Getting a corner on the chocolate-covered crispy bar market, NuGo Nutrition Bars come in a wide array of vegan and dairy-free flavors. These fall under four bar types: Free, Organic, Dark, and Slim.
Go Dairy Free reader, Danielle brought the NuGo Nutrition Bars to our attention.
“I have tried the dairy-free chocolate chocolate chip energy bar and it tastes really good. I strongly suggest this product.”
Recently, I also got the chance to try the Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip NuGo Nutrition Bar. It was nicely sweet for an afternoon treat, with a rustic crispy texture and TONS of chocolate. There was a 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 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!). Also if you prefer rice protein to soy, the Free line is for you (more info below).
NuGO Free nutrition bars are made without soy and gluten. Rice protein crisps and rice protein give it a 9 gram boost of protein. At last check they had the following dark chocolate- or icing-covered flavors: Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Trail Mix, and Carrot Cake
NuGo Organic protein bars are a little more indulgent in sugars. Although they 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. 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.
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 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.
The Facts on NuGo Nutrition Bars
Price: $1.50 to $1.99 per bar
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 www.nugonutrition.com.
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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.