Growing up I LOVED cereal bars. That sticky and sweet crunchy deliciousness! It’s hard to only have one. So I set out to make a homemade version that was packed with protein. That way I can have more than one and it’s of reasonable macros.
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter
- 3 servings Honey Nut Cheerios
- 2 scoops protein powder (I used ON whey vanilla ice cream)
Heat the honey and peanut butter on the stove on medium to low heat. Once it’s thinned out remove from heat and stir in protein powder. Once the mixture is smooth add inthe cheerios. You may need to add a few drops of water if the consistency gets too hard while you’re mixing. Put on parchment paper in a glass dish and allow to harden for an hour. Enjoy!
Macros (1 per serving of 12): 149 calories, 4g fat, 20g carbs, 7g protein
I love adapting my easy no bake protein bars into different creations. It’s always nice to switch things up! I threw together a few things I had on hand like almonds and dried cranberries. This reminds me of a trail mix cluster. Plus it’s packed with protein! Can’t beat that…
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 scoop protein powder (I used Optimum Nutrition vanilla ice cream)
- 12 almonds, chopped
- 1/8 cup dried cranberries
Heat peanut butter and honey on medium low heat on stove until it has melted and is easy to mix. Take off heat and add in protein powder. You may need to add a tbsp of water to get a good consistency. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for 30 secs then mix until smooth. Add melted chocolate to peanut butter mix, then add in almonds and dried cranberries. Mix well. Place in baking cups that are oiled. Allow to harden in the fridge for at least an hour. Enjoy!
Macros (per cluster for a batch of 12): 88 calories, 4g fat, 7g carbs, 4g protein
I know few people who do not love a chocolate peanut buttery combination. Those are people I wouldn’t want to associate myself with anyways. Haha! So I made two different versions of these and I’ll leave it up to you which you’d prefer. One was half the fat using cacao powder but it was bitter. I really enjoyed it chopped in some frozen yogurt or in a protein shake. The other was made using chocolate chips and was much sweeter. It’s perfect by itself.
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (could also use cacao powder)
- 2 scoops protein powder (I used ON vanilla ice cream)
- 2 tbsp milk of choice (I used cashew, you could use water)
- 2 tbsp water
- 1/4 cup PB2
- 1/4 scoop protein powder
- 3 tbsp peanut butter
- 6 tbsp water
Mix together cocoa powder, 2 scoops protein powder, milk, and 2 tbsp water in one bowl. Layer silicone tins (you’ll want to use silicone if you want them to keep their shape, otherwise use cooking spray on paper liners) with half the chocolate mix. It will cover about 1/8 inch. Throw them in the freezer for 15 mins and while you wait make the peanut butter mixture. Mix together PB2, 1/4 scoop protein powder, and 6 tbsp water. Once mixed together add in peanut butter and mix. Add the layer, then add the rest of the chocolate to the top. Freeze for at least an hour. Then store in freezer wrapped in tin foil until ready to eat. Enjoy!
Macros (per cup, recipe makes 8): 72 calories, 3.8g fat, 10g carbs, 10g protein
If you’d prefer you can use chocolate chips instead of the cacao or cocoa mixture. This would call for 3/4 melted chocolate chips. Doing so will reduce the protein content and double the fat.
During this week’s meal prep I knew I wanted to make a protein treat and I was going to do the usual protein bars, but I decided to switch it up a bit and do protein balls. You will love these balls in your mouth. 😀
- 1.75 scoops protein powder
- 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
Mix ingredients together and then leave in the fridge for half an hour. You want the consistency to be a little wet but dry enough to mold so add a tbsp of water if needed. Take out and roll into 20 balls. Keep in tupperware in the fridge. Enjoy!
Macros (per serving, 20 servings): 60 calories, 1g fat, 7g carbs, 4g protein
I rarely ever buy protein bars unless I’m on the go and not prepared. Protein bars are SO simple to make. I don’t think people realize how easy it is! This recipe requires no baking and will take you less than 10 minutes. Seriously! Time yourself. I have another recipe posted for Almond Joy protein bars inspired by Jazzythings. It will give you a good idea on how easy it is to make different kinds. Try it out and see what you come up with!
