Take your store-bought bar up a notch with these delicious and inventive preparations found on Instagram.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Protein Pancakes
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Whip up a batch of protein pancakes, no specialty powder required. Simply layer a short stack with pieces of a Chocolate Cookie Dough Quest Bar as shown by @jessicakfit. Drizzle with syrup and sprinkle shredded coconut for an indulgent-looking meal that's loaded with protein. (Find more healthy pancake recipes here.)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cake
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A cake you can make in the microwave? Sign us up! This decadent-looking "mugcake" created by Coconut Diaries blogger @pbeechie requires just four ingredients. Top with pieces of a Chocolate Coated Nuts and Sea Salt Square Organics protein bar—along with a dollop of your favorite ice cream—and you'll feel like you're eating a brownie sundae.
Fruit, Nut, and Chocolate Protein Oatmeal Bowl
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Turn a simple bowl of oatmeal into a beautiful superfood-packed breakfast with a few strategic toppings. This creation by @graceful.food features strawberries, banana, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, cacao nibs, almonds, walnuts, and a crumbled Square Organics protein bar. Add ingredients to your heart's content.
Salted Caramel Protein Sundae
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Fit foodie @diamonds_grl_fitlife has your salted caramel craving covered. Mix a serving of light ricotta with Quest Nutrition salted caramel protein and add your favorite toppings. This bowl features chopped pear, granola, half of a Salted Caramel Peanut Protein My Bar, mini white chocolate chips, Skor bits, sprinkles, Nuts 'n More salted caramel peanut butter, and a salted caramel-filled Laura Secord chocolate.
Pumpkin Cookie Baked Oatmeal
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This pumpkin-flavored cookie dough concoction by self-described chocoholic @meresnuttykitchen is made with baked oats (you could also use a bowl of our pumpkin-protein oats) topped with pieces of a Chocolate Cookie Dough Quest Bar and a drizzle of dark chocolate almond butter. Drool.
Knife-and-Fork Peanut Butter Crunch Bar
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When in doubt, just add nut butter. This Chocolate-Coated Crunch Square Organics bar by @thejordyjourney is topped with crunchy peanut butter, banana slices, blueberries, and chia seeds. And, yes, it is acceptable to eat your protein bar with a knife and fork when it's loaded with this many add-ons!