Whether you’re looking for easy snack options to tide you over between meetings or to take along with you on an upcoming travel trip, here are 21+ of the BEST gluten-free protein bars we’ve tried!
Most of us want to eat healthier. But in the midst of a billion things to do, eating healthy sometimes slip our minds, and we find ourselves reaching for something more…convenient.
But hey, we know that life happens, and sometimes, you just need to eat something quick and easy! That’s why we created this list of over 21 of the BEST protein bars, which happen to be gluten-free, delicious, and also made with better ingredients compared to most of its sugar-laden, artificial-tasting alternatives.
Seriously though, while I just love snacking on protein bars, all my athlete and runner friends swear by this list for a quick post-recovery snack too.
Protein Bars: The Basics
The term “protein bar” generally describes pre-packaged, ready-to-eat snack bars that are high in protein.
Sometimes, protein bars can be referred to as nutrition bars or energy bars, though protein bars typically have much more protein content. Some of the most common protein sources in high protein bars come from protein powder, brown rice protein, pea protein, whey (milk protein), or a protein blend of different sources.
Protein bars can be eaten as a snack, meal addition, or even meal replacement.
There are also various kinds of protein bars, including keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan (no animal products), paleo, low-carb, nut-free, and more.
Not to mention, the endless flavor options ranging from sweet, savory, and even spicy.
In this article, we’ll be specifically covering the best gluten-free protein bars on the market.
What is Gluten-Free?
Simply put, a gluten–free diet avoids gluten, which is a protein found in many grains, such as wheat, barley, and rye.
Typically, people with celiac disease follow a gluten-free diet, as eating gluten will trigger an immune reaction.
These days, many non-celiac people are also adopting a gluten-free lifestyle.
What to Look For When Buying Gluten-Free Protein Bars
When choosing protein bars to buy, it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients and nutritional content. And let’s be real: there are so many different brands of protein snack bars these days, it can be hard to know which ones are the best fit for you.
In making this comprehensive list of the best gluten-free protein bars, we considered:
- Taste: If we don’t think the bars taste good, we don’t recommend it! These 21+ bars have been tried and tested to taste great!
- Protein Content – All of these gluten-free protein bars have at least 8 grams of protein per bar.
- 100% Gluten-Free: no wheat, rye, or barley in these bars!
- Natural Ingredients : at DWELL, we believe eating whole foods is always best, even when you’re on the go! We look for gluten-free protein bars that are made with primarily natural ingredients (we look closely at the ingredient list and only share with you the bars that contain minimal artificial ingredients)
- Convenience: in our books, every protein bar should have convenient packaging, especially since protein bars are menat to be a portable snack! This means we look for protein bars that are packaged well and is not fussy to carry along on a busy day.
280 cal, 11g total fat, 36g total carb, 2g fiber, 11g protein
This Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip protein bar is the original MacroBar! Combining 11 grams of plant-based protein with organic and “oh-so-creamy” peanut butter, roasted peanuts, and fair-trade real dark chocolate chips – there’s a reason this is one of my all-time favorite gluten-free bars!
170 cal, 9g total fat, 18g total carb, 9g fiber, 12g protein
How about a gluten-free protein bar that tastes JUST like a decadent, fudgy brownie? This Chocolate Brownie “Love” Bar is loaded with Omega-3s and other healthy ingredients. What more could you ask for?
150 calories, 4.5g fat, 15g carb, 7g fiber, 15g protein
Oh hello, how about a bar that tastes like the famous Subway lemon cookies? We love that the Simply Protein Lemon Coconut flavor is made with simple ingredients, and tastes really good too! Pro Tip: we recommend microwaving the bar then adding it to a smoothie or yogurt.
170 cal, 6g total fat, 20g total carb, 3g fiber, 10 grams protein
Mezcla offers vegan protein bars that “celebrates the flavors of the world” – and all happen to be gluten-free too! Each bar is non-GMO, soy-free, and has 10 grams of pure pea protein. This specific flavor is hands down one of our favorites! It is made with cocoa beans sourced directly from the Andean Mountain regions in Peru, this bar takes your classic chocolatey-PB combo to another level. Each bar sold will contribute 2% to funding art organizations across the country.
340 cal, 9g total fat, 34g total carb, 2g fiber, 30g protein
With 30g of protein per bar, the Detour protein bar is a fantastic option for post-workout recovery! This gluten-free Protein Bar is also lower in sugar, and non-GMO – perfect for runners to bring along on long runs. They really do taste like chocolate chip caramel and are the perfect “just in case” snack.
210 cal, 9g total fat, 9g total carb, 5g fiber, 12g protein
If you want to feel like you’re eating a decadent brownie, the RX bar is the way to go. Made with ingredients you can pronounce, RX bar is a popular energy bar for several reasons: it’s gluten-free, high in protein, and has no artificial ingredients!
200 cal, 12g total fat, 23g total carb, 12g fiber, 10g protein
Truth Crunch Bars are different than your average protein bars: these contain prebiotics, probiotics, and Omega-3’s. It’s the perfect gluten-free protein bar for those looking to boost their nutritional intake.
340 cal, 19g total fat, 27g total carb, 3g fiber, 17g protein
I’ve been a long-time fan of Perfect Bars of all flavors. It’s high-fiber, gluten-free, and actually keeps me full for a good while. It’s made with ground nut butters and sweetened only with organic honey. Nutritious, delicious & absolutely tasty!
NOTE: Perfect Bars do have to be refrigerated, as they contain dairy.
