It’s a happy day for all vegan protein bars lovers. Barebells has finally heard your voice and launched its first bars for you. The good news, it has no bad ingredients. The bad news is, it has no good flavour.
Something has changed with Barebells protein bars recently. As I wasn’t the biggest fan of this brand (hello, Acesulfame K!), the latest non-vegan protein bar from them, Crunchy Fudge, turned out to be simply great. And I really liked it. Now, it’s time for the very first vegan bar from this lineup, Barebells Salty Peanut Vegan Protein Bar. Is it worth your attention at all?
The smell. This is one of the best aspects of this protein bar. It’s nice, pleasant and easily detectable. There’s no weird whiff in it, making this bar highly inviting. That’s nice. Less nice is a combination of the texture of this bar. It’s not too soft on the outside, but it’s still OK to bite into it. Once you do that, it turns out the bar is slightly and funny crispy. And when you start to eat it, it becomes obvious it’s middling chewy and sticky. So we’ve got all kind of experiences here: slight toughness, a bit of crispness and chewiness. It’s funny and surprising, but still manageable.
Salty Peanut Bitterish protein blend with not much salty peanuts.
This is not what I had in mind while wrapping this protein bar. I expected a rich flavour of salty peanuts here (who would expect it, right?), but I got something else. Specifically, a flavour of a protein blend (mainly pea protein) and a bit of peanut that are not salty at all. Also, there is some kind of chocolate coating on this Barebell protein bar, but the only chocolate-anything in this bar is… cocoa powder. And you can notice that, as its coating is not too flavourish, not chocolate-anything at all. Also, the bar is bitterish throughout and, what even more annoying, leaves you with an unpleasant bitterish aftertaste in your throat. That’s what did with mine. That’s why I can’t call it satisfying in any way.
Would I want to have another of this Barebells Vegan Protein Bar in one sitting? Not at all.
Macro wise, it’s just OK. A slightly underweight (55g) bar packs 215kcal, only 15g (27%) of protein and a really low 0.9g of sugar. The ingredients list is free from added sugar, palm oil and syrups. Also, there’s no Acesulfame K in it, phew! The bar is vegan-friendly, of course.
Nice try, Barebells. But not this time.
After the amazing Crunchy Fudge bar, I thought it’s getting better at yours. And I expected this Barebells Salty Peanut Vegan Protein Bar to be at least good, if not very good. However, it failed in the most important aspect, in flavour. Therefore, it’s hard to recommend it, even if you are in #veganteam.
Would I buy it again? No, thanks. I’d better not.