How to Make Your Own Protein Bars: Homemade Quest Bars

How to Make Your Own Protein Bars: Homemade Quest Bars

There’s a point in my life that I don’t often talk about. It was a dark time I’m not terribly proud of, but a time I’m also grateful for. You see, I got my start in the fitness industry working for GNC. That’s right, I was once a supplement salesman. I’m grateful for this experience since it led me to pursue my degree in dietetics and gave me a look behind the curtain at the massive supplement industry. But more importantly, for this article at least, it allowed me to try literally every protein bar on the market. Meaning, when I tell you these homemade protein bars are the best thing since sliced bread, I’m highly qualified to make that statement.

On a serious note, Quest bars are one of my favorite protein bars of all time. Well, at least the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor if they’re fresh. Some of their other flavors taste like bricks but overall, I love their protein bars. Alas, these homemade Quest bars are better. Since they’re fresh, you know they haven’t been sitting on a shelf for months at a time, and the texture fully tells that tale. They’re soft, full of flavor, and high in protein. Okay, let’s get into how to make your own protein bars.

How to Make Your Own Protein Bars: Homemade Quest Bars

Homemade Quest Protein Bar Ingredients 

Our first and primary ingredient in every bar will be something called IMO (isomalto-oligosaccharide) syrup. That may sound like a scary ingredient, but it’s simply a syrup produced from starches that contain digestive resistant fiber. IMOs are naturally present in foods like honey, for comparison. What’s cool about this stuff is that it contains fewer calories per gram than carbohydrates (about half) and provides a sweetness.

For these recipes, I recommend using VitaFiber, which you can find on Amazon here. Here’s a bit of info pulled from the product page:

  • A natural, low-calorie, sugar-free, prebiotic, fiber sweetener
  • Non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and allergen-free
  • No artificial colors and flavors
  • No preservatives

And a bit more on the calorie and prebiotic nature of this IMO syrup:

VitaFiber IMO contains 90 per cent soluble prebiotic fiber made from natural starch sources. Based on published studies, the caloric value of VitaFiber is 2.0 kcal/g. In addition all VitaFiber IMO products are FDA Gras and also approved by health Canada and the European food safety authority (EFSA). The following claims are supported by some scientific studies and further studies are in progress: 1. Improves overall gastrointestinal health. 2. Maintain healthy cholesterol levels. 3. Maintain healthy blood sugar levels. 4. Has a low glycemic index (GI). 5. Helps in minerals absorption. 6. Least flatulence in comparison to inulin and FOS. 7. Relieving constipation. 8. Bulking effect and stool’s consistency. 9. Anti-caries (tooth-friendly)

Okay, so that’s the rundown on IMO syrup. I don’t know about you but anytime I’m trying a new ingredient or product, I like to do my research. In my research on IMOs usage in food, I can’t find anything negative. Still, if you don’t want to use or buy IMO syrup, you can try something like Walden Farms Pancake Syrup or other sticky sweeteners. If you go that route, you’ll likely need to modify dry ingredient amounts for the full protein bar texture.

You can see how other ingredients may work as base ingredients in my No Bake Cookie Dough Cake or Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites recipes.

Preparation Tips for Making Your Own Protein Bars

Below you’ll find a few general tips that apply to most of the protein bar recipes.

  • If you have a smaller calorie budget, make two bars with each recipe instead of one large bar. As is, these protein bars are larger than regular Quest bars.
  • You could also scale the recipe up or down to make smaller, larger, or more protein bars in one run. Once you find your favorite (honey graham for me), you can easily make a week’s worth of protein bars in 5 minutes.
  • Allow mixtures to cool slightly before adding chocolate chips if you prefer whole chocolate chip chunks. Otherwise, they’ll melt and you’ll have more of a chocolate swirl.
  • Store protein bars in the refrigerator so they don’t lose their form or spoil.
  • Almost all of the bars share the same ingredients, with the differences being toppings used. You can get creative with toppings, swapping the final 1-2 ingredients for others! I’m planning on doing a part 2 with additional flavors soon so if you come up with something great, be sure to tag me on Instagram or shoot me an email.

Notes on Protein Bar Nutrition Facts and Calorie Content

  • These protein bars have a TON of fiber. Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water and try not to eat more than one large bar per day just to be safe. Too much fiber at once can cause GI distress like gas, bloating, etc.
  • All the macros were calculated with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein.
  • Keep in mind, the carbs from IMO syrup have fewer calories per gram than regular carb sources like all dietary fiber. So the carbs will be higher than the calories suggest. I’m not a fan of calculating or portraying net carbs so I’ve left them be and adjusted calories exactly as the label reports using MyFitnessPal.

