Protein bars are usually one of those well-intentioned health foods gone awry, turned into chemical crap cocktails in an effort to make them edible. Before you swear them all off as junk, however, know that not all bars are created equal.
Quest bars are very low carb protein bars that are high in protein, high in fiber and contain no trans fats. And when I say high in fiber I mean it- the Cinnamon Roll Bar contains 68% of the fiber you need in a day. Compare that to a Fiber One bar, which is little more than processed sugar, which only contains 20% of your daily recommended intake of fiber and you can see how these puppies stack up.
Quest bars are a staple for bodybuilders and fitness competitors eating clean, as they allow them to drop body fat and build muscle, while still providing them the closest thing to dessert a contest prep meal plan will allow.
Not only are they great right out of the wrapper, but Quest bars have the unique ability to be baked into wonderful treats. My original intention with this piece was to try out all the awesome dessert recipes I’ve been seeing on the interwebs using Quest Bars, like these Chocolate Cashew and Coconut Cookies or these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Pancakes but after a major flop of a Quest Bar Poptart turned yummy strawberry pastry, I got a pretty good feel for how they bake up. And with so many awesome flavors to choose from, my own wheels wouldn’t stop turning. (Plus, most of the recipes I found called for at least 2 bars, and I didn’t want to waste any, so I went the single bar route.)
Here’s the Cliff’s notes version: Microwave to melt, broil to crisp and puff. Try that with any other protein bar, I dare ya. They brown up pretty quickly, but fear not, they aren’t burnt. Watch them though, they cook fast.
Ingredients:1 Vanilla Almond Quest Bar, 3 strawberries, agave
Nutrition: 200 calories; 22g carbs; 20g protein
This was my failed Poptart experiment. I rolled out 1 Quest Almond Vanilla bar as big as I could make it, then plopped 3 or 4 microwaved strawberries in the center with a drizzle of agave and sealed up the sides. Place under the broiler for 3-4 minutes.
Ingredients: 1 Cinnamon Roll Quest Bar
Nutrition: 170 calories; 24g carbs; 20g protein
Microwave 10 seconds so the bar is nice and pliable. Cut into 3 piece, roll ’em out, roll ’em up, and broil 3-4 minutes. Best served with coffee. These would be awesome with some sort of frosting, but I was too hungry/lazypants.
Apple Pie Rollup
Ingredients: 1 Apple Pie Quest Bar, 2 tbsp no sugar added applesauce, 1 tbsp rolled oats
Nutrition: 190 calories; 26g carbs; 20g protein
I rolled out an Apple Pie Quest bar, then rolled it up with the applesauce inside. I topped with rolled oats and broiled.
Chocolate Brownie with Peanut Butter Protein Cup
Ingredients: 1 Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar, 1 Quest Cravings Peanut Butter Protein Cup
Nutrition: 290 calories; 29g carbs; 30g protein
This one’s even easier- smash a the peanut butter cup into the top of the brownie and broil. The texture is dead on a brownie and the chocolate in the PB cup melts like real chocolate should. This one is pretty rich- I recommend serving with a dollop of old fashioned vanilla ice cream.
With flavors like Strawberry Cheesecake, Peanut Butter and Jelly and White Chocolate Raspberry, you are bound to find a fave of your own.
Is your mouth watering yet? Well, wipe up your drool puddle, cause we are giving away 3 boxes!
Enter to Win a 12 flavor sample pack of Quest Bars!
We are giving 3 lucky winners a 12 Flavor Sample Pack of Quest bars!
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- Leave a comment telling us which Quest flavor you are most excited to try or what creative recipe idea you’d like to bring to life.
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The giveaway will end September 15, 2013. You may enter as many times as you’d like until the giveaway ends. The winner will be chosen at random, so the more you enter the better your chances. The winner will be announced the morning of September 16th, and contacted via email, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter depending on the entry chosen. Good luck!