In a perfect world, we’d cook all our own food, from scratch. We’d never eat anything processed, anything that comes in a package or a box, or anything that has more than one ingredient.
But in reality, sometimes we need a quick bite to get us through a meeting, a workout, or even an afternoon of shopping. Vegan energy bars are a great option for an on-the-go snack or a mini-meal replacement.
Once upon a time, energy bars were chalky, bland, and made exclusively with whey protein. Good thing times have changed! There are now so many energy bars on the market, including tons of mouthwatering vegan options, that it can be hard to choose! This guide is here to help.
What are you looking for in an energy bar? We’ve divided 8 of our favorite vegan energy bars into 3 main categories – simple ingredients, macronutrient profile, and superfood ingredients.
1 – Simple Ingredients
Looking for a pure, simple bar with a short list of ingredients you can pronounce? Give the Pure Bar, Two Degrees, and Larabars a try!
The Pure Bar is an organic “real food bar” made of dried fruit, nuts, and other wholesome ingredients. All varieties are gluten free, vegan, and non-GMO. Choose from Banana Coconut, Dark Chocolate Berry, Chocolate Brownie, Wild Blueberry, Cherry Cashew, Apple Cinnamon, and Cranberry Orange flavors.
Two Degrees Bars combine an excellent product with an enviable mission. With every bar purchase, the company donates a meal to a hungry child. And with a wholesome list of delicious ingredients like dried fruit, nuts, and crisp rice, buying these bars is a win-win! The gluten free, vegan bars come in 4 tasty flavors – Apple Pecan, Cherry Almond, Chocolate Banana, and Chocolate Peanut.
Larabars are another great fruit and nut-based bar. Aside from the simple list of ingredients, the major selling points for this bar are its widespread availability and amazing variety of flavors. From Cashew Cookie to Apple Pie…Chocolate Coconut Chew to Coconut Cream Pie, there is definitely a flavor for everyone! Each vegan bar is also gluten free and non-GMO.
2 – Macronutrient Profile
If you want a bar that packs a healthy balance of macronutrients, including a significant serving of protein, try Zing Bars, Vega Energy Bars, and The Simply Bar.
Created by nutritionists, it’s no surprise that Zing Bars are high in protein and fiber, free of artificial ingredients and trans fats, and have a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. The real surprise is how tasty they are! The bars come in three vegan flavors - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Coconut, and Cashew Cranberry Orange. The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bar is highly recommended!
Vega Energy Bars are made with all-natural, plant-based ingredients like hemp protein, organic flax seeds, and wheatgrass. With 10 grams of complete raw protein, 6 grams of fiber, and a healthy serving of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, Vega Energy Bars pack an impressive nutritional punch! All 3 flavors (berry, chocolate, and natural) are also gluten free and non-GMO.
Their slogan says it best – The Most Protein for the Least Calories. With 16 grams of protein and just 3 grams of sugar in each 160-calorie bar, The Simply Bar is a great choice for sugar- and calorie-conscious consumers, or anyone seeking a high protein, plant-based snack.
3 – Superfood Ingredients
If you’re a sucker for superfoods, you’ll want to check out Keen-Wah Decadence and Rise Bars!
Made with some of the most popular superfoods of the day, Keen-Wah Decadence Bars are packed with complete protein and fiber, antioxidants, and heart-healthy omegas. Try the Chocolate Chia, Coconut Almond, or Cayenne Cinnamon varieties. All 3 are gluten free, non-GMO, and 100% organic.
Rise Energy+ Bars are made with a unique blend of healthy ingredients like nuts, coconut, dried fruit, amaranth, pomegranate, and goji berries. They are formulated to provide a quick boost of energy from fruit and natural sweeteners, as well as sustained satisfaction from nuts and other healthy fats. All bars are free of gluten, and made with organic ingredients. The Blueberry Coconut flavor is especially tasty, but with 5 distinctive flavors, there’s sure to be a Rise Energy+ bar you’ll enjoy.