I believe that’s about all you need to know. Below you’ll find the recipes for your very own homemade protein bars.

How to Make Your Own Protein Bars: Homemade Quest Bars

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quest Bar

A copycat recipe for homemade oatmeal chocolate chip Quest bars.

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 bar
Calories 351 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C (60g) VitaFiber IMO Syrup
  • 1 scoop (30-32g) Protein Powder vanilla
  • 1/4 C (20g) Quick Oats
  • 1 Tbsp (14g) Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Add VitaFiber syrup to a small bowl and microwave for 20-30 seconds or until it's like a liquid.

  2. Add dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula (helps with sticking) until mixed evenly. You may want to mix dry ingredients together before adding to syrup to avoid clumps of one ingredient or another.

  3. Add mixture to a Ziploc bag or silicon mold and form into a bar. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes to completely form or solidify. 

  4. Different protein powders may have different consistencies. If you have trouble forming, you can add a bit more powder. If your mixture is too dry, try adding 1 tsp of water, 1 tsp of honey, or a bit more VitaFiber syrup.

Recipe Notes

Entire bar: 351 Calories | 27P | 78C | 4F (2 calories per gram of carbs from VitaFiber syrup instead of the usual 4 calories per gram)

Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quest Bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 351
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

A copycat recipe for homemade chocolate chip cookie dough Quest bars.

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 bar
Calories 416 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C (60g) VitaFiber IMO Syrup
  • 1 scoop (30-32g) Protein Powder vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp (15g) All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp (14g) Light Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Stevia or 0-Cal Sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp (14g) Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Add VitaFiber syrup and butter to a small bowl and microwave for 20-30 seconds or until it's like a liquid.

  2. Add dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula (helps with sticking) until mixed evenly. You may want to mix dry ingredients together before adding to syrup to avoid clumps of one ingredient or another. (Also, adding chocolate chips last and after the mixture has cooled slightly will prevent them from completely melting if you'd like whole chocolate chips in your bar.)

  3. Add mixture to a Ziploc bag or silicon mold and form into a bar. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes to completely form or solidify.

  4. Different protein powders may have different consistencies. If you have trouble forming, you can add a bit more powder. If your mixture is too dry, try adding 1 tsp of water, 1 tsp of honey, or a bit more VitaFiber syrup.

Recipe Notes

Entire bar: 416 Calories | 25P | 80C | 11F

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Amount Per Serving
Calories 416
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you've ever wondered how to make your own protein bars that don't taste like rubber, you'll love these homemade quest protein bars. They're no bake and take less than 5 minutes to make. You can get creative with flavors, but you'll find double chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough, blueberry and strawberry cheesecake, oatmeal chip, and honey graham here.

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Double Chocolate Chip Quest Bar

A copycat recipe for homemade double chocolate chip Quest bars.

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 bar
Calories 351 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C VitaFiber IMO Syrup
  • 1 scoop (30-32g) Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp (5g) Unsweetened Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbsp (7g) Coconut Flour
  • 1 Tbsp (14g) Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Add VitaFiber syrup to a small bowl and microwave for 20-30 seconds or until it's like a liquid.

  2. Add dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula (helps with sticking) until mixed evenly. You may want to mix dry ingredients together before adding to syrup to avoid clumps of one ingredient or another.

  3. Add mixture to a Ziploc bag or silicon mold and form into a bar. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes to completely form or solidify.

  4. Different protein powders may have different consistencies. If you have trouble forming, you can add a bit more powder. If your mixture is too dry, try adding 1 tsp of water, 1 tsp of honey, or a bit more VitaFiber syrup.

Recipe Notes

Entire bar: 351 Calories | 25P | 76C | 6F (2 calories per gram of carbs from VitaFiber syrup instead of the usual 4 calories per gram)

Nutrition Facts
Double Chocolate Chip Quest Bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 351
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
how to make your own quest bars at home honey graham protein bar
Since the honey graham bar is the base for the strawberry and blueberry cheesecake bars, the only photo evidence I have is from an Instagram story.
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Honey Graham Quest Bar

A copycat recipe for homemade honey graham Quest bars.

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 bar
Calories 313 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C (60g) VitaFiber IMO Syrup
  • 1 scoop (30-32g) Protein Powder vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp (13g) Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 tsp (7g) Honey

Instructions

  1. Add VitaFiber syrup and honey to a small bowl and microwave for 20-30 seconds or until it's like a liquid.

  2. Add dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula (helps with sticking) until mixed evenly. You may want to mix dry ingredients together before adding to syrup to avoid clumps of one ingredient or another.

