Protein is a staple in the diet of anyone looking to lose weight or bulk up. You could incorporate protein into your daily diet through nuts, fruits, veggies, meat and fish. Others choose to whip up a meal replacement shake. But oftentimes, when people are in a hurry, it's easiest to just grab one of those store-bought protein bars that have been sitting in your cupboard. Unfortunately, many of these bars are loaded with sugar. Both your taste buds and your body would appreciate a homemade protein bar – don't worry, they're super simple to make! And with this rich chocolate protein bar recipe adapted from Muffin Topless, you won't even know you're eating healthy:

Here's what you'll need:

2 scoops Naturade Total Soy – Chocolate
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsweetened baking soda
1 cup oat flour
½ cup stevia (or another zero calorie sweetener of your choice)
½ cup liquid egg whites
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces water
8 ounces unsweetened applesauce


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grab an 8×8 baking pan and coat it with nonstick spray. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the wet ingredients and stir the entire mixture until smooth. Pour the mixture into your baking dish and pop it in the oven for about 22 minutes if you like softer bars. If you prefer bars that are more firm, leave them in for about 25 minutes. Finally, take your delicious bars out of the oven. Allow them to sit at room temperature for a few minutes to cool. Once they've cooled, cut into nine bars, refrigerate and enjoy!

These homemade protein bars contain only 3 grams of sugar, approximately 102 calories, 3 grams of fiber and only 1 gram of fat.

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