Thursday, July 25, 2013

DIY Quest Bars

DIY Quest Bars! Can you believe it? They are so good! Right now Quest Bars are all the rage. Why are they so popular? They are LOADED with protein! I love Quest Bars because they contain the protein that I need after a good workout, and they keep me full. However, what I don't love is the price. One Quest Bar is $2.49! If you're like me, and you eat protein bars as snacks, $2.49 can be a very expensive snack. That's why I decided to make my own Quest Bars. These DIY Quest Bars are affordable and just as delicious. There are different variations to these bars depending on what flavor you want, below are some suggestions!

Ingredients ~for the basic dough~ (makes 5 Bars):
4 Scoops All Natural Vanilla Protein Powder (Depending on the brand, different protein powders have different textures. You want your powder to be as fine as possible, otherwise your bars will taste grainy)
1/4 cup Organic Creamy Peanut Butter (If you don't like peanut butter, you can use sun butter, cashew butter, or almond butter, anything will work!)
1/2 cup of honey, agave nectar, or a few tsp of stevia (If you choose to use stevia, you will need more water)
1/4 cup Oat Flour (or fiber powder or ground flax seed)
*A few Tbsp of Water (depending on what sweetener you use, you will need more or less water)

Variations:
Depending on the flavor, you will need to add a few extra ingredients to your dough.
~Cinnamon Roll Quest Bar: add 1/2 Tbsp of cinnamon to your dough
~Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar: add 1-2 Tbsp of cocoa powder to your dough
~Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar: add 1/4 cup of chocolate chips to your dough

Directions:
With your hands, combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Kneed the dough until all of the ingredients are well distributed. Press into a baking pan lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, cut the dough into 5 equal pieces and eat! Store these bars in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
                       Chocolate Brownie "Quest" Bar
                       Cinnamon Roll "Quest" Bar
              Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough "Quest" Bar
                                YUM
                            Super Delicious!
Nutrition Facts (for 1 bar):

Calories-170

Carbohydrates- 12 grams

Fat- 8 grams

Protein- 20 grams

Sugars- 3 grams

Cholesterol- 0mg

Fiber- 2g

65 comments:

  1. I have a request, if i may! :) I really want a Clean eating recepie on chocolate dough. Ive tried like cocoa, Almond milk, vanilla protein, eggwhites and flaxseed powder...but it doesnt get th right texture of a dough and not the right flavour :( I want the texture of a real chokolade paste...so i can pretend im eating chocolate dough for breakfast och night snack! I would be sooooo thankful!// elin from sweden

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    1. Hi! Thanks for requesting! If you mean Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, I already have a recipe on that, its a dip, but you could eat it by the spoonful! But, I will make chocolate dough just like you requested! :) Thanks for commenting, I'll get started right away!

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    2. Can I use Spiritulina protein powder, I know in other protein recipes it gives things a weird texture then a whey protein. Would it change this consistency?

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  2. Thank you, thats so nice =)

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    1. No Problem! Did you mean Edible Cookie Dough? or Edible Chocolate Cookie Dough?

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  3. What's your preferred brand of vanilla protein powder that makes the best bar?

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    1. Raw Protein and Sun Warrior are pretty good if you want to eat 100% clean. :)

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  4. These sound really good. Since scoops come in different sizes depending on brand, what would you say is the equivalent measure in cups? Thanks!

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  5. What kind of protein powder do you use? I've never bought any before but am really interested in trying this recipe because I love Quest bars and just can't afford them! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. I have used both Sun Warrior and Raw Protein!

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  6. Would that be 1/3 cup protein powder total? Or is each scoop 1/3 cup?

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    1. each scoop is 1/3 cup protein powder :)

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    2. I just made these. Cinnamon with vanilla protein powder. I subbed sugar free syrup for the honey. Yummy!! Next I am going to try chocolate chip :)

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    3. Awesome! I'm glad you liked them! Chocolate chip is my personal favorite!

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  7. Hi! On your nutrition facts, you say 2g of fiber... did you use the oat flour or the fiber powder?

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    1. It's 2g of fiber with the oat flour, but if you use fiber powder it will be more!

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  8. im curious what sweetener you used? i tried the agave & stevia in different batches experimenting & it wasn't so good. wondering what i did wrong...

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    1. I have used both, although my favorite version is with the agave nectar. I'm sorry to hear that, were they not sweet enough?

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    2. i think too sweet, maybe i need to try it w the honey next time!!

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  9. I just put these in the fridge and my dough was super sticky.I could barely get it off my hands into the pan. Was yours really sticky?

