If you are feeling a little blue because its Monday, this post might cheer you up. I have a simple way to make your own Quest bars at home!
I love Quest bars as a little treat, but, boy are they expensive! Most protein bars are pricey, actually.
So when I got my first order of Vitafiber, I knew they were the first thing I had to try making.
Vitafiber, by the way, is a sugar-free, natural, low glycemic and lower calorie sweetener made of Isomaltooligosaccharide (IMO).
It is high in fibre and a prebiotic, and is a main ingredient in real Quest bars.
I used the basic recipe for a dozen bars posted by Busy but Healthy but I skipped putting the hot batter into a plastic bag, and I am happy to say it still worked perfectly.
For these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bars I used:
Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest-Style Bars (based on this recipe)
1.5 cups Vitafiber
3 cups vanilla whey protein powder (use plant-based for vegan bars)
8 tbsp almond flour
1/3 cup stevia-sweetened chocolate chips
Heat Vitafiber in pot on medium until bubbling. Remove from heat and stir in protein powder and almond flour. Mix well until it starts to stick together. Stir in chocolate chips. Dump batter into parchment-lined 9x9 square baking dish. Refrigerate until firm. Remove bars using parchment paper to lift out. Cut into 12 bars.
Keep in air tight container, or refrigerate for firmer bars.
You can make different flavours by using different kinds of protein powder and different mix-ins.
If you add any fresh fruit, bars will have a much shorter shelf life.
I think I might try making chocolate mint ones next!
No one is happier about these homemade bars then the kids. They actually like them MORE than the store bought kind! I don't usually allow them my Quest bars because they are so expensive, but I suspect this means they will be nagging me to make them on a regular basis. No biggie though, because they're so quick and easy to make!
I have shared this recipe with Vegetarian Mamma's Gluten-Free Friday and Urban Naturale's Plant-Based Pot Luck Link ups.