Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars — like Snickerz in protein bar form (plus a giveaway!)

HALLOWEEN is coming up and I know how much we all love candy.  Trust me, I KNOW.  I used to sit at home after trick-or-treating and stuff my face full of Hersheys, Snickers, Milky Ways, Dots, sugar, sugar, sugar, more sugar, sugar on top of sugar, and so on.  Those candies are so addicting because they’re full of fat, sugar, salt, additives, and artificial ingredients that are scientifically proven to make you want to eat more.  While I’ve made Healthy Homemade Snickerz here on the blog, the nougat takes a bit of time and patience to make, and sometimes, we just ain’t got no time for that.  So I made these Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars!  They’re basically Snickers candy bars — they’re full of peanut butter and caramel, they’re coated in chocolate, they’re sweet and satisfying — but without the sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, and artificial flavorings. Instead, they’re filled with natural, wholesome ingredients, and a punch of protein.

These Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars are pure bliss.

Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars (like Snickerz but in protein bar form!) from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

When you combine Healthy Homemade Snickerz Candy Bars + PROTEIN, you get these amazingly delicious Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars. With a soft, chewy, peanut butter fudge base, a layer of peanut-studded caramel, and a rich, decadent, chocolatey shell, you are at a 99.99% chance of having a foodgasm.

These are some treats you can sink your teeth into.  Guilt free.

Chewy, crunchy, sweet, salty…  and secretly good for you.  Every single person who has tried these DIY Protein Bars could NOT believe they were healthy.  There is nothing healthy tasting about ’em 🍫😍

Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars (like Snickerz but in protein bar form!) from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

You can’t go wrong with Healthy DIY Protein Bars!

These are some simply mouthwatering candy protein bars.  As you can see 😏

Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars (like Snickerz but in protein bar form!) from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

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Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars

Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars (like Snickerz but in protein bar form!) from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog



You can find the full recipe and instructions in the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook!


I originally wasn't going to share the recipe here because I worked so incredibly hard on publishing DIY Protein Bars.  But, I understand not having a recipe here can be frustrating.  So, I'll meet you halfway...  how does that sound?  I'll show you all the ingredients I use in the recipe.  That way, you can determine on your own whether or not the cookbook is for you!
Do not use whey/egg/casein protein!  The mixture will be gooey and won't solidify.

Be sure to follow @DessertsWithBenefits on Instagram!  If you try this recipe, make sure to snap a picture of it, tag me @DessertsWithBenefits, and hashtag #DessertsWithBenefits #DIYProteinBars #DIYProteinBarsCookbook.  I’d love to see it and feature you on #FanFaveFridays!


It’s been almost 2 months since I published the 2nd edition of my DIY Protein Bars Cookbook, and I am SO so happy, proud, and blessed over its success! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I could NOT have published this cookbook with you guys.  I wouldn’t have written it in the first place, but since so many of y’all asked me to write one, I did.  Thank you to all of your for your love, support, positivity, and constant encouragement! 🙌🤗💕

To celebrate the (almost) 2 month mark, I’m hosting a giveaway for 3 main ingredients needed to make these Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars: my cookbook, protein powder, and organic caramel sauce 🎁😝


DIY Protein Bars Cookbook + SunWarrior Protein Powder + Date Lady Caramel Sauce Giveaway!

DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits


Be happy.

Live fully.

Eat protein bars.


With love (and healthy dessert),

– Jess



53 comments on “Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars — like Snickerz in protein bar form (plus a giveaway!)

  1. Oh, wow! These look absolutely amazing- I will totally make them for my boyfriend who loves snickers (and taste them myself of course) 😀

    Thank you so much for sharing so many wonderful recipes 🙂
    Wishing you a great day – hugs from a Norwegian reader.

  2. Can you use vanilla whey protein instead?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Natalie- I do not recommend whey protein powder because it has a tendency to get really gooey and sticky rather than turn into a cookie dough-like texture from the brown rice protein powder… sorry!

  3. These look absolutely amazing oh my!! I’m so in love with your homemade candy bar series… seriously, you’re a genius ;–)

  4. mmm looks good! actually all your homemade candy bars look super yummy :p

  5. Lovely work, Jessica!

  6. Sneaky! Yours look prettier than the ones you buy at the store and I am sure they taste a million times better too!

  7. My husband would go crazy for these! What could I use instead of stevia extract? I prefer to use honey or maple syrup in my baking. Any ideas what I could use instead of stevia?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Chelsey- I haven’t made these without stevia before but I’m sure you can! I would suggest using 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup in the protein bar base and adding extra protein powder and/or oat flour to compensate for the extra liquid 🙂

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  9. Jessica your recipes are divine! I’m (unsuccessfully) trying to wean off of processed sugar and commercial sweets and pursue a clean eating diet, but sometimes I just cannot resist! Thank you for creating so many great recipes to help the process of being more health concious! 🙂 can’t wait to try this!

  10. Now I am going to make this for my breakfast!

  11. I am bookmarking your blog!

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  13. Have you considered using PB2 in your recipes? I have been thinking about converting some recipes but I don’t know what to add for the moisture since it is dehydrated….? Any ideas?

    • Christy-
      I don’t use PB2 because it contains sugar, but I do use peanut flour, which is basically the same thing but without the salt/sugar. It tastes really good and you can use it in savory applications too (it makes a great PB sauce)! I have this organic version of PB2 in my pantry but I haven’t made any recipes with it.
      As for using powdered peanut butter in these protein bars, that is a GREAT idea!! I have definitely got to try that soon. I made peanut butter frosting with peanut flour though, so I’ll base this assumption on that recipe. I would try replacing the 1/2 cup of peanut butter with 3/4 cup Peanut Flour + ~6 tbs Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. Mix this together before making the recipe to make sure it has the same consistency of PB. If it’s too dry, add more milk. If it’s too wet, add more flour. Good luck, hope this works out for you!! 🙂

  14. Georgous home-made bars! they look very appetizing & fantastic even!! Yummm! 🙂

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  16. THESE LOOK AMAZING! Thank you so much for this great recipe!! I’ll be making these asap!

  17. WOW this is FANTASTIC!

    I can’t wait to try this. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to do this.

    What is the shelf life if you don’t refrigerate?

    Thank you again,


    • Mike-
      I wouldn’t recommend not refrigerating these because the texture gets a little too soft (still good, just really soft). The chocolate helps keep the bar sturdy and in place, but it’s just best when it’s chilled.
      But, if you’re camping or something where a fridge isn’t available, then I would say about 2-3 days.
      I hope you like the recipe!

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  19. I didn’t read the comments and tried the recipe with whey (vanilla and cookies&cream). It was too much milk, but it tastes mighty fine 🙂

  20. Looks soooo delicious!

  21. I recently made these and I’m in heaven! I’m battling between my desire to keep them all for myself, and my boyfriend, friends, family, and professors, who all want me to share. As soon as I made these I knew I had to have your book. I can’t wait to make them all. You’re brilliant.

  22. Jennifer Conner

    Could you use Stevia across the board as the sweetener and could you use Vega One plant based protein in place of the brown rice type? thanks!! – Jennifer

    • Jennifer Conner-
      The only sweetener in the protein bar is stevia. Without the caramel sauce, it won’t be Snickers 😉
      And I’m afraid Vega One won’t replace the brown rice protein, it absorbs too much liquid. Only brown rice protein powder works here.
      I hope you like the recipe!

  23. im allergic to peanuts so i was wondering if i can subsitute the peanut butter for soy nut butter

    • Camy-
      Yup! Any other nut or seed butter can replace the peanut butter. Sunflower seed butter and tahini have a slight peanut buttery taste, so I think those would work great. I tried soy butter once and wasn’t really a fan, but that’s just me! I hope you like the recipe 😀

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  25. orsomethingsweet

    Girl you are an ARTIST. #dontstop 😀

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  27. Hello there! I cannot have grains/wheat/whey and would like to know if any of your protein bars use a plant based protein or animal based protein before I purchase the book. Many thanks!!!

    • Hi Leslie! 47 out of the 48 recipes in the cookbook use brown rice protein powder, and 1 uses whey protein powder. Every single recipe is gluten-free, but I use oat flour in the majority of the recipes.
      If you avoid oats, I wouldn’t recommend this cookbook for you, I’m sorry! 🙁

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  29. I would try the Cherry Pie recipe first from the book. Sounds amazing.

  30. Stacey Roberson

    Oh wow! They all sound delish, but I would have to try the Chocolate Covered Strawberry first.

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