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Home Made Protein Bars

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Home Made Protein Bars

Most of you understand that for gaining muscle its very important to have frequent small well balanced meals but many of you simply cant take breaks to eat during the day and have no ability to cook meals or means to refrigerate foods.  Protein bars to the rescue! Here are four inexpensive, easy to make, healthy protein bars your can make to help you gain muscle and lose fat.

The protein buys you buy in the store are by necessity, chock full of chemicals – its the only way they can sit for months while crossing oceans and sitting in warehouses without spoiling!  Besides, nobody has your best interest in mind as much as you do.  You are willing to pay a few pennies more for quality ingredients, corporations are not.   For these recipes, use your favorite protein powder – here are some suggestions for the top 5 best protein powders.

Here are four recipes for some of the healthiest, cheapest protein bars on the planet!

  1. Scooby-Poo Bars
  2. Natural Bulking Bars
  3. Meal Replacement Bars
  4. The best protein bar recipies!

Scooby-Poo Bars!

These protein bars are quick and easy to make and they taste great too! Lets get this out of the way right now – YES, these protein bars look gross – They look like Poooo! They’re Poo-Bars! These 100% natural homemade protein bars are not only way cheaper than any protein bars you can buy, they are WAY healthier too! These meal replacement bars are easy to make and convenient to eat between classes or on the job. They are true meal replacement bars and each is a well balanced meal having fruit, vegetables, protein, fiber, complex carbs and omega III fatty acids.

These are meal replacement bars, don’t overuse them! These Poo-Bars are infinitely better than fast food or something out of the vending machine but not nearly as good as one of my quick healthy meals. If you like this recipe please try my ScoobySnak Bars too! If you want more protein bar recipes, consider buying the excellent bodybuilding cookbook that I reviewed.

 

Scooby Poo-Bar Each Poo-Bar costs about 60 cents and contains:
230 Calories26g Protein (44%)
24g Carbs (38%)
4.5g Fiber
5.0g Fat (17%)
1.6g Omega III fatty acids

 

Ingredients for 15 bars:

Metric Imperial
100% natural protein powder 450g 16 ounces
Organic rolled oats 225g 8 ounces
Shredded carrots 225g 8 ounces
Nonfat milk 140g 5 ounces
Natural low sugar fruit jam 140g 5 ounces
Organic ground Flax 130g 4.5 ounces

Who wants Scooby-Poo?     I do! I do!

I’m not making this up, this recipe is as fun to make as it is to eat. No cooking, no cutting, and its not that critical that you measure things. In short, its something that even I can make! You don’t need any kitchen gadgets, just a big mixing bowl. You don’t even need a kitchen to make these, you can do it in your dorm room if you want!

OK, ready for the instructions? Its pretty complicated!

  1. Dump everything in a bowl and squish it together with your hands. Only put about half the milk in to start and only add milk enough to wet the ingredients, it should be like concrete, not batter. Do NOT use a spoon, you will break it.
  2. Roll dough in your hands to make 15 poo shaped bars. This dough doesn’t stick to your hands like the ScoobySnak bars do, no idea why.
  3. Roll them in ground flax
  4. Put in refrigerator, cool 30-120 minutes before eating.

Store them in a covered container in the refrigerator, they keep a week. You can also store them covered in your freezer, they keep for months there!

No more excuses for not eating healthy on the go, at work, or at school!!!

Natural Bulking Bars

Healthy-Bulking-Bars

Oats, nuts, milk and honey – what could be more natural? Some people have trouble putting on weight of any kind and these bulking bars are just the ticket.  These nutritious bars are also great for people doing physical jobs or students who need to keep a quick meal in their pockets.  These nutrient dense bars quickly give you the protein blast you need along with good fats and complex carbs for lasting energy. Not only do they taste as good as candy bars but they are healthy, natural, and high in protein as well. Even better, you can make these at home in five minutes WITHOUT cooking for 1/10 the cost of pre-made protein bars and weight gain products.

