Last updated on November 18, 2020
Even though getting enough protein has never been a problem for us vegans, there’s always a place in our lives for a yummy vegan protein bar. Protein bars are a fun and convenient way to get a boost of energy while on-the-go or feeling lazy. But with more and more plant-based protein bars on the market, choosing the right bar your individual needs can be a challenge. That’s because not all bars are designed for the same purpose.
Not all bars are created equal
Some vegan bars are designed for a quick healthy snack between meals, while others are loaded with more than enough protein necessary for the average person’s snack. Those high-protein bars are perfect for pre or post-workout snacks, breakfast on-the-go or to keep you fueled throughout a hike. To make things easier, most high-protein bars will be labelled as such. If there is no mention of protein on the label, the bar is most likely an energy bar.
Since many protein bars on the market nowadays are accidentally vegan, there are plenty of plant-based options to choose from. Non-vegan protein bars typically use dairy-derived whey protein or even insects as a protein source (no thanks!).
How to choose the right vegan protein bar
If you’re looking for a healthy bar that will keep you sustained over a period of time, we highly recommend going for a high-protein bar that’s also high in fiber and low in sugar. Many “mainstream” protein bars on the market have high amounts of added-sugar or artificial sweeteners and are low in dietary fiber. Don’t get us wrong, that’s totally fine if you’re looking for a quick and tasty snack. But if sustained energy is what you’re aiming for, pay equal attention to the fiber content when picking the right vegan protein bar for your needs. Fiber will help keep you from crashing an hour later.
Not all of the vegans protein bars in this guide are certified vegan. This means that some may be manufactured in a facility that produces non-vegan products. The same goes for gluten and soy. If you have an allergy to either or, please look into the product’s nutrition facts before purchasing it.
The 7 best vegan protein bars available in Canada right now
1. Thunderbird Energy Bar
4 g protein
With no added sugar and extremely simple ingredients, the Thunderbird Energy Bar is perfect for a quick, healthy and delicious snack on the go. With only 4 grams of protein, we don’t recommend relying on this bar for a protein boost. But if immediate energy is what you’re looking for, this bar is a great option.
2. Sunwarrior - Sol Good Protein Bar
The Sunwarrior Protein bar wins on many levels. At $3.74 a piece, this protein bar is not for the price-conscious, but it’s high in protein, high in fiber, low in sugar and completely organic. In terms of ingredients, there are about 12 if you exclude seasonings like sea salt, cinnamon and vanilla. It’s also reportedly delicious.
3. CLIF BUILDERS Protein bar
You’ve probably already heard of CLIF bars. The new CLIF Builders protein bar offers a whopping 20 grams of protein, compared to 9 grams in their more popular bars. If you’re looking for an affordable bar that’s very high in protein and sugar isn’t an issue for you, this bar is for you. If you value taste over protein content and are looking for an equally affordable protein bar, you might want to try their peanut butter protein bar instead. Recent Amazon reviews suggest that this bar is not as tasty as their other options.
4. Iron Vegan Sprouted Protein Bars
Iron Vegan Sprouted Protein bar is another bar that wins in terms of protein, fiber, low sugar content and taste. In addition to 16 grams of protein, this bar has 16 grams of fiber and just 4 grams of sugar. Another perk is the variety of protein-sources packed into the bar: sprouted brown rice, sprouted quinoa, sprouted millet, nuts, seeds and more). Despite more than 20 ingredients, most ingredients listed are organic and recognizable. The bar loses a few points for having an artificial sweetener as it’s first ingredient.
5. Vega Protein Bars
The Vega protein bar is an affordable and flavourful option for an easy snack between meals. Since it’s low in fiber and particularly small in size, we wouldn’t recommend relying on this bar to keep you going throughout a workout. Another downside is that it contains palm oil. On the plus side, it’s Vegan Certified!
6. SimplyProtein Bar
With only 1 gram of sugar, the SimplyProtein bar comes in first place for the vegan protein bar with the least amount of sugar. Unlike other “low sugar” protein bars out there, the bar doesn’t contain ariticial sweeteners either. This high-protein bar is also high in fiber and iron, making it a perfect pre-workout snack.
7. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Bars
Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Yeah! vegan protein bars are a nutritious option for someone looking to add a bit more protein to their diet. With shelled hemp seeds and sunflower seeds as its primary ingredients, this vegan protein bar is one of the healthier options available in Canada. It’s also a great source of iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc. To spice things up, each pack of bars comes with an assortment of flavors.