Friday, March 1, 2013

Product Review: PROBAR Meal™ Bars

Originally posted on the blog.

A good hike burns plenty of calories. Burning calories makes you hungry. You have to put fuel in your body to get energy out of it, right? It's a simple equation really, but a more refined equation would be if you put good, clean fuel in your body you get even better energy out. At least that is my theory. With PROBAR you get that clean fuel going in and the energy to go with it.

The PROBARs are 100% vegan, certified organic, certified non-GMO, and mostly raw.

PROBAR Meal™ bars are available in over 15 flavors and are PROBAR’s original and most popular whole-food, meal-replacement bars that are guaranteed to satisfy your hunger and deliver plenty of clean-burning natural energy.

These bars pack nearly a meals worth of calories into one of the tastiest and most fulfilling foods I have had the pleasure of eating. Averaging around 370-380 calories per bar, these are a vegan supplement for hikers, outdoorsmen and hunters. Not only do they have great flavors like Koka Moka, Chocolate Mint and my favorite Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, but they have essential nutrients and fat. Yes, I said fat. Most people try to avoid fat in their daily meals, but when you expend a great deal of energy your body will actually crave fat. After a long hike recently I ate one of the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars and it hit the spot! With each bite I was thankful for the texture, flavor and fat as it made eating the bar quite enjoyable. Each 3 oz. bar retails for around $3.29. It may seem high, but for a lightweight, easily packed meal supplement it is money well spent.

PROBAR Fuel™ bars - Every 150-calorie, fruit-dense, superfood snack bar in the fruition line is designed to deliver one serving of fruit. Chia seeds serve as one of the key ingredients, providing a between-meal boost of Omega 3. It's soft, chewy, and it's a full serving of fruit – a scrumptious snack for action packed days. We balanced this blend with chia seeds to regulate hydration and raw oats for easy-to-digest energy. 

These gluten-free bars have fewer calories, around 150, and have two full servings of fruit in them. I wasn't a big fan of the Fuel™ bars. I tried the Strawberry first and the flavor was better than average, but I couldn't get past the texture. While I didn't like them, my four-year old LOVED them. When we were out for a walk and she asked for a snack, I figured I'd try one out on her. She's very picky and will usually only eat a few bites of whatever 'nutritious' snack I bring. I opted for Strawberry for her. She surprised me when she told me she liked it and wouldn't put it down. After eating the entire thing she said she'd eat more of those. There you have it right from a child's mouth. A few days later I ate a Blueberry and also tried the Cherry. Both taste tests ended with the same result – not for me. The Fuel™ bars retail for $1.59 each, which isn’t a bad price especially if you have finicky children. If my daughter will eat them I think any child would as well! These are worth paying for in my book!

PROBAR Halo® bars - HALO bars are the ideal, healthy alternative for anyone craving a candy bar. These snack bars come in four sweet flavors, such as Rocky Road and S’Mores, and are packed with oats, flax seed and dark chocolate.

I love a good candy bar and these were a nice little treat to have in the pack. I was afraid these would melt in the high heat of SoCal, but they don’t contain nearly as much chocolate that your average candy bar does. These have a nice blend of natural ingredients that taste great, pack well and give you the boost you need. I found them to be very tasty and love the Rocky Road and Nutty Marshmallow. After eating one of these (as compared to a candy bar) you won’t feel the sugar crash. Instead, you’ll feel fuller and ready to hit the trail again! Each bar retails for $1.29 and I think they are a great buy, but I'll be honest - I probably wouldn't buy too many. Instead, I would opt for the higher calorie, more bonus for your dollar Meal™ bars.

Overall, I really enjoyed this review. Sure, it has to do with food, but I truly like being able to have a packable replacement meal in my pack that is lightweight, tasty, and nutritious! PROBAR has something great here and these offer a healthy form of energy on the trail. These are a healthy alternative to sugary sweets or plain nuts. There are so many flavors to choose from that you can pack a variety of PROBARs that the entire family will love.


  1. I love ProBars! Well, the "original" ones anyway. Superfood Slam is the best! Good review, Al.

  2. Thanks, Mark! Glad to hear someone else likes them, too. Awesome flavors, easy to pack and full of good stuff.

  3. Can't ever go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!!

  4. I wish they sent me Peanut Butter and Chocolate.....I got a few to review as well but didn't score the great flavors you got. Oatmeal and Raisin was good, but Superberry and Greens I could pass on. Great review!!!