Like many hikers, I’ve tried a lot of bars out there. Some have been virtually inedible while others could pull a filling loose! Finding a healthy, convenient-to-pack bar that I actually wanted to eat seemed impossible. About a year ago, I found ProBar and liked their Meal bars so much, I packed one for lunch everyday on my John Muir Trail Thru Hike!
PROBAR is a Utah based company that uses plant-based ingredients in their products. All PROBAR bars and energy chews are GMO free, made with organic ingredients, and sustainably sourced. Many are gluten and dairy free which makes them a fantastic option for just about everyone!
I tried four different PROBAR varieties: Bolt Organic Energy Bites, Meal Simply Real Bars, Bite Organic Snack Bars, and Base Protein Bars.
I am always looking for something to help me get up the White Mountain’s notoriously steep trails. I’ve used other gels and blocks and was really excited to see that PROBAR came out with some energy chews.
These chews are vegan, made with only organic ingredients and taste really great! I am a fan of their size as I have found similar chews a little much when I am on the move.They are not made of gelatin and are actually softer and easier to chew. Even in cold weather they do well. They come in four varieties: Berry Blast, Orange, Raspberry, and Strawberry. Each pack (2 servings/pack) have 48 grams of carbohydrates- half of which are in the form of sugar. They also have caffeine derived from Yerba Mate which is a great pick-me-up especially from someone (like me) who doesn’t drink coffee. I have found myself not feeling so great after eating maltodextrin based chews and gels so these are a great alternative.
The Meal Bars are what I first tried from PROBAR. They are great to take for lunch on backpacking trips as they range from 350-390 calories per bar. There are currently 13 varieties of Meal Bars. There are a lot of chocolate peanut butter bars available so the Superfood Slam or Superberry and Greens varieties are great for folks who are done with overly sweet trail snacks. It’s really difficult to find wholesome options to eat on the trail, especially when you’re trying to pack light. The meal bars are by far the best tasting and most nutrient dense bars I’ve ever had.
Probar Bite Bars are really delicious and pack in 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber in a slim package. The Superfruit Greens is my favorite flavor. It is made of acai, goji, chia and… grass! It includes wheat grass, barley grass, and alfalfa powder, but tastes like a candy bar. You need to try this one out to see for yourself! Some other varieties include Chocolate Cherry Cashew, Coconut Almond, and Mixes Berry.
I was the most surprised by PROBAR’s take on protein bars. Typically I can’t stomach a protein bar. I find them so unpalatable and they usually have an extremely chewy texture. Not these! I’ve only tried the Peanut Butter Chocolate variety as I thought it would be a safer choice, but I’m excited to try some more out. This bar really does taste like chocolate and peanut butter because it has real ingredients- no fake flavors! It’s also loaded with 20 grams of soy protein, chia, flax seeds, and 5 grams of fiber. That’ll get you moving! The only downside is because they are made of real ingredients, you have to eat up once opened or you risk having a melty mess! Base comes in varieties that’ll satisfy any sweet tooth: Brownie Crisp, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Chocolate Supergreens, and Cookie Dough.
While I absolutely love PROBARS for the trail, I tend to have a problem eating them in between hikes. They’re great for a snack when you’re on the go, without compromising nutrition. All products made by PROBAR except for the Bolt Chews (they contain caffeine) are also great for kids! I was told by one little gal that these were the best snacks ever and gave her lots of energy for playing. She also told me my feet look just like her daddy’s so I say she gave an honest review!
Have you tried PROBAR? Share your favorite in the comments below!
Disclaimer: Allison Nadler purchased PROBAR Meal, Bite, and Bolt boxes with her own funds. She received a complementary box of Base Bars. The above review is her own opinion.
Last modified: April 18, 2015