The only thing this recipe does require is a pot to heat up and thin the peanut butter. Here’s how it goes:
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (I use crunchy for added texture)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2/3 cup oats
- 2 and 1/2 scoops protein powder
- 2 tbsp water (if needed)
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
First, heat the peanut butter and honey in a pot on medium to low heat until it’s thin. Then remove from heat, add your protein powder and oats, and mix up. You may need to add a little water as the mixture will get super thick. Only add a tsp at a time until it reaches a consistency that is relatively hard but will be easy to mold. I put the mixture into a 9×9 glass dish and press it out into a square. Heat up your chocolate chips (I use 30 sec intervals in the microwave mixing in between- usually takes 90 secs total), and cover the top of your protein bars with chocolate. I throw them in the freezer for 30 mins to an hour to harden then cut six lines down and one across for a total of 14 bars. After enjoying 1 (or 2 or 3) keep in the fridge.
Yea, that was it. I know. Too good to be true you may be thinking? Think again. These are everything you’ll ever dream of. Enjoy!
Macros (per bar for 14 bars): 150 calories, 6g fat, 9g protein, 15g carbs, 1g fiber
For more yummy and simple protein bars, check out these Snickers and these Almond Joy protein bars!
Yup, you read it right. These are healthy, protein packed, homemade, peanut butter, SNICKERS BARS! One of my favorite candy bars turned macro friendly.
The recipe is unbelievably simple. All you do is take my recipe for my regular ole protein bars, but if you have a Magic Bullet or food processor you can turn the oats into oat flour for a more nougat-ey base. Then I drizzled caramel on top and sprinkled on some peanuts. There are so many different things you can do with the simple protein bars to make them fun and unique! Remember Jazzy’s Almond Joy bars? You simply swap the peanut butter for coconut oil and the oats for shredded coconut! The possibilities are endless with this recipe. So get creative! I’d love to see what y’all come up with using these protein bars. Tag me in whatever you make! 🙂
Macros (per bar, 14 servings): 154 calories, 6g fat, 9g protein, 16g carbs, 1g fiber
*No donut pan needed for this recipe! I LOVE donuts. Who the heck doesn’t love donuts? But donuts aren’t typically very healthy, especially considering they’re usually fried. Thomas loves donuts just as much as me, so I set out to create a healthy protein donut that we would both enjoy. Well, I was pleasantly surprised.
These are AMAZING, fluffy and cake like. I love cake donuts! I simply used a mini muffin tin to make the donut holes. Didn’t want to invest in a donut pan quite yet and this worked just fine. I had a little extra batter and didn’t want to have to make another batch so I made this batch a little bigger. If you fill up the tin 3/4 of the well they’re look more like balls instead of mini muffins! 🙂
- 2 scoops of protein powder or 1/2 cup (I used ON vanilla)
- 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour (whole wheat will change the taste a bit)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup sugar (you can sub with applesauce or banana)
- 1 egg, beaten (I used an egg white!)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 2 tbsp butter, softened
- 1 tbsp Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together. In another bowl, mix together wet. Add wet ingredients to the bowl with dry. Grease muffin tin and fill each about 3/4 the way. Bake for 10 to 12 mins (check with toothpick). Take them out and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
You can make a glaze to go with this. I did it the easy way and dumped about a cup of powdered sugar in a bowl, then added 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a few caps of almond milk until consistency desired. You can certainly add some protein powder to this. When the donut holes were ready to glaze I heated the glaze in the microwave for 3-10 second increments, then dunked the donut holes and allowed them to cool for five minutes on wax paper.
Macros (without glaze, per 1, makes 24): 40 calories, 5g carbs, 1g fat, 3g protein
I never buy protein bars from the store. They are far too expensive and usually jam packed with sugar, fat, or both. People don’t realize how incredibly easy protein bars are to make at home. Most of them, like this one, doesn’t require any baking. This week I decided to go for Almond Joy protein bars. My husband, Thomas, loves almond joys and as do. Not to my surprise Thomas loved this version. They were SO simple and SO amazing.
- 1 and 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
- 2 scoops protein powder (I used ON Vanilla ice cream)
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp honey, opt.
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (I didn’t have coconut milk but this would probably be nice!)
- Slivered almonds
- 8 tbsp dark chocolate chips
Mix shredded coconut, coconut oil, protein powder, almond milk, and honey. It’s best to give the mixture a few pulses in a blender. I used my Magic Bullet. Then spread onto an 8×8 pan and throw in the freezer! Melt dark chocolate in microwave at 30 sec intervals and pour on top then through back in the freezer until chocolate is hard (about an hour). I sprinkled slivered almonds on top about 30 mins through.
Macros (per bar, makes 12): 214 calories, 17g carbs, 14g fat, 5g protein
For more protein bar recipes, check out my Snickers version or the popular chocolate and peanut butter!