NuGo Nutriton Bars: Vegan Free, Organic, Dark, and Slim Varieties

Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip
$1.50 to $1.99 per bar

Reviewed by:
On November 29, 2014
Last modified:November 30, 2014


I feel a bit premature in this review, as we've only sampled one flavor from among their broad selection. That said, these are chocolate-covered crispy bar treats! A bit more indulgent on the gut than I could enjoy daily, but a find for those who love candy bar-like bars that pack in the non-GMO soy and/or rice protein and chocolate.

Getting a corner on the chocolate-covered crispy bar market, NuGo Nutrition Bars come in a wide array of vegan and dairy-free flavors, that fall under four bar types: Free, Organic, Dark, and Slim.

The NuGo Dark bars were first¬†brought to our attention by viewer Danielle, “I have tried the dairy-free chocolate chocolate chip energy bar and it tastes really good. I strongly suggest this product.”

I also got the chance to try the Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip NuGo Nutrition Bar, and found it nicely sweet for an afternoon treat, with a rustic crispy texture and TONS of chocolate. There was a not too thick, but generous chocolate coating and those nearly full-sized chocolate chips throughout (pictured below). If you adore real semi-sweet dark chocolate than this bar is for you.

For myself, everyone is different, the only caveats were the sugars (I try to avoid too many added sugars in my snacking – this bar has 14 grams of sugars from cane sugar (in the chocolate), tapioca syrup, and agave syrup) and the protein crisps (soy protein isolates aren’t my good friend!). Fortunately, NuGo Nutrition Bars does have a couple low sugar options with their Slim line (read on!) and for those who just prefer rice protein to soy, the Free line may be a good fit (more info below).

NuGo Nutrition Bars - Organic Chocolate Chocolate Chip (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

NuGO Free nutrition bars are made without soy and gluten, using rice protein crisps and rice protein to pack in 9 grams of protein each. At last check they had the following dark chocolate- or icing-covered flavors: Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Trail Mix, and Carrot Cake

NuGo Nutrition Bars - Free and Organic (Dairy-Free and Vegan Varieties)

NuGo Organic protein bars are a little more indulgent in sugars, but have 10 grams of protein per bar from the crunchy organic soy and rice crisps and soy protein. We spotted these dark chocolate-covered flavors: Double Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Almond, and Dark Chocolate Pomegranate.

Every NuGo Dark bar is coated in decadent dark chocolate, much like their other vegan selections. At 10 grams of protein per bar (from non-GMO soy crisps) and about the same sugars as the Organic varieties, the Dark bars could be described as the “core” NuGo product line with a plethora of enticing options: Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Mocha Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Pretzel, Chocolate Coconut, and Spicy Coconut.

NuGo Nutrition Bars - Dark and Slim (Dairy-Free and Vegan Varieties)

If the sugars noted above concern you, then look no further than NuGO Slim. These low-sugar, high-protein bars clock in at 15 to 17 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber and just 2 to 3 grams of sugars per bar. But note that only select flavors of NuGo Slim are labeled as vegan; we spotted the: Crunchy Peanut Butter and Espresso.

Certifications: Select NuGo Nutrition Bar varieties are Certified Kosher Pareve, Certified Vegan, Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Organic, and/or Non-GMO Verified.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, the vegan NuGo Nutrition Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are soy-free. However, always read the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Also, processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the NuGo website at

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 Comment

  1. I haven’t had it in ages, but the carrot cake flavor used to be a favorite in my regular snack bar rotation. Definitely worth picking up, if you’re looking for the next great variety to try. I’ve really gotta track these down again!

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