A list of the healthiest protein bars we could find that are keto-friendly for 2019. Includes reviews of our top protein bar pick that won’t kick you out of ketosis along with which bars to avoid.
Following the keto diet and looking for convenient low carb snacks that won’t kick you out of ketosis? Luckily there are lots of options now that keto has become so popular and not all of them have to involve eggs.
Many store-bought protein bars contain a long list of ingredients – many that you can’t even pronounce! Making your own keto snacks like keto granola bars at home ensures that there are no added sugars and hidden carbs.
But what if you’re out and about and need to find protein bars that won’t kick you out of ketosis?
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog post are our opinions. Always read the labels and do your own research to ensure accuracy.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SHOPPING FOR THE BEST LOW SUGAR PROTEIN BARS?
- look for snack bars that are made with mainly whole-food ingredients
- the perfect keto protein bars have a higher number of healthy fats and whole proteins such as avocado oil, coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil and MCT oils
- avoid low sugar protein bars that contain lots of preservatives and artificial sweeteners such as maltitol as it can still raise your glucose levels. We’re also not a fan of low carb bars that contain sucralose or IMO fiber as they can affect your gut, be harsh on your stomach and digestive system.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST PROTEIN BARS:
Always read the ingredient list and don’t always fall into brands that market their products as “Keto-friendly”
OUR TOP PICKS FOR THE BEST PROTEIN BARS THAT ARE KETO FRIENDLY:
Keep in mind that we chose low carb protein bars based on the ingredients, texture and taste. And by all means, if there’s a protein bar that you feel should be on this list, let us know by leaving a comment so we can check them out!
Macros for one Chocolate Peanut Butter Keto Bar:
- 3 grams NET carbs
- 13 grams Total Carbs
- 6 grams Fiber
- 4 grams Erythritol
- 8 grams of PROTEIN
- 21 grams Fat
- 250 Calories
Keto Bars are the original keto bars that are made with very little sugar alcohols and no added fiber. They are delicious and taste like a mix of brownies, fudge, and a dark chocolate bar.
Macros for one Stoka Bar:
- 4 grams NET carbs
- 17 grams Total Carbs
- 5 grams Fiber
- 7 grams Sugar alcohol
- 9 grams Protein
- 15 grams Fat
- 250 Calories
These are the best tasting protein bars that are keto approved and remind me of granola bars which I love. They are crunchy, delicious and packed with protein and healthy fats. They have a fairly short ingredient list with no sugar or artificial preservatives. They are made with mainly all natural ingredients such as almonds, psyllium husks, sea salt, and sweetened with erythritol and stevia leaf extract.
- PERFECT KETO BARS
Photo: Perfect Keto
Macros for one Keto Bar:
- 2 grams NET carbs
- 11 grams Total Carbs
- 2 grams Fiber
- 11 grams Protein
- 18 grams Fat
- 210 Calories
Pererfect Keto Bars come in various delicious flavors and made with a combination of organic almond butter, sunflower lecithin, soluble tapioca fiber, collagen protein, cacao butter, MCT oil powder, stevia, and have no added sugar or artificial preservatives. They make a great choice if your are looking for a gluten-free and dairy-free protein bar,
Macros for one Lemon Matcha Dang Bar:
- 5 grams NET carbs
- 11 grams Total carbs
- 6 grams Fiber
- 9 grams Protein,
- 15 grams Fat
- 210 calories
These low carb protein bars tastes great and come in a variety of delicious flavors. They have a slightly crunchy / seedy texture and the ingredient list is pretty short and they are easy to digest.
QUEST PROTEIN COOKIES
Technically not a protein bar but still deserve an honorable mention. Quest Protein Cookies are soft, chewy and very popular among the keto community as well. They come in a variety of flavors and are a keto friendly option when you are craving a cookie.
Macros for One Oatmeal Raisin Cookie:
- 25 grams Total Carbs
- 12 grams Fiber
- Erythritol 4 grams
- 15 grams Protein
- 14 grams Fat
- 250 Calories
Photo: Epic Provisions
Macros for one Apple Bacon Epic bar:
- 4 Total Carbs
- 0 grams Fiber
- 9 grams Protein
- 13 grams Fat
- 170 Calories
EPIC bars are all-natural meat bars and come in a variety of flavors made from grass-fed beef, chicken, venison and deer.
They are not like your typical sweet protein bars but they make a satisfying and filling snack. These keto protein bars will help you stay on ketosis and are gluten free, paleo-friendly and have no sugar added.
OTHER LOW CARB PROTEIN BARS WE TESTED:
Many of these protein bars can be found at Wholefoods, Costco, Trader Joe’s, GNC and online
- Built Bars come in a variety of flavors and their ingredient list is pretty short with no wax or fillers. They remind me of a candy bar but without all the sugar.
Macros for One Coconut Chocolate Creme Bar: 110 Calories / 13 gram Total Carbs / 6 grams Fiber / 2 grams Erythritol / 15 grams Protein / 4 grams Fat
BULLETPROOF PROTEIN BARS:
- Bulletproof Protein Bars come in 3 flavors. We were not a fan of the taste but the ingredient list is pretty short.
