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Homemade Quest Bars

Home Made Quest Bar

My kids found my stash of Quest Bars. And, although I’m not upset that they like them, I’m upset that they like them. I know…makes no sense. But if my kids find something of mine that they like, it means less for me.

In a moment of panic, I began to google homemade Quest bars and found a few recipes. Mainly, they consist of protein powder (of choice) and whichever added ingredients you might prefer to make a particular flavor. I’ve seen some recipes that actually use an Oreo Cookie to make the Cookies and Cream flavor, and of course, my thought is…”Why bother?” If you are just putting in the unhealthy cookie, you’ve achieved nothing.

Also, fresh fruit isn’t recommended as an ingredient, unless you keep them refrigerated. But in the end, for us, that doesn’t matter, because we all love the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar flavor the best.

The trick to making a home made Quest bar is the main ingredient…which is one you can’t find in your local grocery store. In fact, finding it online is quite the challenge as well. This ingredient is called VitaFiber Syrup. It is a low calorie, no sugar, high fiber type of sweetener that resembles corn syrup. But this is NOT corn syrup.

VitaFiber Syrup

VitaFiber Syrup

VitaFiber™ – A Unique Fiber Sweetener

VitaFiber™ is a food ingredient like no other: it’s a low-calorie sweetener that does so much more.

Not only sweet, it contains 90% dietary fiber made from natural sources. VitaFiber makes it easy to reduce sugar and add healthy fiber to your diet with one ingredient. VitaFiber has been successfully selling into the food ingredient market for a decade, within products such as beverages, protein bars, yogurts, baked goods, chocolate and candy. Our product is very safe for consumption and has safety approvals in the US, Canada and Europe.

Given the great demand, we now offer VitaFiber to the consumer market directly. Consumers can be assured that VitaFiber is:

  • Sugar-free
  • Allergen-free
  • Gluten-free
  • GMO-free
  • Sweetener free
  • Free of artificial ingredients
  • Processed naturally from starch sources (corn and tapioca)

Based on scientific studies, VitaFiber™-IMO products are:

  1. A dietary fiber
  2. A prebiotic
  3. Improves overall gastrointestinal health
  4. A low calorie health sweetener

The following claims are supported by some scientific studies and further studies are in progress:

  1. Maintain healthy cholesterol levels
  2. Maintain healthy blood sugar levels
  3. Has a low Glycemic Index (GI)
  4. Helps in minerals absorption
  5. Least flatulence in comparison to inulin and FOS

 

This is the secret ingredient in Quest Bars. It makes them delectable, yet still keeps the carb count in control because of the high fiber content. (You can buy it directly from VitaFiber. And no, it isn’t cheap, but it only takes 2 Tbls. to make one bar, so one jar will make about 30+ bars. And you can make them all different!)

So, what did I do? I ordered some. And I made my own Quest Bar.

Now, there are a few recipes out there. Mine is a bit unique because my objective was to cut down on any added ingredients that I didn’t want to reinforce on my children, i.e. added sugars. One interwebs recipe had you use actual chocolate chips and that is not what I wanted to use. And I didn’t want to inundate them with artificial sweeteners. So this particular recipe just kind of came together. And I got lucky. Because on the first try, it was a hit!

This is called an Almond Joy Quest-like bar, and if Quest decides to make this flavor, I for one, want a cut.

Home Made Quest Bar

Home Made Quest Bar

Almond Joy Quest-Like Bar

  • 2 Tbls Vita Fiber Syrup
  • 1 Tbls Ground Almonds or Almond Meal
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder (I used Designer Whey White Chocolate Protein Powder)
  • 1 Tbls Cacao Nibs (I used Nativa Naturals)
  • 1 Tbls Unsweetened Coconut (Bob’s Red Mill makes a great one)
  • Dash of sea salt
Ingredients

Ingredients

If you want a chewier Quest Bar, then I recommend you heat the VitaFiber Syrup in a small saucepan. This just takes less than a minute. Let it bubble on the edges, then turn off the heat.

In a freezer type sandwich bag, put in all your ingredients except the cacao nibs. Then slowly add the syrup into the center of the powder. Close the bag and begin kneading it in your hands until all the ingredients mix together. Then add the nibs after it cools a bit. Don’t be afraid to work this sucker. You want it mixed thoroughly.

Kneading the ingredients...

Kneading the ingredients…

Shape it into a bar, or whichever shape you desire. Refrigerate it if you’d like it a bit more solid.

Almond Joy Quest-Like Bar

Almond Joy Quest-Like Bar

I gotta admit, it was a hit! It fooled the kids. When I told them I made it, they immediately started coming up with other flavor ideas. I’m thinking I may be onto something.

Here is the nutritional value for this bar which, size wise, is probably more like a Quest bar and a half.

  • Calories: 270
  • Calories from fat: 130
  • Fat: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
  • Sodium: 71mg
  • Potassium: 180mg
  • Carbs: 18 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 12 g
  • Net Carbs: 6 g
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Protein: 21 g

Of course, this will vary depending on the protein powder you use, but this made for an interesting combination!

Let me know if you try these yourself and what flavors you concocted! 

 

 

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“How did you get like that and how can I get like that?”

And, I tell them. “P90X“. And they ask,

“OK! How long of a program is that?”

Really?

And I think to myself…”Forever, dude. The program lasts forever.”

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No, you make something with them!

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My tomatoes look great, but they haven’t turned yet. Therefore we have been enjoying some Fried Green Tomatoes this season, as well. But by far, it has been my zucchini’s that have been breaking records. I decided to leave this one on the vine to see how big it would get!

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The great thing about Facebook, though, is having that ability to “reconnect” after all this time. We won’t have to rip out the wallet photos anymore, because we all have access to each others lives already. Yeah, it takes a little bit of the fun out of it, but at the same time, puts a little fun into it.

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I’m not sure how many of you stay on top of Target Corporate, but back in April of this year they announced an initiative to bring more natural, organic and sustainable products into their stores because it is what their biggest customer base asks for. That customer base would be women and moms, like you and me. “Our guests are looking for products they can feel good bringing home without sacrificing price and performance,” said Kathee Tesija, executive vice president, Merchandising and Supply Chain, Target. “We’re taking the guesswork out of buying better-for-you products by bringing together 16 trusted brands.”

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