10 Energy/Protein Bar Recipes to Try at Home

Protein Bars are gradually becoming the best available alternative to chocolates and candies. These are available in different interesting flavours such as Cookie Dough, Blueberry Muffin, Peanut Butter, Cookie Cream, etc. Protein bars are delicious snacks packed with nutrition for your body, giving hours of energy without any sugar content. Most brands claim that their protein food items are made with 100% natural ingredients. However, to save yourself from any extra ingredient, you can try these protein bar recipes and make homemade protein bars in your kitchen. This will also give you a chance to customise your favourite flavours and prepare a week’s worth of snacks that will keep you charged & focused

Here are some quick & easy Energy bar recipes which you can try at home:

10 Homemade Protein Bar Recipes

1. Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Peanut Butter Protein Bar
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Peanut Butter is a rich source of healthy fats, protein, and has a delicious flavour. You can use either crunchy peanut butter or creamy butter according to your preferences. Other than this, oatmeal, protein powder, coconut oil, cinnamon powder, and chocolate chips are some ingredients using which these protein bars are made. For natural sweetness and a binding agent, natural honey can be used.

To Prepare Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 small cup peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Rolled Oats (2 cups)
  • 3 tbsps flax seed
  • 2-scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tbsp salt
  • Choco chips

All these ingredients do not just add a very nice flavour but also create a snack loaded with good nutrients and fibres.

Method

  1. Line a baking pan with butter paper.
  2. Take a saucepan and heat water. Place a glass bowl over the saucepan and add peanut butter, honey/maple syrup, and coconut oil. 
  3. Stir the mix gently until it’s smooth, and then remove the glass bowl from the top.
  4. Now add rolled oats to the peanut butter mixture along with protein powder and flaxseed.
  5. Mix well, and then add cinnamon and salt. The mix may seem very lumpy and dry at first, but you need to keep stirring so that it’s combined.
  6. Now that the mixture is ready, pour it evenly into the baking pan or any regular pan. Let it refrigerate for 2-3 hours or more.
  7. Now take out the bars from the pan. Transfer onto a cutting board and cut desired sizes.

This no-heat, no-bake recipe is a prevalent choice among fitness lovers! Indulge in these peanut butter protein bars and enjoy good health.

Quick Check: This recipe makes 12 servings, and each bar has 17g of Protein and 3g Fibre.

2. Matcha Green Tea Fudge Protein Bars

Matcha Green Tea Fudge Homemade Protein Bars
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Another interesting element for homemade protein bars is Green Tea. It is known for its intrinsic qualities of acting as an antioxidant in the body, healthy bioactive compounds, fat burning, and preventing diabetes. Using Green Tea to make protein bars gives enough healthy fat, carbs, fibre, and protein to the body. A subtle, natural green colour is added to the bars with Matcha & Green Tea, which keeps you away from unwanted belly bulges. You can add melted chocolate, but in less quantity, for decoration purposes only.

To Prepare Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1½ tbsp Stevia Extract
  • ¾ tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 + 1/4 cup Brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 2 tbsp Matcha Powder
  • A pinch of salt

Method

  1. Take a square-shaped pan with parchment paper and keep it aside.
  2. Take an electric mixer and add all of the above ingredients.
  3. Mix on low speed until everything is combined. The mixture will begin to look fluffy.
  4. Pour the mixture into the square pan and even it out.
  5. Now, you need to cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap before leaving it in the fridge overnight.
  6. The next day, you will be able to lift the bar mixture. Then put it on a flat surface or chopping board.
  7. Slice into as many bars as you want and in whichever size you wish.
  8. Lastly, you may drizzle some chocolate sauce or honey over the bars for a burst of flavor.

You may store the bars in an air-tight container and have them whenever you feel like! It’s a great snack option, and the added benefits of matcha make it healthier along with a pretty green color.

Quick Check: Each bar is loaded with approximately 130 calories, 15g of Protein, 5g Good fats, and 4g of Fibre.

