The best way to control the impulse to snack or relish the junk food in your pantry is to keep healthy snacks close to you at home. This neat trick is something fitness enthusiasts swear by. Healthy grab-and-go snacks like low-carb protein bars keep you satiated and ensure that you get proper nutrients to stay in shape.
Protein bars are widely available in the market. Unfortunately, these supermarket protein bars are loaded with carbs that would defeat the purpose of eating them in the first place. While consuming these are not bad if you eat them before or after your workout, it can hinder your progress if you are on a low-carb diet.
This article will talk about four homemade low-carb protein bar recipes that you can easily try out in your kitchen. These bars will contain no more than 20g of carbs which is far less than what is found in many supermarket protein bars.
Homemade Delicious Protein Bars To Try Out Today
Peanut Butter Protein Bars (Recipe Source)
If you’re a beginner at cooking, this easy recipe is perfect for you.
- Peanut flour or peanut butter powder – ½ cup
- Coconut flour – 2 tbsp
- Vanilla protein powder – ½ cup
- Coconut sugar ¼ cup
- Salt to taste
- Unsweetened almond milk – ¾ cups
- Baking powder – 1 tsp
- Pure vanilla extract – 1 tsp
- Take a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Whisk the dry ingredients properly and slowly add milk to create a thick brownie or pancake-like batter.
- Initially, the mixture might look a little runny. Still, the consistency will change over the next few minutes as the coconut flour thickens. If the texture remains the same, add small portions of coconut flour to thicken the batter.
- Pour the batter into a silicone pan or tin pan lined with butter paper or parchment. Put the mixture into the oven and bake it for half an hour till the top and edges set down and start turning brown.
- Remove the pan from the oven and slice it into 16 squares to make bite-sized protein bars.
Homemade Keto Protein Bar
This easy recipe for a homemade keto-based protein bar tastes delicious and can be ready in 20 mins. These protein bars are a healthy snack that meets several dietary requirements and are made with coconut flour and oats.
There are two ways to make this protein bar, without protein powder or with oats. We will discuss these methods, and you can choose the one that seems easiest for you.
Ingredients for Homemade Keto Protein Bar with Oats
- Gluten-free oats – 3 cups (you can also replace oats with quinoa flakes if that is more to your taste)
- Protein powder of your choice – 4 scoops
- Brown rice syrup – 1 cup
- Peanut butter or any seed or nut-based butter of your choice – 1 cup
- Dairy-free chocolate chips – 2 cups
Ingredients for Protein Bar Without Protein Powder
- Almond or any nut or seed-based butter – 2 cups
- Maple syrup – ½ cup
- Coconut flour – ¾ cup
- Non-dairy stevia-sweetened chocolate chips – 2 cups (this is optional)
How to Make the Protein Bars?
Whether you are using oats or not using protein powder, the instructions for both remain the same.
- First, line an 8X8 inch deep pan with butter or parchment paper. Take a large mixing bowl and whisk in all the dry ingredients.
- Take a microwave-safe bowl and melt the butter and sweetener. Whisk them in with the dry ingredients. Keep mixing till you get a thick batter. Add the chocolate chips and whisk it properly.
- Pour the batter into the pan. Press down the dough firmly to fill in all spots.
- Refrigerate the mixture till it is firm.
These homemade protein bars are perfect snacks for vegan and keto diet followers. They are also freezer friendly and can stay fresh for a long time when refrigerated.
Protein bars are delicious and healthy snacks. They are perfect for adults and kids to replace a lot of store-bought snacks like chips and soda. Making low-carb protein bars at home allows you to choose the ingredients and the recipe you want to follow and customise them according to your preference and taste.
Try out these recipes and home and share more with us in the comments.