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Chestnut Protein Bars
They’re made of (for 4 bars):
- 1/4 cup vanilla flavored pea protein
- 1 cup cooked chestnuts (=15 kernels)
- 3 tbsp coconut milk
- 1-2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 35g dark chocolate

Not super high in protein but they’re vegan & gluten-free:
Nutrition facts per bar: 171 kcal, 7.5 g protein, 18.9 g carbs, 4.8 g sugar, 7.2 g fat, 2.4 g fiber.
Recipe: www.fitnesstreats.com/2012/09/chestnut-protein-bars

4 Ingredient Popcorn Protein Bars

Ingredients (for 6 bars):
- 3 cups unsalted unsweetened popcorn
- 1 cup whey protein powder
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup goji berries (or any other dried fruits)

Recipe & nutrition facts: www.fitnesstreats.com/2012/02/4-ingredient-popcorn-protein-bars

4 ingredient no-bake Valentine protein hearts made of:
- 1/4 cup white almond butter
- 1/4 cup beet juice
- 1/4 cup vanilla whey protein
- 1/4 cup goji berries

No bake chocolate protein bars
Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of beans from a can (rinsed to get rid of the can’s liquid. I used white beans but almost any kind of beans will do) 
- 1/4 cup vanilla casein protein (casein protein is slightly better than whey protein in this recipe to get an ‘elastic’ smooth texture ; but you can substitute it with whey protein, the dough is just going to be a bit drier) 
- 1/4 cup cocoa 
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (substitute coconut milk with almond milk to lower fat content.)
- drops of flavorings of your choice (optional)

Directions: Blend everything together in a food processor. You get a mix with a crumbly consistency. Take the mix out of the food processor and press it together to make a paste and form the bars. You get 3 little bars with the quantities above. Pop them in the fridge for 20 minutes to stiffen up.  

Estimated nutrition facts per bar: 181 kcal, 11 g fat, 14 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 13 g of protein.  

It would be a nice idea to coat them with dark chocolate to make them look like ‘real’ protein bars but this would add additional calories. And I never keep dark chocolate at home otherwise I’d eat everything in one sitting :)

Hey! Was just wondering what type of protein powder you use and does it taste any good? Your protein recipes look delicious!

simplysamara


Hi Samara,

Thank you for your message! (Sorry for my late answer, I’m on vacation and a bit less online for two weeks.) My favorite type of protein powder is a whey isolate powder without any added flavor or sweetener, because it is just protein and nothing else. It is kind of tasteless though. I cannot tell you a specific brand because I usually buy it in the Netherlands and most supplement stores there have a basic brandless whey protein powder.

I’m on vacation in Miami right now and there are tons of different types of protein supplements available in health stores… The best way to choose one is to look at the amount of protein, carbs and sugar per serving. Ideally, for one scoop, you want to get 15-20g of protein per scoop, and as few carbs and sugar as possible. When looking in the ingredient list, avoid things with aspartane. Sucralose as a sweetener is ok. I recently bought a chocolate protein powder called “be-buff” for 16 dollars on sale at GNC. It contains some carbs (8g per scoop) but tastes great with skim milk. Here is a link with some product info and reviews: www.gnc.com/pwr/product-reviews/GNC/p/3478713-GNC-WELLbeING-be-BUFF-8482-Protein-Fiber-Complex-Mix-Chocolate-Chunk.html

A weird-looking protein bar I made with 1 package of pre-cooked brown rice, 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder, 1 scoop of cocoa, 1 scoop of nut butter and 1 small pack of coconut milk. A bit unusual but not that bad! 

No-bake Pumpkin Protein Fudge from busybuthealthy.com

Ingredients

3 Ingredient Vanilla Protein Bar
Mix a spoon of vanilla protein powder with the same volume of puffed quinoa (or another kind of puffed cereal -unsweetened!) and 2 to 3 teaspoons of almond butter (or another nut butter). Pop in the freezer for 4-5 minutes to harden up.

I have to try this no bake chocolate protein bar recipe! www.proteinpow.com/2011/07/most-ridiculously-delicious-chocolate.html

It’s basically a mix of protein powder, black beans, nut butter and coconut milk.

On my grocery list: find plain puffed wheat or plain puffed rice to make these for my Saturday’s healthy treat.

Guilt-Free Protein Lemon Bars

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