When you make protein bars at home, you control the ingredients so you can use recipes with a little less sugar or a little more fiber - whatever you'd like -- they're no more difficult to make than a batch of cookies. You can wrap them individually and carry them with you for a mid-day snack at work or school. Or eat them as a little recovery meal after your workout.
Here are some homemade protein bar recipes to get you started:
Dairy Free Protein Bars
These protein bars feature soy protein power, oats, dried fruit, soy yogurt and peanut butter. Dried fruit like raisins or apricots adds sweetness and flavor, along with some pure maple syrup. They're perfect for vegans, too.
Homemade Protein Bars
Here's another recipe that features soy and oats. It also contains yogurt, which adds protein and moisture. The recipe calls for sugar and chocolate chips, but according to the cook's notes, you can adapt the recipe to your needs.
No-Bake Protein Bars
This recipe uses oats, peanut butter and protein powder, along with non-fat dry milk. You can also add some flax seeds for a boost of omega-3 fatty acids. These bars need to be kept in the refrigerator to maintain their shape.
Chocolate Energy Bars
These dairy-free bars contain a balanced amount of protein, fiber, carbohydrates and fats. And they're chocolate. This is another no-bake recipe, but they will maintain their shape when individually wrapped and tucked into your workout bag. (And did I say they're chocolate?)