A little research on the Quest website taught me that these bars really aren't just candy bars in disguise, either. QuestBars don't have any sugars or sugar alcohols, are high in fiber and gluten free. So, when I saw these in a local healthfood store, I had to grab one to try. First up? Peanut Butter and Jelly.
QuestBars are the perfect nutrition bar for anyone looking to get top quality protein while dropping some carbs from their diet. They're as delicious and convienent as a candy bar, while maintaining all of the nutrition of a carefully prepared meal that's packed with fiber to make you feel full and to help with digestion and weight loss.
Protein Blend (Whey, Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate), Isomalto-Oligosaccharides* (100% Natural Prebiotic Fiber), Peanut Butter, Almonds, Water, Peanuts, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Lo Han Guo, Sucralose.
*Isomalto-Oligosaccharides are 100% National Prebiotic Fibers derived from plan sources.
All I've heard about these bars is how wonderful they are, so I definitely had high (maybe unfair) expectations. The favor was surprisingly good - there were chunks of real peanuts and a legitimate peanut butter taste, which is rare in well, anything that's not actually peanut butter. I'm not sure if they "jelly" flavor was meant to be strawberry or grape (and actually the picture on the packaging is pretty ambiguous, too) but I like both and there was definitely a fruity element there that paired nicely with the peanut butter to replicate the PB&J flavor profile.
The texture is still definitely that of a protein bar, though. It's not chalky, like a lot of the other protein bars I've tried, but it is really dense and chewy. The texture is probably helpful in making me slow down and chew and there are also little chunks of peanut, which is fun. If you are used to chalky protein bars, you'll be pleasantly surprised - if you're used to candy bars in disguise, you may not be a fan of the QuestBar texture.
Verdict: I love QuestBars in theory, but am not convinced this is the best flavor option. If you've looking for a clean, portable protein source and like the PB&J flavor combo, definitely buy it.
Have you tried QuestBars? What is your favorite Flavor?