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How to make a protein bar? And does it have to be refrigerated?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 08, 2012 at 5:45 PM

There is a protein bar called a Zero Pumpkin Supreme Protein Bar. It has almond butter, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and chocolate. Its decent tasting, but has some ingredients which upset my stomach a bit, plus its processed. I was thinking of making my own. Can you make a protein bar that doesn't need to be refrigerated, out of sweet potatoes, pumpkin, almond butter and chocolate? Perhaps using eggs instead of Whey Protein?

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 09, 2012
at 04:27 PM

That could work too.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 09, 2012
at 04:26 PM

I was hoping 1 to 2 weeks. Is there a way of dehydrating the bars?

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 09, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Two problems with this. I keep kosher, so the meat is expensive. Not sure if Jerky is made with meat from the front of the cow. I was thinking just for fun recipe to try.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on January 09, 2012
at 10:41 AM

Also pemmican..

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on January 08, 2012
at 08:33 PM

So good! Have to try this.

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on January 08, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Protein bars are pretty easy to make with any number of paleo-based ingredients, but they are a processed food, fwiw. Refrigeration necessity will depend on how much moisture is left in the final product. Foods on store shelves are often devoid of moisture - think crackers, dried fruits, cereals, chips, etc. Pumpkin may be problematic in this regard, depending on how long you wish to store them. Fat also helps to extend shelf-life, but it might also promote rancidity, depending on the type of fat used. Coconut butter may be better than nuts high in PUFAs for storage purposes.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 09, 2012
at 04:26 PM

I was hoping 1 to 2 weeks. Is there a way of dehydrating the bars?

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on January 08, 2012
at 07:30 PM

I'd say forget the protein bars and find a replacement.

My suggestion would be jerky.

Here's a great video on how to make jerky using just a regular fan, no heat. Very traditional and very tasty. The way you marinate the meat is up to you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdo11SehaTs&feature=related

fat-to-fit.blogspot.com

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 09, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Two problems with this. I keep kosher, so the meat is expensive. Not sure if Jerky is made with meat from the front of the cow. I was thinking just for fun recipe to try.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on January 08, 2012
at 08:33 PM

So good! Have to try this.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on January 09, 2012
at 10:41 AM

Also pemmican..

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273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:49 AM

Grill chicken breasts...

if you grab one in the morning out of the fridge they will last all day without getting nasty while youre at work. :] i used to snack on chicken breasts in high school. id cut them into little strips and munch while i was in class.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 09, 2012
at 04:27 PM

That could work too.

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on January 08, 2012
at 06:08 PM

The home-made one would taste delicious.

If you bake them thoroughly, they might keep pretty well at room temp just as cookies/muffins do but, if not cooked, they would be MORE in need of refrigeration. The commercial bar probably includes additives to improve shelf life.

To get an idea for how to put recipes together, try sites like Nom Nom Paleo or Chowstalkers.

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