Macros for One Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar: 220 Calories / 14 grams Total Carbs / 5 grams Fiber / 12 grams Protein / 15 grams Fat
- Dang Bar – discussed above
- Epic Bar – discussed above
GTG GOOD TO GO PROTEIN BARS:
- GTG Good to Go Protein Bars – comes in a variety of delicious flavors with cleaner ingredients however, they are sweetened with coconut sugar which is high glycemic.
Macros for One Almond Chocolate Chip Bar: 300 Calories / 25 Total Carbs / 4 grams Fiber, 18 grams Protein, 14 grams Fat
- Keto Bar – discussed above
KIRKLAND PROTEIN BARS:
- Kirkland Protein Bars – resemble Quest Protein Bars but they recently reformulated their bars and they now contain Inulin which can be harsh on some people’s digestive system
Macros for one Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar: 200 calories / 24 Total Carbs / 14 grams Fiber / 4 grams Erythritol / 21 grams Protein / 7 grams Fat
NO COW ENERGY BARS:
- No Cow Energy Bar come in a variety of flavors and make a great option if you’re looking for a dairy free vegan protein bar. The texture is a little bit chalky but the ingredient list is fairly short.
Macros for One Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar: 190 calories / 26 grams Total Carbs / 19 grams Fiber / 4 grams Sugar Alcohol / 20 Grams Protein / 5 grams Fat
ONE PROTEIN BARS:
- ONE Protein Bar – come in a variety of flavors with a long list of ingredients and contain Maltitol and IMO Fiber.
Macros for One Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Bar – 230 Calories / 24 Total Carbohydrates / 9 grams Fiber / 6 grams Sugar Alcohol / 20 grams Protein / 9 grams Fat
- Perfect Keto Bar – discussed above
QUEST PROTEIN BARS:
- Quest Protein Bars – probably the most popular protein bars and protein cookies that have won over lots of keto fans. They come in a variety of flavors and are sweetened with Sucralose and Stevia extract.
Macros for One Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar: 190 Calories / 23 grams Total Carbs / 16 grams Fiber / 2 grams Sugar Alcohol / 20 grams Protein / 7 grams Fat
ROBERT IRVINE’S FITCRUNCH PROTEIN BARS:
- Robert Irvine’s FITCRUNCH Bar – a long ingredient list and contains Maltitol and Sucralose which can be harsh on the stomach.
Macros for one Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar: 190 Calories / 14 grams Total Carbs / 1 gram Fiber / 16 grams Protein / 8 grams Fat
- Sola Bars – Comes in a variety of flavors however they are sweetened with Maltitol and Allulose which can be harsh on your digestive system.
Macros for one Peanut Butter & Chocolate Bar: 170 Calories / 16 grams Total Carbs / 3 grams Fiber / 3 grams Sugar Alcohol / 7 grams protein / 11 grams Fat
- Stoka Bars – discussed above
SUZIE’S GOOD FATS BARS:
- Suzie’s Good Fats Bars – not a big fan of the texture as it is a little bit crumbly and doesn’t hold up well. The ingredient list is pretty long and they are made with some IMO Fiber.
Macros for One Coconut Chocolate Chip Bar: 190 Calories / 12 grams Total Carbs / 8 grams Fiber / 9 grams Protein / 14 grams Fat
think HIGH PROTEIN BARS
- think High Protein Bars – come in a variety of flavors and contain Maltitol which can raise your glucose levels and be harsh on the stomach.
Macros for One Peanut Butter Bar: 230 Calories / 22 grams Total Carbs / 1 gram Fiber / 11 grams Sugar Alcohol / 20 grams Protein / 9 grams Fat
WOLO PROTEIN BARS
- Wolo Protein Bars – come in a variety of flavors and made with a pretty clean ingredient list.
Macros for one Lemon Cake Bar: – 220 Calories / 23 grams Total Carbs / 11 grams Fiber / 15 grams Protein / 10 grams Fat
OTHER PROTEIN BARS THAT WE HAVE YET TO TRY OR DID NOT MAKE THE LIST:
- Adapt Bars
- DNX Bars
- Grenade Carb Killa
- IQ Bars
- Mighty Bar
- MusclePharm Combat Crunch Bar
- NeoH Bars
- Nugo Slim Bar
- PaleoKrunch Bar
- Power Crunch Bar
- Primal Kitchen Collagen Nut & Seed Bar
- Primal Kitchen Protein Bars (squares)
- Purely Elizabeth Grain-Free Bar
- Raw Rev Glo Bar
- RX Bar
- Zeno Bar
SO ARE PROTEIN BARS ALLOWED ON THE KETO DIET?
Like everything else, when consumed in moderation, protein bars can fit into a healthy diet.
Of course, we feel if possible, it’s always better to get your protein straight from whole food sources.
However, if you’re in a pinch, keto protein bars are a convenient snack that can help curb your appetite until your next meal.
They can also help boost your energy before a workout and when you’re looking to refuel after a workout.
ARE PROTEIN BARS HEALTHY?
We think protein bars, when consumed in moderation can be a part of a healthy and balanced diet of whole foods and vegetables.
They are a favorite of athletes and weight lifters since they are portable and make a convenient snack-on-the-go. A good protein bar may help you re-energize when you are out running errand or out on a run, jog or a hike.
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