Protein bars are a great way to grab extra nutrients on the go. But did you know you can also use them to pump up your favorite recipes? Try these 3 sweet treats that feature our customer-top-rated protein bar!
Without enough calories in your diet, your perfect muscle-growth workout plan is destined to disappoint. There’s no way around it; you need to consume more calories than you burn in order to grow. Focusing on calories from protein is especially critical for growth.
One well-known way to meet your daily calorie and protein goals is to snack on a protein bar. Because bars are calorically dense and an excellent source of protein, they can provide a mass-building boost to a wide range of meals.
If you’re struggling to hit your calorie or protein goals per meal, start using these recipes featuring the bar that Bodybuilding.com customers chose as their favorite in the 2016 Supplement Awards: !
Cinnamon Combat Overnight Oats
There are a few foundational foods that should be on almost every mass-gaining grocery list, and oats is definitely one of them. While the standard half-cup, 150-calorie serving is a great place to start, you’d be better served by doubling it to a full 300-calorie cup when growth is the goal.
That might sound like a lot of oatmeal, but when you serve it up with cinnamon, yogurt, and a Combat bar, you’ll gladly figure out how to get it all down.
For easier cutting, place the bar in the refrigerator overnight.
- Combine the oats, milk, yogurt, protein bar, cinnamon, and sweetener in a plastic container. Stir until each ingredient is incorporated.
- Refrigerate the oats overnight, and enjoy them the next morning!
- Serving size: 1
- Recipe yields: 1 serving
- Calories: 726
- Fat: 18 g
- Carbs: 98 g
- Protein: 43 g
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Granola is an ideal go-to muscle-building snack, because it’s easy to travel with and packs a mighty calorie punch. However, traditional granola’s nutritional profile is often less than ideal. It’s packed with sugar, but pretty much devoid of protein. If you’re not getting enough protein every few hours, you’re missing out on growth.
Flip the muscle-building switch with this protein-packed homemade granola. Eat it on the run, toss it on your morning pancakes, or add it to your nightly Greek yogurt parfait!
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
- Combine the oats, protein powder, flaxseed, and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Heat the almond butter, coconut oil, and honey in a saucepan over medium-low heat, and stir it until the almond butter has melted and fully combined with the oil and honey. Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the dry mixture. Use a spatula to thoroughly incorporate the dry ingredients and ensure all oats are covered.
- Spread the granola on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake it for 10-12 minutes. Remove it from the oven, stir, and bake for another 10-12 minutes.
- Top the granola with chocolate chips and protein-bar chunks. Stir once more, and let it cool for 15 minutes. Store the granola in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
- Serving size: 1/4 recipe
- Recipe yields: 4 servings
- Calories: 648
- Fat: 28 g
- Carbs: 71 g
- Protein: 28 g
Chocolate Banana Cake Ice Cream
Chocolate. Cake. Ice cream. Do you really need to continue reading? This high-protein treat is not only delicious, it can be easily customized to meet your macros. Plus, if you eat it soft-serve style rather than refreezing it for later, it will go down even easier.
Bonus points if you eat it right out of the blender. Maybe you’ll finally hit your daily calorie goal after all.
- Cut the banana into coin-shaped slices, freeze it overnight, and place the protein bar in the fridge.
- Add the banana and milk to a blender and blend to a creamy texture. You may need to blend, then hit pause and use a spoon to move the bananas around so that they “catch” the blender blade. Keep blending, adding a splash more milk if necessary, until the texture really is creamy. Stay patient. It’s worth the wait.
- Add the whey protein and peanut butter to the blender. Pulse until all the ingredients are incorporated.
- Chop the protein bar into chunks, add the chunks to the ice cream, and blend again.
- Enjoy immediately as soft-serve, or place the ice cream back in the freezer for an hour for a more traditional ice cream texture.
- Serving size: 1
- Recipe yields: 1 serving
- Calories: 737
- Fat: 25 g
- Carbs: 83 g
- Protein: 45 g