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DIY Protein Bars

protein-barsHands up: who else has a problem with how bloody expensive it is to care about aesthetics? While a Dairy Milk or a Mars Bar are, what, 70p these days? And then you’d be lucky to buy a single protein bar for less than two quid. It’s madness. 

So I propose a solution, ladies and gents: let’s do it Blue Peter style and make our own. No sticky-back plastic or pasted-on grins required (well, the latter is optional).

I took both these recipes from the Optimum Nutrition “Protein Powder Cookbook” – of course, the recommended whey protein to use in these recipes would be Optimum Nutrition’s own brand, but really you can use any you like. Just make sure it has a high yield (a high percentage of protein per serving) – and you’ve already tried and tested it for taste!

Granola Protein Bars
Serves 4
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920 calories
87 g
13 g
58 g
15 g
30 g
175 g
34 g
53 g
0 g
23 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
175g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 920
Calories from Fat 513
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 58g
89%
Saturated Fat 30g
148%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 13mg
4%
Sodium 34mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 87g
29%
Dietary Fiber 13g
52%
Sugars 53g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
17%
Iron
50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 scoops milk chocolate whey
  2. 3 tbsp. almond butter
  3. 1/2 cup of oats
  4. 2 1/2 tbsp. whole milk
  5. 4 squares of dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Blend all the ingredients together, except the chocolate.
  2. Divide the mixture into four parts and, using your hands, shape the mixture into bars (or, y'know, love hearts or something).
  3. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl on top of a pan of boiling water (a 'bain marie', cookery fans). Then dip the bars in this melted chocolate so they're just coated and looking beautiful.
  4. Put the bars in the fridge to cool. After about 20 minutes, they should have set ... enjoy!
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fat
58g
protein
15g
carbs
87g
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Rocky Road Protein Bars
Serves 4
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1563 calories
159 g
16 g
94 g
22 g
52 g
327 g
32 g
92 g
0 g
33 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
327g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1563
Calories from Fat 843
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 94g
145%
Saturated Fat 52g
260%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 29g
Cholesterol 16mg
5%
Sodium 32mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 159g
53%
Dietary Fiber 23g
92%
Sugars 92g
Protein 22g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
18%
Iron
91%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 scoops of rocky road whey
  2. 1 cup oats
  3. 3/4 cup of applesauce
  4. 1/4 cup of coconut flour
  5. 1/4 cup of chocolate casein
  6. 8 squares of dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Blend all the ingredients together, except the chocolate.
  2. Divide the mixture into four parts and, using your hands, shape the mixture into bars.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl on top of a pan of boiling water. Then dip the bars in the chocolate mixture 'til they're all coated.
  4. Put the bars in the fridge to cool. Enjoy after about 20 minutes!
Notes
  1. These bars can be kept in the fridge until you're ready to eat them or, on the go, wrap them in some aluminum foil to keep 'em fresh.
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calories
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fat
94g
protein
22g
carbs
159g
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