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OMG! Homemade Quest Bars!! (vegan options, too!)

↓ HOMEMADE  QUEST PROTEIN BARS!!

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Strawberries and cream ↑

28 (1 of 1)Dark chocolate chunk and Cinnamon roll ↑

If you’re like me, you always have a stash of Quest bars on hand. I’m a true addict. I absolutely LOVE them and eat them for a post-workout snack, a healthier dessert, or a quick on-the-go breakfast. They taste AMAZING to me and the fact that they’re gluten free, high fiber, low sugar, and low calorie? IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER! However, I’ve been having some stomach issues lately and went to see a GI Doctor who told me to try eliminating dairy from my diet for a while to see if I feel better. (oh boy…please God make me not be lactose-intolerant) Well guess what…that means NO QUEST BARS or whey protein for a while :(.

However, I decided to google homemade quest bars and stumbled upon a few recipes showcasing homemade versions that look and taste JUST like quest bars! You can check out some of the recipes here, here, and here.

WHY do I suggest you to try making your own?!?

a) it’s a great way to save money by making them at home

b) you can create whatever flavor combos you like

c) you can even make them dairy-free like I did (by using vegan protein powder rather than whey protein powder)

27 (1 of 1) What is the secret ingredient that makes these so Quest-like?!? ↓

IMO (Isomalto-oligosaccharides) fiber syrup

{{A soluble dietary fiber, a prebiotic and a low-calorie sweetener }}

Where do you find IMO syrup? There are a few good brands that sell them, like here, here, and even off Ebay for free shipping, which is what i bought.

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Homemade Vegan Double Chocolate Chunk Quest Bars!! (V)


  • Author: Caroline Waters
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 bar 1x

Description

These dark chocolate chunk flavored quest-like protein bars are gluten free, vegan, and full of muscle-building protein and filling fiber. Eat these as a delicious on-the-go snack! You can even make them into smaller pieces for bite-sized healthy protein dessert balls. 🙂


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Ingredients

  • 2.5 TBSP IMO fiber syrup
  • 1 TBSP dairy-free chocolate chips (like these)
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate flavored vegan protein powder (like this)
  • 1 TBSP raw cacao coconut butter
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 tsp stevia (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat the syrup in a saucepan on medium heat until it starts to bubble.
  2. Once it starts bubbling, remove from heat and immediately stir in protein powder, cacao coconut butter, raw cacao powder, sea salt, and stevia.
  3. Mix until blended well.
  4. Let cool, and fold in chocolate chips into mixture.
  5. Scoop dough into a small ziploc bag to form bar, or form in small square container.
  6. Cool in refrigerator to set, then store room temperature and enjoy!

  • Category: protein bar

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 290

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Other flavor variations to try:

*each recipe just makes 1 bar.

Each recipe has the same base. Start my heating the 2 TBSP IMO syrup in a pan on medium heat. Once it starts to bubble thoroughly, remove from heat and stir in other ingredients until dough is formed! Double the recipe to make 2 bars.

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Strawberries and Cream (above): 2.5 TBSP IMO syrup, add 1/4 cup  Vanilla protein powder, 1 TBSP raw coconut butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract, dash of sea salt, 1 tsp stevia (optional), and 1-2 TBSP crushed freeze-dried strawberries.

Smores: 2.5 TBSP IMO syrup, add 1/4 cup  Vanilla protein powder, 1 TBSP raw cacao powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract, dash of sea salt, 1 tsp stevia (optional), and 1 TBSP mini marshmallows.

Coconut Cashew: 2.5 TBSP IMO syrup, add 1/4 cup Vanilla protein powder, 1 TBSP coconut flour, 1 TBSP coconut butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract, dash of sea salt, and 1 TBSP chopped cashews.

Raspberry White Chocolate: 2.5 TBSP IMO syrup, 1/4 cup Vanilla protein powder, 1 TBSP freeze-dried raspberries, dash of sea salt, 1-2 tsp stevia or sweetener (optional), and 1 TBSP coconut butter.

Cookie Dough: 2.5 TBSP IMO syrup, 1/4 cup Vanilla protein powder, 1 TBSP semi-sweet chocolate chips, dash of sea salt, 1 tsp stevia or sweetener, and 1 TBSP coconut butter.

Cinnamon Roll (seen below): 2.5 TBSP IMO syrup, add 1/4 cup Cinnamon protein powder, 1 TBSP almond meal (ground almonds), 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1-2 tsp stevia or sweetener (optional), 1 tsp cinnamon, dash of sea salt.

Cake Batter (seen above and below): 2.5 TBSP IMO syrup, add 1/4 cup Cake batter flavored protein powder, 1 TBSP almond meal (ground almonds), 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1-2 tsp stevia or sweetener (optional), up to 1 TBSP raw coconut butter, 1-2 tsp sprinkles, dash of sea salt.

Peanut Butter Cup: 2.5 TBSP IMO syrup, add 1/4 cup Peanut Butter flavored protein powder, 1 TBSP almond meal (ground almonds), 1 TBSP PB2 peanut butter powder, 1-2 tsp stevia or sweetener (optional), 1 TBSP raw cacao nibs, 1 TBSP smooth peanut butter, dash of sea salt.

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32 (1 of 1)These quest bars taste just as good as the real thing, if not BETTER in my opinion because they are freshly made!

Over time, I am going to save tons of $$ my making my own. It is SO much fun to play around with different flavor combinations, so any ideas of fun, creative combos are welcome! Comment below any fun quest bar ideas 🙂

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  • Reply
    Joe Rogister
    July 20, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    If you want to use a the best organic vegan protein powder on the market check out http://15466.www.sevenpoint2.com/products_sc_country.html
    This company only uses Non-GMO ingredients, no soy, whey, gluten, nuts, sugar or artificial sweeteners, vitamins or minerals and it is made to raw food standards. Plus it tastes great so you may not need to add the stevia from these recipes.

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