I’m a huge fan of protein bars for the same reason that I enjoy making protein shakes and smoothies. They’re a quick and easy way to get more protein in throughout the day. The only downside is I usually feel pretty bloated after eating most of the protein bars found on store shelves. While there are a few brands that I can tolerate fairly well, it can sometimes be hit or miss on whether or not I can find them at the store. So to work around this, I started to make my own protein bars from home. The recipe I’m sharing today makes low carb protein bars that won’t make you feel bloated. Not only that, but they’re absolutely delicious — they’re made with a great mix of vanilla protein powder, cocoa powder, coconut flour, and peanut butter. Yum!
Say Goodbye to That Bloated Feeling
Whenever I buy whey protein powder, I usually go for a whey isolate because it offers a lot more bang for your buck as far as protein absorption goes. (1)
Aside from the whey isolate, you’re also going to need two tablespoons of coconut flour, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, and two tablespoons of an all-natural low carb sweetener like Stevia. All three of these ingredients have been chosen because they’re low carb, they add a ton of great flavor to the bars, and with the exception of the Stevia, they also add a nice mix of protein, fiber, and healthy fats as well.
The cocoa powder is particularly good for you, as it contains many types of flavonoids that are beneficial for human health, especially when it comes to helping prevent cardiovascular disease. (2) However, it’s definitely true that cocoa powder can taste slightly bitter. That’s where the Stevia comes into play. It mixes well with the cocoa powder and gives your bars a delightfully sweet flavor.
Place all of the above ingredients into a food processor and process to combine. While the processor is running, you can add in the peanut butter as well. Finally, gradually add in your unsweetened almond milk (I like to use vanilla flavored almond milk whenever I make this recipe). Once the dough is firm enough, divide it into six balls and then shape them into rectangles. Freeze them for at least 60 minutes and then dip each of them in your melted sugar free dark chocolate before freezing them for an additional half hour. The melted dark chocolate is a perfect finishing touch for these bars, as it adds even more heart healthy fats that help to keep your cardiovascular system healthy. (3)
Low Carb Protein Bars That Won’t Make You Feel Bloated
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
¼ cup vanilla whey protein powder
2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp or to taste granulated Stevia or other low carb granulated sweetener
4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (more or less as necessary)
1½ tbsp smooth peanut butter
For the glaze:
3 oz dark sugar free chocolate, melted
- In a food processor place the protein powder, coconut flour, cocoa powder and sweetener and process to combine.
- While the food processor is running, add the peanut butter.
- Slowly add the almond milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until you get a firm dough you can shape with your hands.
- Divide the dough into 6 balls.
- Shape each ball into rectangle and freeze for minimum one hour or until firm.
- Remove the bars from the freezer.
- Dip each bar into the melted chocolate and freeze for another 30 minutes.
- Keep the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.