Are you looking for a healthy vegan alternative to sugary, fatty and calorie-dense foods? Sourcing such commodities can be a challenge, especially when you throw the vegan element into the mix! Fortunately for you, these low sugar vegan protein bars will have you questioning how you survived without them in your life!

All of the products listed have an exemplary nutritional profile that don’t compromise on flavour. The days of having to gnaw on a rubbery, artificial-tasting protein bar are long gone. Additionally, munching on a tasty protein bar that’s also loaded with sugar is no longer a necessity. So if you’re looking for a snack that’s low in sugar, helps you meet your protein macros, provide a convenient, quick snack, and keep you feeling full and satisfied, then you’ve come to the right place.

With these vegan protein snack ideas, I sought products that either met or achieved close results to the +353 nutritional value rule. This includes having less than 3g fat per 100g, less than 5g sugar per 100g and under 0.3g salt per 100g. Additionally, to ensure you’re being calorie savvy and not sacrificing an enormous amount of calories on a snack, all of these munch ideas come in at less than 200 calories.

There’s something here for everyone, whether you’re looking for vegan properties, nutrient-dense snacks, gluten-free foods or perhaps you’re looking for a bar that’s both lactose-free and dairy-free. Read on to find out which one tickles your fancy!

Low sugar vegan protein bars - No cow raspberry truffle

Ridiculous Vegan Protein Bar

Awarded the accolade of number 1 Vegan Protein Bar by Women’s Running Magazine, 2020, this fun and tasty bar really does tick all the boxes. If that award is not enough to convince you, then like me, you’ll be checking out the reviews. Spoiler alert: they’re all glowing appraisals of the bar. People seem to love everything about the protein bar, from the vibrant packaging to the taste, but most people are especially in awe of the macronutrients that this bar possesses.

Most lean bars are typically under 200 calories, this one comes in at 197 calories, it also boasts a remarkable 15g protein per serving. What I also love about this Ridiculous vegan protein bar is that the sugar levels are low, 0.8g per bar! It also packs a decent 7.6g fibre per bar!

Description:

  • High in protein to keep you full and your satiety levels high
  • High in fibre to aid in supporting a healthy digestive system
  • Very low in sugar
  • Free of palm oil
  • Free of artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
  • Gluten-free
  • Naturally sweetened
  • Fully plant-based ingredients
  • 100% vegan bar that uses sustainable ingredients to minimise the environmental impact

Flavours:

  • Chocolate caramelicious
  • Wild chocolate peanut

Nutritional Value:

Values Based On Per 100g
Per Bar
Energy (kj) 1727 820
Energy (kcal) 414 197
Fat (g) 19 9
of which Saturates (g) 8.0 3.8
Carbohydrates (g) 21 10
of which Sugars (g) 1.6 0.8
Fibre (g) 16 7.6
Protein (g) 32 15
Salt (g) 0.70 0.33

Tip: These come in boxes of 9 bars which would make an excellent gift for yourself or someone in your life!

Low sugar vegan protein bars - The Protein Works Ridiculous Vegan Protein Bar

Vegan Protein Cravers

This is another winner for those seeking an alternative to a sugar-laden treat. I took a dive into the customer reviews again and I’m almost afraid to buy these as they sound so tasty and addictive! People love the flavours and the texture, which is described as soft and chewy. Numerous reviewers also applaud the fact that these healthy indulgences are an ideal way to curb their chocolate cravings without sacrificing on taste.

Again, I’m astounded that a vegan bar can pack so much nutrition into a snack without introducing excessive levels of sugar, fat or calories. Speaking of the nutritional profile, these mouth-watering bars provide 14.4g protein per bar which makes it an excellent contender for the Ridiculous vegan protein bar mentioned above. These vegan protein cravers also pack 10.3g of fibre per serving.

