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6 Healthiest and Tastiest Gluten-Free Protein Bars

Snack bars could be a wonderful on-the-go food. Unfortunately, nearly every snack bar out there is filled with additives, GMOs, and other questionable ingredients. Instead of adding healthy protein to help your body revitalize, and build new muscle, you may be damaging it instead. Not to mention even if you do find a decent snack bar and you happen to have a gluten sensitivity, you still aren’t able to enjoy it.

After a month of research and taste tests, we only found a few protein bars that fit the bill of being healthy and tasty. While not perfect, these snack bars beat 99% of the protein/snack bar market. The ingredients are super easy to understand, short and healthy. The bars taste completely different from any snack bar you have tasted, but in a fantastic way. You can taste the raw ingredients in the majority of these and once you try them out, there’s hardly any going back to their heavily processed and unhealthy counterparts. Here are 6 of the healthiest gluten-free and vegan protein bars out there in no particular order.

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1. Organic Peanut Protein Bar by MACROBARS

We love the Macrobars because of their simplicity of their recipes. This protein bar packs a whopping 12 grams of protein and it all comes from brown rice. While we do have concerns about brown rice, if your diet does not include brown rice daily, this may still be a great replacement for typical protein bars. They taste fantastic, pack the highest protein content out of all the bars we tested and they’re gluten-free.

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Our favorite flavor was peanut butter. It’s very chewy. The peanut butter taste blended with the rest of the bar, not overwhelming it, and surprisingly it was not overly sweet.

Price Per Bar: $$$ (check price)

Protein Content: 12 grams

Ingredients
Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Protein Blend (Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Pea Protein), Organic Puffed Brown Rice, Organic Peanuts.

Features:

✓ Gluten free ✓Organic ✓Vegan ✓GMO free ✓Macrobiotic

You can buy it here.

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2. Ancient Grain Bar, Peanut Butter Chocolate by Pure Organic

The Pure Organic bars are one of the few companies that provide healthy snack bars that are kosher as well. The ingredient list is a bit longer than the other few bars, but the ingredients are still great. We don’t like the agave nectar, but besides that, this is probably our second favorite on the list. However, when it comes to fitness, 5 grams of protein may not be enough. But if you are simply looking for something to snack on from the gym to your house, then it may just be perfect.

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Our favorite flavor was peanut butter (again!). If you enjoy something that’s chewy and a bit firmer, Pure bars have that kind of texture. They pack a bit of a crunch and you can really taste the smooth peanut butter and cocoa combination in this one. No unwanted aftertaste or too much sweetness. However, the rest of the flavors we tested were a bit too sweet that’s why we are giving it a 4.

Price Per Bar: $ (check price)

Protein Content: 5 grams

Ingredients
Peanuts, Ancient Grains Blend (quinoa crisp, crispy brown rice, amaranth, flaxseed, hemp), tapioca syrup, agave nectar, peanut butter, cane sugar, chocolate (cocoa liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa powder), peanut flour, cocoa powder, sea salt, natural flavor.

Features:

✓ Organic ✓ Gluten-free ✓Vegan ✓Kosher ✓Non-GMO verified.

You can buy it here.

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3. Spirulina Dream Protein Bar by Raw Revolution 

Besides the agave nectar, the ingredients in the Raw Revolution bars are great, it packs 7 grams of protein and it’s almost twice as cheap as other counterparts of the same quality. That’s why this combination of price and quality is so hard to beat. We love the Spirulina Dream flavor but they do offer a huge variety of other fantastic flavors as well. However, do keep in mind that these contain 15+ grams of sugar per bar.

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What you have to understand about Raw Revolution bars is that they are actually almost completely raw. If you loved eating raw cookie dough as a child, that’s how it almost feels. Except this is packed with fantastic ingredients that we all love. It’s exclusively chewy and smooth.

Price Per Bar: $ (check price)

Protein Content: 7 grams

Ingredients:

Organic Cashews, Organic Dates, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Almonds, Organic Spirulina Powder, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed.

Features:

✓Organic ✓ Gluten free ✓Non- GMO Project Certified ✓Vegan

You can buy it here.

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4. Caramel & Sea Salt Glo Protein Bars by Raw Rev

This is a new line of protein bars from Raw Revolution. They do contain a lot more ingredients than the rest of the bars on our list, but they are all great quality ingredients.  Somehow they were able to make a protein bar that is healthy, affordable and packing 10 grams of protein while containing only 5 grams of sugar. This combination of many various ingredients may seem questionable, but they blend together phenomenally.

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None of us on the taste team were caramel + salt fans, to begin with, but by the end, this was one of our favorite tasting bars. The bar appears a bit oily and chewy at first, but once the crunchiness of the nuts and salt sets in, we are in the first row of a train going to tasty land.

Ingredients: Raw Rev Nutty Superfood Blend (Raw Cashews, Peanuts, Pea Protein, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Raw Almonds, Raw Organic Hemp Protein, Raw Organic Chia Seeds, Raw Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Raw Organic Sprouted Flax Seeds), Isomalto-Oligosaccharides (Prebiotic Fiber from Tapioca), Organic Italian Dark Chocolate Chips (Cane Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Pea Protein Crisps, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt.

