There is no shortage of options when it comes to protein bars. Most of them are made with whey and/or soy protein. If you are avoiding dairy, whey protein is not a suitable choice. Most of the soy protein used in protein bars are derived from genetically modified (GM) soybeans. GM soy contains high levels of herbicide and pesticide residues. In addition, there are potential health risks arising from soy components (isoflavones and antinutrients) and harmful by-products of soy processing.
Nevertheless, you don’t need to give up on the convenience of protein bars as a quick and easy grab-and-go snack even if you are avoiding dairy. There are dairy free protein bars made with high quality egg protein and/or non-soy plant based protein.
Check out these top 3 dairy free (and soy free!) protein bars…
1. Rise Bar
One word to describe Rise bars: SIMPLE!
3-5 ingredients in Rise protein bars, providing a whooping 15-20g of protein! There are 2 dairy free and vegan protein bars:
4 ingredients: cashews, coconut nectar, pea protein and lemon extract
5 ingredients: Sunflower butter, coconut nectar, pea protein, cinnamon and vanilla extract
The high quality pea protein delivers 15g of protein that is entirely plant based while cashews or sunflower seeds round out the amino acid profile in the bars, giving complete protein profiles without dairy or animal products.
ZERO: GMOs, soy, dairy, peanuts, gluten, refined sugars, sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, additives and preservatives.
Both vegan protein bars are appealing to those with several food sensitivities and special dietary needs.
Summary of Nutrition Facts:
Each bar = 60g
Calories = 260-280
Total carb = 21-23g (Fiber 1-2g, Sugar 12g)
Protein = 15g
Fat = 13-15g
Where To Buy Rise Protein Bars:
RXBAR is a whole food protein bar made with simple ingredients. Even the packaging is plain and simple, with the core ingredients listed on the front of the package.
Each bar contains 12g of egg white protein.
Currently, RxBars are available in 8 flavours: mint chocolate, chocolate sea salt, coconut chocolate, peanut butter, blueberry, apple cinnamon, coffee chocolate and pumpkin spice. All of them, except the peanut butter, are Whole30 compliant and paleo friendly.
ZERO: GMOs, soy, dairy, gluten, refined sugar, sugar alcohol, artificial sweetener, additive and preservative.
Summary of Nutrition Facts (depending on flavour)
Serving size: 1 bar (52g)
Total Carb: 22-24g
-Dietary Fiber 3-4g
Total Fat 8-9g
-Saturated Fat 1-2g
Where To Buy RxBar:
– rxbar.com (Use the coupon code rxbarnew17 to save 25%. Valid until December 31, 2017. New customers only)
3. Raw Rev Glo
Raw Rev Glo is a new line of vegan protein bars from Raw Revolution. Hence, they are dairy free.
These bars are made with raw superfoods. They provide 10-15g of easily digestible plant based proteins derived from organic brown rice, organic hemp and pea. In addition, they contain organic chia, almonds and organic flax seeds that are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals.
Raw Rev Glo bars come in 5 flavours:
mixed nuts, caramel & sea salt*
peanut butter, dark chocolate & sea salt*
- dark chocolate cashew & mint*
creamy peanut butter & sea salt
- crunchy peanut butter & sea salt
* Organic chocolate chips contain non-GMO soy lecithin. While no dairy is used to make the chocolate chips, they are manufactured in a factory that handles milk.
ZERO: dairy, gluten, sugar alcohols, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, additives and preservatives.
Summary of Nutrition Facts:
(depending on flavour)
Each bar = 46g
Calories = 170-190
Total carb = 17-21g (Fiber 10-14g, Sugar 2-5g)
Protein = 10-15g
Fat = 9-13g
Raw Rev Glo bars have great macronutrient ratios. They are high in fiber and protein, with most carbs consisting of fiber. They are also remarkably low in sugar, with as little as 2g in the creamy peanut butter & sea salt bars.