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 protein bar recipes that I’ve posted on the blog over the years — they’re all no-bake, ultra fudgy, and perfectly sweet.  You’d never know they’re refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan, and all natural.  Yup, that means there are absolutely no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, or artificial flavorings in these homemade protein bar recipes.

This is the perfect time to announce that the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook is officially PUBLISHED!

*happy dances*

This was a long time coming.  I poured my heart and soul into this book, and I could not be happier to hold these copies in my hand  🙂

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

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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From Peanut Butter to S’mores, from Red Velvet to Death By Chocolate (and soooo many more), you’ll be sure to find a favorite.  Or three.  Or four dozen.  😉

Words cannot even describe how amazing these homemade protein bars are!

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And there are options for everyone — gluten free protein bars, vegan protein bars, low carb protein bars, etc.  Each protein bar recipe is not only healthier than storebought, but they’re cheaper too.

Yes, for real.  I even did a cost comparison analysis in the book — each bar costs just a little over $1 to make (anything around $1.12 to be exact!), which means you can save up to $2.07 PER protein bar by going the DIY route.

*jaw drops to floor*

Anyways, enough talk.  Here are all the protein bar recipes I’ve posted to the blog over the years.

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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1.  Chocolate Fudge 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.  This post also includes a FREE recipe printable, plus a cooking video showing you how to make these yourself!

I also based these Black Velvet DIY Protein Bars off this recipe.

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2.  Peanut Butter Protein Bars

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

Talk. About. Fudgy.  These Peanut Butter DIY Protein Bars are 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.

Be sure to check out my Peanut Butter & Jelly DIY Protein Bars too!

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3.  Triple Chocolate Protein Brownies

Are you craving brownies?  Yes?  Okay, me too.  These Triple Chocolate Fudge 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.  Cookie Dough Protein Bars

Cookie Dough DIY 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.  There’s really nothing better than protein cookie dough guys.  Y’all need this in yo life.

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5.  Chubby Hubby Protein Bars

Healthy Chubby Hubby DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook (high protein, high fiber, gluten free option, vegan option)

Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby Ice Cream is loved by all.  And so are these Chubby Hubby DIY 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.  Millionaire’s Protein Bars

Healthy Millionaire's DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook (low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan)

Wanna feel like royalty?  Make these Millionaire’s DIY 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.  Snickers Protein Bars

Healthy Beefcake DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook (low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan)

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.  Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars

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

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9.  Red Velvet Protein Bars

Red Velvet. Fudge. Protein Bars.

Need I say more?  😉

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10.  Matcha Green Tea 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, then these are for you.  It’s got all the flavor of a cup of matcha green tea, just in the form of a fudgy protein bar!

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11.  Nutella 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 DIY 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  😉

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this protein bar recipe roundup!  If you’re a protein bar addict (like me), then I think you’ll fall in love with the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook.

 

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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It warms my heart to know that thousands of people around the world have a copy of my book in their very own homes, make my recipes, and send photos of their homemade creations to me  <3

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Be happy.

Live fully.

Eat homemade protein bars.

(And leave none for Gretchen Wieners, bye)

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– Jess

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143 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. Carolyn Marquis
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    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!

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

  14. Kristveig Lilja
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    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. Safaa Shaaban
    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!

  17. Lohandi Janse van Rensburg
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    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. Megan Marlowe
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    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. Laura Samuel
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    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!

  30. S’mores!

  31. Matcha green tea? That sounds right up my alley. I could play a great game of “how many meals can I eat protein bars at before I get hungry” with them!
    Those Nutella ones are also speaking to me though…

  32. YES! Congrats! Just from the look of the cover, I can tell that this book is amazing. I’m a huge fan of your protein bar recipes (well, all your recipes), so I can’t wait for the new & improved ones.

  33. This looks awesome! Congrats on your first cookbook!

  34. I am so happy for you!!!! Congratulations on your book!!! I have never heard of a smore protein bar….. that sound so good!!!!

  35. Which is your favorite?

  36. Congratulations! All that hard blogging work pays off! My flavor of choice would definitely be PB&J because it is one of those child comfort foods!

  37. Always wanted to make my own protein bars.

  38. I just love the pictures. What a great idea! Just a question- Will the recipes work out using other brown rice protein powders like growing naturals or nutribiotic brown rice powder?

    • Rena @ No Way That’s Healthy-
      Yes! These protein bars work with other brown rice protein powders 🙂
      Make sure it’s just rice protein and doesn’t include hemp or something, though. I tried making a batch using SunWarrior’s Warrior Blend and it didn’t work at all.
      Also note that the Growing Naturals protein powder doesn’t firm up as well as SunWarrior. It’ll be more like fudge, which is great and all, but they won’t be portable. I brought a couple of protein bars to school and they smushed completely 🙁
      They recipes will still work but they are best stored in the fridge and eaten at home 🙂
      I hope you like all the DIY Protein Bar recipes! 😀
      -Jess

  39. The S’mores one sounds amazing! I’ve always loved your website, and I’m so happy you finally have a cookbook!

  40. So excited for this! I entered the contest but will mostly likey purchase it if i don’t win ! I just wanted to say you’re so inspiring to me , I will be majoring in nutritional science also!! I’d love to talk more about it with you!

    Keep up the great work
    -Ashley

    • Ashley-
      Awww thank you so much Ashley! I loved reading your comment, it’s so great to be a part of such an amazing online community! I hope you enjoy learning about nutrition as much as I do — it’s totally worth all the studying. There’s nothing better than being able to improve your own health as well as the health of your friends, family and community 🙂
      I hope you fall in love with the cookbook! And good luck in school! <3
      -Jess

  41. Look’s great!

  42. They all look soooo good! I’m an amatuer baker and I just adore your website! 🙂

  43. As a mom of three, I need all the energy I can get LOL Can’t wait to try a few of these recipes 🙂

  44. these all look amazing! i love the idea of making my own protein bars so i know exactly what is them!

  45. Going to make the peanut butter ones in the very near future 🙂 And looking forward to trying the others soon!
    Thank you!

  46. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried to make all of the ones you’ve posted. Time for new recipes! The book practically pays for itself compared to buying bars.

  47. s’mores, definitely!

  48. DEATH BY CHOCOLATE OF COURSE

  49. Samantha Traver
    49

    Oh, this is amazing! I’ve tried a couple of your protein bars but I always used the protein powder I’ve had on hands – whey protein. Does not work the same – it makes the items so sticky.

    • Samantha Traver-
      Yeah, for some reason whey just NEVER works. I can’t tell you how many protein bars I’ve tried to make with whey protein powder and I’ve had zero luck 🙁
      Brown rice protein is the magic ingredient… I have no idea why, but it always works perfectly.
      Good luck in the giveaway! I hope you like the cookbook 😀
      -Jess

  50. I have to say, the red velvet bar is one of my favorites. Can’t wait to try another recipe. PB and J will be first!

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