Homemade Quest Protein Bar Recipe!2014-06-11
- Course: Snack
- Servings : 1
- Prep Time : 5m
- Cook Time : 0m
- Ready In : 1:5 h
Yes you’ve heard it.. how to make your own Quest bars at home!!
If you’ve never heard of Quest bars then you can read my full review of them [here] but (in my opinion) they are the ultimate ‘clean’ protein bar.. the ingredients list is faultless and they taste AMAZING .. BUT.. they are rather expensive.. which is why I couldn’t wait to make them at home thanks to Simon from The Diet Kitchen! Simon is a genius (hope your head isn’t too big now!!) and you can check out his YouTube video showing you how to make these bars [here] or by scrolling down to the end of this blog post!
I worked out that each of these ‘Homemade Quest Bars’ comes in at just 88p each, as opposed to £2.79, they contain fewer ingredients and the macronutrient stats are really similar; 206 Kcal and 24g protein for homemade vs. 180 Kcal and 21g protein for the real thing.
These bars are made from literally TWO ingredients.. Whey Protein Powder & VitaFiber (plus optional extras.. see below!). If you’ve never heard of VitaFiber before (and I hadn’t either until the other day), it’s a low calorie sweetener and prebiotic fibre which is the SECRET ingredient in many popular protein bars – including Quest Bars! VitaFiber tastes sweet and is poorly digested in the human digestive tract, thus providing fewer calories (1.5 kcal/g) overall.
The bars taste amazing and my taste tester even said ‘did you make these??’ – in a sarcastic tone, meaning ‘wow I’m impressed’ .. (!!). SO, if you want to make your own Quest Bars at home keep on scrolling.. I would love to hear what your favourite combinations are!
Nutrition stats shown are minus any Quest Bar additions!
- 50-55g Vitafiber SYRUP*
- 30g Vanilla/Chocolate Whey Protein**
- Optional: 1 tsp cocoa & 1 tsp vanilla or 6g chopped nuts or 5g desiccated coconut or 15g peanut butter & 20g jam***
*VitaFiber SYRUP (NOT the powder!) is the magic ingredient and thanks to MuscleFood it is now available in the UK – use code NIC5 for 5% off! Use 55g if you’re adding a dry ingredient such as nuts/coconut to the mix.
***If you’re adding a liquid such a jam use 5g more protein powder (35g total) – I used a reduced sugar jam and nuts ‘n more peanut butter which is AMAZING – thanks Simon for that recipe combo!
Add 50g of Vitafiber to a small sauce pan & heat on a medium heat until you start to see bubbles*
Remove the pan from the heat (VERY important) and quickly stir in your whey protein and any additional extras e.g. cocoa and vanilla if using a chocolate protein powder. Mix until you get a sticky dough like consistency
Mould into a bar shape either using a silicone tray** or by pouring the dough into a plastic sandwich bag and moulding with your hands. Transfer onto baking paper and loosely wrap (or leave in the silicone tray) for an hour in the fridge to firm up!
*If you don’t heat the VitaFiber first then the bar will remain very soft even after being chilled in the fridge – heat it up first for a proper Quest Bar texture!
**I have a 5 piece Silicone Bakeware Set that I was bought for Christmas and use it all the time – especially in low fat baking so the goods don’t stick!
P.S Don’t forget to check out Simon’s video on how to make the Quest bars below!
*I was provided with a sample of the VitaFiber & nuts ‘n more to try. This blog post contains affiliate links. Please read my disclaimer page for more information as well as for my opinions on protein.
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