Lately, I’ve had a hankering for protein bars. I used to eat store-bought bars frequently but gosh they’re expensive! Not to mention, many popular brands have questionable ingredients. Another downside of many protein bars is that they contain whey. I have nothing against whey protein, but my body doesn’t like it. Whey protein gives me bloating, cramps, gas and just throws off my digestion so if I ever eat it I’m very aware of the quantity I intake and realize I’ll be suffering the consequences afterwards.
Since I’m talking about protein bars, I figure I’ll share my top 5 favorite bars. Keep in mind that I haven’t tried every bar on the market and not all of these are super high in protein; but out of all the bars I’ve tried these listed are my top 5 based on ingredients, taste and sugar content.
My recipe for Paleo Protein Bars remind me a bit of RXBARs, only because of their chewy texture, but their ingredients are quite different. These whey-free, Paleo Protein Bars are extremely easy to make and contain three different sources of protein: bone broth protein, hemp protein and collagen peptides. They have just 1 gram of sugar (from the almonds) per bar and pack in 8 grams of protein, plus a healthy serving of fat. And yes, I shared a couple bites with my kids, as they couldn’t keep their hands off 😉
*Any protein powder should work, but the brand linked is what I recommend.
**Add 1 Tbsp water at a time because (depending on the brand of ingredients you use) the quantity of water needed may vary.
When making these protein bars, I lined my pan with stretch-tite plastic food wrap (also known as saran wrap). I simply cut a long piece of plastic wrap, folded it in half (to make it thicker) and then placed it in the pan. Next, I added the dough and evenly spread it out with a spatula. Then I folded the plastic wrap over the dough and used that as a barrier between my hands and the dough to press down the bars. After freezing, removal of the bars was easy and the plastic wrap peeled off perfectly.
I didn’t make these to share with my children, but they were more than eager to try them so I let them each have a few bites. I think the ingredients are perfectly healthy for a child to consume, but I find it unnecessary to give kids extra protein.
I stored the first batch of these in the fridge, but froze the second batch and OMG! For some reason I liked them even better that way. They do not get rock hard in the freezer, just slightly firmer. I’ve also tried making a batch with raw almonds (instead of dry roasted) and they turned out delicious too.