I only just discovered the deliciousness that is a Quest protein bar a few weeks ago, having avoided trying them as they’re a) expensive, b) highly processed, and c) made with whey protein. But since I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, I decided to try a few kinds. Other than tasting a bit chemically, I loved the flavour and texture — they really do taste just like cookie dough! Unfortunately, my stomach did not love me after for eating them. So I wanted to try making them at home using a tasty vegan protein powder to see if it’d be comparable.
I used Busy But Healthy’s base recipe for the bars with Vitafibre syrup. Vitafibre is made of Isomalto-Ooligosaccharide (otherwise known as IMO), a mixture of short-chain carbohydrates which has a digestion-resistant property. Vitafibre (which is made in Canada) is marketed as a naturally occurring plant-based and low-glycemic dietary fibre that can be used as a sweetener in baking. Right now you can only get it on Amazon, and it’s damn expensive at $30 for a 28 oz. bottle in Canadian dollars. But I thought since Quest bars retail for about $4.00 a bar here, it might be a more cost effective way to go if I want to eat cookie dough minus the naughtiness (naughtiness meaning not-enough-ness! Sorry, dad pun).
To make the recipe super diabetic and low-carb friendly, I used stevia-sweentened Krisda Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, which are actually quite good. You can use regular dark chocolate chips though as it won’t make a huge difference to the nutritional details.
And finally, what makes these bars taste even better than a Quest bar is using Everlast VP Pro Vegan vanilla protein powder. I tried some in a sample sent to me via FitFluential months ago and thought it was the best tasting vegan protein powder I’ve tried. At 110 calories, 22 grams of protein (pea, rice and hemp protein), 2 grams of carbs, 1.5 grams of fat and a complete BCAA profile per scoop (about 1/4 cup), it’s every plant-based bodybuilder’s dream. It also tastes AMAZING. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it here so I also had to purchase it on Amazon (for about $40).
Vegan chocolate chip cookie dough “Quest” bars
Makes 12 bars
- 1.5 cups Vitafibre syrup
- 1/2 cup almond meal (or ground almonds)
- 3 cups Everlast Vegan Protein Powder
- 1/2 cup dark semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Krisda)
- Heat the Vitafibre syrup in a pan over medium heat until bubbles start to form, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the almond meal and protein powder in a medium-sized bowl until combined.
- Pour the heated syrup into the almond meal and protein powder mix and combine. You may need to add a little almond milk if the mixture is too dry. It should be a sticky, dough-like consistency.
- Add in the chocolate chips and mix well. They will melt a bit.
- Once combined, press into a shallow baking dish or pan lined with parchment paper and cut into 12 pieces.
- Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat one!
Per bar: 235 calories, 24 g protein, 33 g carbs (5 net carbs), 28 g fibre, 7 g fat, 0 g sugar
Have you tried to make your own Quest bars? What’s your favourite flavour? What combos should I make next?