250 cal, 18g total fat, 17g total carb, 6g fiber, 12g protein
Can you tell that we love peanut butter? KIND bar’s Crunchy Peanut Butter Protein Bar features 12g of plant protein per serving, is gluten-free, and boasts digestion-aiding fiber benefits.
270 cal, 14g total fat, 26g total carb, 5g fiber, 10g protein
Looking for a different kind of protein bar? Exo Bars don’t use nuts or egg whites to get its protein content, it gets them from… crickets! Did you know that crickets are one of the most efficient sources of pure, high-end protein? I didn’t either, but take a bite and you’ll be a fan in no time!
140 cal, 5g total fat, 20g total carb, 3g fiber, 10g protein
Gluten-free protein bars are not always vegan. But with Orgains’ Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar, you can be sure that it is gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan! Each bar contains 10g of plant-based protein and is one of our favorites!
210 cal, 9g total fat, 23g total carb, 5g fiber, 12g protein
Another RX bar? You betcha! The Mint Chocolate Protein Bar is arguably my favorite flavor. Infused with pure peppermint oil, real, unsweetened chocolate and finished with a dash of sea salt makes it a surprisingly yummy nutritious bar. It’s soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and is naturally sweetened with dates.
I keep buying 2-3 of this Mint Chocolate RX bar each time I head to the store, but next time, I think I’ll just grab a whole box given that I eat the entire thing so quickly.
220 cal, 8g total fat, 23g total carb, 3g fiber, 20g protein
I once got a box of this bar for my brother’s birthday because I totally forgot to order cake. And turns out, he loved it! It’s got all the fun flavors of a Birthday Cake, but with a lot more protein and less sugar! Plus, it’s vegan, non-GMO and gluten free!
And if you’re not a fan of birthday cake, they have a bunch of other yummy flavors too!
200 cal, 16g total fat, 9g total carb, 2g fiber, 8g protein
All Primal Kitchen protein bars are made without grains, soy, or dairy. We like to pack a few of these bars on weeks we know will be busy and munch on them throughout the day when meetings run late! No more being hangry on Monday morning!
200 cal, 7g total fat, 22g total carb, 7g fiber, 14g protein
As the name hints at, OatMega is not your average protein bar: it’s got loads of Omega 3’s too! Additionally, it’s packed with 7g of fiber and only 4g of added sugar to sweeten! It also contains 14 g of protein from grass-fed whey protein.
210 cal, 11g total fat, 24g total carb, 7g fiber, 10g protein
For quick yet sustained energy, Zing Dark Chocolate Coconut bar is one of our go-to’s. This gluten-free, high-protein bar is made by registered dietitians and contains 10g of protein and 7g of fiber per bar – and uses no artificial sweeteners! It’s also non-GMO, vegan, and dairy-free!
260 cal, 14g total fat, 19g total carb, 4g fiber, 15g protein
Made with only 5 whole ingredients, the Almond Mocha Rise bar boasts 15g of Whey Protein per bar. Rise Bars use pure Whey Protein Isolate for its high bioavailability, which is easier to digest for most people. This bar uses 100% pure Colombian Arabica for the medium roast. It’s like eating your morning cup of coffee!
160 cal, 13g total fat, 15g total carb, 7g fiber, 5g protein
Good To Go Snack Bars are perfectly soft-baked, and the cocoa coconut flavor is one of the best ones with a cake-like consistency! It’s low in sugar, high in fiber, high in healthy fat, non-GMO, vegan, keto, AND not only gluten free but also grain free!
200 cal, 6g total fat, 16g total carb, 1g fiber, 20g protein
Pure Protein bars are such a yummy way to fuel up for pre-workout or post-workout. We love their chocolate peanut butter flavor and it’s also gluten-free! With only 2 grams of sugar, 200 calories, and 20 whopping grams of protein – Pure Protein bar is a must-have gluten-free protein bar.
200 cal, 8g total fat, 26g total carb, 3g fiber, 8g protein
LUNA Bars come in twelve delicious flavors. They are vegan friendly and 100% plant-based, but don’t be mistaken: these LUNA protein bars offer complete protein that comes from soy, which provides essential amino acids. They also use organic oats and a blend of low-glycemic sugars, making this bar a wholesome on-the-go snack bar whenever you crave something sweet and still better for you.
220 cal, 6g total fat, 22g total carb, 2g fiber, 20g protein
Here’s a few reasons why NoGii high protein bars are all the rage: it’s lower in calories, gluten-free, high protein (20 grams per bar!), all-natural, and uses quality carbs to give you sustained energy!
Our favorite flavor is the Cocoa Brownie!
150 cal, 4g total fat, 18g total carb, 4g fiber, 15g protein
The think! Chocolate Crisp protein bar tastes like a candy bar, without all the junk! It’s 100% gluten-free and has 15 grams of protein per bar. The crisps in this bar kind of reminds me of a kit kat and you may be surprised to know it has only 2 grams of sugar – none of which are artificial sweeteners (aka sucralose, saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, neotame or advantame – there’s none of those in this protein bar). It’s a great option for those watching their sugar intake (Low GI).
410 cal, 12g total fat, 47g total carb, 3g fiber, 30g protein
If you’re looking for a high protein meal replacement bar, the MET-Rx may be the bar for you. Each MET-Rx protein bar has 18 vitamins and minerals and is a significant source of Zinc, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. The Peanut Butter Pretzel Meal Replacement Bar (our favorite flavor!) features a Metamyosyn protein blend to keep you fuller longer. Unlike many protein bars, the MET-Rx bars are meant to be a meal replacement, with more calories and 30 grams of protein per bar.
Have you tried any of these gluten-free protein bars? Or do you have one you love that’s not on this list? Let us know!
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