After researching nearly 200 protein bars and talking to multiple nutritionists and experts, we learned that there isn’t a single best protein bar for everybody. It depends on your nutritional needs.
If you’re a bodybuilder looking for a high-protein bar that actually tastes decent, the
OhYeah! Nutrition ONE Bar
delivers. It has one of the highest protein counts we could find, at 21 grams per bar. The tradeoff? It also has the highest calorie count (230 per bar) and contains 35 percent of your daily recommended saturated fat. In other words, make sure you continue to hit the gym religiously. The Oh Yeah! One Bar is available in 14 flavors; a box of 12 bars will run you about $25.
Looking for a protein-heavy snack? The
Detour SMART bar in Coconut Almond
has the fewest calories of all our top picks (130 per bar) and was voted “best-tasting” by our testers. It resembles a soft-baked granola bar and has real oats, fruit, and nuts inside — plus a respectable 10 grams of protein. Nine bars for $12.
If you want a protein bar to tide you over when “lunch break” is a wistful dream, the
FitMiss Delight Bar
GNC Total Lean Bar
are more substantial than our snack pick and provide a balanced range of nutrients: 170 calories per bar — plus 15 grams of protein, moderate fat and high fiber to keep you feeling full. The GNC Total Lean Lean Bar has a Rice Krispie texture, while the FitMiss Delight is more like a cookie bar. A box of five GNC bars retails for $6, while a 14-bar box from FitMiss is about $12.
If you’re looking for a vegan-friendly option, the
Orgain Organic Protein Bar
was the only one of our top picks to use plant-based protein, providing 10 grams per 140-calorie bar. It’s also soy-free and gluten-free (although it does contain nuts). A box of 12 retails for about $20.
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