The Best Protein Bars In 2022

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The Definitive Guide To Protein Bars

It's no secret, there are a lot of protein bar choices available.

Actually, there are hundreds of protein bars with each having many flavors and you've probably only tried a handful of them.  Do you want a low sugar, high protein, chocolate flavored, vegan or a whole food protein bar?

If you want to find the best protein bar, you're going to have to know what options are available.

Only here at OutdoorFood.club can you discover the best protein bar because we have the biggest database of protein bars and their nutritional info, all categorised in many different ways, to help you find the perfect snack.

all data and answers below are created using the food discovery tool

 

Best Protein Bars

Below you can see the single best protein bars within their specific category. These are worked out by filtering and sorting through the all of the bars we have added to the site and questioning their nutritional numbers.

 

The Definitive Guide To Protein Bars

It's no secret, there are a lot of protein bar choices available.

Actually, there are thousands of protein bars and you've probably only tried a handful of them.  Do you want a low sugar, high protein, chocolate flavored, vegan or a whole food protein bar?

If you want to find the best protein bar, you're going to have to know what options are available.

Only here at OutdoorFood.club can you discover the best protein bar because we have the biggest database of protein bars and their nutritional info, all categorised in many different ways, to help you find the perfect snack.

all data and answers below are created using the food discovery tool

 

Protein Bars For Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

There are a lot of different diet types out there and a lot of good and bad advice, at Outdoor Food Club we have one simple aim, to showcase the nutritional info and data of sports supplements and outdoor foods, so that people like you can discover new foods that meet your specific requirements.

Having said that, we won't recommend a protein bar to replace a meal for either breakfast, lunch or dinner, but we will advise these few things.

  • That the protein bar you are looking at having to replace one of your meals has as little added sugar as possible.
  • The ingredients used in the protein bar as natural and mostly whole foods.

These are the two main recommendations we can give. As long as you're having a highly varied diet which meets your calorific and nutrient needs than having a protein bar isn't unhealthy. We very rarely will replace a meal with a protein bar, but when we've been short on time or ate a larger than normal meal the night before or previous meal, we might have a protein bar that is as healthy as possible and can sustain us through to the next meal.

 

Best Protein Bars

Below you can see the single best protein bars within their specific category. These are worked out by filtering and sorting through the all of the bars we have added to the site and questioning their nutritional numbers.

 

The Biggest Database Of Protein Bars

We are continually adding protein bars and other food items to the website so that we can create complete resources like this and you can discover the best for you from all protein bars ever made.

With over 200 protein bars to compare with all of them being used in the tables below in their respective sections.

Protein Used In Protein Bars

Below we have counted the number of protein bars using particular protein sources and types. The numbers you see indicate how many protein bars use that protein source.

Protein bar manufacturers vary their protein types a lot, depending on what diet type and market they are making their bars for. The most widely used protein source is whey protein, this means that vegetarians and omnivores can eat these bars without hesitation. 

Whey protein bars seem to be the most popular choice given that it has a high protein amount. There are many plant protein options as well, giving just as much protein, if not more than whey and other animal based proteins.

Pea protein, brown rice protein and soy protein isolate are the most popular when it comes to plant choices and for vegans to source when looking for a protein bar.

There are also meat based and jerky bars which pack plenty of protein in them and even vegan jerky bars which actually have more protein in them than their animal derived jerky bars, such as venison, beef, pork and chicken.

Finally, there are quite a few bars that use their wholefood ingredients to provide the protein, such as nuts and seeds.

If you wish to find a protein bar, or any food type based on the protein type used, head over to the food discovery tool to filter foods by the type of protein you would like in your protein bar.

Rankings - Chart - Protein Bar - Protein Types - Count

Protein Bar Brands And Manufacturers

Below is a definitive list of all the protein bar brands and manufacturers that are making protein bars for the exercise, outdoor and on-the-go consumer. We have the biggest database of outdoor food related info and have created this protein bar brands list to help you find brands and food manufacturers who are making protein bars.

If you just want to see brands for protein brands then this list will get you started. In alphabetical order, you will find that some of the brands make just one or two whilst others have huge protein bar catalogues and make many types of protein bar under their brand name.

Currently we have over 45 protein bar manufacturers and counting. We will continually be updating this list of protein bar companies and adding new companies to it as we find them. You won't find a more definitive list of protein bar companies anywhere else, and we use these companies and their protein bars and add each and every flavor and variant that they manufacture to our sports supplement and outdoor food database here.

Don't forget to subscribe and check back in the future to see even more protein bars and manufacturers as we find and add them to the website.

Popular Protein Bar Flavors

Using the data from all of the protein bars on the website, we can show the most popular protein bar flavors used by all the manufacturers. 

