Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

 

These aren’t your classically chalky protein bars, no these are the best homemade protein bars ever!  Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars are a Healthy snack recipe!

 

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

 

Your goal this year was to take better care of yourself and you can still totally do it. Eating healthy snacks throughout the day have really helped Carrian and I to make better choices at mealtime, keep our metabolism going and feed our muscles the protein they need to be healthy and strong. These homemade chocolate chip cookie dough protein bars are the perfect example of how eating healthy doesn’t have to be torture.

 

We all know that protein bars can be some of the worst tasting healthy snacks out there. You’re trying so hard to lose weight, get in shape or just make better choices for your body and then snacks like that kind of ruin you. Our homemade chocolate chip cookie dough protein bars are so not that way. They literally taste like cookie dough, but with a nice big dose of protein in them.

 

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

 

Can Protein Bars Make you Fat?

Now let’s get one thing out of the way, can protein bars make you fat? Actually, many things can make you fat if you’re eating way too much of it. Protein bars still have sugar, calories, and fat. Just because there’s protein in there doesn’t mean you can eat a few of them a day. Carrian likes to maintain muscle so one serving would be good for her, while I’m building muscle so I take in more protein in a day.

 

Will Protein Bars Help you Lose Weight?

Protein bars can help you lose weight by providing the essential protein you need for muscle growth or maintenance and by helping you to stay fuller longer, thus not needing extra helpings at meal time. The digestive process also uses your metabolism so eating more often with healthy snacks is a great idea.

 

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein bars

 

How to Make Homemade Protein Bars with Protein Powder

In order to make protein bars with protein powder you need a good binding agent, which in this case would be almond butter or cashew butter. We use whatever we have on hand. The powder should be a good quality powder more than ever before because you’re about to add extra calories with the flours, sugars etc so we need a protein powder that’s lower in sugar and higher in protein otherwise you miss the purpose of this healthy snack recipe for homemade chocolate chip cookie dough protein bars.

 

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

 

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

To make homemade chocolate chip cookie dough protein bars, consider making your own almond or cashew butter. Heat the almond butter and honey or maple syrup (sometimes we use a combination)

 

To Make Homemade Almond Butter

It’s as simple as throwing whole nuts into a blender and mixing until smooth. That’s literally it. We much prefer the flavor and texture of homemade versus it’s super oily cousin at the store.

 

Remember, the nuts will heat up which is not something we want, not yet at least so make sure you start and end with pulsing in the blender, checking every now and again to see how warm it is getting.

 

What Protein Powder to Buy

If you’re not looking to go crazy with gaining muscle, I’d recommend using the protein Carrian buys, Optimum Nutrition Vanilla Protein Powder.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

These aren’t your classically chalky protein bars, no these are the best homemade protein bars ever!  Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars are a Healthy snack recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Almond or Cashew Butter *See note
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 1/4 Cup Oat Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Cake Flour
  • 2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder   (about 2/3 cups)
  • A Pinch salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Butter Extract

 

  • 1 Tablespoon Skim Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips plus more to sprinkle on top

Directions:

  1. Prepare a 9×5″ loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place the almond butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals until you can stir it together smoothly. Set aside to cool a little.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients and then pour in the melted ingredients, stirring or using your hands to combine.
  4. Press the mixture gently into the pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes then cut into bars, and store in a sealed container in the fridge.

We prefer to make our own nut butter, about 1 cup roasted, lightly salted almonds will yield just over 1/2 cup.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 9 bars, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 187 Calories
  • Total Fat: 6.4g
  • Cholesterol: 0.2mg
  • Sodium: 28.7mg
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Sugar: 12.7g
  • Protein: 6.8g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

 

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.