The Homemade Keto Protein Bar Formula

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Throughout the duration of this blog, I’ve posted a lot of homemade keto protein bar recipes. I tend to rely on protein bars, especially while traveling or for work. I like the portability factor, and it’s nice to be able to pack a protein bar in your bag for that “oh crap, I’m hungry and everything around me is made from sugar” moment that we’ve all had. Basically, I think protein bars are great.

Homemade Keto Protein Bar Formula - a super simple recipe for lots of low carb protein bars!

Protein bars are also something pretty divisive. People have their preferences, and defend their favorites pretty aggressively. My favorites for quite a while were Quest bars, until the cost became too much, and I decided I needed to start making some homemade keto protein bars.

So, I did a little recipe testing, and came up with a Quest protein bar substitute that was satisfactory. There’s a pretty basic formula for making these at home, so we’ll take a look at that here!

Homemade Keto Protein Bar Formula

6 tablespoons nut butter + 6 tablespoons cream cheese +~90g sugar free protein powder

That’s it. Super simple. Now, obviously, not every type of cream cheese will be exactly the same, and different brands of nut butter have different amounts of oil, but this is a good place to start. You can adjust the amount of nut butter or cream cheese by 2 tablespoons, but make sure that you have 12 tablespoons total. So, you could have 8 tablespoons of cream cheese, and 4 tablespoons of nut butter, and the recipe should still be fine.

Homemade Keto Protein Bar Ingredients

For protein powder, I tend to use a stevia sweetened brand with flavor already added, as this makes life so much easier.

The cream cheese is generally whatever I’ve got lying around. Regular cream cheese, light cream cheese, Neufchatel and mascarpone all tend to work the same way in this formula, so whatever you’ve got lying around should work.

As for nut butters, I often like to use peanut butter (so tasty!), and will just buy whatever (unsweetened) brand is most cost effective at the market. For bars that have a dominant flavor other than peanut butter, I love using coconut manna. The coconut taste isn’t really there once extracts are added, and you’re just left with a lovely flavor. Using coconut butter also means that a lot of these recipes are for nut free protein bars, which are kind of a unicorn in the protein bar world.

Homemade Keto Protein Bar Recipes

Below, I’ve linked to the recipes on this blog that utilize this basic formula:

17 thoughts on “The Homemade Keto Protein Bar Formula

  1. Hi~
    Can you give the nutritional info for the bars? Fats, Proteins, Carbs and Calories?
    Thank you!

  2. I can’t seem to find the nutritional values either. Can you direct me please? Also would I use the coconut mana instead of nut butters? I have sun butter I wonder if that would work?

    1. Hi there, Mary – thanks for commenting! The nutritional values are included in each individual recipe link, as they differ depending on which specific ingredients were used.

      Sun butter would definitely work. 😀

    1. Hi Beverly – this is a great question! Coconut manna is the same as coconut butter. It’s basically blended up dried coconut. 🙂

      1. Fantastic! Thank you Liz. I have some dried coconut at home so I can make some and try it this week. Can’t wait to make these bars. My food list is very limited, being vegan, keto and soy free. Protein bars are a main meal for me. So glad to find your site

        1. I hope they turn out well! Which protein powder are you using? I’ve found good results with Vega for this, but am curious how others work!

          1. Sorry I didn’t see this sooner. I got a sample of Garden of Life so starting a very mini version later today. Quick question, what could I use to replace the cream cheese. Although I love it, my body doesn’t handle most dairy well. I don’t do soy either. Any ideas? Double the coconut manna ot nut butter? I also just found some coffee flour from Trader Joe’s. Will be experimenting with that also.

          2. Coffee flour sounds fascinating!! There are a few brands of vegan cream cheese that don’t contain soy (Daiya makes one that is soy free, though it’s a bit high in carbs). It would be an interesting experiment to double the nut butter! The coconut butter is too hard to work on its own, I think.

            I would love to hear how your experiments turn out!! 😀

  3. Hello, do you just mix the ingredients and then shape them or is there something else involved? I am very happy to have found this blog as I am hoping to move into a meat-free diet soon.


    1. Hi Pablo! This is an excellent question. It really is that easy – mix, and shape. The mixing definitely requires a little effort though – it can be really thick!

      I’m so glad you’re finding this blog helpful! Please feel to reach out with any questions 🙂

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