3. Almonds & Cranberry Homemade Protein Bars

Almonds & Cranberry Protein Bars
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Nuts and Berries form the best combination of antioxidant content and healthy fibres. This is one of the simplest protein bar recipe which requires honey (natural sweetener & binding agent), cranberries and almonds. A perfect snack filled with healthy fats, fibre, protein, magnesium, and vitamin E. You can also use vanilla essence to add a mild flavour.

To Prepare Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 2/3 cup rice cereal (puffed)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Method

  1. Firstly, line a square dish with butter paper and set it aside.
  2. Take a big bowl and add the rice cereal, almonds, and cranberries. Toss them all together and keep them aside.
  3. Now, take a pan and heat the remaining ingredients. Add honey, syrup, and vanilla extract and heat them until they blend. Keep stirring, and do not overheat.
  4. Immediately pour the sauce over the almond cranberry mixture and toss well until fully coated. (Remember you do it fast, or else the mixture will harden up)
  5. Quickly transfer the almond-sauce mixture into the square dish and flatten it out. Once there is an even layer, refrigerate it for a couple of hours.
  6. Once done, carefully lift the butter paper and transfer it to a board to cut.
  7. Cut them into the shape of a bar, and that’s it!

Quick Check: Total time required to make this protein bar at home is 30 minutes. The recipe makes 8 bars, each of which has 13g of Protein, 3g of Fibre, and approx. 150 calories.

4. Dates & Brownie Energy Bars

Dates & Brownie Energy Bars
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Protein & energy bars made with Dates and Brownie are a perfect pre or post-workout snack. These are content with nutrition, protein, and omega 3 from the flax seeds, keeping the body energized for hours. For people who are following a strict diet, this can be a favourable energy bar recipe to a good munching option. It is better to use soy granules; however, you can use any whole grain cereals to add a crunchy texture.

To Prepare Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kg dates
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Soy grains
  • 1/2 cup Instant Oats 
  • 1 cup crushed almonds
  • 1/2 cup powdered flax seeds
  • 2 tbsps Vanilla custard
  • 1/4 cup Honey

Method:

  1. The first thing you need to do is grind the dates until it is fluffy like a dough.
  2. Now, use an electric mixer and mix all the ingredients till they are well combined.
  3. Make balls out of the date dough. Make medium-sized balls.
  4. Flat the ball using your palm or spoon and then cut them in a bar shape.
  5. Once the bars are ready, refrigerate for an hour, and then enjoy this homemade protein bar recipe.

This is an excellent pre or post-workout snack and is also loved by kids due to its rich taste!

Quick Check: 1 Date & Brownie protein bar has a good combination of 18g Protein, 6g Good Fat, and 4g Fibre.

5. Chocolate Coated Muesli Bars

Chocolate Coated Muesli Energy Bar Recipe
Image Courtesy : Archana’s Kitchen

Fruits and Nuts are good, but if you want to use Protein Bars as an alternative to your chocolate cravings, then the chocolate flavour is a must! You can make chocolate-coated Muesli Bars loaded with the goodness of muesli and nuts, making them a good source of fibre and energy. To maintain a low-calorie level, no artificial sweeteners are to be added to these bars. These protein bars can be relished as pre or post-workout snacks, a saviour from sweet cravings, and school snacks for children.

To Prepare Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup jaggery powder
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup trail mix/mixed nuts
  • 2 cup muesli
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

Method

  1. Let’s start by taking a deep pan. Then add jaggery powder, cocoa powder, butter, and milk. Heat the mixture and keep stirring to avoid any lumps.
  2. Once the mixture is smooth and well mixed, turn off the heat and then add the nuts/trail mix, muesli, and vanilla extract.
  3. Make sure that the mixture is still warm, and then mix everything.
  4. Now that the mixture is well combined, take a baking dish with butter paper and pour the mixture over it.
  5. Pour a thick layer and evenly spread the mixture. Keep the dish in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours and take it out once the bar mixture is set.
  6. Once they are ready, take them out and cut them into square or rectangular pieces. 

