It's safe to say not all protein bars are created equal. While a popular go-to for athletes and individuals with demanding, active lifestyles, the protein-packed snack has gotten a lot of flack from nutritionists. Many protein bars are not as healthful or good for your body as they purport to be, causing some to even say they're glorified candy bars.
One way to avoid this problem—while still getting that extra dose of protein needed to fuel your high-intensity workouts or active lifestyle—is to create your own at home. Making your own protein bars is actually surprisingly simple. Once you give it a try, you'll never want to go back to store-bought alternatives. We've rounded up the best recipes for easy-to-make protein bars that pack as much flavor as they do protein and nutrients. Know exactly what you're eating (and ensure that every last bite is delicious) by making your own protein bars with these four simple recipes.
Keep scrolling to see the best-tasting protein bars you can whip up at home today.
You'll be craving this chocolate-and-coffee–infused snack pre-workout, post-workout, and pretty much all the time. Ground oats mixed with almond butter and coconut milk make the base of this surprisingly vegan recipe by The First Mess, and the mouthwatering results are garnished with hulled hemp seeds, shredded coconut, and cacao nibs.
These bars may look like a chocolaty, indulgent overload, but they're actually gluten-free, vegan, and packed with healthy proteins. Raw cashews, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and quinoa are just a few of the healthful ingredients Half Baked Harvest mixes into the recipe, along with a touch of cinnamon and maple syrup for just a little sweetness.
Camille Styles proves that going the healthy route doesn't mean you have to compromise on flavor. She infuses her protein bars with the unexpected combination of Medjool dates, tahini, sunflower seeds, and a generous pinch of sea salt. Your body will be thanking you and so will your taste buds.
Get a post-workout energy boost—plus everything your body needs to recover—with this date, fig, almond, and flaxseed concoction by The Kitchy Kitchen. Chewy to the right degree, this protein bar is a tasty alternative if you want a break from the crunch.
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