At my local grocery store, on the protein bar isle, I noticed some bars by a company out of Denver, Co named No Cow. The particular bar that I will taste in this post is the No Cow Chocolate Fudge Brownie Protein Bar. This seems to me to be a product that is very clean, with very few ingredients, and the name of the company is clever, because there are no animal products in the bar of any kind.
The ingredients are derived from plants, and it claims to be non-dairy and only has one gram of sugar. My first inclination is that this bar won’t taste too good. Somehow, the healthier the product, the more devoid of flavor it is, but I am going to give this bar a try, as well as all of their other flavors eventually. So let’s see what we have here.
List Of Ingredients
Protein Blend (Brown Rice Protein, Pea Protein), Isomalto-Oligosaccharides, Cocoa Nibs, Glycerine, Almonds, Palm Oil, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Natural Flavor, Water, Salt, Erythritol, Monk Fruit, Stevia Extract.
That’s the extent of the ingredients list, and it seems relatively clean, at least as compared with many other brands of protein bars I’ve tried. The only other bar I have tried with pea protein up to this point was the Vega Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar, which I did’didn’t really care for. But I am willing to give pea protein another try.
Important Nutrition Facts
Serving Size – 1 Bar, Calories 210, Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 200mg, Total Carbohydrate 24g, Dietary Fiber 17g, Sugars 1g, Sugar Alcohol 4g, Protein 21g.
As you can see, this protein bar is low in sugar, and has quite a bit of dietary fiber. Along with 21g of protein, this is one of the better bars I have tried as far as nutrition goes. But the taste is what I go for the most, so let’s see how the flavor and texture is.
My Honest Review
When I first opened the packaging, I noticed virtually no smell from the bar whatsoever. I was expecting to at least get a whiff of something, but I got nothing.
The bar is quite dry, and it is solid chocolate throughout, no layering. There are small chocolate pieces throughout the bar which gives it a bit of a crunch. The texture is dry and grainy, more like chalky, and the protein flavor is very prevalent.
It tastes like a typical old school protein bar, and this bar doesn’t win any flavor or texture points with me. I will admit that the flavor and texture are not necessarily a game changer though. If this is the only protein bar available, I would not hesitate to consume it.
It does not eat like a sugary candy bar at all. It does, however, pack 21g of protein. And the high fiber content is a good thing. I wouldn’t eat more than one bar at a given time.
This is a snack bar that does’didn’t have the best flavor or texture, but health and nutrition wise, it does rank well. I don’t see where this could be used to build a lot of muscle during or after a workout, but to cut the hunger pains between a meal, it is a sold choice nutritionally. I would recommend a try, but don’t expect to be wowed by the flavor. Make sure you have a bottle of water with you if you try it, as it is dry. Not bad, but not great.