Protein bars regularly receive an airing on this website because they are fuels for so many athletes or for those trying to build muscle. Now that veganism is very much mainstream, a number of bar manufacturers offer vegan protein bars where they have dispensed with whey protein.
All vegan protein bars will use plant-based protein sourced from a variety of resources. Most protein bars will also claim 100% natural and be 100% gluten and dairy free.
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Misfits Vegan Protein Bars
Not that long ago, Misfits revised all their protein range so that they only offered a vegan claim. Having created a series of bulk powders they rapidly moved into vegan protein bars.
The bars are ideal as snacks for anyone looking to consume protein before or after a workout.
Choice of flavours is always key. We have:
- chocolate hazelnut
- chocolate caramel
- chocolate peanut
- dark chocolate & raspberry
- white chocolate salted peanut
- chocolate brownie
These are five good flavours which make effective use of chocolate because it does so much to disguise any beany or vegetable notes. They also make great use of combination flavours too – peanut and chocolate always seems to go well together.
To make sure the chocolate flavour pervades everything, the bars are triple layered. That makes up to 25 per cent by weight of the bar but it also means these bars maximise taste which masks the high protein content too.
Each bar of 45 grams contains 15 grams of protein and 8 grams of fibre. It’s a low sugar food too having less than 1 gram of sugar which means its calorie content is less than 200 calories. The only bar with nearly 3 grams of sugar is white chocolate salted peanut. The protein generally is pea protein isolate along with soy protein isolate. Any sweetness comes from stevia and in some cases xylitol.
The fibre is from chicory root which is inulin.
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When you examine the reviews from others about flavour its always surprising to see how polarised people’s views are. There are many out there who find these the best flavour ever whilst a few think they taste awful. Clearly very few are put off by the claims but aftertaste often figures and this may come down to the plant proteins in combination with the stevia. Stevia incidentally is quite polarising for tasters anyway.
PhD Smart Bars
PhD have produced a number of vegan protein bars too building on their expertise in protein products.
Their flavours are also chocolate based and include:
- dark choc brownie
- choc coconut
- choc peanut
- choc popcorn
Each bar generally offers between 20 and 23 grams per serve but the sugar content is on the whole higher. The carbohydrate conten is between 6 and 9 grams but only has between 2 and 3 grams of sugar. Clearly flavour dictates the quantity of each main claimable nutrient. Like Misfit, the main proteins are pea protein isolate (majority) along with soy crispies which is mainly soy protein isolate. Again the sweetener is stevia.
Customer views are similarly polarised and are probably explained by the same reasons as for Misfit bars – a liking for particular plant proteins and sweeteners.
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