Another Quest bar pie recipe?? Well YEAH! A low carb dessert with 35g protein and tastes like a cheat but fits your macros? I can’t stop making these things! You’re welcome 😉
I’ve been a big fan of peanut flour ever since I realized it was basically vegan protein powder that tastes better and has no artificial flavoring. I’m not opposed to all artificial flavorings, but a lot of protein powders just taste a bit off. Chocolate powders can taste chalky, vanilla powders can be overly sweet or leave a bad aftertaste. However peanut flour is simply peanuts with the oils removed, leaving behind the protein and nutrients for a majorly reduced calorie count.
This is my peanut flour of choice. From the company: “Peanut flour is a good source of vitamin E, folate, fiber, niacin, magnesium and phosphorus. We insist on USA-grown peanuts in the making of our premium, all-natural peanut flour so you get the best quality and flavor.”
Take a look at these macros!
For the same amount of calories as a scoop of regular protein powder, you get 16g of protein, plus 4g fiber, and the benefit of peanut micro-nutrients such as magnesium and Vitamin E. It’s vegan, gluten free, all-natural, and tastes delicious! Peanut flour can be turned into creamy peanut butter by adding 2 parts peanut flour, 1 part milk. This way, you are getting peanut butter for about 25% of the calories! I’m sure by now you are also familiar with another well-known brand of peanut flour, Bell Plantation PB2. This stuff is great also, and easy to find at most grocery stores these days. While PB2 has slightly less calories, it has less protein per ounce, and contains some added sugar (especially the chocolate flavored one). Either brand will work flawlessly for these pies.
I’ve made these pies using lots of different kinds of Quest bars, but using a Chocolate Brownie Quest bar will remind you the most of a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Other good options are the Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cinnamon Roll, or Peanut Butter Supreme. You can also try them with the chocolate PB2! All Quest bars have at least 20g protein and very low net carbs.
Last but not least, a dark chocolate topping really seals the deal and makes you feel like you’re splurging on a real dessert! Most brands of dark chocolate (72% to 85%) have around 60 calories in one square, and around 2g sugar. Adding the chocolate is optional but it barely makes a dent in your macros, and it’s delicious! I like either Ghirardelli or Organic Green & Black’s.
This won’t be the last Quest bar pie recipe, but it’s one you definitely want to try right away!