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Homemade Protein Bar Recipe

Homemade Protein Bar RecipeWant a high protein snack that almost tastes like a snickers?

This is my own homemade protein bar recipe.

I call it the ‘3 Ingredient Protein Bar‘ and it rules!!

It’s quick, simple and tastes great! Getting a quick blast of protein has never been easier or tastier for the natural bodybuilder.

Here’s your ingredients:

  1. Natural Nut Butter of your choice – I like hazelnut butter as it’s lowest in carbs
  2. Heavy/Double Cream
  3. Whey Protein – The flavor of your choice.

Personally I think chocolate whey is great with this. The hazelnut and chocolate flavors go so well together.
Use chocolate whey and crunchy peanut butter for the snickers taste.
Also you can add a teaspoon or two of granulated splenda to sweeten it a little.

Watch the video and the instructions are below:


  1. Put 50 grams of nut butter and 25 grams of whey protein into a bowl
  2. Mix a little until dry and clumpy
  3. Add 40ml of heavy cream. Now it magically smooths out quickly when mixed
  4. Take out of bowl and shape into a bar

Enjoy it!

I take these with me if I’m going somewhere that won’t have healthy food options.

In fact, just recently I had to attend an all-day meeting in a hotel for my job. At break, while everyone was getting stuck into the free scones and tea, I was munching on my homemade protein bar – I swear some of my colleagues think I’m obsessed!
Maybe I am, but it works and I feel great :)

This is similar to the recipe for protein chew bars in Total Six Pack Abs which is made with Peanut Butter.
Enjoy this one guys!

Your buddy,

Mark McManus

PS – If you’re new here and wondering, ‘Why is fat desirable?’ – Please read this article to see why fat is good for muscle gains.

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  • Alex April 23, 2008, 12:46 am

    I’m horribly allergic to nuts….especially the ones used to make various butters. Any suggested alternatives?

    I’m always apprehensive about these body building diets because there’s often a focus on nuts, really sucks for me.

  • Martin April 23, 2008, 3:02 am

    Hey Mark, as soon as I saw this post, I made my own protein bars. I’ve been searching around for good recipes, and I have to say, this one is excellent. It’s easy, fast, and tastes great. Good job.

    BTW – I used half and half and peanut butter for mine and they turned out good. I live in the states and I can’t find double cream anywhere. Do you know if it’s the same thing as heavy whipping cream?

  • Darin April 23, 2008, 4:04 pm

    Martin, Heavy whipping cream is the USA equivalent to double cream.

  • RJ April 25, 2008, 10:44 pm

    Hey Mark, noticed that the double cream you used in the video is from Tesco – so you must be in the UK. Any particular places you get your hazelnut or other nut butters (apart from peanut) from?

  • Mark McManus April 29, 2008, 9:46 pm

    I used to get them in tesco too but now get them online as they don’t stock them anymore. Do a search for meridian nut butters,

  • Dave April 30, 2008, 12:02 am

    I just made this for the first time. Its so ridiculously quick, easy and delicious that I want to run out and do a commercial for it.

  • Mark McManus April 30, 2008, 5:09 am

    lol, told you they were good :)

  • Homemade Protein Bars May 1, 2008, 8:42 pm

    I might stop by the store on the way home and get some heavy whipping cream so I can make this. There are so many things you can put in a protein bar, I never even thought of using cream.

    Here’s another recipe I made that uses oats:

  • Honey Cakes June 21, 2008, 11:55 pm

    Hi Mark I was so excited to see this recipe after spending so much money on protein bars! I made it the other day and made it x 4 then rolled into little balls and put in the freezer. Now I just take out a little protein ball each day and it is a yummy snack!! Thanks for your great website as well. Very inspirational!

  • Mark McManus June 22, 2008, 8:09 am

    No problem, I’m glad you like them. I love them too, taste great and make life easy.

  • Michelle June 26, 2008, 12:14 pm

    These are great.
    Took 3 mins to make. doubled the mix and made two. Popped them in the refridgerator for 5 mins and they firmed up and lost the shine. Taste awsome. Thanks.

