Protein bars aren’t only made for the people who are fit and are working out on regular basis. They’re suitable for people from many different walks of life.
With the homemade protein bars, there’s absolutely no excuse to add them to your regular diet. If you didn’t know, protein bars can be useful for weight loss as well.
Of course, not by themselves, but in combination with activities and proper meal planning, you would see a better and more effective weight loss over a longer period of time.
In this post, you will find out the best homemade protein bar recipes which can help you either boost your energy level throughout the day, stay fit, or even help you lose weight more efficiently.
Health Benefits of Eating Protein Bars
For everyone who’s been wondering whether protein bars are healthy, the answer is simple. Yes, they are. However, in case you didn’t know how or why you’ll find out in this post.
There are benefits that people don’t even realize until later through the journey. Most of the benefits of protein bars are related to health benefits. They’ve been made with one reason in mind, although, they help people in more than just one way.
In the latest research, it’s been shown that 80% of people don’t take the right amount of protein their body needs every day in order to function properly. While protein bars can help with that, it’s not the safest option to only rely on protein bars, and you should always choose the correct protein bar for your needs.
With the right meal preparation and planning, protein bars can be a healthy and efficient addition to your existing diet which can improve or speed up the way to achieving your goals.
For example, when you can’t reach the amount of protein your body needs per day with regular meals, protein bars can be a great snack in between the meals that can help you out.
At the same time, it’s a healthy workout support that you can consume before or after each workout. It will boost your energy and provide you necessary ingredients and protein for your body to develop, lose weight, or get fit. Protein bars are the best when they’re combined with workout or exercise.
They’re also one of the most convenient healthy snacks that you can have when you’re on a go. Protein bars are very useful for traveling, for example.
However, there are different protein bars and you should choose the right one that will suit your needs in order to benefit from them.
Is it Possible to Lose Weight With Help of Protein Bars?
While protein bars aren’t directly connected with weight loss, they can definitely contribute to it if you use them wisely.
When I say wisely, I mean that you don’t eat protein bars with a high amount of calories, yet choose the organic ones with only a few ingredients that offer lots of protein and fiber with a balanced amount of carbs.
Also, as I have mentioned, you can’t lose weight by simply eating protein bars. But if you create a correct diet plan with the right amount of exercise, you can always help yourself with a protein bar. It will help with your hunger between the meals, deal with your cravings, boost your energy, add a bit more protein to your diet, and more.
If you aren’t looking to consume protein bars only in order to lose weight, find out what are the other reasons you should eat protein bars as well here.
With the combination of exercise, proper meal planning, and additional protein bars that suit your needs – you will be able to lose weight. So in my opinion, losing weight with help of protein bars is very useful as they can speed up the process, help you get fit quicker by providing the additional source of protein, and boost your energy level before or after a workout.
How Hard is it to Make Homemade Protein Bars?
When I tell people that I sometimes make my homemade protein bars, they look at me like if it’s even possible?
To the answer how hard is it to make protein bars, I usually reply it’s very quick and simple, which is the truth. You don’t even need that many ingredients.
In one of the recent posts, I’ve explained how to make homemade protein bars, what ingredients you need, and I’ve even posted a few of my favorite recipes in there.
All you need is some free time, will, and some ingredients to create healthy protein bars at home. I did some tests as well and homemade protein bars can be as tasteful, healthy, and beneficial just like the ones from the store.
One of the biggest advantages is that you can add as many ingredients as you wish, and you can choose what will you use to create your protein bars from scratch. You can use only organic ingredients that will make your proteins bars 100% organic or even vegan-friendly. Also, you can always decide to create gluten-free or soy-free protein bars if you’re allergic to anything.
A lot of people get discouraged when trying to make homemade protein bars, but if they knew how simple it is, they would most of the time create their own protein bars, just like I do. It doesn’t even take a long time at all. All you need is the right directions and ingredients.
Luckily for you, below, you can find some of the healthies homemade protein bar recipes that you can use to create your very own protein bars.
Homemade Protein Bar Recipes
Protein bars don’t need to taste awful in order to be healthy. Some recipes you’ll find below taste amazing that it feels wrong. However, it is what it is, and they’re very healthy, no matter how tasteful they are.
Blueberry Bliss Protein Bar
If you’re looking for a delicious yet natural healthy protein bar that is gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and sweetened by only natural sources – this is the right recipe for you.
With only one mixture, you will be able to produce 16 bars, and that way save money by not purchasing always commercial protein bars.
