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Tips for Making Protein Bars


#1

ok i have read John Bererdi's recipe for making protein bars. i wanna start making my own using some cheap vanilla whey from body fortress and im gonna add cashews,almonds, and pecans.

i need them as meal replacements because when i work i cant eat every 2-3 hours. id rather do protein bars than shakes because its more conveniant. i might do either Metabolic Drive or ON's 100% casein, depending on my budget i might use the cheap whey.

im cutting now so each bar will be about 350k/cal and i need them to be p+F. im not gonna keep them cold so i cant use the refrigerator technique. what stuff do you guys use for yours?

i dont wanna buy any because all the ones ive seen have sugar and lots of carbs


#2

Tag. I'm currently spending $7/box of six Snickers Marathon Protein bars. I'd love to make my own if it wouldn't taste disgusting, like these do. Does doing this get costly?


#3

I make JB's peanut butter protein bars all the time. At first I cooked them in the oven but they never seemed to turn out right...always to dry in the middle. I know you said you can't keep yours cold but that the only alternative I've found. I freeze mine after I've made the mix, it turns into a peanut butter bar/Popsicle. You need to eat it fairly fast but it tastes great.


#4

could you share the recipe with me so i can try it out?

also is this for protein + fat?


#5

Yes it's a protein + fat meal.

http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/nutrition/not_about2.htm

I think there is a T-Nation article with the recipe but I can't find it.
Visit JB's website and he has the recipe posted...or just buy his book.


#6

tri think the one your talking about is in the "20 pounds in 20 weeks article" but thats protein and carbs.

the PB fudge bars look good


#7

Using anything other than a milk protein blend such as Metabolic Drive will cause the bars to be very dry.


#8

Protein and Fat actually - its the mixed nut bar.

Mixed Nut Bar

This recipe combines the good fats and nutrients in various nuts, together with whey protein for an easy-to-make bar that's low in carbs, high in protein, and full of healthy fats.

Ingredients

3/4 cup pecan meal

3/4 cup almond meal

1/4 cup walnut pieces

2 whole omega-3 eggs plus 2 whites, beaten

6 scoops vanilla Metabolic Drive

1/4 teaspoon salt

Splenda, to taste (optional)

Instructions

To make the pecan and almond meal, process the nuts in a blender. Mix everything together in a large bowl, and continue stirring until all of the ingredients have mixed together thoroughly. Spread the dough into an 8X8-inch baking dish coated with olive oil cooking spray, and bake for 15 minutes at 350-degrees F.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings: 6

Nutritional Information, Per Serving

Calories (k/cal)
379

Protein (g)
32

Carbohydrates (g)
9

fiber (g)
4

sugars (g)
2

Fat (g)
26

SFA (g)
3

MUFA (g)
14

PUFA (g)
8

Omega-3 (g)
0.4

Omega-6 (g)
7.4

http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_diet_nutrition_bodybuilding/20_pounds_in_20_weeks


#9

Hey Talon,

If you haven't tried ON's 100% Casein I would suggest you go with another protein. I bought a 2 lb container of it and it was disgusting. I love the whey they have but I would steer clear of ON's Casein. Spend a few bucks more and get the MD.


#11

i love the one 100% chocolate casein.

i thought all proteein even whey was milk based.


#12

i got one of these batches in the oven right now. i used peanuts,almonds, and cashews.

they will be as follows

324 calories/20 g fat/ 10.6 g carbs(3.6 g fiber)/ 36 g protein
mmmmmm