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    1. That's weird, mine were not that sticky. They were just as sticky as store bought quest bars. Maybe try some oat flour next time, and put the dough on parchment paper! :)

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  10. I would like to say THANK YOU, Julia! I am 20 years old and so busy with college and life that I hardly ever have extra down time. These recipes are exactly what I need to be able to have the luxury of the Quest bars without the price. You are 15 years old and have your nutrition under control and are helping others as well. Keep up the great work!

    Sincerely,
    Emily Collins

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    1. Wow! I am so honored! LOL. I'm really busy with school now, but I'm going to try to make as much as I can! I hope you try a bunch of recipes!

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  11. I also want to say thanks Julia, these are perfect. A way cheaper option for me!!!

    Only trouble mine were also super sticky.

    I used ground flax instead of oat flour --cheaper tbh ;)
    I used a packet of erythritol (its naturally sourced) for the sweetener.
    Sunflower butter instead of pb.

    I ended making ten- ish balls of 1tbsp servings.

    Delicious and in my opinion way better than the actual quest bars! (i understand the ingredients too!) Also super easy to make in a dorm room with just a desk!

    thanks!

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    1. Awesome! I'm glad you enjoyed them! I'm really busy at this time of year, but I'll definitely get some recipes up soon!

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  12. How do you figure they are only 12g carbs each? Honey alone is 17g c per tbs and you call for 1/2 cup (8 tbs) I'm just confused if I added something wrong? What exactly did you use in yours?

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    1. 12g carbs is an average. There were 12g carbs in the bars that I made because I used a mixture of stevia and agave nectar, the sweetener is up to you!

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  13. Hi Julia, thank you for the recipe. Question: Quest bars have a lot of fiber which I am trying to replicate. Any ideas how to get at least 20 grams of fiber in one bar?

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    1. Hi! You can use ground flax seeds or fiber powder to replicate the amount of fiber!

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  14. Hiya Julia! Ever tried baking these? :) Thanks

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    1. Hi! No, I have not tried baking them, but I will now! Have you?

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  15. hi! can i use hemp protien powder for these?

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    1. I haven't tried to use hemp protein powder, but I guess it could work if the hemp flavor isn't too strong or overpowering.

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  16. Hi Julia, by fiber powder, do you mean something like "Benefiber" or something of that sort?

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    1. Yeah, something like that. I'm sure the Vitamin Shoppe, or GNC has it. :)

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  17. how come my questbar turned out so chewy and sticky? ):

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    1. Hmm... did you try adding more protein powder or oat flour? Maybe use less liquid next time. :)

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  18. Better than real quest bars I must say, Woow. Do you think these would work with half pumpkin puree and half peanut butter? I want a pumpkin pie bar with not a lot of fat/cals?

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Pumpkin Puree sounds like a great idea. Please let me know if you try it!

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  20. Thank you so much for your recipes!
    Love them, they're delicious!

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  21. Thanks for this great recipe! I think the "stickiness" that some people have experienced may be due to the type of protein powder. I used the Raw Protein you suggested and the bars came out firm, much like the store-bought bars. I just tried the recipe with Pure Protein (which is made primarily with whey) and it was impossibly sticky ... more like a wet fudge. Hope this helps. Thanks again!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe, thanks for the feedback!

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  22. I am so excited to have found this!! My husband has a nut allergy, is there something else than peanut butter I could use??
    Thank you so much for this!

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    1. You could use pureed fruit or seed butters!

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  23. @Kryshia - Sunflower butter is a good alternative to peanut butter, and the consistency is similar. It takes a bit stronger, but certainly does the trick as a replacement.

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  24. How'd the baking endeavor go? These sound delicious - just curious if they can be made into cookies as well.

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    1. They can definitely be made into cookies! Bake them up for a nice crispy dessert!

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  25. How many is a cup, i live in Germany and we have grams and mililiter :)

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  26. It looks pretty good. I am looking for such refrigerator for commercial refrigeration systems.

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  27. How would you make the new cookies and cream quest bar? :)

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    1. You could make the quest bar recipe and crumble up some of these http://www.myveganbelly.com/2014/02/raw-vegan-oreos.html and add them in!

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  28. Hey, could I use Pysllium husk instead of fiber powder? im guessing its the same thing but not sure of the texture.

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    1. I haven't tried that, but I'm sure it would be just fine!

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  29. for the stevia, do you use liquid stevia or powder? thanks!

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    1. I used powder, but liquid would probably work too.

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  30. anybody tried almond flour instead of oat flour?

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  31. Can i use Almond Flour instead of oat?

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  32. are the nutrition facts for honey or stevia?

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  33. Julia, you should transfer this recipe over to your new blog. It is being well followed on Pinterest. Also, I love your writing style and your pictures are exceptional. Be prepared for the possibility that this little blog of yours may get picked up by a publisher. It's very good!

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