DIY Quest Bars w/Recipes

Nothing beats clean eating and nothing provides our bodies with a more superior form of nutrition than fruits & vegetables. When I am unprepared with whole foods to eat and in a hurry, I love the convenience of protein bars and Quest Bars are a favorite of mine. They are lower in sugar than other brands, high in protein, and have a great flavor! DIY Quest Bars have been a goal of mine for some time because they run around $2.69 per bar in our local grocery stores.

My online search yielded few videos but I found a lot of blog posts that provide a good starting point for creating DIY Quest Bar recipes here, here, here, and here. I followed the same type of recipe for all 4 flavors I made. The formula worked for 3–the Cookies & Cream bar was a little runny instead of crumbly like the other bars when I tried to press it. I did not add anything because I wanted to see if it would firm up once it was refrigerated (it did not.) I would probably add another crushed cookie or more protein powder if I attempt that flavor again (it is my favorite Quest Bar flavor.)

The only thing I had to purchase for these bars was the VitaFiber Syrup. According to the bottle, it is a sugar free, low calorie, soluble dietary fiber and prebiotic with a mild sweet pleasant taste. It is a high quality mixture of short chain carbohydrates called IMO (isomalto-oligosaccharides) which is enzymatically produced from starch. It gently sweetens and helps the bars stick together. It provides a soft texture to foods without a ton of added fat. It is meant for baking, not to be used as a “tabletop sweetener.”

 DIY Quest Bars

The main ingredients in DIY Quest Bars are the VitaFiber Syrup and Protein Powder. I used the two powders I have on hand: a double chocolate DIY Quest Bars with Vitafiberand a vanilla ice cream flavor. For single bars, you use 3 Tbsp of VitaFiber Syrup and 1 (30g) scoop of protein powder. Then add in your personalized ingredients. I used dried fruit, oreo cookie, almond butter, cinnamon, cocoa powder, butterscotch chips, vanilla, and caramel flavoring in my different recipes.

Instructions for single bars:

  1. To a bowl, add your scoop of protein powder & all other ingredients except for the Vitafiber Syrup.
  2. On the stovetop, in a saucepan, heat your 3 Tbsp of VitaFiber Syrup over low heat until it begins to bubble. (Remove from heat once it bubbles.)
  3. Pour the syrup into the bowl with the other ingredients and combine well. Heating the syrup makes it easier to work with but you still want to mix everything well. **If all is going well the mixture will become slightly crumbly or form a large ball. If there is too much liquid it will be runny/soupy and you will need to add more dry ingredients**
  4. Pour (dump) the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper and form into a bar shape.
  5. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.

Hints:

  • If you are not consuming the bar shortly, you will want to use dried fruit in your bars. Fresh fruit does not keep as long.
  • Adding almond butter to the one recipe made for an easy experience (forming, pressing, texture) so do not shy away from adding nut butters to your bars.

RECIPES:

Cookies & CreamCookies and Cream DIY Quest Bar

  • 1 scoop (30 g) vanilla ice cream protein powder
  • 3 Tbsp VitaFiber Syrup
  • 1 crushed Oreo Cookie (I recommend using 2 cookies or more protein powder as my bar did not firm up as much as I would have liked)

Fruit & CreamFruit & Cream DIY Quest Bar

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream protein powder
  • 3 Tbsp VitaFiber Syrup
  • 10 g dried fruit (I used a mix of apples, blueberries, strawberries and cherries)

Chocolate-Cinnamon-Almond Butter

  • 1 scoop double chocolate protein powderChocolate-Cinnamon-Almond Butter DIY Quest Bars
  • 3 Tbsp VitaFiber Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp homemade almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa powder

Butterscotch-Cinnamon-Caramel

**This is a larger recipe, I pressed the mixture into a greased 8×8 glass dish and cut it into 8 slightly smaller bars**

  • 6 scoops vanilla ice cream protein powderButterscotch-Cinnamon-Caramel DIY Quest Bars
  • 1 cup VitaFiber Syrup
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch chips (mine melted but I appreciate the flavor inside the bars)
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon (I like a lot of cinnamon, use less or none if it isn’t your favorite)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 12 drops Caramel Flavoring

 

DIY Fruit & Cream Quest Bars
Fruit & Cream Bar

 

DIY Quest Bars
Chocolate-Cinnamon-Almond Butter, Fruit & Cream, and Butterscotch-Cinnamon-Caramel Bars

These taste like Quest Bars! They have a pleasant, mildly sweet flavor. They are filling and unless you add a lot of extra sugar they don’t spike your blood sugar and set you off on a day of bad eating with their low sugar content!DIY Quest Bars Even though the Cookies and Cream Bar did not firm up, I will eat it this week! I wrapped my bars in parchment paper and placed them inside the fridge in a large ziploc bag. I did taste them all and they are all delicious! I am beyond excited that this experiment was successful! After making 11 bars, I still have half a bottle of syrup left so I can create away and save money at the same time! DIY Quest Bars are a success.

 

 

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