Price Per Bar: $$ (check price)

Protein Content: 10 grams

Features:

✓ Gluten free ✓Non- GMO  ✓Vegan ✓Kosher ✓10g Fiber

You can buy it here.

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5. Apple Cinnamon Cricket Flour Bars by Exo

Before you freak out or discount these completely, consider the fact that they are actually very good! Additionally, raising crickets is much more sustainable as they use about 20x fewer resources than raising cattle does!  80% of the world eats insects, yet our culture has not accepted them yet. They pack 10 grams of protein as well. The only down side is that they contain a lot of sugar at 16 grams.

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So we tricked our team a bit by not telling them what these were made out of up front. Initial consensus was that they tasted quite well although the bar tasted a bit powdery. However, after revealing that these were actually the cricket bars, everyone started questioning the taste a bit more. Overall, it was a normal reaction to something new and unusual. We highly recommend that you try out at least a few of these. While it was not our favorite tasting bar, it was definitely something that you can eat every day. They are a bit on the sweet side, and the apple taste dominates the bar, while there is no noticeable taste of crickets. Knowing there is another source of sustainable and healthy food is great news.

Price Per Bar: $$$ (check price)

Protein Content: 10 grams

Ingredients: Almonds, Plum Paste (Plum Juice Concentrate, Plums), Apricots, Apple Paste (Apple Juice Concentrate, Apple Puree Concentrate), Cricket Flour (Acheta Domesticus), Honey, Apples, Ground Flaxseeds, Coconut, Vanilla Extract, Spices, Sea Salt.

Features:

✓ Gluten free ✓Dairy Free  ✓Soy Free ✓Grain Free ✓10g protein

You can buy it here.

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6. Chocolate Protein Bar by Raw Crunch 

Raw Crunch was a company that we have not heard of prior to doing some research in finding the healthiest bars. We’re sure glad we found them. They make fantastic raw bars that are not processed and handmade. They taste exactly what a snack bar should taste like and they pack 5 grams of protein, while only containing 5 grams of sugar. However, they are the most expensive bar that we tested.

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If you love trail mix bars, there’s absolutely no reason why you won’t love the taste of this. It’s very crunchy (although sometimes a bit jaw-tiring) and the taste of dark chocolate chips in between is heavenly. This is certainly one of the best tasting bars on the list.

Price Per Bar: $$$$ (check price)

Protein Content: 5 grams

Ingredients: Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Cashews, *Organic Dark Chocolate (organic sugar, organic unsweetened chocolate, organic cocoa butter, organic vanilla beans, soy lecithin), Organic Flaxseeds, Organic Pecans, Raw Honey, Organic Macadamia Nuts, Celtic Sea Salt.

Features:

✓ Gluten free ✓Dairy Free  ✓Handmade

You can buy it here.

Honorable Mentions

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Active Greens Protein Bar by Raw Organic Food Bar

We love the ingredients as they are simple and easy to understand and it outperforms the rest of the snack bars that we took a look at. A whopping 16 grams of protein is inside every one of these. We don’t recommend eating the whole thing at once, as it packs 16 grams of sugar and it’s the most expensive bar on the list at $3.59 per bar.

Taste: Unfortunately, we did not receive any samples to taste.

Price Per Bar: $$$$ (check price)

Protein Content: 16 grams

Ingredients:

Organic Dates, Organic Almond Butter, Organic Inulin, Organic Protein Blend (Organic Pea Protein, Organic Pumpkin Protein), Organic Raisins, Organic Active Greens Powder (Organic Wheat Grass Juice Powder, Organic Barley Grass Juice Powder, Organic Spirulina, Organic Blueberry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Broccoli Sprouts, Organic Beet Juice, Organic Carrot Juice) Organic NuVous (Organic Inulin, Organic Stevia, Organic Lycii Berry, Organic Orange), Organic Chia Seed.

Features:

✓ Gluten-Free  ✓Dairy-Free ✓Organic ✓Refined-sugar free

You can buy it here.

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Almond Honey Protein Bar by Rise

We absolutely love that the Rise bar contains only a few ingredients. While we’d love for the honey to be raw or organic, and instead of the whey protein isolate (quick lesson: milk -> filter -> whey protein concentrate -> whey protein isolate) we would love to see hemp protein, it’s still a great choice. Well, that is, if for some reason you can’t get the other four. It’s still gluten-free, it provides the highest amount of protein and it absorbs quickly after the workout. It is probably one of the purest whey protein bars out there.

Taste: Unfortunately, we did not receive any samples to taste.

Price Per Bar: $$ (check price)

Protein Content: 20 grams

Ingredients:

Almonds, honey, whey protein isolate.

Features:

✓ Gluten-free

You can buy it here.

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Freeland Go Raw Bars

Another great option if you love the granola and trail mix type of bars. However, what’s special about these is that they don’t contain any nuts. So for those with peanut allergies, hooray! Instead, they contain a great mix of oats, seeds, and dates.

Taste: Unfortunately, we did not receive any samples to taste.

Price Per Bar: $$$ (check price)

Protein Content: 6 grams

Ingredients:

Sprouted Organic Buckwheat Groats, Sprouted Organic Sunflower Seeds, Sprouted Organic Flax seeds, Sprouted Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic Raisins, Organic Date

Features:

✓ Gluten-free ✓ Nut Free ✓ Organic

You can buy it here.

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