Skip the store and save money making your own healthy protein bars with this Copycat Quest Protein Bars Recipe! Great for snacks or a quick breakfast. This post is sponsored by Lucky Vitamin.
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Raise your hand if you like cookies. Are you all raising your hands? OK. Good.. me too.
I never met a cookie that I didn’t like… Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Peanut Butter, M&M… I’m a fan of all the classics – especially Chocolate Chip. As simple as Chocolate Chip Cookies are – there’s just somethin’ about them that always makes me want to come back for another.
When I started trying to eat healthier, I started to cut back on the cookies. Well.. that’s not a complete truth…I did come up with this Healthy Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe which I make pretty frequently. As I learned more about nutrition, and started drinking protein shakes and eating protein bars – I was super excited to find Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bars. A cookie flavored bar that has protein and can be eaten as a snack? Almost sounds too good to be true.
There were a good few months that I was eating one of those bars a day. I kept them in my car, gym bag and on my desk at work in case I get hungry. The flavor used to be so yummy, and if you microwaved it, it really tastes like a fresh cookie out of the oven.
Buuut then… Quest changed their recipe, and the bars didn’t taste the same. At the same time I found out that I was sensitive to whey protein – so bye-bye Quest Bars. It definitely was for the best, because the reality of it is that these bars were super processed, have artificial sweeteners, have a shelf life of close to 2 years (Kinda scary!) AND they were expensive!! (Over $2 a bar!)
So…I decided to try to come up with my own version of these protein bars and I was surprised by the results. I’m very confident when I say that my bars are WAY better than Quest Bars! But you’ll just have to try yourself and find out! The bars are nut free, dairy free and gluten free. They were so simple to make, and I know that the base can easily edited for different flavors/add ins… I’m thinking Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip next time 🙂
We got almost all of these items on Lucky Vitamin. I love shopping on their site because everything is so much cheaper than it normally would be in the grocery store. They sent me their Lucky Roots Organic Flax Seeds a while back to try out and I was really impressed! I included another bag of them in my order last month because we had run out. Many protein bar recipes use almond meal as a base – but with so many people being allergic to nuts (including my brother who loves protein bars) – I thought this would be a great substitute. They have sooo many sales going on right now for back to school. Which…even though I’m done with school, I kinda feel like I need to stock up + treat myself!
Things we used for this recipe:
Copy-Cat Quest Protein Bars
- 4 tbsp Lucky Vitamin flax seeds
- 10 tbsp Sweet It VitaFiber
- 4 scoop Vanilla Protein can use whey or vegan
- 4-5 tbsp Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips
- Pulse flax seeds in a food processor until they are thoroughly ground.
- In a small sauce pan, heat the VitaFiber Syrup until it starts to bubble. When it the syrup starts to bubble, add in flax seed meal and protein powder
- Mix together until the mixture becomes whole.
- Scoop the mixture out into 9x5 glass dish
- Allow the bars to cool for a few minutes before pressing in the chocolate chips (so they don't melt!) Store in the fridge for 5-10 minutes until the bar hardens, or enjoy warm!
You can get the nutrition facts for this recipe here.