People who are into their healthy eating, training and eating lots of protein love Quest bars because they’re pretty natural with hardly any ingredients.
Most ‘Homemade Quest-Style bars’ you’ll find on the internet will call for something called Vitafibre, a type of powdered fibre which when mixed with water acts as a binder to stick everything together. It’s perfectly healthy (the same fibre found in fruit and vegetables) but I’m not a fan of using awkward ingredients that you can’t easily get hold of. Of course you can get Vitafibre online, I just haven’t got round to it at the time of writing.
But actually they’re not that hard to make given the minimal ingredients list, and best of all you can customise them to make pretty much any flavour you can think of!
You’ll notice some of the ingredients have links to where to find them to save you getting lost online!
I chose cocoa powder and cacao nibs as my ‘add-ins’, because I’m a chocoholic!
Natural flavourings (vanilla, almond, peppermint etc.)
Spices (cinnamon, chilli etc.)
Lemon, orange or lime zest
Cream cheese (for cheesecake flavour, shelf life will be shorter, and you won’t need as much water)
Mashed fruit veg (the shelf life will be shorter, and you won’t need as much water)
Sugar free jam
Melted dark chocolate
Dark chocolate chips
Dried fruit (in moderation)
Put all the ingredients in a food processor except the water. Add a little water and blend. Add more water as needed.
It should be like a thick playdough consistency.
Shape your bars (or roll into balls, whatever)
Store them in the fridge in a sealed food container. Alternatively they freeze well, just make sure they’re not touching when you put them in the freezer or they all stick together.
Makes 4-6 bars
In my version I used Raspberry flavour protein powder, Peanut Butter, and Dried Cherries, for a yummy PB & J flavour! If using unflavoured/unsweetened protein powder, add a little stevia to taste if you like.
OPTIONAL ADD-INS – see above
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and any dry optional add-ins you’re using.
Mix in the nut/seed butter and any wet add-ins you’re using.
It should be the consistency of firm playdough.
Mould your bars, and store in the fridge (or freezer), taking into account shelf life depending on what add-ins you’ve chosen.
Have fun getting creative and let me know what combinations you come up with!