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7 Low-Sugar Protein Bars and Bites You Can Make

January 19, 2024
Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Grabbing a protein bar on the run is one of those necessities of life – but unfortunately, you don’t always know what you’re getting in a store-bought bar, or the flavor doesn’t quite match what you’re craving. Making your own homemade protein bars and bites is not only easy, but also allows you to control the ingredients, so you get the nutrition you want, in your favorite flavors. Here’s a roundup of simple protein bar recipes to keep you fueled and satisfied. 

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1. Vanilla Protein Energy Bites

Vanilla Protein Energy Balls

Courtesy of Cooking with Mima

Chia seeds add protein, fiber, and a little crunch to these bites. They’re doubly vanilla-tastic thanks to both extract and protein powder. Each bite has 4 grams of protein, so grab two (or even three) on the go.

Try this recipe from Cookin With Mima.

2. Paleo Cacao Coffee Protein Bars

Paleo Cacao Coffee Protein Bars

Courtesy of Fit Mitten Kitchen

Indulge in the rich flavors of chocolate and coffee with these bars – or leave out the instant coffee and just focus on the chocolate. That’s the beauty of protein bar recipes like this: You do you. These bars have 11 grams of protein and no added sugar, so you could even grab one for an a.m. energizing snack.

Try this recipe from Fit Mitten Kitchen.

3. Cinnamon Roll Protein Bars

Cinnamon roll protein bars

Courtesy of Sweet Peas and Saffron

If you love cinnamon rolls (who doesn’t?), get ready for the protein bar of your dreams. These bars are quick to toss together, gluten free, and bursting with cinnamon. Keep them in the fridge or freezer for a healthy snack any time.

Try this recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron.

4. Pumpkin Protein Bars

Pumpkin protein bars

Courtesy of Eat the Gains

With 18 grams of protein and just 4 ingredients, these gluten-free pumpkin bars are sure to become a go-to. The recipe calls for almond butter, but you can use any nut or seed butter you have on hand.

Try this recipe from Eat the Gains.

5. Sea Salt Cashew Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

Sea Salt Cashew Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Elevate your protein bar game with the delightful combination of sea salt, cashew butter, and chocolate. These bars are a perfect balance of sweet and salty, making them an irresistible treat. 

Try this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

6. No-Bake Cherry Vanilla Protein Bars

Cherry-vanilla protein bars

Courtesy of Hummusapian

Craving something fruity? These no-bake cherry vanilla protein bars are a tasty and wholesome option. Swap cranberries for the cherries, if you like.

Try this recipe from Hummusapien.

7. Protein Bars 5 Ways Recipe

Protein bars 5 ways

Courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie

For a versatile protein bar recipe, look no further. This recipe allows for customization, so you can tailor the bars to your taste preferences. With just 4 ingredients and 12 grams of protein, you’ll want to try all the variations.

Try this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie.

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