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Why You Must Try the NEW Quest Hero Bar

Everyone needs a hero…bar!! Quest just dropped a new brand new kind of bar called the Hero Bar and it’s so unique and different. The Quest Hero Bar comes in 3 flavors: chocolate caramel pecan,  blueberry cobbler, and vanilla caramel. I got my hands on a chocolate caramel pecan bar, and I filmed my first taste. I had no idea what to expect!

Quest Hero Bar – What is it??

The hero bars look kind of like a candy bar with a creamy and crunchy center coated in chocolate. It’s unlike any other protein bar! Watch the short video below to see my reaction (it’s kinda funny) and for more info on the bars. Don’t feel like watching the video? Keep reading!

How Does the Bar Taste?

Since filming the video, which was only a few days ago, Quest sent me the other flavors of the hero bar to try. My favorite out of the three, as a predicted in the video, is blueberry cobbler. SO FREAKING GOOD. The bars have a slight crunch and taste so yummy. It’s almost comparable to the texture of a snickers bar. 

What are the Macros?

These are the approximate macros for the bars, they vary 1-2 grams per flavor. 

Calories: 200
Fat: 11g
Net Carbs: 4
Protein: 15g

NOT BAD. Especially after you taste it and it’s like the most amazing thing ever. These macros are DOPE.

Where can I Buy it?

Best place is either QuestNutrition.com or GNC. At GNC you can buy one of each flavor so you can try them all and see which one you like best. Click here to shop online!!

Quest FREE SHIPPING this week only! (promo code inside + recipes)

Now thru 8am PST Monday Aug 24th Quest Nutrition is offering FREE shipping on any order (between $15-$250) on their site! Use the code FSWEEK at checkout for the free shipping. This is HUGE people! You can order 1 box or 5 boxes of yummy Quest bars and get them shipped to you for free!! This is the perfect time to stock up for Fall. quest bar free shipping

My fav are the Quest bars. The protein powder is a close second. The bars win out over the powder because they are so portable. My fav flavor right now is the Mint Choc Chip (insert heart eyed emoji here). 

I am definitely gonna take advantage of this free shipping to get a few boxes and a protein powder. At least enough to hold me over till the possible Black Friday sale 🙂Quest free shipping

If you have never tried Quest bars, order a few individual bars in different flavors. I guarantee you will like at least one of them. They are great on the go snacks and have 20g of protein!! 

Below are a few recipes I have created using Quest bars or Quest protein powders in case you need some inspiration!!

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Let’s Chat:
Have you tried Quest products? What is your favorite flavor?!
 
XOXO
Stay Sweet!
Sarah

Gluten Free Protein Pancakes – 3 Ways

These protein pancakes are the BOMB.COM! Here’s the deal: I have tried a lot of different gluten free pancake recipes and mixes and they are either dry or grainy and you can only eat one tiny little pancake. These, on the other hand, are fluffy, soft and you get to eat THE WHOLE stack! Plus they have about 30 grams of protein (depending on the protein powder you use). They are the perfect way to start your day with a nice balance of carbs, protein and fat. 

Im seriously geeking out about this recipe. I am loving it and you will too. Here’s why:  
1) it’s super tasty
2) it’s very versatile and can be made with many different ingredients (read: you don’t get bored!)
3) it’s easy and fast 
4) the serving is HUGE! You get to eat a ton of pancakes! 

IMG_0176You MUST try gluten free protein pancakes because everyone who has eaten these so far has loved them! My husband ate them and wanted more, and, as an added bonus, had no idea they were gluten free. Then Katie tried them and liked them so much she called me out on Instagram so I would hurry up and post the recipe. Haha. The reason these are so loved is because they really taste like pancakes. Or as some would say, it tastes like you are cheating but you’re not! 

Alright, let’s get to it… here is the BASE RECIPE. This is for basic pancakes. We’ll get all fancy a little later. 

Base Recipe: 

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal (ground flax seed)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2.5 egg whites (works out to be 8 tablespoons) 

Blend all of the dry ingredients (first 4). Transfer dry mixture to a bowl. Stir in liquid ingredients (last 2). Cook in skillet like pancakes! It makes ~4-6 pancakes, sometimes more, depending on size of pancakes you make. IMG_0170

Now… here is where you can get creative! You can throw almost anything you want into these pancakes. My favorite have been the blueberries so I keep eating that on repeat. Haha. If you have any fun ideas for these, let me know in the comments!
I should mention – each picture below is a serving of pancakes! 

3 Variations:

vanilla protein powder + blueberries
for this use vanilla protein powder and add blueberries to batter. IMG_0173This one has to be my favorite. I have also made it with peanut butter protein powder and it was good too!IMG_0177 Pancakes and blueberries are just perfect together. 

