Home > Dinner > Vegetarian > Homemade Protein Bars Homemade Protein Bars July 21, 2020 | 7 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. These Homemade Protein Bars are incredibly simple to make with no baking (or stove-top) required. This recipe calls for normal, everyday ingredients–and that means no special trips to specialty stores! Making your own protein bars is not only economical (prepared protein bars can be costly!), but you’ll also know exactly what goes in them. Homemade Protein Bars My husband worked with a personal trainer for a bit last year and a big takeaway was that he needed to get more way more protein in his diet. After a bit of sticker shock purchasing different protein bars (most with very questionable ingredients!), I decided to create some from scratch. Not only are these homemade bars far cheaper to make (on a bar-to-bar comparison), they also don’t have any crazy, unpronounceable ingredients. And, best of all, they’re completely delicious and totally addictive. While I’m not too concerned about my own protein intake, I’ll admit, I can’t stop eating these! If you’ve tried commercial protein bars, these are closest to a “Perfect Bar,” texture-wise. They’re soft, thick, and chewy. Taste-wise they’re similar to a “G2G Bar” or “Go-Macro Bar”, and most like the almond butter flavor “Perfect Bar” (with more of a protein powder flavor/after taste). Is it cheaper to make your own Protein Bars? Absolutely! Making your own protein bars is much cheaper. Initially, the ingredients will cost more upfront, but with the amount you can make with those ingredients, homemade bars will end up much cheaper. Most store-bought protein bars go for about $1.50 and up to $3.00–sometimes more if they’re bought as singles instead of in a case or package. Depending on the exact brands you purchase, these bars can be made for a lot less. Plus, you can use all-natural ingredients and know exactly what is in them and they’re easy to customize to personal preference! How to make Homemade Protein Bars Measure out the ingredients and add them to a large bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Press the mixture into a lined pan and chill the bars until firm. (Optional) Drizzle some melted dark chocolate on the bars and enjoy! It doesn’t get much easier than that! How to customize Homemade Protein Bars Homemade Protein Bars are easily customizable. Swap out the almond butter for peanut butter. I do like the almond butter best in these, but peanut butter works great! Replace the coconut with coarsely chopped nuts. Reduce the quantity to 2 tablespoons. Alternatively, replace the coconut with chopped dates or raisins (for a sweeter protein bar). Leave off the chocolate drizzle. These are still tasty without the extra chocolate and it saves on calories if you’re concerned about the total caloric value of the bar. Leave out the chocolate chips. No changes necessary — if you don’t want chocolate chips in your protein bars, simply leave them out. You could also change them out for carob chips instead. Protein powder Protein powder plays a huge role in the flavor of these bars. Use a good protein powder that you know you enjoy– otherwise, you likely won’t love the flavor (or texture) they add to Homemade Protein Bars. My personal favorite protein powder is Truvani® (not sponsored). I love it because of the natural plant-based ingredients. That said, it is very spendy! My husband prefers a whey-based powder instead. His personal favorite is this Whey vanilla protein. We also enjoy Premier Protein’s® vanilla protein powder which is tasty and economical. Homemade Protein Bars tips Adjust the sweetness. Depending on the protein powder used, you may want more or less honey in these bars. A lot of protein powders are sweetened, but the amount they are sweetened can vary greatly. I recommend checking out the ingredients in the powder you’re using and adjust the honey if the protein is sweetened. You can always add more honey but can’t take it away. Adjust the saltiness. Again, the protein powder can also be salted, so you may want to use less (or completely omit) the salt in the recipe. As you’re making the bars, you can taste and adjust before pressing the mixture into the pan. Use a good almond butter. The nut butter is the main flavor of these Homemade Protein Bars, and it also adds a significant amount of protein. As far as almond butter goes, I recommend a slow-roasted and lightly salted almond butter you enjoy eating straight from the jar. The flavor you taste when you eat it plain will transfer into the protein bars, as well. 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Course Dessert, Protein Shake, Snack, Vegetarian Cuisine American, Vegetarian Keyword Homemade Protein Bars, protein bars Prep Time 15 minutes Chilling Time 1 hour Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes Servings 12 protein bars Calories 242kcal Author Chelsea Cost $7.73 Ingredients3/4 cup (175g) almond butter dry roasted and lightly salted Note 12 tablespoons (20g) + 1/2 teaspoon melted coconut oil, divided4 tablespoons (75g) honey Note 21/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt2/3 cup (70g) vanilla protein powder Note 33 tablespoons (16g) unsweetened shredded coconut3 tablespoons (36g) miniature chocolate chips3 tablespoons (42g) dark chocolate chips, optional InstructionsPREP: Line an 8.5 x 4.5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or foil. Make sure to leave an overhang for easy removal of bars, and set aside.COMBINE: In a large bowl, add the almond butter, 2 tablespoons of the melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, salt (reduce or omit if your almond butter and protein powder has salt), vanilla protein powder, shredded coconut, and miniature chocolate chips.STIR: Stir until everything is well combined and you have a thick dough. Press the dough into the prepared bread pan. Cover the bars and chill for one hour in the fridge.ENJOY: Remove from the fridge and, using the overhang, pull the bars from the pan. Cut into 10 to 12 individual bars. Enjoy or add the chocolate drizzle (next step).OPTIONAL CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE: To add the chocolate drizzle, combine the chocolate chips and remaining 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 10 seconds until the chocolate is smooth. Transfer the chocolate to a plastic bag, cut off the tip of the bag, and drizzle the chocolate over the bars. Allow to set up at room temperature.STORAGE: Store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Best enjoyed within 1 week. Recipe NotesNote 1: The almond butter is the main flavor, so make sure to use an almond butter with a flavor you love plain. I get a dry-roasted and lightly salted one to load tons of flavor into these bars without additional work. Note 2: Depending on the protein powder you use (some are more sweetened than others) you may want to adjust the amount of honey. Add slowly and taste the mixture before pressing into the pan and chilling. Note 3: The protein powder plays a huge role in the flavor and texture of these bars. Use a good protein powder that you know you enjoy; otherwise, you likely won't love the flavor/texture of the bars. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.