Protein is a necessary nutrient for muscle building, and protein bars are a convenient snack for pre- or post-workout munchies. Replace sometimes expensive and often tasteless store-bought protein bars with ones you can easily make at home. Bonus: you don’t even need to turn on the oven.
Start with a Sticky Base. Use dried fruit like figs or dates or nut butters as the base for your protein bar. This is what will keep everything stuck together. Use a food processor to blend dried fruits into a paste.
Add in the Protein. Protein powder is always an option, but plenty of protein can be found in whole foods as well. Nuts and seeds are a protein goldmine, so add some peanuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds. Some nut-free protein options are brown rice, barley, quinoa, and millet.
Stir it All Together. Stir all of the ingredients together and place into a greased baking pan. Refrigerate until firm and then cut into single-serving squares. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal, and is currently considering any New Year’s resolution that involves figs and chocolate chips. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.