1/2 scoop peanut butter, 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder + choc chips + almond butter
for this, use chocolate protein powder and peanut butter protein powder, then add chocolate chips to the batter. I used mini choc chips. Top pancakes with almond butter.
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I generally am  not a huge sweets person in the morning, which is why this recipe is not my favorite.IMG_0149 It is super delicious though and you could even eat it on a night you feel like having breakfast for dinner! IMG_0152
Yes, this is one serving! YUM!!!IMG_0157

peanut butter protein powder + mixed berries 
for this, use peanut butter protein powder and top with mixed berries. IMG_8427You can try adding the berries to the batter but it gets kinda messy… IMG_8405
I love this one because it’s almost like PB&J. The Quest peanut butter protein powder is the one I used and it’s got a light enough flavor to not be obnoxious and overbearing but still give you that peanut butter taste. IMG_8431

In case you can’t tell, I am LOVING this recipe! It keeps me full and it fun to eat, so I see it being one of my morning favs for some time! 

The protein powder I have used in the recipe, and that I use in almost any baking recipe, is Quest protein powder. I am obsessed with it because it has 23g of protein PER SCOOP and less than 1g-2g of sugar depending on the flavor.  It is good in smoothies, and I love it for cooking. You can put protein in pancakes, for example, and you don’t even notice! The price is great because this powder is super high quality and made with the best ingredients.  The other cool thing is you can buy single packets so you can try a flavor without having to  buy the whole canister.

The flavors are chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, (those 3 are my favs) strawberry and NEW banana cream and salted caramel.gluten free protein pancakesI haven’t tried the new flavors yet. I have a packet of salted caramel, I have just been trying to decide what to do with it. Maybe I’ll make pancakes! Haha. 

XOXO
Stay sweet!!
Sarah

Pumpkin Protein Balls [Recipe]

In honor of Halloween being on Friday, I am sharing healthy recipes every day on my blog this week!!!

Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, Halloween is the kick off to the “holiday season” where there is lots of food and lots of desserts, candies and cookies.

There is no better way to combat these tempting things than to make your own fun treats! It’s much more rewarding to experiment with a new recipe and then enjoy the fruit of your work. It  makes it more special and you can also indulge in chocolate and other sweets knowing that they are better for you because they don’t have all the additives and chemicals of the treats you find on store shelves!

Today we make:
PUMPKIN Protein Balls
DSC01435This recipe features Quest Protein Bars !!!
Have you tried Quest Bars before?
They are some of the best protein bars out there are far as amount of protein and ingredients. They are not loaded with a bunch of crap! Click on the image below to read more!

 

My favorite flavors of quest bars are white chocolate raspberry, double chocolate chunk, cookies and cream, choc chip cookie dough and cinnamon roll! MMM!

This recipe uses the cinnamon roll bars. (Recipe card at bottom of post) Here is what you will need:
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Gluten free oats, pumpkin puree, unsweetened almond milk, vanilla extract, 2 Cinnamon Roll Quest Protein Bars and maple syrup.

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DSC01416Place 1/4 cup almond milk and both quest bars in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1-2 mins. I did it in 30 second  intervals and stirred in-between. The quest bars will melt into the almond milk.

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slowly melting

In a separate bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats, 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 2 tbs maple syrup and 1 tsp vanilla extract. 

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DSC01419Combine with protein bar/milk mixture. Stir together well. 
DSC01420Roll into balls. Place on parchment paper on baking sheet.
DSC01424Bake in oven or toaster oven @ 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
DSC01430Here is the finished product!
DSC01433Enjoy!!!!

These are a great for a snack or for a quick breakfast on the go! 

Pumpkin Protein Oatballs
Serves 7
a delicious and protein packed breakfast or snack full of pumpkin goodness!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup almond milk
  2. 2 Quest Cinnamon Roll Bars
  3. 1 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  4. 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  5. 2 T maple syrup
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. 1. Place almond milk and quest bars in a microwave safe bowl
  2. 2. Microwave in 30 second intervals, string in-between, until quest bars have fully melted into almond milk
  3. 3. In a separate bowl, mix all other ingredients.
  4. 4. Once milk/quest bar mixture is ready, combine all ingredients in one bowl and mix well.
  5. 5. Roll into equal size balls
  6. 6. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  7. 7. Bake in oven or toaster oven for 20 minutes @ 350 degrees
  8. 8. Remove, let cool and enjoy!
Adapted from Quest Nutrition
Adapted from Quest Nutrition
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Let me know if you try them!
XOXO
Sarah