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Homemade Protein Bars For Vegetarians And Meat-Eaters Alike

This homemade protein bar recipe is a hot favorite with my family and friends. Thanks to my oldest sister for teaching me how to make it!

Protein Bars

Photo: ladybugbkt (flickr)

You'll never have to buy protein bars from the store again once you try this recipe.

Being a vegetarian, people often ask me, “Where do you get your proteins from?”

I am nutty about nuts and will eat them in any form – roasted, salted, unsalted or sweetened. For me, the most convenient way to eat nuts is when they are in the form of a protein bar. You can munch on one while you are driving, walking, running, watching TV, or listening to music.

This homemade protein bar recipe is a hot favorite with my family and friends. It is called mithai or burfi in India. Thanks to my oldest sister for teaching me how to make perfect mithais!

Make Your Own Protein Bars


  • 1 cup each raw almonds, cashew and walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup poppy seeds
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • pinch baking soda
  • pinch cardamom powder


  1. Roast the nuts lightly. Add sesame and poppy seeds and roast for a few more seconds. Grind into a coarse powder.
  2. Put the mixture in a pan, add sugar and milk and stir on medium heat for 10 minutes. Keep stirring and add baking soda and cardamom. Cook for 10 more minutes, constantly stirring. The mixture will start to leave the sides of the pan.
  3. Gather it together and transfer it immediately to a greased plate. Using a wet spatula, spread the mixture evenly on the plate.
  4. After it cools a little, cut into desired shapes. Let it cool and dry completely. Your protein bars are ready! Transfer them to an airtight jar. Stays for more than a month!

NOTE: I vary the combination frequently. I sometimes use peanuts instead of cashew and substitute 1 cup of honey for sugar. Try adding cut oats. You could also make protein bars using any one type of nut instead of a combination.

Rama Cousik

Rama Cousik grew up in India, watching and helping her mom cook. The taste, the texture, and the way she feels when she eats seasonal vegetables and fruits are indescribable. Hence, no matter where she lives, the idea of seasonal food is an essential part of her food philosophy.

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  • Tracy Simmons

    Can you substitute honey for those not wanting to use white sugar and soy or coconut milk?

  • Tracy Simmons

    Can you use honey instead of white sugar and soy or coconut milk?

  • Rama Cousik

    Yes to all:) And coconut milk gives a special flavor!

  • Rama Cousik

    Rice syrup and maple syrup sound like great substitutes! I must try them out. Thanks for the suggestion!

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