9 Protein Bar Recipes You'll Want to Make Today

Easy, Cheap, Healthy...and Delicious!
You can use those store-bought ones as doorstops.

Ahhh, the Protein Bar!

If you’ve been anywhere near a diet in the past twenty years, you’ve probably developed a love/hate relationship with this trusty source of protein. Sure, it’s convenient, but they usually taste…horrible. Think prepackaged sawdust covered in a thin layer of chalky dark chocolate.

If you do manage to find an edible bar (and you don’t need a gallon of water to wash it down your throat) usually its taste isn’t enough to justify the unreasonable price tag. I can’t tell you how many dollars I’ve wasted on protein bars over the years. Let’s just say it’s enough that I’ve sworn off buying the things forever.

And another thing: have you looked at the ingredient list on your standard grocery store bar? If clean eating is your goal, one glance at the list of unpronounceable things inside the wrapper will tell you that store-bought bars aren’t the answer.

A lot of dieters and healthy go-getters scribe to the idea that you’re more apt to eat healthy if you make most of what you eat and do a little meal prep. So why not add protein bars to the meal-prep menu so that during the week you can fill your belly with something cost-effective, healthy, and better tasting than sawdust—errr, I mean store bought protein bars.

To get you started, I’ve rounded up 9 of my tried-and-tested faves. Give these bars and muffins (and one cookie recipe) a go—I guarantee, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how good a protein bar can taste.

1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar

Chocolate Chip anything is alright by most people, and these bars have the added bonus of being bake-free…. Which means you can pop these in the fridge and enjoy them as a cool treat on hot summer days.

2. Easy Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Talk about uncomplicated. A homemade protein bar doesn’t get any easier than this! Bonus: you probably have most of the ingredients already, so why not give it a try? These tend to be high on the Gooey/Sticky scale, so pop them in the freezer if you prefer them on the firmer side.

3. Cinnamon Roll Protein Muffins

These smell good, taste good, and are super moist (nothing is worse than dry muffin, right?). This tasty treat also borders on Cake Territory. In fact, I wouldn’t be opposed to doubling the recipe and tossing this in a loaf pan. With autumn right around the corner, top this with some homemade applesauce for a delicious seasonal treat!

4. Pumpkin Protein Bars/Cake/Deliciousness

Speaking of autumn… no list would be complete without a pumpkin entry. These bars are sure to be a favorite come fall. In fact, go ahead and make a double batch right now and freeze them individually. They’ll be a great snack on the go and pair perfectly with a warm cup of coffee in the morning!

5. Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Cookies

It’s a cookie. It’s protein. And at a little over 60 calories each, it can satisfy your sweet tooth while sneaking in a few grams of protein. Totally worth it.

6. Death By Chocolate Protein Bars

Chocolate and chocolate chips. Enough said.

7. Carrot Cake Protein Bars

Another one from The Big Mans World, this one will satisfy carrot cake lovers—it even has a cream cheese icing. Cream Cheese icing. On a protein bar. With protein in the icing (Mic drops).

8. Lemon Protein Bars

Easier than you’d think, even though this recipe requires some actual bake time. For an interesting twist, toss in some blueberries or strawberries and turn this into a fruity breakfast treat.

9. Red Velvet Protein Bites

This thing look like cake. Seriously. Or a red velvet brownie. Either way, they need to get in my kitchen. Like, now.

As a side note, you can get pretty experimental when it comes to protein bars and muffins recipes. I regularly add mashed banana, raisins, applesauce, nuts, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and dark chocolate chips to different recipes for a little twist. Don’t hesitate to play around and see what happens. If you’re worried about making a mistake and ruining a whole recipe worth of ingredients, start small and just toss in a handful of your chosen addition.

The moral of the story: protein bars don’t have to taste like chalk. They can pop out of your own oven, warm and fresh and smelling like the corner bakery. And let’s be honest, most people like anything that comes in a cupcake wrapper, so it’s a win-win-win!

Make it WayBetter

Incorporate these recipes into your meal-prep calendar to make sure you've got meals AND snacks covered!