Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars (refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan)

Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars — like Snickerz in protein bar form!

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 Snickerz 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.

When you combine 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.  These are pure bliss.

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

Servings: 12 bars
Prep Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
When you combine Snickers with PROTEIN, you get these amazingly delicious 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.

Ingredients

Protein Bars:

Caramel Layer:

Chocolate Coating:

Instructions

For the Protein Bars:

  • Line an 8x8” brownie pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In an electric stand mixer bowl tted with a beater attachment, add all of the ingredients. Mix on low speed until everything is fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix on medium speed for one last mix. Mixture should be thick and fudgy, like cookie dough.
  • Scoop the mixture into the brownie pan and flatten it out.

For the Caramel Layer:

  • In a small bowl, stir together the caramel sauce and protein powder. Mixture should be thick and slightly sticky. Spoon the mixture over the protein bar base and spread to the edges of the pan. Sprinkle the chopped peanuts on top and press them into the surface. Place in the freezer uncovered for 1 hour.
  • Lift the mixture out of the pan. Slice into 12 bars.

For the Chocolate Coating:

  • Stir the coconut oil into the melted chocolate.
  • Place a silicone baking mat on top of a jelly roll pan and line the protein bars on top. With a large spoon, ladle the melted chocolate over the protein bars. Try to encase the entire bar with chocolate.
  • Refrigerate until rm (~1 hour). Individually wrap the protein bars in plastic sandwich baggies. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or stash them in the freezer.

Recipe Notes

Do not use whey/egg/casein protein!  The mixture will be gooey and won’t solidify.
I originally wasn't going to share the recipe here because I worked so incredibly hard on publishing The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook.  But I wanted to provide it here because that way, you can determine whether or not the rest of the cookbook is for you!
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 protein bar)
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4.5g28%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 130mg6%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 18g36%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: Protein Bars
Keyword: Chocolate, Gluten Free, High Protein, Peanut Butter, Protein Bars

@cynthjewel made a batch!  How good do these look??

Healthy DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook (refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

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It’s been almost 2 months since I published the 3rd 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!

If you like this recipe, then you’ll LOVE my DIY Protein Bars Cookbook!  With 48 protein bar recipes, you’ll never buy protein bars from the store again.  To learn more about the book and see some sneak peeks, see this page!

The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook is a collection of 48 easy, healthy no-bake protein bar recipes! Homemade protein bars are healthier than storebought, and they're also cheaper. You'll fall in love with each and every protein bar recipe!

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DIY Protein Bars Cookbook on Amazon.com - The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook is a collection of 48 easy, healthy no-bake protein bar recipes!

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Enjoy!

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Be happy.

Live fully.

Eat protein bars.

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– Jess

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62 comments on “Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars — like Snickerz in protein bar form!”

  1. How many grams is it?

  2. This looks much more appealing than another protein bar recipe.5 stars

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