However, finding vegan protein bars can be difficult, as most products on the market include ingredients like whey protein, honey, and milk.
Most protein bars are also loaded with additives, preservatives, and artificial ingredients, all of which can negate many of the bars' potential health benefits.
Still, there are many nutrient-rich vegan protein bars available, as well as several recipes that you can use to make your own at home.
Here are 15 healthy vegan protein bars.
1. Vega 20g Protein Bar
Available in chocolate peanut butter and salted caramel flavors, these protein bars pack 20 grams of plant-based protein per serving.
Each Vega 20g Protein Bar also contains 290 calories and 4 grams of fiber, which can help improve blood sugar control and digestive health.
Upping your intake of fiber may even help stabilize blood sugar levels, reduce blood pressure, and keep cholesterol levels in check.
2. Evo Hemp Pineapple Almond Fruit & Nut Bar
These vegan bars are made using hemp protein, which is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
In addition to relieving inflammation, omega-3 fatty acids can help promote brain function, heart health, and immunity.
Each Evo Hemp bar contains 205 calories, along with 8 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and several important nutrients, including phosphorus, manganese, vitamin E, and magnesium.
3. Easy Homemade Vegan Protein Bars
With just four simple ingredients, these homemade protein bars are a great option for novice chefs and foodies alike.
Additionally, unlike many prepackaged protein bars, they contain only whole food ingredients and are free of additives, preservatives, and artificial flavorings.
Although the nutritional value can vary based on the specific products you use, each serving contains about 215 calories, 2.5 grams of fiber, and nearly 11 grams of protein.
4. Rise Bar
Rise Bars are made using pea protein isolate and boast 3 grams of fiber and a whopping 15 grams of protein per serving.
They also contain just four key ingredients, which makes them an excellent option for those looking to limit their consumption of sugar alcohols or preservatives.
They are also a good source of potassium, an important nutrient that can help support heart health, manage blood sugar levels, and protect against bone loss and kidney stones.
5. GoMacro MacroBar
With 270 calories, 2 grams of fiber, and 12 grams of protein, the GoMacro MacroBar is a popular product that's made using sprouted brown rice protein.
Brown rice protein is a great source of essential amino acids, which are a type of amino acid that can't be synthesized by the body and need to be obtained from food sources instead.
Plus, it's high in branched-chain amino acids, which can help promote muscle gain and reduce muscle damage after exercise.
6. No-Bake Chocolate Protein Bar
These homemade chocolate protein bars are nutritious, easy to prepare, and indulgent enough to satisfy nearly any sweet tooth.
They're made using just a few simple ingredients, including bananas. This popular fruit helps enhance the texture while bumping up the content of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.
Each serving contains less than 200 calories and 20 grams of carbs, plus 12.5 grams of protein and nearly 2 grams of fiber.
7. 22 Days Nutrition Organic Protein Bar
These tasty protein bars are available in several flavors, including chunky peanut butter, fudge brownie, peanut butter chocolate chip, and salted caramel.
Compared with other protein bars, 22 Days Nutrition bars are relatively low in calories yet high in protein and fiber, with 160 calories, 9 grams of fiber, and 15 grams of protein packed into each serving.
Plus, they're a good source of iron, a nutrient often lacking in vegan diets. Iron plays a key role in the production of healthy red blood cells.
8. No Cow Protein Bar
High in both protein and fiber, these power-packed protein bars make a great addition to a well-rounded weight loss diet.
In fact, No Cow protein bars contain 19 grams of fiber, 20 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar, and just 190 calories per serving.
Protein has been shown to help reduce levels of ghrelin, a hormone that's responsible for stimulating feelings of hunger.
Meanwhile, fiber moves through the digestive tract very slowly, which helps reduce appetite and promote feelings of fullness to enhance weight loss.
9. ALOHA Organic Protein Bar
These protein bars are vegan, gluten-free, and organic. Plus, they're made using a blend of pumpkin seed and brown rice protein.
Aside from providing 14 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber per serving, ALOHA Protein Bars are relatively high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.
Monounsaturated fatty acids can help increase HDL (good) cholesterol and reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels in those with type 2 diabetes.
10. Cookie Dough Protein Bars
These homemade cookie dough protein bars are made by combining vanilla extract, protein powder, maple syrup, and cashew butter, along with a few other simple ingredients.
They also contain oat flour, which is a good source of beta glucan.
Beta glucan is a compound that can help decrease cholesterol levels, which could help reduce the risk of heart disease.
A typical serving of these tasty protein bars provides about 230 calories, 7.5 grams of protein, and 3.5 grams of fiber.
11. Raw Rev Glo Protein Bar
In addition to supplying 11 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber, Raw Rev Glo bars are low in added sugar, containing just 3 grams per serving.
Excess sugar consumption can not only contribute to weight gain but also harm heart health, blood sugar levels, and liver function.
These flavorful protein bars are naturally sweetened with ingredients like monk fruit extract and dark chocolate and made using a blend of nutritious ingredients, including chia seeds, flax seeds, and hemp protein.
12. Pegan Thin Protein Bar
This protein bar is jam-packed with fiber and contains just 1 gram of net carbs, making it a great choice for those on a low carb or ketogenic diet.
Pegan Thin protein bars are also rich in prebiotic fiber, a type of fiber that helps fuel the beneficial bacteria in your gut.
Research suggests that the health of this bacteria, also known as the gut microbiome, could help regulate immune function, digestive health, cancer growth, and inflammation.
Each bar contains 170 calories, 20 grams of protein, and 27 grams of fiber.
13. Amrita Protein Bars
With an ingredient list full of familiar foods rather than chemicals and additives, Amrita Bars are a good option for health-conscious consumers.
They currently offer seven different flavors that are made with ingredients like dates, brown rice protein, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, and chia seeds.
Each serving provides about 15 grams of protein, 4–6 grams of fiber, and around 220 calories.
14. Healthy Matcha Protein Bars
These homemade, vibrantly colored protein bars are equal parts delicious and nutritious.
One serving contains 150 calories, 14 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber, making them a great, guilt-free snack option.
They also feature matcha, a concentrated form of green tea that has been shown to boost fat-burning, improve brain function, and support heart health.
15. LOLA Probiotic Bar
Aside from providing 12 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and just 200 calories, each LOLA Probiotic Bar crams in one billion colony-forming units (CFU) of probiotics.
Probiotics are a type of beneficial bacteria associated with a long list of health benefits, including improved regularity and digestive health.
What's more, probiotics may aid disease prevention, thanks to their ability to fight inflammation and boost immunity.
The Bottom Line
Plenty of healthy vegan protein bars are available.
You can find a variety of them at your local supermarket or online, or try whipping up a batch in the comfort of your kitchen.
In addition to providing a hearty dose of protein in each serving, many of these protein bars offer fiber, healthy fats, and a host of other nutritious ingredients.
Reposted with permission from our media associate Healthline.
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