25 Wholesome Homemade Protein Bar Recipes

Protein bars are a quick and convenient way to get your protein, but if you buy them in convenience stores you’ll pay a premium for them. Making a big batch and then storing them for the week ahead is the best way to go. Not only are these protein bars more economical, but many of them taste better than what you’ll find sold in stores. Many of them are no-bake, making them very easy to put together in a jiffy when you need an energy-providing snack.

These delicious bars will change the way you think of protein bars! Makes a great after workout snack or healthy dessert…

1. Soft and Chewy Protein Granola Bars

Granola bars are a great form of protein bar because they’re easily portable and they keep well, tasting great several days and even weeks after you’ve made them if stored properly. These granola bars get extra protein from vanilla protein powder, ground flax, almond butter and almond milk. Rolled oats provide their own benefits, so you’re not just getting protein from these bars, but the accumulated nutrition of all the included ingredients. Honey provides a natural sweetness, making these taste great, increasing your desire for them and boosting your nutrition.

candy protein bar

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2. Candy Bar Protein Bars

These protein bars take the flavors you get when you eat a candy bar and load it up with protein, making it much healthier. From the use of natural peanut butter to rice protein powder you can tell that she’s using only the best ingredients and tried to remove all of the artificial ingredients, preservatives, sugars, and more that’s found in traditional candy bars. She’s even using a homemade caramel sauce to give you the flavor of caramel without having to use the stuff you find in stores. A dark chocolate coating means you’re getting antioxidants and passing on the added sugar in milk chocolate.

3. Homemade Protein Bars

These protein bars really do contain plenty of protein because there’s two scoops of protein powder in them. In addition to that you are getting protein from other ingredients, including flaxseed meal, and peanut butter. It’s good to get natural sources of protein in addition to the protein provided by the protein powder, as they’re not all the same sort of protein. You don’t need to bake them, just mix up the ingredients as directed, then pop them in the refrigerator for a half hour. This is one of the tastier and easier-to-make protein bar recipes we’ve come across.

4. No-Bake Protein Bars

No need to bake these protein bars, as they are made without an oven and with healthy ingredients that will move you forward on your weight loss or strength training regimen. The added bonus that they come out looking like a real protein bar that you’d find in a shiny silver wrapper for $3 or so. The contain vanilla protein powder and other choice ingredients like chia seeds, peanut butter, and honey so that you’re getting plenty of other nutrition in addition to the protein. This includes omega-3s, healthy fats, and a natural source of sweetness.

5. Triple Layered Protein Bars with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Making layered foods always adds to its visual appeal, and is easier than it looks. With these triple layer protein bars you’re getting the goodness that happens when peanut butter and chocolate combine, as well as plenty of protein from protein powder, peanut butter, chia seeds, and cashews. These are sure to taste good thanks to the plums, oats, cocoa, honey, and peanuts, and these are destined to be one of your new favorite homemade protein bars if you try them just once. These don’t require any baking, just layer the ingredients, cool them down, and enjoy.

chocolate pumpkin protein bars

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6. Oil-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bars

If you love the taste of pumpkin and want to enjoy it as a protein bar, there’s no better way than with these chocolate drizzled pumpkin protein bars. They don’t use any oil, which is a big bonus, and instead they’re relying on milk, coffee, and pumpkin puree to make these taste right. They point out that you don’t want to use pumpkin pie filling, so be sure that you’re getting simple pumpkin puree for these to come out right. They’ve included just the right mix of seasonings and spices to have these taste like pumpkin pie bars with chocolate on them.

7. Raw Pumpkin Hemp Seed Protein Bars

These protein bars are rather unique, as they include hemp butter, not something you’ll generally find in most off-the-shelf protein bars. The beauty of hemp seeds is the impressive amount of protein they have. They even include all 20 amino acids that your body needs. So rather than buy a protein bar that pretty much just has protein, or that has a lot of synthetic ingredients, go with an all natural source of nutrition that tastes good too. There’s also pumpkin seeds and chia seeds, two super seeds that carry plenty of nutritional benefit on their own, as well as more protein.

8. Chocolate Chip Brownie & Oat Bars

These look like a brownie and a granola bar had a baby, so you’ll get the best of both worlds, plus a lot of protein thanks to chocolate protein powder. There’s also real cocoa powder added, so you won’t be stuck with the funny tasting chocolate flavor that usually comes with chocolate protein powder. There’s oats, whole wheat flour, and honey so you’ll get the taste of granola bars as well. This is an interesting mix, and we wouldn’t have thought to combine brownies and granola bars to form a protein bar.

9. Maca Energy Bars

They’re using maca root powder here because of the B Vitamins it contains, hoping that these essential vitamins provide a boost of energy to your day. There’s also plenty of protein to help with the cause, and they’re not using any protein powder to make it happen. Instead there’s an assortment of protein-rich foods that are responsible for the protein. Almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds are all known for their protein content, and they’re all included here. If you are trying to build lean muscle you may want to also add some protein powder to really amp up the protein content.

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