This post has been in the works for a long time! I’ve been eating a lot of energy bars lately, they are easy to grab on the go and convenient to carry in my bag for when I go walking. There are a number of vegan bars available currently and I did my best to test out the widest range of them. I’ve completely lost track of what the cost of the bars are, so my judgement will be based solely on taste. And the majority are really good.
Great Bear Paleo Bites in Cocoa-Goji Mojo: I’ve already blogged about this company and I still absolutely love their products. My favourite is the cocoa-goji, there are two large round pieces in each to-go pack and they are super delicious.
Vega Sport in Chocolate Mint. I’d definitely rank Vega up there with the more palatable bars. The chocolate flavour is good and the bar itself isn’t too chewy or chalky, it’s the perfect consistency, and also packs a huge amount of plant based protein with 15g. They are also non-GMO and gluten free. 2 big thumbs up!
Vega also has a snack bar available in chocolate peanut butter, coconut cashew, and dark chocolate mixed nuts and sea salt. This is a lighter bar than the sport bar and is nuts and coconut etc. held into bar form with syrups of some kind (I’m not a food scientist or anything). These bars are available in large boxes at Costco and I’ve already burned through a box at home and one at work. Definitely good on the go, definitely vegan, and definitely tasty.
gomacro Macrobar Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chip. This bar is vegan, non-GMO, gluten and soy free, all of which is a plus. The texture is a bit chewy but not in an off-putting way and the flavour is good. Can’t go wrong with peanut butter!
Clif Bars are vegan friendly and seem to be the most cost effective of the bunch being regularly on sale for about 4 for $5. They also come in the widest range of flavours including chocolate almond fudge, cool mint chocolate, crunchy peanut butter, chocolate chip, chocolate brownie, etc. SO GOOD. Plus they taste really great! Nice texture, good size, excellent chocolate flavour and all different varieties are tasty; there don’t seem to be any duds. Despite the sweetness they don’t hurt my stomach the way a chocolate bar might (especially when I eat a few), so that’s always a plus. These are available most places as well where some of the indie brands might not be yet.
Also from Clif Bar is the Builder’s 20g Protein bar which is, if possible, better tasting than the regular Clif bars. AND they have soooo much protein! They also come in a bunch of different and equally appetizing flavours; chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate mint, crunchy peanut butter and vanilla almond. While Clif does not advertise as a vegan brand, many of their products are vegan friendly. Some products do contain honey, milk, whey or casein though so read the ingredients list carefully if you are super concerned.
Fermented Vegan Proteins. This bars are tasty and the lemon coconut is a great flavour combination if you are not huge into chocolate (which dominates most of the Clif Bar range) It’s fresh and light tasting, has good coconutty texture and is definitely vegan so you don’t have to double check the label. They have 14g of protein, are non-GMO and gluten free, and are 100% vegan.
Pro Bar the Simply Real Bar in Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. This bar didn’t particularly stand out for me, but it didn’t offend me either. I’d like to give it another shot but haven’t seen it stocked in many places and seem to recall it being a little on the pricier size (nearly $5).
Hemp Heart Bar in Chocolate: I love hemp seeds on my salad and in baking, but press them into a rectangle shape with some cocoa powder and suddenly I’ve lost my appetite. You’ve got to REALLY enjoy the taste of straight up hemp seeds to like this one… it was not doing anything for me and I actually couldn’t finish it. Sorry…. it was gross.
Coconut Secret Mint Coconut Bar. This bar is non-dairy, gluten free and low on the glycemic index which is good for diabetics. The texture was a bit foamy for my liking and I don’t remember the flavour being that outstanding. It’s also not stocked in a lot of places that I have seen which makes it hard to buy on a regular basis. I do enjoy cacao nibs and the chocolatey coating though 🙂
Larabar Fruit and Nut Energy Bar Cocoa Coconut Chew. Gluten free, dairy free, kosher, vegan, soy free. Clearly I am a slave to proper chocolatey flavours because this fruit and nut bar was not enjoyable for me. If you have less of a sweet tooth then it would be great, but it was a bit too much to have fruit, nuts, cocoa, and coconut all crammed into one bar. I know these are a popular bar but I did not like it at all. Womp womp.
And the winner is: A TIE between Vega Sport and Clif Builder’s! Both bars are similar in taste and texture, are readily available, inexpensive and I keep buying them again and again so that must mean something. Big thumbs up for all that protein (15g and 20g, respectively)!