We are encouraged to make our own meals and snacks at home, but let’s face the truth: sometimes we get really busy. In a pinch, snack bars are a quick way to satisfy hunger between meals or replace a meal itself. They are convenient when traveling, after workouts or when lacking enough time in our schedules to prep food.
However, not all bars are alike, as some may be filled with processed ingredients and little nutritional value and it can be hard to navigate the snack bar aisle to find one that does not. That is why I am sharing with you some of my favorite plant based snack bars that have great flavors, minimally processed and recognizable ingredient lists with no animal products if you would like to avoid them.
I have tried and enjoy the crisp protein bars and the chocolate coated bars. There are a variety of flavors and each bar contains organic ingredients with 10 to 13g of minimally processed sprouted plant protein, low glycemic sweeteners and coconut oil. Square Organics has very frequent discounts on their website with part of sales going towards Not For Sale, an anti-human trafficking non-profit.
I have only tried the original Larabar from which there are many different flavors to choose from and each one is made from about 3 to 10 mostly whole food and identifiable ingredients. They are also one of the easiest bars to find in many stores, including gas station stores when you are traveling. Larabar is passionate about living healthy in mind, body and spirit through eating food that tastes best in its least processed form.
This is a relatively new company currently with 2 flavors of bars. Each bar is delicious and has 20g of complete plant based protein, which is great for after a workout,with organic and mostly unrefined ingredients, with no sugar alcohols or palm-oil. Planet Protein designs bars that fit its mission of promoting consciousness of what is in the food we choose to consume and its impact on our health and the health of the environment and other animals.
These bars have many different flavors with fun names and varieties, including protein bars (10g per bar) and energy bars with a good balance of macro and micro nutrients. Their bars are based on the macrobiotic diet, a healthy and sustainable whole food centered lifestyle focused on balance within ourselves and nature, with ingredients sourced from local farmers and donations made to macrobiotic education and animal sanctuaries.
Others I’ve tried and enjoy: Shanti Bar, KIND Snacks, Rise Bar.
Did I leave off one of your favorite plant based snack bars? If so, mention it in the comments section below, as I would love to try and share it!
NOTE: I am not affiliated with or sponsored by any of the brands and links mentioned in this post. All photos in this post are my original.