In the long list of and out there, one brand has been my go-to since I first tried them out. For years I’ve been eating PROBARs and they’re hands down my favorite meal bars not only because of their quality ingredients, but because they simply taste great. There’s enough of a variety that I don’t get burnt out with them which is also a huge plus for a picky eater like myself.
As with the entire PROBAR line, the are vegan. The chocolate chips are plentiful, but be advised that eating individual ones by themselves that came loose in the wrapper can taste very bitter as they don’t have a lot of sweeteners. When eaten together with the rest of the bar though, you get the nice chocolately bite that you’d expect. The only tastes that stand out when I eat these are the peanut butter and chocolate – no chalky textures or vitamin flavors which is something I hate about most of the meal bars out there. While there aren’t any claims about being soy-free, I don’t see anything in the ingredients list that leads me to think that they contain any soy. If you have soy allergies it may be worth looking into though. From the wrapper:
Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Oats, Organic Peanut Butter (Peanuts), Chocolate Chips (Evaporated Cane Juice, Chocolate Liquor, Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter), Organic Roasted Peanut Pieces, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Dates, Organic Flax Seed, Organic Sesame Seeds, Almonds, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Crisp Brown Rice, Organic Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Dried Pineapple, Dried Papaya, Organic Brown Rice Crisp, (Organic Brown Rice, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Salt), Roasted Peanut Extract, Organic Rice Syrup, Salt, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Molasses, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Rosemary Extract, Natural Tocopherols, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Arabic Gum.
Each bar is about the size of the palm of your hand, and they’ve always hit the spot whenever I’ve been hungry and didn’t have anything else around to eat. Because of this, I usually keep a reserve box around just for such situations (that and ). They don’t need to be refrigerated, but I would keep them stored in a room-temperature environment until you’re ready to eat them. If you keep them in your pocket for a few minutes they get a little bit softer if you’d prefer, but they’re by no means hard or crunchy (unless they’ve been kept somewhere cold). Just don’t leave them in a warm car for too long because the will start to melt and get all over the place when you unwrap it.
I thought I remembered seeing something a few months ago about them discontinuing the meal bars in favor of the , but I’m glad either I imagined that or they changed their minds. You can find PROBARs at most stores or get them directly from