If you make your own protein bars, chances are that most of them look pretty much the same—at least on the outside. Once prepped, blended, and baked, protein bars tend to look like dark chocolate rectangles—or if you don't give them proper angles, dark chocolate sausages. So why do you keep cooking up a protein-packed storm if the outcome is less than visually pleasing? Because, in the end, taste triumphs and pure protein deliciousness is all that matters!
That being said, it's nice to sometimes play around with aesthetics—to make the kind of bar that, if eaten in the presence of others, makes them stop in their tracks, stare with desire, and utter, "Err, sorry to bother you, but I was wondering if I could try one of those, um, bars."
You eat with your eyes first, after all, and there's a lot you can do to make your bars look irresistible. You can top them with fruit, add a layer of "caramel," or throw on your own mixture of marshmallows, seeds, fruits, and nuts. You can also coat your bars in sugar-free white chocolate and give them zebra-like dark chocolate stripes, like I did for these bars.