It's no surprise, chocolate comes out on top as the most popular, with at least a third of all protein bars being chocolate. Coming in after chocolate is almond, peanut and lemon, which are all lovely protein bar flavors.

You can find protein bars by their flavor, just head to the food discovery tool and filter by flavor and food type: protein bars.

Low Fat Protein Bars

The best 10 low fat protein bars with the least amount of fat content in them. Here you will find all the protein bars you could ever dream of ranked and sorted by their fat content.

With all of our food rankings, as we add new food items to the website, they automatically update this page and all other ranking pages and the food catalogue. Our advantage over other websites and best food guides online which write about a handful of protein bars, then immediately become out of date. This is the definitive ranking page for soy free protein bars and will continue to be updated automatically as the site grows.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

Protein Bars With The Least Amount Of Sugar

The best 10 low sugar protein bars. Here at Outdoor Food Club we use facts and nutritional information to compare protein bars and have ranked them by their sugar content and sorted them with the least amount of sugar, so those protein bars with low sugar can be found at the top of the rankings.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

Cheapest Protein Bars By Protein Per Dollar

The best 10 cheap protein bars which we have ranked by cheapest per gram of protein. We use the nutrition info and retail price of each protein bar and work out how much protein you get per dollar you spend, basically which protein bar gives you the most bang for the buck.

If you are after a protein bar but want the most amount of protein you can get, then you can find in our ranking table below the protein bars which give you the most amount of protein for your money.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

Protein Bar With Low Calories

The best 10 protein bars with the least amount of calories. If you are looking for a protein bar for weight loss and need something fulfilling but with as little calories as possible you can see the top low calorie protein bars.

You can also use this list to find protein bars under 100 or 200 calories. We haven't sorted them by this specific amount, instead, by their calories per gram. This is a better way to represent their calories amount because you could have a protein bar under 100 calories, but only weighs 20g. This makes a protein bar under 100 calories quite easy to manufacture and they're using their small serving weight as a way to show they have very few calories, which is unfair in our opinion.

Instead, keep an eye on the calories per gram column, you'll see protein bars under 100 calories and protein bars under 200 calories.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

High Calorie Protein Bars

The best 10 protein bars with the most amount of calories. If you are looking for a protein bar which can help increase your daily calorie count and need something fulfilling here we have ranked high calorie protein bars in order of their calorie per gram content.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

High Fiber Protein Bars

The best 10 protein bars with high fiber. This is worked out with the fiber content on the protein bar and it's serving weight and from these two numbers we get the fiber per gram amount.

Now we can rank all of the protein bars with their fiber content and fiber per gram info and we get the ranking list of protein bars high in fiber.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

Buy Diet type Flavor Protein type Protein Fiber Fiber per gram
1 Julian Bakery Paleo Thin Sunflower Butter Protein Bar paleo, vegetarian sunflower egg white, sunflower seed 20grams 23.00grams 0.40fiber/g
2 No Cow Blueberry Cobbler Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian blueberry almond, brown rice, pea 22grams 18.00grams 0.30fiber/g
3 No Cow Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian chocolate, chocolate chip, peanut butter brown rice, pea 20grams 18.00grams 0.30fiber/g
4 Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate, peanut butter milk, peanut, whey 20grams 17.00grams 0.28fiber/g
5 Kirkland Signature Cookies Cream Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian cookies, cream milk, whey 22grams 17.00grams 0.28fiber/g
6 No Cow Lemon Meringue Pie Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian lemon pie, lemon brown rice, pea 22grams 17.00grams 0.28fiber/g
7 Truwomen Saltylicious Almond Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, non GMO almond, chocolate almond, brown rice 12grams 13.00grams 0.26fiber/g
8 Kirkland Signature Chocolate Brownie Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate, brownie milk, whey 21grams 15.00grams 0.25fiber/g
9 Quest Bar Blueberry Muffin Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian blueberry whey 21grams 15.00grams 0.25fiber/g
10 Kirkland Signature Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate chip, chocolate, cookie dough almond, milk, whey 21grams 15.00grams 0.25fiber/g

Low Sodium Protein Bars

The best 10 low sodium protein bars which ranks all of the protein bars by their sodium content. We work this out by getting the sodium content amount, the serving weight of each protein bar and getting the sodium per gram number from this.

