Hungry? Try the DIY Protein Bar

Save money and guarantee the right nutrients by making your own protein bars. STACK Expert Layton Westmoreland brings you a delicious recipe.

Homemade Protein Bar

It can be a constant battle to replace the tremendous number of calories you burn in workouts and games. You need a lot of protein, carbohydrates and calories, or you run the risk of losing muscle and crashing and burning on the field or in the weight room.

Store-bought protein bars can cost a bundle, and they may not have the nutrients you need. You can do better by whipping up a bunch of these homemade bars before you go to bed or first thing in the morning. They're not only easy to make, they're high in calories, protein and carbs.

High-Energy Protein Bars


Ingredients

  • 5 scoops protein powder (Calories: 550, Fat: 8, Carbs: 5, Fiber: 0, Protein: 15)
  • 1 cup oatmeal (Calories: 300, Fat: 6, Carbs: 54, Fiber: 8, Protein: 10)
  • 1/2 cup honey (Calories: 480, Fat: 0, Carbs: 136, Fiber: 0, Protein: 0)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (Calories: 676, Fat: 44, Carbs: 32, Fiber: 16, Protein: 40)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (Calories: 35, Fat: 1, Carbs: 4, Fiber: 0, Protein: 3)
  • 6 oz. dried cranberries (Calories: 560, Fat: 0, Carbs: 132, Fiber: 8, Protein: 0)

Nutrient Total (for 10 bars): Calories: 2,601, Fat: 59, Carbs: 363, Fiber: 32, Protein: 168

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl by hand.
  • Spread the mixture in a 9x13 baking dish and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Cut into 10 even pieces and enjoy. Store extras in the fridge.

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Topics: PROTEIN | POST-WORKOUT NUTRITION | FIBER | CALORIES | ENERGY | CARBOHYDRATES | OATMEAL | PROTEIN POWDER | NUTRIENTS | PEANUT BUTTER | BUTTER | SMOOTHIES | HONEY | CRANBERRIES