When’s the last time you bought a protein bar?
Today? Yesterday? Last week?
I bet you bought it as a healthy snack. It may very well have been but you know what? There’s no way on earth the bar you bought is better than what you can make at home.
You may not be used to making your own bars. Heck, you may have never even considered making them! But you know what? You absolutely should.
If you’re into healthy snacking and incorporating protein in your diet for health and satiety purposes, you need to make your own bars. Yes, I said NEED. Because what you’re getting at the store pales in comparing to what you can make in under two minutes. It’s that quick and, by Zeus, is it that simple.
Moral of the post: there’s no reason to buy ready-made protein bars, none at all.
Convenience, you say? OK, sure, but it’s just as convenient to make a giant batch of bars one day of the week, keep them in the fridge wrapped in foil, and take them out with you to work, school or the gym every day. It’ll take you just as long to make your own bars as it takes you to get to the store and buy ready-made protein bars.
Money? Naaah, it comes out being WAY cheaper to make your own bars! Think about how much you pay per protein bar. It’s a LOT! And what are you buying aside from protein? A bunch of shelf-life extending ingredients and, in many cases, nutritionally-void junk.
Which brings me to a not-so-secret secret: A lot of bars out there are candy bars in disguise, chock full of randomness that your body frankly doesn’t need.
Need more reasons to make them? Here are my top three:
When you make your own bars, you have control over what goes in them! No endless list of ingredients. No junk like corn, wheat protein, or low-quality soy. No glycerine, vegetable fats, gums, artificial flavors, etc.
Homemade protein bars are freshly-made, always! Unlike the protein bars you find on store shelves which are designed to last on shelf as long as possible and thus contain a bunch of shelf-life preserving ingredients that our bodies can all can do without. Gums, glycerine, soy, corn syrup and its derivates,, and cheap fats like palm kernel oil, would you buy – and eat – them individually? No? Then why eat them in a bar?
When you make your own bars, you can tweak their ingredients to match your taste and dietary preferences, your macros, and your appetite. Say you love all chocolate things (like I do!), then add a ton of cocoa to your bars! Like the orange + chocolate combo? Make some chocolate bars and grate a bit of an orange into your batter. Want lower/carb bars? Use a natural low-carb sweetener. Want them lower in fat? Ditch the nut butters and chocolate coating. Want a smaller snack? Make small bars! Want your bars to be vegan? Use a vegan protein powder! Want to be 100% certain that your bars are gluten-free? Use only certified gluten-free ingredients. The sky’s the limit to what you can do. And your bars will always be so much tastier! No hardness or difficult-to-chew textures. Pure individualized protein bar perfection, every time.
I’ve published hundreds of Protein Bar recipes here on the website, on the Protein Pow App, and in both cookbooks! Protein bars are not only easy and quick to make, they’re a blast to make too!!!! Just check out all the ones we’ve made at previous Pow workshops here.