This is another smart choice for people being in a rush. Available nearly everywhere, sweet and with decent macros. And its ingredients list is not too bad too. Is this a good enough treat to give it a try?

PhD SmartBars are generally considered as not too bad protein bars after all. They are sweet, but not too sweet (yes!), they have good features and are typically ok. Like its Dark Choc Raspberry flavour bar, that scored pretty nice 6.7/10 pts in our review awhile ago. Now it’s time to have a closer look to another flavour from this range, Choc Peanut Butter.

PhD SmartBar Choc Peanut Butter High Protein Low Sugar Bar

It welcomes us with a tempting smell. It’s intensive and sweet, with both theme flavours easily detectable. In a word: it’s appetising. A bit tough on the outside, this bar is only softish inside. It shouldn’t be a trouble to bite into it and chew, but for some, it may be slightly toughish. The bar itself is pretty chewy and tries to stick to your teeth. Fortunately, you may be able to eat it with an occasional sip now and then.

When it comes to its taste, it’s pretty good.


You will effortlessly catch choc and peanut butter aroma here. Also, a caramel layer and chocolate coating make that combination sweet, but not too sweet. However, there’s a slightly noticeable bitterish aftertaste too. But it doesn’t affect overall, positive experience out of this bar. It’s right on the spot and it makes that protein bar satisfying. And chances are, that after one serving you’ll effectively curb your craving. That’s good.

Do we want another serving after the first one? It was so close. But this bar lacks that virtuosity that would tell us ‘grab one more’. So one serving is perfectly fine here.

When we look at macros, there’s nothing to be worried about. 239 kcal per 64g bar, 10g of fat, 24g of carbs (of which only 1.9g of sugar) and 20g of protein is not too little. But it’s not tragic either. The ingredients list is even better, as there’s no added sugar, no palm fat, no any syrup. Could be slightly better, but it’s not bad at all.

Can it be the finest protein bar on the go? We don’t think so. There is slightly too much of macros there. And it could be a bit tastier.

Solid good and sweet protein bar. A great ‘no look’ choice


PhD SmartBar Choc Peanut Butter protein bar is not a bad bar. It’s pretty tasty (but it could be slightly better in this department), not too difficult to eat, it has not bad macros and good ingredients. It’s a solid choice when you are in a rush and have no time for analysing 15 different bars available on the shelf. But it’s still not the best choice for stacking up.

Will we ever go back to this protein bar? There’s a chance. But only if we’re in a rush and don’t want to get through all the available protein bars. Otherwise, there are chances there are better options to choose from. Because choosing and comparing protein bars is some kind of fun too, right? At least for some.

P.S. And if you’re fancy something new and exciting, then have a look at this Plant SmartBar from PhD.

6.6
Score

Pros

  • No added sugar
  • No palm fat
  • No any syrup
  • It contains natural flavouring

Cons

  • n/a
Smell
8.5
Outer firmness
5
Inner firmness
5.5
Taste
6.5
Moistness
7
Nutrients
6.4
Ingredients
6.5
Overall experience
7

Final Verdict

It is not a bad bar. It’s pretty tasty (but it could be slightly better in this department), not too difficult to eat, it has not bad macros and good ingredients. It’s a solid choice when you are in a rush and have no time for analysing 15 different bars available on the shelf. But it’s still not the best choice for stacking up.