Don’t get me wrong; I love living in the UK. Free healthcare (for now…), grass fed cows, not having to drive everywhere (oh, I’m a Londoner if you hadn’t guessed).
But… it has it’s down sides. Namely, when oggling the particular food stuffs I see my American blogging friends show off.
From Justin’s nut butter to turkey bacon to particular flavours of Starbucks beverage.
I get jeal.
The most infuriating though, was the Quest nutrition bar.
The daddy of ‘clean’ protein bars. Yes, you can now get them online over here, but the cost is still infuriating (no matter which side of the pond you’re on actually) and I’m still waiting for the day my local Holland & Barrett stocks individual bars*.
*Though this day may be coming sooner than I thought…
Until that day, I’m rebelling.
After a good googling for ‘homemade Quest bars’, I came up with a fine selection of recipes by people who know far more about protein baking than myself:
Nic has the stats and worked out the price difference – 88p per bar vs £2.49 for the real deal.
Busy But Healthy has some epic flavour combos (and is the recipe I initially followed).
After getting over my excitement of a successful batch of strawberry and chocolate bars (not my dream flavour combo but it worked) I decided to go a step further, and create a range of flavours specifically for us deprived Brits.
Homemade Quest bars, in a range of classic British dessert flavours.
Made with ingredients you can buy in the UK.
British Dessert Flavoured Homemade Quest-Style Bars!
Here are the ingredients for the different flavoured bars (the directions are all the same):
Apple Crumble and Custard
Jam Roly Poly
Terry’s Chocolate Orange
Trifle (Summer Fruits + Vanilla)
Sticky Toffee Pudding
- 1 scoop/30g Vanilla & Raspberry whey
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp/40g VitaFiber™
- 1 tsp raspberry jam
- 2 tsp almond flour
Rhubarb and Custard Sweets
- Heat VitaFibre on in a saucepan until it bubbles (or microwave it for a minute).
- Remove from heat and stir in the whey protein and other flours and add-ins.
- Pour dough into a plastic sandwich bag and mould with your hands.
- Transfer onto baking paper and loosely wrap (or leave in the baggie) for an hour in the fridge to firm.
If you happen to buy any of the protein powders mentioned, you can get:
- 250g bag of whey protein from GoNutrition (use this link)
- Triple points on your order from My Protein (use this code: MP23783638)
- £5 off at Bulk Powders (use this code: CNWD5Z)
- 4 Free chicken breasts from Muscle Foods (use this link)