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It’s time for another edition of “make it healthy, make your own”!

Make it HEALTHY Make your OWN | The Adventures of Z and K

Today it’s all about another “food that sounds healthy but isn’t necessarily”: protein bars.

Make Your Own Protein Bar | The Adventures of Z & K

Protein powders/shakes and bars aren’t just for athletes and post workout fueling, they’ve become a convenient grab and go snack for many people to satisfy hunger between meals.

However, some of the choices you’ll find in the stores are more similar to candy bars than healthy snacks.

STORE BOUGHT

Here’s an old favorite of mine, Luna Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough protein bars.

Luna Cookie Dough Protein Bar Nutrition FactsI would buy these all the time because they were so so good. It tasted just like cookie dough! But unlike the real thing it was ok to be eating at 10am because it was “healthy.”

While yes, it does have 12g of protein, and yes, it kept me satisfied, it also has 14 grams of sugar. To put that in perspective, a serving of Chewy Chips Ahoy! cookies has 12 grams.

Chewy Chips Ahoy Sugar Content[source]

Now for the ingredients list (ordered by prevalence):image

As you can see organic cane syrup (aka sugar) takes up the second and third place spots.

(*For those avoiding FODMAPs you’ll see inulin listed as well.)

MAKE YOUR OWN

Making your own protein bars is easy!

I once again turned to The Candid RD for a healthy, FODMAP friendly option.

Protein Bars with Oats, Chia and Dark Chocolate

I certainly cannot take credit as I followed Gina’s recipe exactly (besides choosing to drizzle the chocolate instead of coating). So head on over to her blog for the recipe.

The nutrition facts are pretty great. Only 4 grams of sugar and 10 grams of protein all from natural ingredients that I can pronounce! Win!image

Homemade No Bake Protein Oat Snack Bars

I sliced the pan into bars, wrapped individually and stored them in the freezer. They made a great snack to throw in my lunchbox for work.

Homemade No Bake Protein Oat Snack Bars

An easy, healthy, no-bake snack option (chocolate included). Love it.

I want to know…

What’s your go-to between meal snack?

Any suggestions for other protein bar recipes I should try?

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