I must admit that I’ve never actually tried a Quest Bar, but if I had, I think these would taste pretty damn similar. I love protein bars as a post-workout snack or as a little protein boost pick-me-up during the day, but I hate the ridiculous amount of ingredients and stacks of processed sugar.
What makes these protein bars so low in sugar is the use of Vitafibre powder which has a high fibre content and a concentrated sweet taste, almost acting as a sugar replacement. It is also what binds these bars together. (There really is no replacement for this) I buy my vitafibre powder from the My Protein website. These bars are super diverse as you can use whatever protein powder and nut butters you like. I like to use a raw protein powder like Sun Warrior’s vanilla protein powder and almond butter, as the flavours pair nicely and I like their nutritional profiles. But any protein powder and nut butter works perfectly! Just look for products with minimal ingredients.
- 10 tsp vitafibre powder
- 1/4 cup water
- 4-6 scoops protein powder (I use 3 scoops vanilla and 3 scoops chocolate)
- 2tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2tbsp almond butter
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 block 85% dark chocolate, finely chopped
- In a small pot, add the vitafibre powder and half of the water. Stir well. Add the remainder of the water gradually, as you may not need it all. You want to create a syrup like consistency. Stir to combine.
- Bring the syrup to a boil, and once it turns clear, remove from the heat.
- Add the protein powder, raw cacao, almond butter and salt to the mixture and stir well. It should form into a thick, cookie-dough-like consistency.
- Using two sheets of baking paper, place the mixture flat onto one sheet and pop the other on top. Then with a rolling pin (or glass) roll out the dough to your desired thickness. Make sure it’s even!
- Sprinkle the chocolate on top of the mixture and press firmly once again.
- Place the dough (with the baking paper still on) into the fridge for about an hour.
- Once firm, cut into protein bar sizes and wrap individually with glad wrap or baking paper. Place back in the fridge.
Makes 8 bars.
I’ve seen many different versions of these protein bars – strawberries and cream, oreo, cinnamon bun, peanut butter cookie dough etc. Be creative and see what flavour combinations you come up with!