How to Build Low Carb & Low Sugar Protein Bars

Low sugar/carb bars are a popular option at The Bar Shack. By selecting the appropriate protein bar base and ingredients, it’s possible to create flavorful bars that contain very few total carbohydrates with almost no natural sugars.

Below is a step-by-step guide that outlines how to create a bar that contains the fewest grams of sugar and carbohydrates possible.

Step 1 (Base)

Choose the ‘Soft & Nutty/Seedy’ base, with coconut nectar of fiber syrup as your Hazelnutter protein bar packagebinding ingredient. This base uses a high percentage of nut butter and powder, and a lower percentage of binder.

Step 2 (Nut & Seed Butter)

Choose any of the natural nut or seed butters. The chocolate flavored options contain more carbohydrates, so it’s best to avoid these options in order to keep the carbs low.

Step 3 (Powder)

Select any of the protein powders and flours, except buckwheat flour since it is much higher in carbohydrates than any of the other options.

Step 4 (Nuts & Seeds)

Nuts and seeds are optional and will have almost no impact on the overall carbohydrate count.

Step 5 (Dried Fruit)

Although the percentage of dried fruit in the bars is low and won’t massively spike carbohydrate levels, select coconut. It’s high in fiber and healthy fat, and the lowest carb option.

Walnut and Coconut protein barStep 6 (Flavor & Texture)

Stick to cacao nibs, cocoa butter, coconut mana, toasted coconut, vanilla, and sea salt. These ingredients have virtually no carbohydrates in them and will, therefore, keep your macros in check.

Step 7 (Flavor Oils)

Flavor oils are optional and adding them to your bars will not increase the carbohydrate count.
*Only optional for ‘Gourmet’ and ‘Cheat Day’ bars

Step 8 (Boosters)

None of the boosters will increase the carbohydrate content of your bar, so feel free to add up to there of these.

Common Questions about Low Carb/Low Sugar Bars

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we get about making a bar that is low in carbohydrates and sugar.

DO I HAVE TO ADD A SWEETENER?

We get this question often, and the short answer is yes, as it helps ensure the ingredients stick together. We wrote this blog post about it.

WHAT IS THE LOWEST CARBOHYDRATE BAR I CAN MAKE?

If you follow the outline above, you can build a bar with under 16g of carbohydrates and less than 2g sugar.

WHAT IS THE LOWEST AMOUNT OF SUGAR IN A BAR?

By selecting ‘Fiber Syrup’ as your binding ingredient, you can achieve a bar with under 2g sugar. Fibre syrup is derived from tapioca root and is mildly sweet.

IS THERE ANY ADDED SUGAR IN MY BARS?

We don’t add any sugar to your recipe. What you see is what you get! The sugar that populates on the real-time nutrition chart naturally occurs in the ingredients you have chosen.

DO LOW SUGAR BARS TASTE GOOD?

The lower carbohydrate bars offer plenty of flavor, they tend to be drier than the bars we offer that also include dates in their base. This is because of the abundance of nut butter in the ‘Soft & Nutty/Seedy’ base.

Did you find this post helpful? do you have any other questions or comments about low carb bars or diets? We’d love to hear your input, so please leave a comment below!

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