Vegan Protein Bars for Protein On the Go

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Vegan protein bars can sometimes be hard to find. This post will give you the picks for vegan and gluten-free protein bars. This post is part of our article on the best gluten-free protein bars. Learn what to look for when choosing a protein bar.

Below are our picks for vegan gluten-free protein bars. Looking for low sugar or high protein bar? Find them here.

ALOHA Organic Protein Bar

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ALOHA bars are a plant-based protein that is gluten-free. The protein content is a blend of brown rice protein and pumpkin seed protein. This bar does have added sugar in the form of tapioca syrup and brown rice syrup.

They also contain pumpkin seeds and brown rice. They claim they are soy-free but there is a note that says it is manufactured in a faculty that processes soy so it may not be good for those with issues with soy.

Julian Bakery Pegan Thin Protein Bar

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Julian Bakery Pegan Thin Protein Bar is a plant-based protein bar with 20 grams of protein per serving. Protein comes from either pumpkin seeds, organic Sachi inchi (an Inca peanut), or watermelon seed protein. The bars are sweetened by monk fruit. The bar has 26 grams of fiber coming from tapioca fiber which also provides a prebiotic.

Vega 20

The Vega 20 gluten-free protein bars have 20 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 16 grams of sugar. The protein consists of pea protein, brown rice protein, and nuts and is 100% vegan. They come in two flavors: chocolate peanut butter and salted caramel. Vega offers a 20% discount on their website. This could be a lot of sugar depending on what else you are eating that day.

GoMacro Protein Bars

GoMacro bars are vegan protein bars that are made from organic ingredients. The protein comes from nut and seed butter(s) along with a protein blend consisting of organic sprouted brown rice protein and organic pea protein.

Some bars have just sprouted rice protein as the protein source. Some bars will also add additional nuts or seeds to them like almonds, cashews, and flax seeds.

The protein content ranges from 10 to 12 grams per serving depending on the bar. The fat comes from nuts, seeds, and some bars that also contain organic coconut oil. Fiber is 3 grams per serving and the sugar content ranges from 12 to 14 total grams.

Some bars contain cinnamon and fruit but there is also sugar added to the bars. This takes the form of organic brown rice syrup, organic maple syrup, organic coconut sugar.

Rise Bars

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Rise bars consist of pea protein and offer a high protein snack with 15 grams of protein per serving. The one thing to note is that some of the Rise Bars contain whey protein so be sure you check the ingredients if you are looking for a vegan protein bar.

Health Warrior Chia Bars

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Health Warrior Chia Bars are a vegan bar with 3 grams of protein. This is a lower protein bar but it is a vegan source. The fiber comes in strong at 4 grams per serving. This is coming from the chia seeds.

There is added sugar in the form of brown rice syrup and brown sugar. The total number per serving is low at just 3 grams of added sugar. The bar also contains nuts, nut butter(s), brown rice, and whole-grain oats as part of the ingredients. It says it’s gluten-free and NonGMO certified.

Garden of Life Sport Performance Protein Bar

Garden of Life Sport Performance Protein Bars are certified vegan and made with pea protein and sprouted brown rice. They have a high protein content with 20 grams per serving. The fiber comes from tapioca fiber and gives 9 grams per serving. The sugar content is at 8 grams per serving and comes from the sugar alcohol erythritol and yacon syrup.

Evo Hemp Organic Protein Bars

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Evo Hemp Organic Protein Bars are vegan bars that use hemp powder as a protein source. There are two types of these bars: fruit and nut bars and a cookie dough bar. Both bars contain tree nuts. The fruit bars have 7 grams of protein.

There are 8 grams of sugar that come from fruit. The cookie bar has 12 grams of protein and 5 grams of sugar. The hemp in these bars gives you a good source of fat and fiber. 

88 Acres

88 Acres offers seed and protein bars. The protein bars are made from seeds and oats. They are free of the top 8 allergens. 88 acres are non-GMO organic and have no artificial ingredients. These bars use seeds as a source of protein. The bar provides 5 to 6 grams of protein. They also have a special protein bar that has 12 grams of protein. They are certified gluten-free so the oats in the bars are gluten-free. Those with sensitivities to oats may want to be careful with these bars.

They do contain about 7 grams (~2 tsp) of sugar that is from about 3 different types of sugar within one bar. The protein bars also contain sunflower oil which depending on what else is in your diet could be a high source of omega 6 fats. I usually avoid added oils in my foods if I can. I would stick with the seed bars as they do not contain oils. If you do have the protein bars do not eat them all the time.

Final Thoughts on Vegan Protein Bars below

These bars can be a good substitute for protein intake when on the go but they are no replacement for a healthy diet. It is important to get adequate nutrient intake from other protein sources and vegetables on a daily basis.

See Our other Picks for Gluten-Free Protein Bars below

Want to know what to look for in a protein bar? Check out the post below.

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