Jessica's Homemade Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Quest Bars
4 scoops Garden of Life RAW Protein Powder in chocolate
1/4 cup ground flax seed (or oat flour or fiber powder)
1/4 cup Once Again Organic Sugar and Salt Free Sunflower Butter (or nut butter of your choice)
1/2 cup local organic honey (or agave nectar or stevia)
medium-sized handful of cacao nibs
A few tbsp of water - depending on sweetener of choice
Step 1: Add 4 scoops of protein powder in a large mixing bowl
Step 2: Add 1/4 cup ground flax seed to bowl
Step 3: Add 1/4 cup sunflower butter to bowl
Step 4: Add 1/2 cup honey to bowl and 1 tbsp of water
Step 5: Add a medium-sized handful of cacao nibs and mix with a spoon - add more water as needed - I had to finish with my hands but too messy to take a picture!
Step 6: Flatten in a rectangular shape on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and place in fridge for 30 minutes. Remove from fridge and cut 5 bar-sized pieces.
The bars are shaped kind of awkward - I think I flattened them a bit much. I cut off the top of one bar for a taste test and I loved it! The texture was very similar to the real Quest Protein Bar and the taste was wonderful. My sister even liked the bars and she isn't a protein bar fan. To store the bars, I folded the parchment paper to cover the bars and slid them into a freezer bag and they are sitting in the freezer now. I am so happy that I will be saving money - I will still buy Quest Bars that I can keep in my desk and car for emergencies.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: use vanilla protein powder and sunflower butter
Cinnamon Roll: use vanilla protein powder and add 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
Chocolate Brownie: use chocolate protein powder and add 1-2 tbsp cacao powder
Vanilla Almond Crunch: use vanilla protein powder, almond butter, and add 2 tbsp of almond pieces
Peanut Butter Supreme: use vanilla protein powder and peanut butter
Chocolate Peanut Butter: use chocolate protein powder and peanut butter
Coconut Cashew: use vanilla protein powder, cashew butter and unsweetened coconut
Lemon Cream Pie: use vanilla protein powder, sunflower butter and 1 tbsp lemon juice
PB & J: use vanilla protein powder, peanut butter and add 1/4 cup dehydrated strawberries (thinly sliced strawberries placed on a cookie sheet and left in the oven overnight on the lowest setting)
Mixed Berry Bliss: use vanilla protein powder, sunflower butter and dehydrated blueberries and strawberries
Strawberry Cheesecake: use vanilla protein powder, sunflower butter and dehydrated strawberries
White Chocolate Raspberry: use vanilla protein powder, sunflower butter and dehydrated raspberries
I am pumped to try all of these variations in the upcoming weeks. If they turn out just as good, I will gladly share :) And if any of you try any of these Homemade Quest Bar recipes, please let me know what you tried and how you liked it!
Have a great night :) It's time for some Zumba!