Here’s a post following this post where I made my first homemade Quest-like protein bars using IMO / VitaFiber. The first bars I made were pretty basic, but I’ve now gotten more creative. I don’t live in the US and I can’t easily get my hands on ready-made, fancy-flavored Quest bars. So I just come up with my own original recipes!
For some bars, I’ve used calorie-dense ingredients like nuts, or some sugar-containing ingredients like mini-marshmallows, but overall, the quantities are limited so that these bars have similar nutrition facts compared to the “official” Quest bars. These bars are also definitely lower in sodium (I find real Quest bars way too salty). And lastly, you can use your favorite kind of protein powder to make these; you don’t necessarily have to use whey protein.
I’ve used half a ‘baby cookie’ crumbled into pieces to create a “pie/cookie” flavor in some of the recipes. I bought these baby cookies in the supermarket’s baby food section. They’re gluten-free and very low in sugar and sodium. But you could also use pieces of ladyfinger biscuits instead.
The process is always the same for every recipe: you heat up the IMO/VitaFiber in a pot until bubbles start to form. You remove it from the heat, add the other ingredients and mix to get a sticky dough. You press the dough onto a silicone tray and stick it in the fridge for an hour so it sets.
Lemon Meringue Pie Quest bar
– 1/4 cup vanilla flavored protein powder
– 2 tbsp VitaFiber syrup
– 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/4 tsp turmeric (for color)
– 1 tbsp mini marshmallows
– 1/2 baby cookie, crumbled into small pieces
Pistachio Quest bar
Pecan Pie Quest bar
Rocky Road Quest bar
Chocolate Chip Cookie Quest bar
Where can you buy Vitafiber syrup?