them so you can snack on them for a longer period of time. I would probably leave the protein bars out at room temp for MAX one day. You can also freeze them, which I do all the time. They last for a few months that way and you can defrost them in the fridge overnight or in a couple hours if you’re on the go! 😀
Thank you for the ingredients list, really helpful in deciding whether or not to get the book. Would like to know: would recipes work using dates, maple syrup or plain sugar,no stevia? How about no peanut butter, just almond butter?
Glad the ingredient list helps! 😀
I don’t have that much experience sweetening things with dates or dried fruits, but I suppose a date paste (or Fruit Paste) can add sweetness if you omit the stevia. Just note that, because the date paste is considered a wet ingredient, you might need to increase the flour (and/or protein powder) content so the bars aren’t sticky.
I tried to avoid using maple syrup, honey and agave in the book because most of my readers prefer stevia or other natural sugar-free/low-sugar alternatives, but I suppose you can try it out. 1 tsp of stevia extract has the equivalent sweetness of about ~1/2-2/3 cup of maple syrup… with all that extra liquid, I would recommend reducing the milk by ~1/2 cup.
Peanut butter is important for certain protein bars, like the Snickerz and PayDay knockoffs, but almond butter will definitely work in most recipes. I actually used almond butter more than peanut butter in this book, so if you like almond butter, you’re in luck! 😀
Hope this helps Sherry,
Thanks, great recipe, will definitely try it!
Book ordered <3 <3
Is there anywhere to get the cookbook in the UK?? xx
I’ve been looking for creative ways to up my protein intake for weight training and this looks SO GOOD! Definitely getting your cookbook.
Just bought the book and I am really excited to start trying the recipes! I found plain brown rice protein powder and vanilla, no chocolate. I bought the plain thinking it would work better than adding chocolate to the vanilla. I was going to make the Chocolate fudge recipe, just as a starter. I notice it calls for 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Could I add extra to the plain protein powder to make it more chocolatly until I can order the chocolate online?
Oooooh yay!! So glad you got your own copy of DIY Protein Bars and found some brown rice protein powder 😀
First things first, I bought plain brown rice protein powder before and was NOT a fan… mine didn’t have any sweetener (stevia) or flavoring. The SunWarrior vanilla and chocolate versions are sweetened with stevia and have some vanilla flavor and/or cocoa powder. If you use plain protein powder, you’re absolutely right, you’ll need to increase the sweetener a little (to taste), and add some more vanilla (probably ~1 teaspoon) or cocoa powder (~2 tablespoons).
Good choice with the Chocolate Fudge (it’s also really good with Peanut Butter instead of Almond Butter)! I would suggest using the Vanilla Protein you have, plus 1/4 cup Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder, and 2-3 tablespoons of extra Almond Milk (or whatever milk you want).
Hope this helps! Crossing my fingers you absolutely adore it 😉
I have bought your book and have my ingredients ready! I am super excited! I would like to make up several bars and freeze them easily for my family. What are your recommendations for freezing. I do have a food saver also.
Ooooh yay!! I’m so glad you got a copy of the cookbook and have all your ingredients on hand (probably the hardest part of making any recipe at home) 😀
I do the same thing — I usually make 2-3 batches of protein bars in one day, so I can slice and freeze a bunch for the upcoming weeks. Hope you like the protein bars as much as I do! <3
Hi! Great book and cant wait to try some of the recipes. Any alternative milk I can use instead of almond milk? I am living in United Kingdom and here almond milk is quiet expensive. Thanks.
Hi Alex! Thank you so much for getting a copy of DIY Protein Bars 😀
You can use any milk you want, really. You can use dairy milk, soy milk, coconut milk, etc. Just note that the flavor and nutritional facts will be different. Hope you like all the recipes!
So amazing :)! I will order, those bars looks very tasty!
Your bars look so yummy! I like to try a recipe or two before ordering cookbooks. I have a collection lol
Do you have any full recipes on your blog? All I find are ingredients.
Hi Amy! Totally get it, I’m the same way about cookbooks. I have 2 protein bar recipes on my blog, one for Protein Brownies (http://dessertswithbenefits.com/triple-chocolate-fudge-muscle-brownies/) and one for Cinnamon Raisin Protein Bars (http://dessertswithbenefits.com/cinnamon-raisin-peanut-butter-fudge-protein-bars/) — hope this helps! 🙂
I love the bars. I particularly love Chocolate Peanut Butter protein and the Cashew Butter. So stunning. I will order, those bars looks exceptionally wonderful!
Hi (: When the 2nd edition will be avalible on kindle?
Can’t wait to try your recipes!!!!!!
So sorry for the delay in the Kindle version. Surprisingly, editing a normal cookbook into Kindle is very difficult, especially when you have a very visual book such as mine (photographs don’t translate well). I’ll try to publish it by the end of February! Thanks so much for your support 🙂
I recently bought your protein bar book, and am super excited about trying out all of the recipes- everything looks amazing! I’ve made the red velvet and regular chocolate protein bars so far, which were both delicious, but I have a question for you. Even being stored in the fridge, they are very wet. They fall apart when I’m eating them if I’m not careful and are messy. In the pictures they look a little more dry and firm- do you know what I’m doing wrong or have any suggestions for firming them up a bit?
Thanks so much!
Yay! So exciting! Thanks so much for your support and getting a copy 🙂
I’m not sure why your bars are so delicate… did you make any ingredient substitutes? And did you use a kitchen scale to measure out the ingredients? The bars should be firm, pretty sturdy, and not wet (the cookie dough and cinnamon roll ones are probably the softest ones, which you can firm up by adding more oat flour) 🙂
I haven’t made any substitutions so far, I’ve been using measuring cups and spoons though. I will try the kitchen scale to see if it helps with accuracy. Thanks for the advice! Also can’t wait to try making my own nut butters- I never knew it was so simple! 🙂
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Awesome Recipe! Best of luck 🙂
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Love this recipe book! Just got it today and made the Matcha Bars! I can’t wait to try all the other varieties. This book has many tips, so even the very inexperienced person in the kitchen can start saving money on protein bars by making them at home! Great job, Jessica!
You have no idea how happy your comment just made me ❤️❤️❤️
I’m so so happy you got a book and already made a recipe!! And as always, feel free to email or message me on social media if you ever have any recipe questions or want to send some pictures of the bars you’ve made. I love that 🙂
Have a great rest of your week Alex!!
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Recipe to make DIY Protein Bars is the beneficial for gym lovers. I would recommend to eat healthy and stay fit is the mantra to live along.
JUST WONDERING HOW MUCH DOES THIS BOOK COST REALLY HOPING TO GET IT FOR MY
BIRTHDAY N JULY. I WANT TO MAKE HEALTHIER PROTEIN BARS FOR MYSELF. THE BARS LOOK ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.
Yay, thanks Emma! The book is $23.88 right now on Amazon 🙂
just wondering on how many of these books do you have left in store at Bowral bookshop and will you still have this book in July and is it a popular book?
I sell my cookbook online (Amazon and Etsy), bookshops decide what to stock in their stores and I don’t know what stores have my book in stock (I wish I did though!!)… so you’d need to call and check on their product status 🙂
Hope you love the cookbook Emma!! <3
Jessica please put the last one of this book aside for me it is meant to be mine.
Yes! So excited about it. This is really awesome, just going to have this.