ProBar Base Protein Bars

Cookie Dough, Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Brownie Crisp, Frosted Peanut Butter, Chocolate SuperGreens
$2.99 per 2.5-ounce bar

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On June 19, 2013
Last modified:October 26, 2014


These hefty protein bars are nearly a candy bar in pleasure, but a meal replacement in practicality. It's impossible not to love all six chocolaty and nutty flavors. Our only "beefs" with these bars involve the slightly high sugars and the fact that the protein source is soy protein isolate; not something we typically eat in our home, and an issue for some people.

At 280 to 290 calories and 20 to 21 grams of protein each, ProBar Base Protein Bars (formerly known as ProBar Core Bars) won’t leave you with even the slightest pang of hunger. And while Tony and I were often tempted to split one of these hefty meal replacers, we usually inhaled a full bar on our own – yes, they are pretty darn tasty, too.

ProBar Base Protein Bars - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, and Dessert-Like!

Tony classified Base Protein Bars as a filling dairy-free protein bar meets candy bar experience – I concurred. Each flavor has a chewy Powerbar-esque layer that sits atop a thicker granola bar with crispies and chocolate chips. All is coated in a thin layer of milky chocolate (with one new exception, read on…).

To be honest, the original line up of ProBar Base flavors is pretty self-explanatory: Cookie Dough, Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Brownie Crisp. We liked all four, and neither of us could pick a favorite – I think they pretty much nailed the best ever chocolate combinations, no?

ProBar Base Protein Bars - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan

New Base Protein Bars Flavors

In 2014, ProBar introduced a couple new Base Protein Bars, and the Frosted Peanut Butter quickly became my new favorite of the bunch. It is SO yummy! This filling snack has a thin shell of sweet peanut butter icing over the sweet, rich, thick, chewy, and crispy bar base. It has a slight protein bar vibe, but really is quite tasty and dessert-like.

ProBar Base Protein Bars - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, and Dessert-Like!

The Chocolate SuperGreens is also a tasty, sweet treat, but with some contrasting savory notes – perhaps from the added veggies? The surprising green layer not only looks like mint chip, it also seems to have a somewhat minty flavor,  even though the herb doesn’t appear in the ingredient list.

ProBar Base Protein Bars - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, and Dessert-Like!

In addition to the mega-load of protein, ProBar Base Protein Bars are spiked with Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids from chia and flax seeds, and contain 4 grams of fiber per bar. The only two things that I didn’t personally love about the Base Protein Bars were the sugars (not bad really, considering the sweetness, but still more added sweetener than we like to have in a non-dessert) and the use of rice protein concentrate and soy protein isolate (we try to limit protein isolates in our house), but Base Protein Bars do use only non-GMO soy.

Certifications: ProBar Base Protein Bars are Certified Gluten-Free and Non-GMO Verified.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, ProBar Base Protein Bars are vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Tasted 2 of these the other day and they’re so good! Like a candy bar. I had the cookie dough and PB chocolate. I eat a vegan diet so these are perfect!

  2. Yeah….soy is horrible. This bar is nothing I’d ever promote or even be slightly interested in. It’s not that it’s GMO that makes it bad, it’s just bad regardless of being GMO. It’s a phytoestrogen, it is HIGHLY goitrogenic regardless of it being GMO or not….goitrogens inhibit the thyroid and damage it over time….and soy paralyzes the vili in the intestinal tract regardless of it being GMO or not. And again, soy is a **major** allergen.

    Please don’t promote anything like this on your site again, please. Pretty please, with all my heart. We need to stop the soy madness that’s infiltrated our culture. Before Monsanto got its hands on soy, it was classified — correctly so — as “not suitable for human consumption.” Monsanto funded studies that supported it as a ‘miracle food’ that was cheap and a good source of income for the farmers who previously farmed tobacco (and no longer could get the profits from tobacco farming due to the lawsuits in the ’90s). Since introducing soy into our diets, we’ve seen an increase in IBS cases — a natural response by the body to soy’s presence, GMO or not, as soy paralyzes the vili in the intestinal tract. There’s research on this, and plenty of these and other reasons (there’s more) need to be further made aware of. Promoting **anything** with soy is never a good idea. There’s a reason why it’s an allergen for so many people…

    • Hi Jen, thank you so much for expressing your concerns. I will email you directly on this topic to discuss. To note, soy protein isolate is an issue, which I do note in my review. It wasn’t an ingredient we allowed on Go Dairy Free until recent years – I’ve had requests for certain protein bar reviews, many of which utilize it. Soy protein isolate has been shown to be a problem in studies (not whole soy nor fermented soy) when taken in large quantities. We will be modifying policies on product reviews going forward, as I do think it is essential to stick with our mission at Go Dairy Free. I greatly appreciate your comment and notes.

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