I think ever since I started eating protein bars I have been on a personal mission to create my own homemade ABSOLUTELY delicious healthy protein bar. I used to love Quest bars (before they became rock hard). Funny fact, I used to work for Quest as a promo girl and go to the Vitamin Shoppe and GNC and sit for 3 hours at a table and give away free samples of full quest bars. Quarterly a new flavor would come out and I would go and sit in these stores handing out Quest bars. After a year of working for them they cut my position and suddenly I had thousands of quest bars in my closet. I ended up giving a bunch away and then they eventually expired and I had to throw them out. Oh well. I haven't had a Quest bar since.
I am writing this blog post (imagine me yelling from a mountain top) to tell you that I think I have finally made it! And I am pumped. Protein bars as such a great portable snack whether you are at work or on the go. This recipe is probably the most similar to the Perfect Bar, which is refrigerated. These bars are made with almond milk and coconut oil, both of which need to stay at about 41 degrees or lower to stay 'cold' or solid.
I wanted this bar low in sugar (so lower in carbs), higher in protein with moderate fat. I never like the fake sugars these bars have in them, so I wanted to make one with little added sugar, if any, because if it is made with a protein powder, it usually already has sugar in it. These ones have a little bit organic coconut sugar, but you could honestly leave it out and add honey or maple syrup if you'd like. I always like to add extra micronutrients to recipes that I make, like antioxidants or extra fiber. In this recipe I added ground flaxseed, and sunflower seeds.
My ideal protein bar is chewy with a little crunch, and it has the same base but the flavor profile can be changed depending on the special ingredients you add. For this bar I added in chocolate plant based protein powder, dairy free chocolate chips and unsweetened cocoa powder to really make the chocolate flavor come out. This bar is fully vegan too. I used Liv Body Vegan protein powder and it is delicious (use code KENZIE20 for $10 off your order). I have been trying to eat less and less dairy lately so having this bar be dairy free is a plus.
Below is the recipe. Let me know if you make it, and how it turns out! This is one of my favorites to date. Enjoy!