After spending some time browsing online stores, forums, Reddit, and social media, I had a list of 25 bars that I wanted to test. After buying the bars, I needed a way to test them, ideally with as little bias as possible.
Will depend on the flavor you try (I mainly tried to stick to peanut butter or chocolate, as they’re pretty common). I wanted to find bars that were provided value for their price.
The scores are relative to the best in each category, so a 10 means that it’s the best you’ll find for a vegan bar. If you look at the individual reviews lower down on the page, I describe why I decided on each taste score, and include a picture of each bar, so you can get an idea of what it would taste like.
I’ve gone over each bar in a bit more detail below (in order from best to worst overall). Again, I’ve put an asterisk (*) next to the titles of bars that contain palm products in case you want to avoid those entirely.
Cliff Builder’s bars are easy to find in store, has palm oil, and is soy protein based. Just be careful that you don’t buy Cliff’s whey protein bars by accident.
Of the top 3, it’s the best tasting bar, but has the lowest protein content. This is likely due to the high sugar content, which makes it okay as a post-workout bar, but I don’t know if I’d want to eat it otherwise.
210 calories | 21g protein | 26g carbs (1g sugar, 19g fiber) Instead, they contain a mix of sugar alcohols (erythritol) and artificial sweeteners (stevia).
290 calories | 20g protein | 27g carbs (18g sugar, 4g fiber) This bar has a mix of pea and brown rice protein, and a considerable amount of sugar.
300 calories | 20g protein | 26g carbs (14g sugar, 3g fiber) Again, it has a mixture of brown rice and pea protein, but a bit less sugar (and slightly more calories overall).
This is the best overall certified organic vegan protein bar (well, tied with the next two). They have a lot of fiber and not much sugar, using artificial sweeteners instead (stevia).
Its protein comes from a combination of brown rice, pea, and quinoa protein to give a nicely balanced amino acid profile. Square Organics scored just as well as the Sun warrior bar, but it has some big differences.
Overall, it’s the best tasting organic plant based protein bar I think you’ll find (most organic protein bars aren’t great). They basically taste like candy bars with a dark chocolate coating.
I tested the peanut butter flavor, and it didn’t taste much different from those vegan peanut butter cups you can buy. It has a mixture of brown rice and pea protein.
It’s quite doughy with a bit of crunch, with a weak flavor, and some chalkiness. It still scores well when you factor in the amount of protein in each bar, but not perfect.
This is the definition of an average plant based protein bar; it scored 7/10 in all categories. It’s the only one I found that has fermented protein, which is intended to help digestion.
The flavor is weak, it’s fairly chalky, and there’s a bit of an aftertaste. It does have a nice simple and short ingredient list.
The flavor and sweetness are both good (I hope so with 15g of sugar), and the texture is solid. The only reason it didn’t get a perfect score was that there’s a bit of an aftertaste (not terrible though).
Rise bars are another organic plant protein option. They were highly rated, which is why I included them on this list, but I wasn’t such a huge fan.
The flavor (again, the lemon in my case) just isn’t wonderful. It’s fairly easy to eat, but you might have to take some breaks in-between bites.
The inside texture is quite mushy and isn’t great (maybe if you froze it, it would be okay). It is edible, and it’s not going to be the biggest struggle in the world, but it’s far from enjoyable.