RxBar Protein Bars

Review of: RxBars
Coconut Cacao, Peanut Butter, Blueberry, Apple Cinnamon, Coffee Cacao
$2.17 per 1.83-ounce bar

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On March 25, 2015
Last modified:March 26, 2015


The simple "real food" ingredient lists on this nutritious snack food brand are a truly welcome sight. Just 6 of 7 foods in total, including dates, egg whites, figs, and almonds or peanuts. We found the flavors to be pleasant and true to title, loved that they didn't use any added sugars / sweeteners, and thought that each weighty bar was quite filling without packing in unwanted calories. But the taste plus texture did become a little thick and unctuous at times, which I find can happen with egg white powder.

I love the well-thought out name and tagline of this simple snack: RxBar – As Prescribed By Nature.

RxBar Protein Bars - 5 Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Flavors (all Paleo, too, except Peanut Butter)

Though relatively hefty, each flavor contains just 6 or 7 ingredients that are almost too easy to read: dates, egg whites, almonds, figs, and dried fruit, nut butter, coffee or chocolate – depending on the flavor.

Upon unwrapping a couple to split with Tony, he proclaimed, “They look like original PowerBars but with bits of nuts added!” And what you see is what you get with RxBar – the texture is indeed very chewy and PowerBar-esque, but each bar is a bit thicker, wider, and shorter than a PowerBar. Not to mention, the pure, primarily paleo ingredient lists on RxBars don’t even compare to that highly processed snack.

RxBar Protein Bars - 5 Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Flavors (all Paleo, too, except Peanut Butter)

Each RxBar houses the equivalent of 3 egg whites, 1/2 fig, 2 dates, and 8 almonds or peanuts, for a nice 12 grams of protein per bar an no added sugars. Fittingly, the label states, “no gluten ~ no GMOs ~ no soy ~ no dairy ~ no BS”. We split one of each flavor to taste the whole range:

Coconut Cacao – Pleasant mellow cacao flavor that isn’t too sweet and has just subtle coconut notes. It’s very chewy, almost like a Tootsie Roll vibe!

Peanut Butter – Still on the chewy side but much softer than the Coconut Cacao (or any of the flavors) with a touch more sweetness and some serious peanutty intensity. I liked this flavor, but something didn’t quite grab me. It needed something – maybe cinnamon? vanilla? salt?

Blueberry – Perhaps my favorite flavor, this one was just a touch softer than the cacao flavors, but not as tender as the Peanut Butter. Generous dots of dried blueberries throughout added sweet interest.

Apple Cinnamon – Very much like the Blueberry but with nice bites of subtly spiced apple instead of blueberry.

Coffee Cacao – By the name I was expecting more of a mocha taste, but my taste buds said straight up coffee. This herbal tea lover wasn’t a fan, but if you love the bean, give it a go. It’s a very chewy bar, like the Coconut Cacao.

Overall, I loved the ingredient list of RxBars, much like ones I make at home, and found the flavors to be pleasant and not too sweet. I also thought these bars were a good nutritional value, providing both energy and satiety. However, I did find them to be a bit too thick and unctuous at times. Egg protein powder can do this – so I would probably prefer the bars were just a little lighter on the protein powder.

RxBar Protein Bars - 5 Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Flavors (all Paleo, too, except Peanut Butter)

Confused About Eggs? If you mistake eggs for dairy, you’re not alone! See this post: Are Eggs Dairy? For those who can and do choose to consume eggs, egg white can be a great source of protein on a dairy-free diet.

Certifications: RxBars are Whole 30 Approved. They are labeled as gluten-free, but we did not note certifications for these.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, RxBars are dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, vegetarian, and most varieties are paleo. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the RxBar website at www.rxbar.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, 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.

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