Ingredients you will need:
- 1 and 1/2 cups of 100% pure rolled oats
- 3/4 cup of whole almonds
- 1/2 cup of dried blueberries
- 1/2 cup of pistachios
- 1/3 cup of ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup of walnuts
- 1/3 cup of pepitas
- 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup of pure maple syrup (or honey)
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup of almond butter
- Line a baking pan with wax paper that covers the pan all the way over the edges
- Combine first 8 ingredients in a bowl and mix it together
- Add maple syrup (or honey) and applesauce and mix it again together
- Add almond butter and mix it again until it’s combined together
- Place batter in the pan by pressing it down with the palm of your hands to distribute it evenly as possible
- Leave pan to sit in the freezer for about 1 hour before proceeding
- Remove the pan from freezer and lift the bars from the pan carefully to remove them from the paper. Slice the mixture into 16 bars. Keep it sealed in a container bag in the freezer so they last longer without becoming dry.
That’s all you have to do, and there’s no baking involved at all. It might be a struggle to get all the ingredients if you don’t have them ready in your home, but other than that, you’ll get a better value than purchasing commercial protein bars.
Peanut Butter Protein Bar
If you are a peanut butter lover and are looking for a protein bar that is healthy and offers 9 grams of protein per bar, this is the right recipe you should follow.
These protein bars are low in fat yet high in natural flavor and from only one mixture, you can get 10 protein bars.
Ingredients you will need:
- 3 oz of soy crisps
- 6 tbsp of soy protein powder
- 6 tbsp of powdered peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of water
- 6 tbsp of agave
- 2 tbsp of peanuts (roughly chopped)
- 6 mini pretzel twists (roughly chopped)
- 2 tbsp of peanut butter chips (cut in half)
- Get 8″ pan and lightly coat it with nonstick coating spray (or use baking paper).
- Add half soy crisps to the blender and pulse it for about 4 times. Pour it into a bowl and make sure you break any larger pieces. Repeat the same process for soy crisps. Then add the soy protein powder to the bowl and stir it to mix it all in together.
- Add powdered peanut butter, water, and agave to the pot. Cook it over medium heat while stirring it constantly for about 3 minutes. Let it boil for 15-20 seconds and then pour it into the soy mixture. Mix it with the spatula until all dry ingredients are incorporated together.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press it down carefully. Then sprinkle the ingredients in the following order – peanuts, pretzels, and peanut butter chips, over the top by pressing it down into the mixture. Cut it into 10 bars.
It’s simple as that and yet you will get 10 delicious peanut butter pretzel protein bars. You probably have most of the ingredients in your home already, and if you don’t, you don’t need to worry because you won’t break the bank by purchasing them.
Me, personally, I always make a few mixtures and create as many protein bars I can in one afternoon. Then I store them all in the freezer so I always have homemade protein bars ready for the following month. It’s a nice and organized idea you should definitely try out, especially if you’re looking to add protein bars to your daily basis.
Chocolate Strawberry Protein Bar
Who doesn’t like strawberry coated with a chocolate, right? That’s why this is one of my favorite recipes and I’m very pleased to share it here.
With this recipe, you will get 6 large protein bars or 36 small protein bars, just from one mixture!
Ingredients you will need:
- 2 scoops of organic vanilla protein powder
- 2 and 1/2 cups of freeze-dried strawberries
- 1 cup of coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup of coconut cream (or coconut milk)
- 1/2 of vanilla bean (or 1 tbsp of vanilla extract)
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- 1/2 lb. of dark chocolate (from 55% to 70% dark chocolate for the best results)
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- In the food processor, place protein powder, strawberries, coconut flakes, and sea salt
- Cut vanilla bean, scrape the insides, and add it into the food processor (or use one tbsp of vanilla extract)
- Process it until it’s mixed well. Then add coconut cream and coconut oil and process it again. Aim to get a thick batter which sticks together.
- Press the batter into a small brownie pan and put it into the refrigerator for a few hours so it hardens
- When the batter is solid, cut protein bars into 8 pieces
- Heat up the double boiler and add the chocolate and coconut oil
- Stir chocolate chips until they melt and then dip each protein bar into the chocolate. Make sure to coat it well.
- Place the protein bars onto the cookie sheet and store it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
The longer you freeze it or refrigerate it, the better protein bars will be, however, it’s not really necessary to hold it that long. You will be able to see and decide if it’s been frozen or refrigerated long enough before you can consume the protein bars.
It will feel like a guilty pleasure that is 100% healthy, yet it will help you with your cravings at any given time.
Losing weight can be a tough process, especially with the amount of information available online which can contradict each other, lack of motivation and discipline, yet too many unhealthy yet delicious food.
Protein bars will help you deal with the cravings, getting the extra energy, getting an additional amount of protein your body needs, and make the weight loss process simple and easy.
Homemade protein bars are an inexpensive way to add protein bars to your regular diet plan. They’re also very simple to make, and you can produce many bars that could last you up to one month.
These are some of my favorite recipes that I use on regular basis, and if you like them, I could post more recipes. All you have to do is comment below and let me know. But I’d also appreciate if you’d share this post so it can be helpful to many more people!
What is your favorite protein bar? Do you think that it would be able to make it yourself at home?
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