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.
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: