PROBAR Core Protein Bars - Taste Test

PROBAR Core Protein Bars - Taste Test

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If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know that I am a huge fan of PROBAR snack bars. I've written about them several times and even shared a more detailed post on how I use them as the cornerstone of my no-cook backpacking meal plan. All of those posts were about the PROBAR Meal bars, ideal for replacing a whole meal with one compact, nutritious bar. Now I'd like to turn your attention to one of their newer bars, their CORE protein bars.

20g of Plant Protein

As you would expect from PROBAR these bars are packed with the very best ingredients just like their Meal bars. However, unlike the Meal bars these are high in protein making them perfect as a post workout recovery snack. The CORE bars average about 290 calories per bar, so they are not a meal replacement by any means, but with 20g of plant protein (soy isolate) they will give you the strength you need to muscle through the day and recover from strenuous activity.  CORE bars come in four amazing flavors: Brownie Crisp, Cookie Dough (my favorite), Mint Chocolate, and Peanut Butter Chocolate.

Unlike some other protein snack bars that I've tried, the CORE bars are not as tough to bite through. The top layer of the bar seems to be the protein mixture and just below that is a crunchy layer, in this case it's the brownie crisp layer.

Organic Ingredients

PROBAR pride themselves on using the very best organic ingredients, but that doesn't mean you can ignore the amount of sugars in each bar - 14g in this cookie crisp variety from a combination of organic tapioca syrup, organic dried cane syrup, and organic agave syrup. Sugar is sugar. On the flip side of this, each of the four varieties of CORE bars contain Chia seeds which are well know for their health benefits and provide a significant does of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids.

I've been snacking on these for the past few months on and off and have to say that to this point these are my favorite protein snack bars. They may not have as much protein as other bars (Premier Protein for example), but their taste and texture are hard to beat in my honest opinion. I'm about to run out of these bars and will need to order some more pretty soon.

The only negative thing I can really say about the CORE bars is actually true of almost all of the protein bars that I've even had, and that is that they are chocolate coated! In moderately warm conditions these bars are a gooey mess to handle. When you open them the chocolate coating has melted and stuck to the inside of the wrapper and is not something you want to hold with your fingers. Why do so many protein bar manufacturers feel the need to coat the bars in chocolate? Are they too hard to swallow without it - I hope to find out one day.

If you have a favorite protein snack bar, or if you've recently tried the PROBAR CORE bars, share your experience below via the comments. I'm always on the lookout for new options or recommended products. I share with you, you share with me, and everyone benefits!

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Disclosure: PROBAR provided Brian's Backpacking Blog with some complementary CORE protein bars for taste testing and feedback.
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