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Going on a “Quest” for the Best Protein Bar

quest-barsWell, it looks like I’ll be adding to our best protein bars list…’cause, guys, I just tried Quest Bars, and let’s just say that amidst the overcrowded waters of protein bars, they stand out. While not all of the flavors were my fave, a few standouts rocked my protein-bar-lovin’ world.

Before we get to the flavor-flaves though, let’s talk nutrition. (Because, seriously, anyone can make a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar, but can they do it with nutritionals that actually beat a candy bar? I think not.) With 200 to 210 calories a bar depending on your flavor of choice, these aren’t low calorie but they do make for a great post-workout snack when you’ve hit the gym really hard. They also work super well before a morning workout, when you eat half before and half after. And with a whopping 20 grams of protein (mostly whey for you protein-junkies out there) and 15 grams of fiber (yes, you read that right), these Quest nutrition bars are also made without gluten, sugar alcohols and an ingredient list long enough to make your eyes cross.

Sweetened with sucralose, they’re sweet but not too sweet, and while they do have that slight Splenda-esque aftertaste, it’s pretty minor. These Quest nutrition bars come in a variety of flavors, too: Peanut Butter, Vanilla Almond, Mixed Berry Bliss, Chocolate Brownie and Apple Pie. While none of the flavors were terrible, I found—rather surprisingly since they’re usually my favorite flavors—Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownie to be the least tasty. Mixed Berry Bliss was pretty good, and Apple Pie tasted like real honest-to-goodness apples. (When’s the last time you could say that about a protein bar that wasn’t a Larabar?) The Vanilla Almond Quest Bar though was hands down the best of the bunch. It was like a vanilla sundae with almonds sprinkled in, but totally filling and full of protein. So good and totally unique for a protein bar.

While no protein bar is ever as good as a real snack or meal of fruits, veggies, healthy fat and protein, in a pinch and on-the-go, these bars help put an end to the “Quest” for finding the best protein bars out there. Quest…get it? Oh, protein-bar humor.

Do you eat protein bars? Ever tried Quest Bars? What’s your favorite type? —Jenn

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  1. These sound great! I love the convenient nutrition of protein bars but they’re quite hard to find in Ireland and so expensive!

  2. Suzanne says:

    These sound really great. I actually like the Special K protein bars but I haven’t tried very many kinds to have much of a comparison. The Special K chocolate protein shakes are even better though!

  3. Laura says:

    Ugh, you had me until you mentioned Sucralose. I won’t eat a bar with fake sugar. I’d rather have a bit of real sugar than any of the fake stuff.

  4. Julie says:

    I would like you to review the Thinkthin bar next….They’re my favorite ones and it’s hard to find one that beat them.

  5. Dina says:

    I love, love, love these. The apple pie and mixed berry are hands down my favorites. I was shocked that I didn’t fall straight for the chocolate either. I just ordered a sampler box that includes their newest peanut butter and jelly flavor. I can’t wait to get them in the mail. They’re so tasty! Oh and for Laura, they’ve been releasing prototype bars lately that don’t have the fake sugar. I don’t know much more than that, but I saw somethign about it on their FB page.

  6. Hello,
    Thanks for shearing! I totally agree with you.

    QuestBars is really a best Protein bar for weight loss. I love these. Though Diet is necessary for our health life and it made a grate influence in the system of our body.

    Anybody who are feed up with tasteless diet food are truly appreciate to taste QuestBar.

  7. Anne says:

    Just one correction – they’re between 170 and 210 calories. The apple pie is actually one of the 170 calorie ones.

    Also, the Quest Naturals are sweetened with stevia and don’t have the aftertaste that the others do. The Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Peanut Butter flavors are great!

  8. nina says:

    I see you mentioned these for before work out or after work out. I usually try to eat every 2-3 hours and this in just one of my snacks I eat for the protein and fiber is that bad if I dont work out after having one??

  9. Maya Khan says:


    Thanks for sharing the nice and delicious protein bar that can be helpful to lose weight. We also can be replacement our daily meal.

    This Quest Bar is sweeten that’s why whose are taking tasteless diet they will be glad of this.

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