I had heard about people making their own homemade quest bars, so I figured I would give it a try! I don’t eat Quest bars right now because all of them contain almonds which seem to bother me (I get a terrible sore throat). So, my variation is a great option for those with tree nut allergies or who want an almond free Quest bar alternative!
The key to making a diy Quest bar is to buy a IMO syrup. What the heck is IMO syrup? IMO stands for Isomalto-oligosaccharides. IMOs are a type of prebiotic starch. This means we do not take in many calories from this source, and it helps our intestinal tract to grow good, healthy bacteria. IMOs do not likely cause gas and bloating like other sources of fiber. I still recommend not using more than 3 Tbsp per day to be safe.
Homemade Quest Bars
- 1 scoop or 1/4 cup vanilla whey protein (I recommend using a natural one that uses stevia to sweeten)
- 2 Tbsp IMOs (FiberYum or equivalent syrup)
- 1-2 tsp. natural peanut butter or cashew butter
- 1 Tbsp cacao nibs
Combine all of the ingredients until the mixture forms a “crumbly” pie crust-like texture. At first, it will seem like it is too dry, but keep stirring.
Form into a bar using plastic wrap to help mold with your hands. Microwave 30 seconds (or bake in the oven just a few minutes to heat through). Then, eat and enjoy, or wrap and refigerate for later!
Easy! They taste pretty chewy, but so do Quest bars. I love adding cacao nibs for some crunch and flavor. This flavor reminds me of a peanut butter ice cream flavor if that makes any sense for a “health bar”. Haha.