10 Delicious Recipes for Low Carb Protein Bars

Many dieters are faced with the problem of trying to pack as much protein as possible into their meals without loading up on a bunch of junk along with it. A solution many turn to are protein shakes and bars, but if you're not careful these can do more harm than good. While most should be a great source of protein, an alarming amount of store bought products also feature sky high amounts of carbs and sugars to enhance their taste.

Even if you are able to find low carb protein bars online or at your favorite nutrition shop, they can be among the priciest per serving items available. So how are we supposed to pack in our protein without loading up on carbs, while also keeping costs low and taste great? Make them ourselves, of course! We here at ListNutrition compiled this top 10 list of our favorite recipes for low carb protein bars from our favorite fitness blogs that you can make for yourself right at home!

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1. Homemade Quest Protein Bars


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Quest makes high-quality low carb, gluten-free, sugar-free bars at only around 200 calories each. Rather than spend all your hard earned money on their pricey bars, however, Kristine from Busy But Healthy shared this great recipe for making your own Quest bars at home!

​For a firm bar

1. Heat the 2 Tbsp of VitaFiber Syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. When its just starts to bubble, remove from heat and immediately add protein powder, almond meal.

2. Place mixture in a plastic bag and knead until it starts to cool down. It will form into a bar.

3. Add in the chopped chocolate once its cooled a bit. Still might melt a little.

For a softer bar

1. In a small bowl, combine the VitaFiber syrup, whey protein, almond meal and chopped chocolate. Mixture will be slightly sticky to the touch.

2. From here, it can be stored in a plastic bag, or you could also bake it in a 350 degree F oven for 5 minutes, or microwave for 15-20 seconds, as you would to a regular Quest bar.​

Take a look at the ingredients list and read Kristine's full directions at Busy But Healthy.

2. Peanut Butter Chia Seed Energy Bars


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These no-bake peanut butter energy bars from Carolyn at All Day I Dream About Food work great at satisfying your sweet tooth and as a morning pick-me-up and meal replacement. In her own words, she describes them:

It goes without saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So I created an easy-to-make and easy-to-eat energy bar for all those people who think they don’t have time for a healthy breakfast. These bars are packed with protein, healthy fats like coconut oil, and super food chia seeds. They taste like peanut butter fudge and they require no baking. What could be better to fuel you through a busy morning?

Per serving: 243 Calories; 22g Fat (74.7% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 7mg Cholesterol; 66mg Sodium.

Read more on Carolyn's peanut butter energy bars at All Day I Dream About Food.

3. No-Bake Cookie Dough Protein Bars


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Camila from Power Hungry shares this great recipe for delicious cookie dough protein bars that help to refuel her and her husband Kevin's bodies after tough workouts. They're super easy to make not to mention cheap!

Instructions

1. Place the oats in a food processor and process into a fine powder.

2. Add the milk, nut or seed butter and vanilla to the processor bowl. Process, using on/off pulses, until the mixture is blended and smooth, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl once or twice with a rubber spatula.​

3. Add the protein powder to bowl; process using on/off pulses until all of the protein powder is incorporated, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl once or twice with a rubber spatula.

4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Place a large piece of parchment paper, wax paper or plastic wrap (coated with nonstick cooking spray) atop bar mixture and use it to spread and flatten the bars evenly in the pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight until very firm.

5. Using the liner, lift the mixture from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Peel off the foil or parchment and cut into 10 bars.​

Read Camilla's full instructions and take a look at the ingredients list at Power Hungry.

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4. Health Protein Pumpkin Bars


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Obsessed with pumpkin? So is Paula from Fries to Fit. Luckily, she's got you covered with this great recipe for yummy pumpkin-flavored protein bars free of all the sugars, additives, and other things you can't pronounce that you'll find in store-bought bars.

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. In one bowl, mix the egg whites, pumpkin, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.

3. In another small bowl whisk the oat flour, protein powder, and all the spices along with the baking powder.

4. Add this to the wet ingredients and make sure to mix very well.

5. Pour mixture into a baking loaf pan or a square pan coated with cooking spray.

6. Add the nuts if you want over the top.

7. Bake about 18-20 min or until a tooth comes out clean. Enjoy!​

Read all of Paula's instructions and take a look at the full ingredient list by visiting From Fries to Fit.

5. Chocolate Protein Nut Bars


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It's been a long and hard (but delicious) process, but Viviane from Chocolate Chili Mango may have finally found the perfect bar to meet all of our health needs and make sure we all get out requisite dosage of chocolate! Take a look:

Place all the ingredients, excluding the chocolate, into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until combined. If the mixture is a little too dry, add a little more yoghurt to achieve a consistency that can easily be rolled and patted into bars. You can also mix this by hand or in the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer. I’ve done all three … the result is the same.

Form twelve small bars and place on a tray lined with silicon paper or foil. Place in the refrigerator to firm up for about 30 – 60 minutes.

Melt 70 grams of the chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over gently simmering water. When melted and smooth, take off the heat and stir in the remaining 30 grams of chocolate until melted, smooth and cooled slightly. Ideally, you want to keep the chocolate at around 32-33℃. But don’t get too hung up about it. If I want to make these to impress, I take extra care to temper the chocolate properly. When making them for myself and my trainer, we’re more interested in eating them and their goodness, not photographing them, so …

This is the hardest part for most people. These bars are soft. This is why I don’t advocate making large ones. They are harder to coat properly and more likely to fall apart. You could make them stiffer but frankly the nutty centre will not be as delicious. I tried it. Major fail …it’s worth taking a little care and practice with coating them instead.

