I'll check out the rise bars.
I might do some reading on how working with whey is different than flours and such and maybe try to science some bars that I can at least choke down that are in the area of 20-25 g/normal sized serving.
Also, sorta related. I got from myprotein salted caramel and mocha flavored and both of them are pretty good. Caramel is a bit sweet but good tase
As far as commercial bars go, these have been my goto for about a year now....
Basically just whey protein, almond butter and honey. They have the familiar C4 consistency we've come to expect from protein bars but they taste good.
If you find a good protein bar recipe, let us know. I haven't found a good bar recipe yet. I had the same experience you did: Most of the online recipes seem like they're built around taste or Instagram worthiness, not macros.
It might help to open your search up to "ball" recipes. It's trendy to have "paleo balls" or "protein balls". When I go keto, I think 20% of my diet is "keto balls".