Homemade Protein Bars

March 20th, 2008 Posted in Recipes 22 Comments »

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Looking for something to take with you on the road, or a snack to munch at your desk? Forget about those awful Powerbars and other various soy bars. Granola bars are OK, but they don’t have much protein. High quality protein bars are available at the store, but for $5 a pop! We are looking for something cheap and easy, and here it is. Do-it-yourself, homemade protein bars.

Homemade Protein Bars

The Recipe

3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups dried milk
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup lite syrup
2 scoops protein powder
2 large egg whites or 1 egg
1 1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup raisins or dried fruit

Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper, or spray on some non-stick butter flavored Pam spray. In a large metal bowl, mix all the ingredients until the oats are well coated. Spread the mix onto the cookie sheet and press down to make 10 cutting lines so you can separate them into 10 protein bars later. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. While still warm, cut them apart and allow to cool before wrapping. The bars can be stored airtight at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Optional Upgrades

Nutty Bars – use 1 cup chopped nuts instead of dried fruit or raisins.

Fruity Bars – experiment with various extracts other than vanilla to change up the flavor.

The Protein Bar Diet – make a whole bunch of these bars with various fruits and nuts, and various flavors of protein powder. Eat the bars for 3 out of 5 meals each day and make the other two meals small. Do this for a month and see if you don’t drop a couple pounds.

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22 Responses to “Homemade Protein Bars”

  1. I might have to try this recipe; if I get chunky, I’ll try the protein bar diet, that’s a good idea.

    You can also make protein bars without using an oven:
    http://www.ecojoes.com/how-to-make-cheap-homemade-protein-bars/

  2. jeremy says:

    What kind of syrup should be added? Chocolate syrup? What flavor protein is recommended?

  3. Steve says:

    Maple syrup actually. You can choose a lite syrup to cut the sugar in half. As far as protein flavors, I prefer chocolate and vanilla. Never tried strawberry or banana.

  4. I assume the egg is there as a binder – is there a substitute you can recommend for people who don’t eat eggs?

  5. Steve says:

    Instead of the egg you could use Eggbeaters I suppose. I have never tried it.

  6. Kelsey says:

    How many calories is each bar?

  7. Steve says:

    Kelsey:
    I don’t mean to be a jerk, but I don’t have time to figure that out right now. I’m struggling to find time just to post. You can visit a nutrition website, possibly try fitday.com and you should be able to plug in all those ingredients and get a total nutritional breakdown for the bars. If you do this, please post your results back here, otherwise I’ll try to get to it eventually.

  8. I think you have to be careful about baking protein power – I think it degrades the protein. I have a faster/healthier version of a homemade protein bar that doesn’t require any baking at http://worldfitnessnetwork.com/2009/02/worlds-best-tasting-fastest-healthiest-homemade-protein-bars/

  9. Philip says:

    Steve:

    I think these are a definite winner! I used lite corn syrup (the clear stuff), and regular slow-cook oats (since I had lots on hand). The result is something like the taste and texture of a Quaker Oatmeal Square, minus the frosting. I will add these to my assortment of good eats. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  10. val says:

    I think it would be great if instead baking the protein powder we could just come up with some sort of yogurt frosting with it incorporated into it…and as soon as i figure out how and what i’m gonna do it with i’ll get back to you’s lol.

    o by the way, not all protein bars on the shelf are bad..for instance those snickers marathon protein bars are really good actually and they taste BETTER than most too.

    • Steve says:

      val:
      That is a great idea. Yogurt + protein powder could be used as a frosting or to make cookie sandwiches or something. The question is, how much protein can you squeeze into a tablespoon of yogurt frosting? Sounds like high-time to conduct some food experiments.

  11. Ranita says:

    I ran the numbers on this recipe and the calories will be around 275 but that is completely dependant and what type of protein powder, if you use eggs or just eggwhites and what type of lite syrup, fruit and nuts you use. Also it is about 17g of protein but once again with different protein powder that can differ greatly.
    Note: I ran the numbers using eggwhites, protein powder with 30g a serving and raisins. No nuts.

  12. Ranita says:

    I forgot to mention if you are looking for an egg substitute for those who don’t eat eggs you can use 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed to 3 tablespoons water to replace 1 egg. It works perfect in this recipe!

  13. plante says:

    i must have F’d these up somehow. the batter was runny and it look like 3x the baking time to get them to be not runny. anyone else have this problem?

  14. It seemed a healthy attempt to try, but i don’t know where I went wrong , it was not smooth . I hope it turns out its true self the next time I try this. I will be even more careful possibly this time and bake it properly.

  15. Tanvir says:

    Hi, Im vegetarian and dont eat eggs, is there any way that I could replace the egg with something else? :)

  16. I want to try this recipe; anybody ever try it?

  17. Thanks for the recipe, they sound gr8. Will def give them a go :-)

  18. Wow I actually have the stuff needed for these..

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