When you’re in a hurry and need to pick up food to go, a protein bar is often a good option for. They’re conveniently small in size and a dense source of energy. Some of them are also fortified with extra vitamins and minerals which makes it a nutritional supplement meal replacement bar.
The good news is protein bars are widely available most kinds of stores, but unfortunately the large majority of them are not vegan. The typical protein bar you find in stores gets it’s protein from whey, this is an ingredient that comes from cow’s milk.
Vegan protein bars are of the minority, but they do exist, instead of whey they use plant-based sources of protein such as pea, rice, and soy. There are many brands but usually you’ll find the more popular ones like Clif Bars. Today I’m reviewing 10 of the best vegan protein bars on the market today.
Which bar should you choose?
The main things to look for in any bar is the calories, protein and fiber content. You’d also want to avoid any unhealthy additives by scanning the list of ingredients. Which bar is right for you also depends on your goal.
If you’re looking to build muscle and gain weight then look for one that’s high in calories with at least 10g of protein. If losing weight is your goal then pick one that is low in calories and high in fiber.
1. Clif Bars
It is typically around 250 calories, 5g of fat, 4g of fiber, 22g of sugars, and 10g of protein.
Clif Bars are 70% organic, it is made with ingredients like rolled oats and roasted soybeans, they’re also fortified with 23 vitamins and minerals. On the list of ingredients they’d say that it may contain traces of dairy, this is because during production they use the same equipment that handles non-vegan foods, contamination is possible and hence the warning to people who are allergic. The Clif Bars themselves are made with 100% vegan ingredients.
2. Clif Builder
It is typically around 270 calories, 9g of fat, 2g of fiber, 21g of sugars, and 20g of protein.
Clif Builder bars are a higher protein version of the regular Clif Bars. They have similar amounts of calories, fats, and carbs as regular Clif Bars, but the protein is doubled at 20g. They’re often found sold next to the regular Clif Bars.
3. Simply Protein Bar
These bars are only about 140 calories, 5g of fat, 7g of fiber, 1g of sugars, and 15g of protein.
These bars are not only vegan, they are also organic, gluten-free, and contains no additives. Only about 1g of sugar per bar, it is very low in the glycemic index, this is good for diabetics or other people who are concerned about their blood sugar levels.
Some of their products uses whey protein and therefore not vegan, so you do have to check the list of ingredients and make sure which ones are vegan.
4. Lara bars
The typical Lara Bar has 220 calories, 10g of fat, 3g of fiber, 18g of sugars, and 6g of protein.
Made from natural whole-foods like dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and spices, Lara Bars are totally vegan. Unlike many other protein bars, Lara Bars contain no added sugar (except the ones with chocolate chips,) it’s sweetness comes from the unsweetened dried fruits in the bars. They uses a variety of different fruits like dried dates, dried apples, and the protein comes from nuts and seeds. Lara Bars have no more than 9 ingredients, with some bars as little as just 2 ingredients.
A typical Squarebar has about 210 calories, 10g of fat, 14g of sugar, 21g of carbs, and 12g of protein.
Squarebars are made with organic, non-GMO and gluten-free ingredients. They contain super foods like coconut nectar and coconut oil, the coconut oil contains lauric acid which is a “healthy” kind of saturated fat that includes a variety of known benefits, such as helping with weight loss and lowering cholesterol.
6. Health Warrior Chia Protein Bars
The chia protein bars have 200 calories, 8g of fat, 5g of fiber, 11g of sugars, and 10g of protein
These bars are made with chia seeds, quinoa, pea protein and oats. The chia seeds supply the regular bars with 1,100mg of omega-3 fats (2000mg for chia protein bars.)
7. GoMacro Bar
Typically around 260 calories, 8g of fat, 10g of sugars, 3g of fiber, and 10g of protein.
These bars come in many flavors and most of them are relatively high in calories, this is good for people who are looking to gain weight. It’s made with vegan ingredients that are organic and gluten-free. Even though it’s high in calories, the amount of sugar remains low. The bars contain sprouted brown rice protein and organic pea protein.
8. Vega Sport Bars
Has 260 calories, 11g of fat, 16g of sugars, 3g of fiber, and 20g of protein.
Vega is a company that creates plant-based nutrition in the form of protein bars, protein shakes, gels and electrolyte drinks. The protein comes from a mixture of organic sprouted brown rice and pea protein, which supplies a complete protein. These bars are friendly to people who are sensitive to allergies because they are free of any dairy, soy, and any tree nuts.
9. Kind Bars
A typical vegan Kind Bar contains 200 calories, 14g of fat, 7g of sugars, 2.5g of fiber, and 10g of protein.
Kind Bars are made with dried fruits and nuts mixed with other things like chocolate, spices, and salt. They have many bars with different combos of fruits/nuts. Some of their products contain honey which is a non-vegan ingredient, but a lot of their bars are totally vegan such as the Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt and Almond Walnut Macadamia bars.
10. Rise Protein Bar
Rise Protein Bars have about 270 calories, 13g of fat, 12g of sugars, 3g of fiber, and 15g of protein.
Not all of Rise products are cruelty-free, but they do have a line of vegan protein bars in 3 different flavors: Sunflower Cinnamon, Lemon Cashew, and Chocolatey Coconut. These bars are made with no more than 5 whole-food ingredients total, they are free of any gluten, soy, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives. This is a relatively dense and caloric heavy protein bar, it makes a great meal replacement bar.