This low carb Quest bars recipe is an easy way to make your own delicious cinnamon bun flavored protein bars. It takes a few ingredients and less than ten minutes.
I can't believe how easy it is to make your own low carb protein bars with VitaFiber syrup. This cinnamon bun protein bar recipe took ten minutes or less.
It's really hard to find low carb snack bars that aren't full of junk. So I'm glad I can finally whip these up quickly and easily at home.
The key to making these easy homemade low carb Quest bars is the isomaltooligosaccharide IMO syrup. There is some data out there showing that this ingredient can raise blood sugar. So you may want to use ChocZero honest syrup instead.
Some of the Vitafiber recipes I've created are Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Homemade Tootsie Rolls, Homemade Chocolate, and Coconut Cashew Quest Bars. This cinnamon bun flavored protein bar is my second Quest bar recipe.
I've still got more than half left in the 5kg bottle of VitaFiber syrup that I bought. So I'll be developing more low carb recipes using this product.
I find that the syrup is a great replacement for corn syrup. And I'm thinking there is a delicious sugar free pecan pie coming in the future.
I find that forming the mixture for the low carb Quest bars into one large rectangle and placing it on a non-stick surface works best. I used a silicone cake pan, but non-stick silicone baking mats would work well too.
If the dough is too sticky, you can wear plastic food handling gloves or pat with a piece of plastic wrap. Sometimes it seems like there isn't enough moisture to bring the mix together, so I add a little bit of water.
Once the bar hardens after being in the refrigerator, I cut the large rectangle into four equal bars. Then, I wrap each one up in either wax paper or plastic wrap.
It's easy to change up the flavor in these low carb protein bars. Because of the sweetness of the fiber syrup, I use unflavored whey protein powder. So, it's best not to use a sweetened flavored powder.
But, you can add in flavored extracts and omit the cinnamon. Cocoa powder and a little concentrated monk fruit or stevia could be added for chocolate flavor.
Freeze dried strawberries and cream cheese can be used for a strawberry cheesecake flavor as well. Really, there's endless flavor possibilities for these chewy low carb Quest bars.
These homemade low carb protein bars make great portable snacks. There isn't much fat in them so I usually pair them up with a high fat snack like nuts so it's more filling.
I suppose I could add in some MCT oil to up the fat content as well. I'm thinking the powdered MCT may be better than the liquid oil.
Of course, you can add in some nuts right into the bars. I also have a recipe for coconut cashew homemade Quest bars. So give those a look if you want something a little nutty. Or try some keto chocolate chip granola bars.
Cinnamon Bun Low Carb Quest Bars Recipe
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Cinnamon Bun Quest Bar Recipe
- 120 g Vitafiber Syrup
- 4 scoops unflavored whey protein
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- water optional
- Heat VitaFiber syrup just until bubbles begin to form (about 30-40 seconds in microwave).
- Mix in remaining ingredients. If too dry, add 1-3 teaspoons of water.
- Form mixture into a rectangular shape on non-stick surface.
- Cool in refrigerator about 1-2 hours.
- Cut into four equal size bars and individually wrap.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 1 [calories] => 142 [carbohydrates] => 26.2 [protein] => 18 [fat] => 2 [sodium] => 40 [fiber] => 21.1 )
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Have you ever found a good sub for the syrup in this "quest" bar...they are SOO expensive but I love them so!!!!
Hi - Cashew & coconut, hoover dam that's tasty!
Note - the Vitafiber bottle does say "keep refrigerated"
My bottle of Vitafiber does not say anything about needing refrigeration.
Take a look at the photo of the bottle here:
This is the same product label on the bottle I have.
I have that same bottle and am still missing that.
I tried this delicious recipe with VitaFiber IMO syrup. Absolutely delicious. Definitely worth a try.
I did a bunch of research on the VitaFiber, and just a few minutes ago showed my organic chemist husband the official VitaFiber page.
Unfortunately, it appears as if things calling themselves "VitaFiber" is simply malrodextrin being re-branded and sold with HIGHLY inflated prices. 🙁
Just thought you'd like to know, because maltodextrin can be had very cheaply.
Julie - I looked into this some more and found that a lot of diabetics have blood sugar spikes when consuming VitaFiber because not all of the high glycemic carbs are removed during the processing. I won't be using this product anymore or recommending it. Apparently, it was too good to be true. Thank you for letting me know!
I'm just wondering what you are using now instead of the VitaFiber? I was so excited about trying your recipe!
I haven't found a good replacement, unfortunately. But, I think using nut butters and stevia might be good way to get a soft protein bar. Cream cheese may also work. I've got some experimenting to do. I'm not using the IMO syrups anymore due to blood sugar impact. I had a great texture making fudge from LC Foods condensed milk powder so that may be another option. Sorry, haven't figured it out yet.
This is pretty amazing! I've never tried anything quite like it but I'd be willing to give it a shot!
It's a tasty snack that's so quick and easy to make, you might get hooked.
I love the idea of this - and other bars like it, I've just not been interested in making them myself but it looks too easy 🙂
Shannon @ Dinner from the Heart
Can you use any flavor of protein powder? And is the Vitafiber syrup a neutral flavor - like corn syrup? Thanks. 🙂
For this recipe, it's best to stick with unflavored or vanilla whey protein powder. And yes, Vitafiber syrup is a sweetener with a neutral flavor very similar to corn syrup. Unlike corn syrup which is all sugar carbs, the carbs in Vitafiber are almost all fiber.
Only ten minutes to prepare these lovely bars? I'll try it right now, let me check if I have everything 🙂
I have never been into protein bars personally, but these do look like something I would love to try just to get some extra protein in my diet!
These are very popular with those who are into body building. Since you need more protein and fat on low carb, this is a "sweet" way to get the protein.
I could only order the fiber, not the syrup. Any chance of a protein bar recipe using the powder?
You could make the protein bar using a nut or seed butter to hold things together. If you'd like it nut free, I'd use sunflower seed butter. I'm not sure what the proportions would be. You'd have to experiment.
It would be interesting to add some of the chocolate made with your vitafiber recipe too--then I could use the powder and syrup in one recipe
I've used both the powder and syrup in the vanilla bean ice cream recipe. I'm not sure if I would add any more VitaFiber to the protein bars because USDA recommended daily intake is 30 grams which is maxed out in one bar. I have read that eating more than 45 grams in a day may cause intestinal issues so I try to limit to less than 35 grams in a day.
Love the protein powder in these bars