We can then rank and compare all protein bars by their sodium content below.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

Buy Diet type Flavor Protein type Protein Sodium Sodium per gram
1 Built Bar Coconut Chocolate Creme Protein Bar medium - on the go coconut, chocolate, cream whey 15grams 3.00mg 0.06sodium/g
2 Papa Steve's No Junk Banana Oat Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian banana, date, almond, dark chocolate almond, pea 13grams 4.00mg 0.06sodium/g
3 Papa Steve's No Junk Mint Chocolate Chunk Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian peppermint, date, vanilla hemp, pea, pumpkin seed 16grams 5.00mg 0.08sodium/g
4 Papa Steve's No Junk Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Bar vegan, vegetarian dark chocolate, cherry cashew, hemp, oat, peanut 13grams 7.00mg 0.11sodium/g
5 Papa Steve's No Junk Lemon Cashew Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian lemon, cashew, apple cashew, hemp, pea 13grams 7.00mg 0.11sodium/g
6 Xact Nutrition Kronobar Lemon and Mango Protein Bar vegan, vegetarian lemon, mango brown rice 10grams 15.00mg 0.30sodium/g
7 Lifebar Choco Green Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian date, chocolate hemp, pumpkin seed 7grams 14.00mg 0.30sodium/g
8 Enjoy Life Cinnamon Spice Protein Bites dairy free, egg free, gluten free, non GMO, sesame free, soy free, vegan, vegetarian cinnamon, chocolate, seeds sunflower seed 8grams 15.00mg 0.31sodium/g
9 Enjoy Life Dark Raspberry Protein Bites gluten free, non GMO, vegan, vegetarian raspberry pumpkin seed, rice, sunflower seed 8grams 15.00mg 0.31sodium/g
10 Rise Bar Mint Chocolate Protein Bar medium - on the go peppermint, chocolate, honey almond, whey 15grams 20.00mg 0.33sodium/g

Vegan Protein Bars With The Most Protein

The best 10 vegan protein bars ordered and ranked by their protein content. We have listed every vegan and plant based protein bar below from the growing database of sports and outdoor foods and sorted them by their protein amount per gram.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

Gluten Free Protein Bars

The best 10 gluten free protein bars which are ranked by their protein content. We have worked this out by using the protein count from the nutrition info and the serving weight. With these two numbers we can work out the protein per gram of each protein bar.

Below you will find the top protein bars with no gluten.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

No Soy Protein Bars

The best 10 protein bars with no soy ingredients. Below you will find the best protein bars which don't contain soy ingredients ordered by their protein per gram content.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

Protein Bars Cookies And Cream

The best protein bars that have the flavors cookies and cream. In this ranking list we have ordered all of the protein bars in the database by their protein amount and filtered to only show protein bars which have the follow flavors: cookies, cookie dough and cream.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

The top protein bars that have the flavors peanut butter and or chocolate. In this ranking list we have ordered all of the protein bars in the database by their protein amount and filtered to only show protein bars which have the follow flavors: chocolate, chocolate chip and peanut butter.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food comparison database to see all the outdoor food items.

Buy Diet type Flavor Protein type Protein Protein per gram
1 NuGo Smarte Carb Peanut Butter Crunch Protein Bar medium - on the go peanut butter, chocolate milk, peanut, soy, whey 20grams 0.40protein/g
2 Pure Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar medium - on the go chocolate, peanut butter soy, whey 20grams 0.40protein/g
3 Nugo Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter Vegan Protein Bar vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free peanut butter, chocolate brown rice, peanut, soy 17grams 0.38protein/g
4 Kirkland Signature Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate, peanut butter milk, whey 21grams 0.35protein/g
5 No Cow Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian chocolate, chocolate chip, peanut butter brown rice, pea 20grams 0.33protein/g
6 Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate, peanut butter milk, peanut, whey 20grams 0.33protein/g
7 Lenny & Larry's Peanut Butter Muscle Brownie medium - on the go peanut butter, chocolate almond, milk, peanut, soy, whey 20grams 0.31protein/g
8 Garden Of Life Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian peanut butter, chocolate brown rice, pea, peanut 20grams 0.27protein/g
9 Olly Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian peanut butter, chocolate pea, soy 15grams 0.25protein/g
10 Vega Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar vegan, vegetarian chocolate, peanut butter brown rice, pea, peanut 10grams 0.22protein/g

Birthday Cake Protein Bars

The best protein bars that have the flavor birthday cake. In this ranking list we have ordered all of the protein bars in the database by their protein amount and filtered to only show protein bars which have the following flavor: birthday cake.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

Whey Protein Bars

Below you can find a list of whey protein bars, whats that mean? That is a list of protein bars which use whey, or whey isolate as the main protein source in the ingredients of the bar.

So if you are looking for a protein bar with a specific protein source, such as whey, you can check out that growing list below.

We have also sorted the list by those with the most amount of protein per gram, so you know when looking for the best protein bar, you can find it right here and with the exact nutritional profile you want.