So crunchy and so yummy! This recipe is a great way to deal with your hunger pang, especially if you have a sweet tooth!

Quick Check: This protein bar gives enough nutrients and energy to the body with a composition of 18g Proteins, 11.7 Carbs, and 3.8g Fibre.

6. Dates & Nuts Oatmeal Energy Bar

Dates & Nuts Oatmeal Energy Bar
Image Courtesy : Archana’s Kitchen

These are no-bake protein bars made from a rich decadence of Dates, Nuts, and Oatmeal. These protein bars require no flour or butter. But, Peanut butter is added as a healthy supplement. To add a sweet taste, you can use natural ingredients such as honey. The best way of consuming these protein bars is with a cup of milk during breakfast or simply as an evening snack. Dates & Nuts used in the recipe lowers cholesterol, improves bone health, and is a source of proteins & vital vitamins.

To Prepare Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup organic honey
  • 2 big tbsps peanut butter
  • 4-tbsp toasted almonds
  • 4 tbsp toasted pecans
  • 4 tbsp toasted pecans

Method

  1. Before preparing this healthy and tasty energy bar, make sure that you have the nuts toasted and ready to use in the recipe.
  2. In a food processor, process the dates until it’s doughy and then keep it aside.
  3. Take a pan and heat peanut butter and honey on a low flame. Then add the dates along with all the remaining ingredients and keep stirring until everything is well combined.
  4. Once the oats, nuts, dates, and butter mixture is well combined, pour them over into a baking dish that’s lined with parchment paper.
  5. Spread it uniformly and then cover it tightly with a foil or a plastic wrap.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before eating or serving.
  7. Cut them into pieces and have them on the go.

This quick and easy energy bar recipe will keep you full and energized all day long. It’s filled with wholesome ingredients and will taste like heaven!

Quick Check: 1 serving of this protein bar has 20g of Proteins, 23g Carbs, 7g Fats, and 16g Fibre.

7. Cinnamon Protein Bars (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Cinnamon Protein Bars
Image Courtesy : Vegan Chickpea

Often used in food items to add an aromatic condiment, Cinnamon is also known for its medicinal properties. It is loaded with antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, can improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin and lower blood sugar levels. Cinnamon protein bars give the body a sufficient dose of dietary fibres, protein, healthy fat, and have zero trans-fat. You may add honey as a sweetener according to taste.

To Prepare Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana (mashed)
  • Approx 400 gm chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered flaxseed
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon

Method

  1. Before anything else, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Take a food processor and add the ingredients at once.
  3. Keep mixing until it is well combined.
  4. Take a square dish and place a parchment paper. 
  5. Pour the mixture into the container and then spread it uniformly.
  6. Bake the bar mixture for about 20 minutes.
  7. Take it out and let it cool before cutting it into pieces and munching on it!

This quick and delicious energy bar recipe is gluten-free and perfect for vegans and vegetarians too!

Quick Check: 1 serving of this protein bar has 20g of Proteins, 23g Carbs, 7g Fats, and 16g Fibre.

8. Pistachio Chocolate Protein Bar

Pistachio Chocolate Protein Bar Recipe at Home
Image Courtesy : Busy But Healthy

Pistachios are nuts that offer multiple benefits such as it is low in calories and high in protein, promotes healthy gut bacteria, lowers cholesterol, maintains blood sugar level in the body. A combination of Pistachio, Chocolate, and protein powder in the form of a snack bar can be very profiting for the body. A mix of Vanilla essence and Honey can be added to these protein bars to give an aromatic flavour.

