Disclosure: I received a sample of Quest Protein Powder and Quest Bars for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience using the products for baking. I was not financially compensated for this post.
I love having the opportunity to review things for my readers... especially when it involves cooking and finding good, healthier alternatives. This particular opportunity came when I was contacted by Quest to try out some dessert recipes using their protein powder and Quest Bar protein bars as ingredients. Just in time for Valentine's Day, I was eager to see if these lower-guilt treats would taste as good as they look.
I tried their Red Velvet Cake Pops recipe, which used the protein powder and almond meal instead of flour, and sugar-free chocolate. You also use a crumbled Double Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar as part of the cake, which I found especially interesting. The result would be a high-protein treat with low sugar and low net carbs. Believe it or not, this was the first time I attempted making cake balls or red velvet cake, so it was a fun experiment.
The process was pretty easy. I had higher expectations once I tasted the Double Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar... it was delicious! It did not have that cardboard taste of other protein bars, plus it actually was much lower in calories and net carbs than other protein bars. My husband and I are both Quest Bar converts now.
After you bake and crumble the cake, you incorporate a healthier/high-protein cream cheese frosting with the cake before you form the balls. This gave it a good, true red velvet cake taste. You dip the balls in melted sugar-free chocolate at the end, which also helps with the guilt. I went for a sugar-free dark chocolate.
The result was really delicious! I expected it to have that "fake sugar" taste, but it really didn't (or at least it wasn't noticeable to me). It is great to know there are ways to indulge that are not as bad for you, but you do have to note that the serving size is one cake ball, so you shouldn't binge on them. I found that they made great gifts for friends and neighbors so we weren't tempted by having 18 of them at our fingertips.
So who knew? You can bake with protein powder and protein bars!