Protein Bars Made Simple

Food IconNot tech related and slightly off from what I usually blog about, but here goes…I’ve been looking for ways to cut the time spent on making protein bars. In the past, I’ve used a recipe consisting of quinoa, dates, almonds and peanut butter. Unfortunately, the prep time for that recipe was rather lengthy. Recently though, I’ve come across a simpler recipe containing just two ingredients.

The recipe’s base is simply protein powder (any type for that matter) and a syrupy goop called IMO (which stands for this ridiculously long 9-syllable word: isomalto-oligosaccharide). It closely resembles a clear corn syrup but has a drastically different makeup.

In short, IMO is a prebiotoc, low caloric, low glycemic, soluble fiber derived from starch by enzyme treatment. Apparently, it’s widely used in the food industry, in producing dairy foods for infants and adults.

And according to wikipedia:

IMO is a multifunctional health molecule which exerts positive effects on human digestive health…Prebiotics are defined as “non-digestible food ingredients that may beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of a limited number of bacteria in the colon.

Vitafiber, a Canadian based company, is the only company I know of that mass produces IMO in North America, I’m sure there are others. Vitafiber’s IMO product can be purchased via Amazon.

Vitafiber Jar

Vitafiber Jar

Ingredients (makes two bars)

  • 3 Heaping tablespoons of IMO syrup
  • 1 Scoop of protein powder, 25-35grams (I use a vanilla flavor)
  • 2 Oreo cookies


So the process is quick and simple. Heat the IMO syrup on low heat in a small pan until it turns from a thick syrup to a runny liquid. Meanwhile, chop 2 Oreo cookies and add to a bowl along with 1 scoop of protein powder. Remove from heat and pour the IMO syrup in the cookie and powder mixture while mixing with a spoon. Work quick as the IMO can harden quite fast. Now comes the shaping and molding phase. You can use parchment paper, or I use plastic wrap to knead and mold the combined mixture into a rectangular slab (a rolling pin might help here as well). Let rest in the refrigerator for a half an hour and cut into desired sizes.

Oh, you can replace the Oreo cookies with anything else your imagination can whip up (no pun intended); dry fruits and nuts is one alternative.

Here’s the final product.

Protein Bars

Protein Bars

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