Dip the bars carefully into the chocolate and turn over to coat, working quickly but carefully. I use two offset spatulas or flat bladed knives to do this so excess chocolate can drain off the bars more easily. Forks are also good but take care the tines don’t sink into the bars. Place each bar on to the lined tray and allow the chocolate to set at room temperature.

View Vivane's full instructions and pick up her ingredients list by visiting Chocolate Chili Mango.

6. Vanilla, Cinnamon, or Chocolate Protein Bars


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Can't decide on what flavor of protein bar you like best? Mark from Muscle Hack has you covered, with this great recipe for homemade Quest bars which you can use to fit whatever suits your tastes.

Quest protein bars are awesome. I recommend them, and everybody loves them.

They’re high in protein, legitimately low in carbs (no sugar alcohols), they’re filling, delicious, but…they’re pretty expensive – about £1.80 per bar or over $2/bar in the US.I’ll tell you how to make 3 of their bars:

Vanilla

Cinnamon Roll

Chocolate Peanut Butter…

Read Mark's full ingredients list and directions, and watch a helpful instructional video by visiting Muscle Hack.

7. Healthy Snickerz Protein Bars


Everyone loves the famous candy bar, so why not get our fix at home using only healthy ingredients packed with protein? Jessica from Desserts with Benefits has us covered!

For the Protein Bars:

1. Line an 8" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways.

2. In a stand mixer bowl with beater attachment, add the peanut butter, almond milk, stevia and salt. Mix on low.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour and protein powder. Slowly add to the stand mixer. Mix until fully incorporated.

4. Take the bowl off the mixer, fold the dough into a ball, dump into the prepared pan and spread/flatten the surface. Refrigerate uncovered for 2-3 hours.

For the Caramel Layer:

1. In a medium-sized bowl, add the caramel sauce.

2. Stir in one scoop of the protein powder, then stir in the next scoop.

3. Stir in the peanut flour.

4. Scoop the mixture over the protein bar base and spread the super sticky matter to the edges of the pan. Refrigerate uncovered for 30 minutes to an hour.

5. Slice into 16 bars and place the bars on a cookie sheet with a Silpat.

6. Press peanuts over the caramel (I made a single row of halved peanuts). Refrigerate while you prepare the chocolate.

For the Chocolate Coating:

1. Break up the chocolate and place into a double boiler.

2. When chocolate is melted, dip the protein bars into the chocolate with two forks. Drip off excess chocolate, then place onto the cookie sheet.

3. Refrigerate for ~2 hours, or until firm.

Read the full instructions on these delicious at-home Snickerz protein bars by visiting Desserts With Benefits.

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8. To Die For Protein Bars


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Molly from Quiche-a-Week wrote a fun article that gives you so many options I couldn't possibly do them all justice. Here's a sneak peek:

In a large bowl, whisk together your protein powder, salt, and flax powder. Add the peanut butter and start mixing and mashing. Add the coconut oil and stir. Getting sticky, yeah? We’re just getting started.

Add the mashed banana and stir it together some more. Stir in the oats. Stir harder. This is a workout. Earn those No-Bake Protein Bars! Man, you’re toned. Way to go.

Add the almonds. Stir! Add-in the raisins and goji berries or whatever you chose to add in. Stir! This is harder to stir than that cocktail you’ve been nursing since you were 3 drinks past your limit and you don’t know what to do with your hands other than hold the straw and try to stir your drink nonchalantly because you are not at all drunk, no way, not you. WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE.

Spray a baking dish with baking spray and lay down some parchment paper so that it covers the whole bottom and about 1/4″ up each side. Mash down your mixture evenly into the parchment papered dish.

Read the full hilarious article and learn how to make all of her protein-packed creations by visiting Quiche-a-Week.

9. Grain-Free Protein Bars


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If you're looking to make some healthy treats for your family, this recipe for grain-free protein bars from Adrienne at Whole New Mom should do the trick! Just why are her bars better than store bought?

• Seeds and nuts give a great dose of healthy fats that are good for you and great for leveling out your blood sugar levels.

• The optional protein powder provides a nice dose of protein. (Yes, I know this is not a “real food”, but for those of us dealing with food allergies, sometimes this is the best we can do)

• Coconut oil is a great healthy fat as well

Get the full ingredients list and all the instructions you'll need by reading Adrienne's article over at Whole New Mom.

10. Clean Protein Bars That Rock


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Make sure you're getting in just the right amount of calories and protein everyday, without loading up on a bunch of junk with this helpful recipe from Victoria at Miss Fitness Life. The possible flavor combinations for her bars are endless, but here's a preview:

Oats

Nuts

Dried Fruit

Fresh Fruit

SuperClean Chocolate

Agave Nectar (used as a natural sweetner)

Natural Peanut butter (100% nuts only)

Apple Sauce

SuperClean Protein

Coconut

Egg whites

Seeds (pumpkin, pepitas, LSA)​

Learn all the delicious ways she combines the ingredients by reading Victoria's article over at Miss Fitness Life.

I hope by now you've found more than a few great ways to get your protein fix without loading up on carbs or missing out on taste! Enjoy, and be sure to pass this page along to a friend!

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