These Protein Bars Actually Taste Good

Sweaty young man eating energy bar at gym

Some protein bars make for a really tasty snack. | Ridofranz/iStock/Getty Images

Protein bars are everywhere. They’re available in grocery stores, convenience stores, and gyms. Unfortunately, some protein bars taste awful. Fortunately, we’re taking the guesswork out of protein bars. Try these protein bars for a tasty snack you won’t regret buying.

Clif Bar Blueberry Crisp

The Blueberry Crisp bar is “inspired by the home-baked flavor of blueberry crisp fresh from the oven,” the Clif Bar website says. While eating this bar isn’t exactly like eating a blueberry muffin, the bar is full of sweet, blueberry flavor. The crispy texture almost makes you believe you’re eating bits of sugar on top of a freshly baked muffin. The bar’s a great alternative for those short on time who want a punch of blueberry flavor.

Clif Bar Peanut Toffee Buzz

peanut Clif bar

This bar contains caffeine. | Clif Bar & Company

One of my favorite tasting protein bars is Clif Bar’s Peanut Toffee Buzz. This particular flavor is unique because one of the ingredients is caffeine. The protein bar has 49 milligrams of caffeine whereas an eight ounce cup of coffee contains anywhere from 95 to 165 milligrams of caffeine, the Mayo Clinic says. Clif describes the flavor notes as “crunchy peanut toffee meets roasted peanuts and organic peanut butter,” and I couldn’t agree more. The bar is crunchy, sweet, and full of peanut butter.

Rx Bar Chocolate Sea Salt

Rx Bar

This bar is as good as a brownie. | Rx Bar

People know what tastes good. That’s why the Chocolate Sea Salt Rx Bar is the company’s best seller. “These bars are the best I’ve ever tried. A constant on my pantry shelf!” one review says. Unlike some protein bars, which can become stale, this one stays fresh, according to another review. “It’s like having a chewy brownie,” another happy customer says. Who doesn’t want to eat a healthy brownie?

Cookies and Cream Quest Bar

Quest bar

It tastes like candy. | Quest Nutrition

“It’s like having dessert for breakfast!!!!!” one reviewer exclaims. Another says they prefer the bar “over candy bars in taste.” For a Cookies and Cream fix with a healthier twist, try this bar from Quest. It “almost tastes as if you are cheating,” according to a reviewer.

Luna Protein Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Clif bar

You can’t go wrong with cookie dough. | Clif Bar & Company

Tasting more like a brownie than a protein bar, Luna’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough protein bar is practically a dessert. “Chocolate chips and cookie-dough pieces swirled in soft nougat with a flourish of vanilla,” is how Luna describes the bar. The soft, chewy texture loaded with chocolate satisfies any sweet tooth.

Go Macro Macrobar Protein Paradise Cashew Caramel


They’re vegan bars. | Amazon

Of 329 Amazon reviews, the cashew caramel protein bar gets an average of four out of five stars. Reviewers say the bars “taste very good” and that they “like the texture and consistency” of each one. “I can’t stop eating these they are so good,” another reviewer writes. Try these bars if you’re gluten-free or a vegan.

Strong and Kind Honey Smoked BBQ

Strong and Kind bar

It’s a delicious, savory snack. | Amazon

“They have a dense, smoky flavor with a bit of a kick that is exactly like the flavor of barbeque-enhanced foods. They are a great substitute for barbeque flavored potato chips, which I used to eat constantly,” an Amazon reviewer writes. Another reviewer agrees they make a great snack. “They really do satisfy that craving for a munchy, savory treat.” A savory, crunchy snack is a convenient and healthy alternative to chips.

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