  3. Add mixture to a Ziploc bag or silicon mold and form into a bar. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes to completely form or solidify.

  4. Different protein powders may have different consistencies. If you have trouble forming, you can add a bit more powder. If your mixture is too dry, try adding 1 tsp of water, 1 tsp of honey, or a bit more VitaFiber syrup.

Recipe Notes

Entire bar: 313 Calories | 24P | 75C | 2F (2 calories per gram of carbs from VitaFiber syrup instead of the usual 4 calories per gram)

Nutrition Facts
Honey Graham Quest Bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Quest Bar

A copycat recipe for homemade strawberry cheesecake Quest bars.

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 bar
Calories 355 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C (60g) VitaFiber IMO Syrup
  • 1 scoop (30-32g) Protein Powder vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp (13g) Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 tsp (7g) Honey

Strawberry Cream Topping

  • 1 large (35g) Strawberry frozen
  • 2 Tbsp (28-32g) Fat-Free Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Stevia or 0-Cal Sweetener

Instructions

  1. Add VitaFiber syrup to a small bowl and microwave for 20-30 seconds or until it's like a liquid.

  2. Add dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula (helps with sticking) until mixed evenly. You may want to mix dry ingredients together before adding to syrup to avoid clumps of one ingredient or another.

  3. Add mixture to a Ziploc bag or silicon mold and form into a bar. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes to completely form or solidify.

  4. Different protein powders may have different consistencies. If you have trouble forming, you can add a bit more powder. If your mixture is too dry, try adding 1 tsp of water, 1 tsp of honey, or a bit more VitaFiber syrup.

Strawberry Cream Topping

  1. While the bar forms in the refrigerator, place 1 large strawberry and 2 Tbsp of fat-free cream cheese in a small bowl. Microwave for 30-45 seconds or until both are softened. Using a fork, mash the strawberry and mix until smooth. Add stevia or sweetener and mix well. 

  2. You can either top the bar and flash freeze it for a more solid texture or top right before eating for a creamier topping. 

Recipe Notes

Entire bar: 355 Calories | 28P | 82C | 2F (2 calories per gram of carbs from VitaFiber syrup instead of the usual 4 calories per gram)

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Cheesecake Quest Bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Quest Bar

A copycat recipe for a homemade blueberry cheesecake quest bar.

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 bar
Calories 363 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C (60g) VitaFiber IMO Syrup
  • 1 scoop (30-32g) Protein Powder vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp (13g) Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 tsp (7g) Honey

Blueberry Cream Topping

  • 1/4 C (35g) Blueberries Frozen
  • 2 Tbsp (28-32g) Fat-Free Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Stevia or 0-Cal Sweetener

Instructions

  1. Add VitaFiber syrup to a small bowl and microwave for 20-30 seconds or until it's like a liquid.

  2. Add dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula (helps with sticking) until mixed evenly. You may want to mix dry ingredients together before adding to syrup to avoid clumps of one ingredient or another.

  3. Add mixture to a Ziploc bag or silicon mold and form into a bar. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes to completely form or solidify.

  4. Different protein powders may have different consistencies. If you have trouble forming, you can add a bit more powder. If your mixture is too dry, try adding 1 tsp of water, 1 tsp of honey, or a bit more VitaFiber syrup.

Blueberry Cream Topping

  1. While the bar forms in the refrigerator, place 1/4 C blueberries and 2 Tbsp of fat-free cream cheese in a small bowl. Microwave for 30-45 seconds or until both are softened. Using a fork, mash the strawberry and mix until smooth. Add stevia or sweetener and mix well. 

  2. You can either add the topping to the bar and flash freeze for a more solid topping or add right before eating for a creamier topping.

Recipe Notes

Entire bar: 363 Calories | 28P | 83C | 2F (2 calories per gram of carbs from VitaFiber syrup instead of the usual 4 calories per gram)

Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Cheesecake Quest Bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 363
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

How to Make Your Own Protein Bars: Homemade Quest Bars

Well, that’s plenty of ideas to get you started. I hope you enjoy! If you decide to make these or any other recipe on my site, I’m always happy to see your re-creations so send them my way.

If you’d like to see more high protein recipes, check out my high protein cookbook for chocolate lovers. You can learn more about it here or simply enter your info below and I’ll send you a free copy.

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If you've ever wondered how to make your own protein bars that don't taste like rubber, you'll love these homemade quest protein bars. They're no bake and take less than 5 minutes to make. You can get creative with flavors, but you'll find double chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough, blueberry and strawberry cheesecake, oatmeal chip, and honey graham here.



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