This is the first protein bar that I have tried from Vega, a company located in British Columbia, Canada. There are different flavors of these bars on the shelves of my local grocery store, which, it seems, I visit almost every day.
This review will be my opinion on the flavor and texture of the Vega Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar. I will pick up some other flavors of Vega bars on subsequent trips to the store and review them at a later time.
As much as I can remember, this is the first protein bar that I have tried with pea protein. You can read all about pea protein here. The list of ingredients for this particular Vega protein bar is not very long, and it appears to have some good stuff in it.
List Of Ingredients
Pea Protein, Organic Agave Syrup, Brown Rice Protein, Organic Sugar, Tapioca Syrup, Vegetable Glycerin, Peanut Butter, Palm Kernal Oil, Natural Flavors, Organic Agave Inulin, Cocoa Powder, Rice Starch, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Powder (Processed With Alkali), Sunflower Oil, Organic Peanut Extract, Sea Salt, Sunflower Lecithin.
I quickly noticed that some ingredients are organic, which is a positive.
Important Nutrition Facts
Serving size – 1 Bar, Calories 290, Total Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 290mg, Total Carbohydrates 27g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 18g, Protein 20g.
The nutrition in this bar is quite solid. With no cholesterol, a bit of dietary fiber, and 20g of protein, I would say that this is a good choice. The proof is in the flavor, however, so let’s give it a try.
My Honest Review
When I first picked up this protein bar while still in it’s packaging, I couldn’t help but notice the thickness of it. For a relatively small bar, it seemed quite dense and heavy. At 290 calories, there seems to be something substantial to the bar.
It is thicker and heavier than many of the bars Iv’e tasted up to this point. As I opened the wrapper, I saw a thin chocolate layer that completely covered the bar. The top layer of the bar seems light brown and chalky, and very dry.
The layer underneath, I am assuming is the peanut butter layer, is just as chalky and again, very dry. This bar tastes to me like a typical protein bar devoid of much flavor.
I don’t taste much of a chocolate, or peanut butter flavor. The flavor that predominates is chalky, dry, and very bland. This is the typical protein bar that people think of when they think of protein bars. There is no sweetness to it, and it fills the mouth with a grainy feeling, and has an aftertaste that makes me want to desperately wash out the chalkiness with a bottle of water.
To be fair, this bar has some nutritious ingredients, and is probably much healthier than many of the protein bars with more sugar, and a sweeter, candy bar like consistency. This bar does not eat like a candy bar at all, and if you don’t concern yourself with flavor, and just want it for the shot of protein it gives you, this could be one that you might like.
If you like the creamy, sweet, deliciousness of a FITCRUCH bar, this is not for you.
For me, it is too dry and grainy tasting, and with the protein flavor as strong as it is, I don’t really like it. But hey, to each his own. Give it a try, just wait before you invest in a case.