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MoFo Day 29: Homemade Macro Bars


What would I take on a vegan road trip?


Macro Bars!

     Macro Bars are my absolute favorite of all vegan packaged energy bars.  Believe me.  I’ve tried almost all of them.  I’ve also had my phase with some of the best quality ones out there for the price.  A little more than a year ago, I finally decided to commit myself to Macro Bars.
I had tried them in the past and loved them, but always found them to be a bit too pricey for me.  However, after buying other brands that barely filled me up or left me with a sugar crash, I decided that paying the extra however many cents was totally worth investing in Macro Bars.
These babies are not only delicious, but they’re filling!  For a vegan on the go, this is an important quality in a bar.  If you can’t fill up on one of these in between meals, you will be miserable and starving.  I’ve managed to run 8+ hours on just one of these bars alone.  They really are a meal replacement, especially if they contain protein.
I decided to try to create my own Macro Bar at home.  The ingredient list is pretty short and simple, which is another reason why I love them.  They don’t have any artificial fillers, soy isolate, or any preservatives.  They’re very easy to digest and they come in many different flavors to suit your mood and palate.  They even have nut-free flavors for those with allergies!  ^_^

These, however, have TONS of nuts!!!
     Whether you’re in the car for short or long periods of time, I think having these in your back seat will be a good comfort.  Instead of having to stop at a fast food place and order questionable french fries, you can munch on one of these and be totally satisfied for hours!  Plus, they’re delicious and kind of taste like a peanut butter cup!
I chose one of my favorite flavors to recreate (and their most popular): Protein Pleasure (peanut butter chocolate chip).  It’s abolutely delicious, rich and decadent without being too sweet.  Sounds like a winner to me!  If you have a peanut allergy, definitely sub the peanut butter/peanuts with sunflower butter/seeds.  That sounds like it would be just as delicious.  You can go ahead and save me one, too.  😉

Homemade Macro Bars


Yield: about 8-10 bars (depending how you cut them)
Free of: Soy*, Gluten, Nut*
*Sub soy-free chocolate chips and seeds/seed butter


  • 2 cups peanut butter, smooth
  • 1/3 cup liquid sweetener (brown rice syrup, maple syrup, coconut syrup…)
  • 2 Tb vegan protein powder
  • 1 cup puffed/crispy brown rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, raw
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips


  1. Mix all ingredients except sweetener and chocolate chips in a food processor.
  2. Pulse the processor until mixture starts to come together.  Let the blades run until the mixture becomes a semi-smooth dough, where some tiny chunks are still visible but the mixture sticks together well.
  3. Add the liquid sweetener and run until the mixture becomes even more smooth and pulls away from the sides.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and Pulse to chop them up a little, but you still want them to be mostly whole.
  5. Pour the mixture onto a parchment-lined flat surface (like a sheet tray or cutting board).
  6. Put another piece of parchment or aluminum foil on top of the mixture.
  7. Using a rolling pin, roll your dough out to an even thickness that you desire.  Mine was about 1/2″.
  8. Cut bar shapes of any size you prefer.  Store them in air tight containers in the fridge or freezer.  Bring them along anywhere!  😉

5 thoughts on “MoFo Day 29: Homemade Macro Bars

  1. Yes!!!! These bars are my go-to and I’m more than excited to make them at home to have on hand. I agree that most of the bars on the market are not as filling as I’d like. But these do the trick! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂


  2. Thanks for the recipe! Delicious bars. I add sesame seeds, ground flax and hemp hearts for extra protein and substance. But do you have any tips to make these more stable outside of the fridge? I find that they melt or soften way too quickly that they’re hard to actually take on a hike.


    1. Yeah, I can see that…maybe add in ground nuts and more brown rice syrup? The bars they sell on the shelf seem to have more brown rice syrup in them and it keeps them together. I reduced it as it’s expensive but try it out and see and let me know 🙂


  3. Can you sub organic honey forbthe liquid sweetner? Also, I don’t donpeanuts or sunflowers, what is an alternative? Almond butter?


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