These healthy bulking bars have rolled oats, nonfat milk, natural peanut butter, and honey. Pretty simple and all natural. Note that the weights of each are in a simple 1:1 ratio so its easy to remember- use an equal weight of everything to make the batch size you want:

oats powdered-nonfat-milk peanut-butter honey
16oz Oats
16oz Powdered Milk
16oz Peanut Butter
16oz Honey

To make these start by mixing up the peanut butter, honey and cocoa – it makes things easier if the peanut butter and honey are warm rather than refrigerated. Now mix in the nonfat milk powder. Now mix in the oats. You are going to need a REALLY strong spoon to mix this up, its quite the workout. Add a little water if you need to but only add enough to wet all the ingredients – don’t make it soupy! The finished firm goop should hold its shape like play-doh when you make a ball.

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mix pb, honey & cocoa Mix in nonfat milk powder Now mix in the oats Squish the goo down solid

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Now line a pan with waxed paper and squish the goo down solid by putting another piece of waxed paper on top – you can use a can to steam-roll it so its packed down hard if you want. Now let it sit in the fridge overnight to solidify before cutting it into meal sized bars!

These are called “bulking bars” for a reason, they have lots of calories in them! If you want the protein without the calories then make either my Scooby-poo bars or my meal replacement bars. These two recipes use protein powder and skip the peanut butter and honey so they are nearly 100% protein.

Just a reminder, contrary to popular opinion, you cant gain muscle just by eating “mass gain” products, “bulking bars”, or “taking” protein shakes. Once you consume more food than your body needs, it gets stored as FAT, not muscle. Many people complain that they have “been working out for years” and “haven’t gained any muscle” – if this is you then you are doing a LOT of things wrong! Please read what is required to bulk up and gain muscle, its not magic.

 

Meal Replacement Bars

I perfected this recipe for all you students and hard working folks out there who don’t have time to eat 6 healthy meals a day but want to maximize your ability to gain muscle and lose fat. These are healthy, cheap, and convenient. They don’t even involve cooking! The only problem with this is that they taste so good that you might be tempted to eat too many of them. These are meal replacement bars, don’t overuse them! Although they have lots of protein and healthy fats they don’t contain vegetables, fruit, nor as much fiber as I would like.

These Scooby Snack protein bars are infinitely better than fast food or something out of the vending machine but not nearly as good as one of my quick healthy meals. If you like this recipe, try my Scooby Poo-Bar too! If you want more protein bar recipes, consider buying the excellent bodybuilding cookbook that I reviewed.

 

Scooby Snack Protein Bar Each bar costs about 60 cents and contains:
260 calories
35g protein
21g carbs
15% calories from good fat

 

Ingredients (makes 13 bars):

Metric Imperial
100% natural protein powder 400g 14 ounces
Organic rolled oats 200g 7 ounces
Fat-free milk (not low-fat) 180ml 3/4 cup
Natural peanut butter 100g 3 ounces
Organic honey 100g 3 ounces
Cocoa powder 30g 1 ounce
Organic ground Flax as required

 

I’m not making this up, this recipe is as fun to make as it is to eat. No cooking, no cutting, and its not that critical that you measure things. In short, its something that even I can make! You don’t need any kitchen gadgets, just a big mixing bowl. You don’t even need a kitchen to make these, you can do it in your dorm room if you want!

OK, ready for the instructions? Its pretty complicated!

  1. Dump everything in a bowl and squish it together with your hands. Only put about half the milk in to start and only add milk enough to wet the ingredients, it should be like concrete, not batter. Do NOT use a spoon, you will break it.
  2. Roll dough in your hands to make 13 hot dog shaped bars. To keep the dough from sticking to your hands, wash them first then wet them with cold water or cover them with a little olive oil.
  3. Roll them in ground flax
  4. Put in refrigerator

Store them in a covered container in the refrigerator, they keep a week. You can also store them covered in your freezer, they keep for months there!

No more excuses for not eating healthy on the go, at work, or at school!!!

More Protein Bar Recipes

Its no secret that I am not a chef, in fact, I am a disaster in the kitchen.  These three protein bars I can vouch for but if you want many more great recipies, I strongly recommend the excellent bodybuilding cookbook that I reviewed. That cookbook is what inspired these three recipes!

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