I recently discovered Quest Bars after reading all about how incredible they are, and I certainly agree with all of those rave reviews. My favorites are White Chocolate Raspberry and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, in that order. They are to die for, especially warmed in the microwave. They are a dieters dream come true. Nothing is perfect, but they beat every other protein bar out of the water.
Needless to say I am in love with them. They are a little bit pricey, but that is to be expected with supplements. Bodybuilding can be an expensive hobby and I have no quarrel with that, but I do enjoy cooking and baking myself, so when I found a DIY Quest Bar recipe I had to try it. My verdict on them is positive, but they are not the same, which is to be expected. They are much better than most protein recipes I have found, though, and they are definitely better than the protein muffins I have been living off of, but I will eventually quit using the honey and try them with sugar free syrup once I have to start cutting a few more calories. I do suggest giving these a try though. Make them your own masterpiece.
Here is how I made them:
Gathered in the image above is everything you need to make your own variation of the popular Quest Bar. I made two different kinds of bars to keep it interesting. These are a perfect ‘meal 2,’ and I am eating them every day around 12 pm with a glass of Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey in Chocolate Coconut. There is no better way to indulge in protein. To make these protein bars, you will first need a protein powder. For the chocolate, I chose Myofusion Probiotic, which is the best protein for baking that I have ever found. For the Cinnamon, I chose ISO Sensation Vanilla, which is my favorite protein to date. I made my own peanut butter in my amazing food processor, simply by throwing in a container of peanuts, pressing the on button and waiting five minutes. It’s fail proof, and perfect in every way. I did the same thing with oats to make the oat flour. Lastly, grab a sweetener, like honey, and additives: for the chocolate recipe you need cocoa powder, and for cinnamon you need cinnamon, obviously 🙂
The recipe is pretty simple, you mix all ingredients together. The chocolate bowl is on the left, and cinnamon bowl is on the right. Here are the ingredients:
Ingredients ~for the basic dough~ (makes 5 Bars):
4 Scoops Protein Powder
1/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter (If you don’t like peanut butter, you can use sun butter, cashew butter, or almond butter, anything will work!)
1/2 cup of honey, agave nectar, or stevia (If you choose to use stevia, you will need more water)
1/4 cup Oat Flour (or fiber powder or ground flax seed)
*A few Tbsp of Water (depending on what sweetener you use, you will need more or less water)
Depending on the flavor, you will need to add a few extra ingredients to your dough.
~Cinnamon Roll Quest Bar: add 1/2 Tbsp of cinnamon to your dough
~Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar: add 1-2 Tbsp of cocoa powder to your dough
~Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar: add 1/4 cup of chocolate chips to your dough
The original recipe calls for a lot of organic ingredients, which I simply do not buy or care for, so I used what I had, which is equally healthy and saves you money at the same time: WIN.
I mixed up all of my ingredients, sans water, and added the water in the end, since the recipe did not specify how many tablespoons of water were needed. I used three tablespoons of water, which made the bars so sticky that they stuck to my hands, and the pan, and made a huge mess. Next time, I will use less. Lesson learned.
Mix your ingredients together, kneed them into a ball that is one consistency. Place ball on a plate of cookie pan.
Since my bars were so sticky, I covered them with plastic wrap before rolling them out, to prevent another huge mess with my rolling pin. This worked great, and served as a cover for them. Once they are flat, the recipe says to put them in the fridge. They do not require any baking, which is great! Leave them in the fridge for half an hour, or overnight, and cut them into bars whenever you want them.
I left them overnight, and cut them in the morning before work. They were still a bit sticky, so I will be leaving them in the fridge until I want them.
They are actually really good. The big difference between these and regular protein muffins, brownies, cakes, etc. is that they are sticky, and use much less flour. Since they are not baked, they don’t expand, and remain flat and dense like Quest Bars. I love them, they provide variety to what can be a very basic bodybuilding diet. Since they are so high in calories because of the honey, you can sub in another sweetener. I have not tried this yet, but I certainly will. I also find them a lot easier to eat than most of the other protein desert concoctions I usually make, which may be attributed to the honey. These will definitely be a huge part of my diet for the next few months, and I suggest giving them a try. They break up the monotony in the diet and give you something to look forward to, and since they are so sweet, they are great for people who work in offices, like myself, since they keep me away from the vending machine, which is always a huge plus 🙂 Enjoy!
I did a quick calculation of the nutrition info, and the macros are below. This is for the chocolate version with cocoa powder, honey, creamy peanut butter, and myofusion protein!