If you are looking specifically for food inspiration or have other questions, head on over to the food discovery tool to get all your nutritional questions answered.

Protein Bars With Stevia

If you're looking specifically for protein bars with stevia, here is a list of protein bars which use stevia as a sweetener in their ingredients list.

Stevia is a sweetener which has become popular in foods and drinks in the past couple of years and is now being used in sports supplements like protein bars.

With this list, you can see the top 10 protein bars with stevia sorted by those with the most protein in them. You can use the food discovery tool to find more protein bars with stevia or other specific sugar and sweeteners.

Protein Bars Organic

Here we have filtered all of the protein bars in the database to show only organic protein bars. As the list of protein bars grow, so will the amount of options which use organic ingredients.

Each of the protein bars in this list has been sorted by those with the most protein and are all certified organic.

Protein Bar Salted Caramel

Only here at OutdoorFood.club can you see a definitive list of protein bars which have the flavor, salted caramel. In this list below you can see all the protein bars in the database which have a salted caramel flavor option.

The list has been ordered to show those with the most protein at the top so that you know you're getting a decent amount of protein in your snack. As we continue to add more food items and bars to the directory you will see this list grow and you'll find more options of this flavor in the future.

Protein Bar Without Sugar Alcohol

Below you will find the best 10 protein bars with the most protein and that also contain no sugar alcohols. We have used the database to do intelligent filtering on all of the protein bars within it to show only bars which contain zero sugar alcohols.

The sugar alcohols we have filtered for are:

  • dextrose
  • erythritol
  • isomalt
  • maltitol
  • maltose
  • polydextrose
  • sorbitol
  • xylitol

That means that every protein bar in the list below will have zero sugar alcohols. This doesn't mean that they are free of sugar, some contain other sugar types, such as honey and other refined sugars, just not sugar alcohols. 

Sugar alcohols can often have laxative effects so reducing these in your diet can help you have better digestion. Diabetics should also be wary of them as they are very rarely shown in the ingredients list as sugar, but can still be used as an ingredient.

Low Carb Vegan Protein Bars

Looking for a vegan protein bar and with low carbs, look no further. This list of low carb vegan protein bars is just what you're after. The list is sorted by carbs per gram which has been worked out from the serving weight and the amount of carbs the protein bar has. This is a much better detail and number to work from than the carbs per serving because serving weights vary dramatically.

Each of the bars in the list is also vegan, so it means that you can get your plant based protein bar fix with as few carbs as possible.

High Fat Keto Protein Bars

We have created a simple table which shows just protein bars sorted by their fat content, with those with the most fat at the top. So what you see here are high fat keto friendly protein bars which we have filtered from the hundreds of bars in the database.

If you want to get better control and also compare the carb content of each bar, you are better doing that on the food discovery tool. This will give you much more control and you can find the best high fat protein bar thats best for you.

If you want to make sure you're in ketosis, then a high fat bar is just what you're after and hopefully with these bars listed here, one of them is perfect for you.

You will notice that their fat amount varies and you may see a few bars with what look like large or small amounts of fat. What we have done is do some simple maths with their serving weight and we can find out the amount of fats in a protein bar and then sort them like this.

You're looking between a quarter to a third of a protein bar is fat in bars that have a higher fat content. Anything less than a quarter or 0.20g of fat per gram of bar is on the lower side of fat amount.

Protein Bar Oatmeal

In this list, we have filtered all the protein bars by those with oatmeal and oat as one of the main protein sources.

As well as being a protein source, oat is one of the ingredients which is used in the manufacturer of these protein bars. You may find many other ingredients, fruits, dairy, sweet and savour bars but they all have one thing in common, oats.

The list has also been sorted by those bars with the most protein, so you can still find a high protein count bar which contains oats.

Whole Foods Protein Bars

Whatever you want to call it, whole foods, raw foods, natural, unprocessed, here we have filtered all of the hundreds of protein bars in the database to show only those that are whole foods protein bars.

That means the ingredients you will find within these bars are as close to their natural state as possible. There are lots of protein bars with oats, fruits, nuts, vegetables, seeds, honey, etc which have just been squished together to make healthy protein bars that taste great too.

This isn't saying that processed foods are unhealthy, this isn't a health indicator, this is just a different way of differentiating the protein bars by categorising their ingredients in ways you can understand. And if you're looking for a protein bar with ingredients you can spell and know, then that can't be a bad thing.

If you're looking for a healthy option then yes, they could be healthier for you, and we personally would prefer to eat whole food and natural state foods over processed foods, which is why we've made this list for you.

On top of that, we have sorted the list by those with the most protein so you can even see which whole foods protein bars offer you the most amount of protein.