To Prepare Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter 
  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 2 scoops of whey protein
  • 1 cup instant oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistas
  • 1/2 cup choco chips
  • 1 tbsp milk (preferably almond milk)

Method

  1. Cream honey and peanut butter in a bowl.
  2. Add the whey protein into the bowl along with instant oats. Mix well, and then slowly add almond milk.
  3. Now the dough should look soft and fluffy. (If the dough seems too dry, add some more milk)
  4. Put the dough into a pan that’s greased with oil. Press it to make a uniform layer.
  5. Now melt the choco chips along with coconut oil to make a chocolate sauce. Pour them over the pressed dough and sprinkle chopped pistachios.
  6. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour, and then take it out once set.
  7. Cut the dough into square pieces to make a great energy bar for you and your family!

With this recipe, you can make up to 16 pieces of energy bars. You can feed this to your whole family and make your snack-time healthy!

Quick Check: 1 bar has 176 Calories, 9 g Fat, 17.6 g Carbs, 5g Fiber and 12g Protein.

The Recipe from: Busy But Healthy

9. Dry Fruit & Jaggery Protein Bars for Kids

Dry Fruit & Jaggery Protein Bars for Kids
Image Courtesy : My Little Moppet

Here is our next best protein bar recipe, which is not just easy to make but is also one of the most popular ones. A combination of Dry fruits, Jaggery, and Dates give these bars a unique taste. All the ingredients are bound together with a paste of Dates & Jaggery. It is an ideal dessert or snack with no sugar providing sufficient energy to the body. Also, it can easily pacify hunger pangs for at least 2 hours.

To Prepare Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1/4 tbsp cardamom seeds
  • A pinch of ginger powder
  • 1 cup jaggery powder

Method

  1. Crush the peanuts and almonds using hands or a mortar.
  2. Now, take a pan and heat ghee. Add the crushed nuts and roast them gently.
  3. Now, add the seeds and ginger powder to the pan. Mix well.
  4. Reduce the flame and then add jaggery. Mix the ingredients nicely and turn off the flame.
  5. Once the ingredients are well combined, take a greased dish and then evenly spread the mixture.
  6. Let it cool and refrigerate it for a couple of pf hours. When it is set, cut it into square or rectangle-shaped bars and relish on the taste.

The best part about this easy bar recipe is that it can be stored for weeks and light on the body. However, it will keep you active and full all day.

Quick Check: One serving of this protein bar has 18g Protein, 6g Good Fat, and 4g Fibre.

10. Keto Protein Bars

Keto Homemade Protein Bars
Image Courtesy : Keto For India

Keto protein bars have minimum carbs and are best for a guilt-free snack. Any flavour can be added to these bars. To add some crunch, you can just skip grinding the chia seeds. Using coconut oil to cook the bars can intensify the nutrient in the bars. Moreover, the bars are sugar-free, which eventually saves you from unwanted sugar intake.

To Prepare Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 handful Almonds
  • 1 tbsp Ground Flax Seeds
  • 15 grams Chia Seeds
  • 1 Scoop of Of Whey
  • 100 ml Coconut Oil
  • Honey/stevia

Method

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a pan on low heat.
  2. Add ground almonds in the oil and stir well. Now add your desired sweetener and keep mixing it on low flame.
  3. Now, add the flax seeds and the whey protein. Stir until the mixture becomes doughy and sticky.
  4. Finally, combine everything nicely and add chia seeds.
  5. Now take a greased baking tray and pour the mixture evenly.
  6. Put it inside the fridge and let it chill for 2 hours.
  7. Once set, take it out and cut it into bars!

 Yes, it’s that easy! This keto-friendly protein bar is perfect for people on a keto diet. It has high protein content and very low carbs. It’s a must-try!

Quick Check: Keto Protein bars are the healthiest bars, each with 174g Calories, 16.3g Fats, 1.3g Carbs, and 5.3g Protein.

Preparing any food item at home gives you the freedom to customise according to your preferences and gives transparency when it comes to ingredients. Also, where a healthy snack such as protein bars is concerned, you cannot compromise with any condiment. Enjoy these tasteful protein bar recipes and experiment with all your favourite flavours of protein bar at home.

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