  • Matt July 14, 2008, 8:07 pm

    Mark, Excellent recipe + Excellent website!!! I’m glad your in the UK, most sites like yours are hosted in America and make food sugguestions that we cant get have over here.
    I just watched your “How To Make Your Low Carb Diet Easy (Substitutions)” video its excellent and given me lots of ideas! Thanks again.
    Keep up the good work

  • Mark McManus July 14, 2008, 8:12 pm

    No probs Matt, glad you like the site.
    Check through the other recipes and be sure to join the forum

  • ezravdb July 18, 2008, 3:22 pm

    thanks man I will try that :)

  • Bryan July 27, 2008, 10:45 pm

    Hey Mark thanks for this site! I just started a CKD today, thanks to the information on your site… and its not as rough as I thought. So I decided to make one of these protein bars. My God man, these things are amazing. The taste was between a brownie and a cake. Thanks man and I’ll be looking forward to your future articles.

  • Brian September 1, 2008, 11:00 pm

    Hey Mark dying to try this recipe. Do you mean 50 grams of nut butter by weight or is the 50 grams measuring the fat content?
    Love the sight. Thanks!

  • Brian September 1, 2008, 11:23 pm

    Hey Mark how many tablespoons of nut butter are you using?
    Are you going by the weight of the nut butter of the fat grams. Same question for protein powder. Thanks Love the sight!

  • Dana October 25, 2008, 9:35 am

    Hey Mark, did you figure out the nutritional count for these bars? (fat, calories, fibre, protein per bar, or ball?) Thanks!

  • MIke October 29, 2008, 1:04 am

    Does the whipping cream not add to the sugar and fat content?

  • Mark McManus October 29, 2008, 4:24 pm

    It adds to the fat content for sure, that’s the point. There are almost no carbs/sugar in cream though.

  • Jack December 29, 2008, 2:07 pm

    Hey Mark,
    I was wondering whether the kind of protein powder makes a difference. Right now i have protein powder which packs some carbs, unlike the one that you take. If I use this protein powder, will it still be effective? And another question, instead of keeping the <30grams carb a day, is it ok if its <50grams? How will it affect me?


  • Andy January 9, 2009, 5:23 pm

    hey Mark

    This is the 1st protien bar i have tried to make…the thought of oats and honey and heating this and baking that always put me off

    i have literally just made 3 smooth and 3 crunchy ones in 10minutes…its so easy

    and taste great…and ive tried many processed ones…from budget to designer…they all have a bulky…not natural taste in my opinion though

    anyway just wana say thanks….ps i use a bulking protien powder from nutrisport and it works great in these…also gives me the carbs i require


  • Mark McManus January 9, 2009, 6:41 pm

    @ Jack. 50 grams is fine. It’s best to use a low carb Whey.

    @ Andy. Great to hear mate!

  • Andrea January 11, 2009, 9:58 pm

    Make these just as decadent (but not as “creamy”) and dairy-free using coconut milk or coconut oil instead of the cream. Yum!

  • Williams January 11, 2009, 11:13 pm

    Mark I always see you saying use Heavy Cream? What is that? Isn’t that cream sweet? And spike insulin?

  • Mark McManus January 11, 2009, 11:21 pm

    Hi Andrea. Cool, I just bought some coconut milk recently, delicious!
    @ Williams. Heavy cream or double cream is not sweetened. Has about 1 or 2 grams of carbs per 100ml.

  • Williams January 12, 2009, 12:18 am

    WHat is it for then or what doe sit taste like? I don’t think I have ever used it for anything.

  • Wulf Man January 27, 2009, 10:26 pm

    I love this recipe!

  • Darrin_lean_muscle March 1, 2009, 1:44 pm

    I’ve got a higher-carb (but good carbs) homemade protein bar recipe at http://worldfitnessnetwork.com/2009/02/worlds-best-tasting-fastest-healthiest-homemade-protein-bars/

  • Say March 6, 2009, 10:24 pm

    I just made the bar w/ organic peanut butter and it really does taste like a snickers! Thanks for the idea!

  • justin September 5, 2009, 4:34 am

    love the bar, eat 2 a day mon-fri, lol

  • Dare November 9, 2009, 7:28 pm

    Made these adding a small scoop of Green SuperFood and flaxseed oil — thanks for the great recipe