Description:

  • High protein content for increased satiety levels and to support growth and repair of the body
  • Protein blend is made from premium-quality soy protein, white hemp and wheat protein
  • High in fibre for a healthy digestive system
  • Extremely low in sugar with just 0.9g sugar per serving
  • Low in saturated fat
  • Free of dairy
  • 100% vegan

Flavour:

  • Salted caramel sensation
  • Chocolate avalanche

Nutritional value:

Values based on: per 100g per 50g
Energy (kJ) 1230 615
Energy (kcal) 294 147
Fat (g) 6.9 3.5
of which Saturates (g) 4.6 2.3
Carbohydrates (g) 26.6 13.3
of which Sugars (g) 1.8 0.9
Fibre (g) 20.5 10.3
Protein (g) 28.8 14.4
Salt (g) 0.53 0.26


Low sugar vegan protein bars - The Protein Works Vegan Cravers

Protein Crunkies

This is certain one that you should go ‘nuts’ for, literally! Any of you who have had granola bars in the past know just how high in sugar and calories that they can be. Let’s not forget that these are marketed as so-called ‘healthy snacks’, but in reality, you’re often better off reaching for a bar of chocolate! Fortunately for you, this is where the Protein Crunkie dons it’s cape and rescues the day!

Now although this bar is a tad high on sugar, unlike most granola bars (or bars in general), this Protein Crunkie packs in over double the quantity of protein and reduces the sugar content by as much as 75% when compared to other granola bars. That’s not all though, it also achieves this commendable triumph while achieving reduced calories and also delivering on flavour. Each 45g bar provides 10.4g protein, 6.4g fibre, 2.3g saturated fat and 4.5g sugar, all of this in just 168 calories.

Description:

  • One of the highest protein granola-style bars available
  • Great source of healthy fats
  • Excellent source of slow-releasing energy to power you through whatever life throws at you
  • Vegan-friendly convenient snack
  • Nutritionally-balance bar which ensure you don’t experience any sugar dips or highs throughout the day
  • 100% vegetarian
  • Lactose-free and dairy-free

Flavours:

  • Apple and cinnamon collision: Sensations of fruit, oats, spices and chocolates
  • Coconut and apricot melee: Hints of coconut intertwined with sweet apricot and oats
  • Cranberry and goji hubbub: One for the berry lovers

Nutritional Value:

Values based on: Per 100g Per 45g Crunkie
Energy (kJ) 1568 706
Energy (kcal) 374 168
Fat (g) 8.0 3.6
of which Saturates (g) 5.0 2.3
Carbohydrates (g) 47.0 21.1
of which Sugars (g) 10.0 4.5
Fibre (g) 14.1 6.4
Protein (g) 23.0 10.4
Salt (g) 0.60 0.27

    Tip: Buying these in packs as opposed to individually can save you as much as 30% per bar, and that’s not factoring in delivery costs! It also makes an excellent gift for the vegan, snacker or health-conscious person in your life!

    Low sugar vegan protein bars - The Protein Works Protein Crunkies

    No Cow Bar

    When it comes to nutritional bars, the No Cow bar really does deliver a solid macronutrient profile. It’s almost unbelievable how much protein and fibre they have managed to pack into these 60g bars; that’s not even considering that they are vegan bars. These bars provide a whopping 19g per bar, which is probably the highest fibre content I’ve ever seen in a protein bar!

    Some of the flavours even have little chocolate chips in them for a little texture and taste treat! In terms of reviews, they are generally glowing and consumers tend to love the texture and flavours, particularly the cookie dough flavours. They do contain sugar alcohols, but fortunately these are from natural sources, such as stevia and monk fruit.

    Description:

    • Premium-quality blend of brown rice protein powder and pea protein bowder
    • Surprisingly low in sugar with 2g or less per bar
    • Exceptionally high in fibre to assist in bowel movements and supporting a healthy digestive system
    • Very high protein content for a vegan bar
    • Free of soy ingredients
    • Dairy-free ingredients
    • Free of refined sugar
    • Made solely of vegan, plant-based ingredients
    • Free of artificial sweeteners and flavourings
    • Free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
    • Contains no gluten

    Flavours:

    • Blueberry cobbler
    • Mint chocolate chip
    • Peanut butter cookie dough

      Nutritional Value: 

      Flavour: Blueberry cobbler Mint chocolate chip

      Peanut butter cookie dough

      Values based on:
      Energy (kcal) 170 160 170
      Fat (g) 2.5 4.5 5
      of which Saturates (g) 5.0 2 2
      Carbohydrates (g) 25 25 25
      of which Sugars (g) 2 2 2
      Fibre (g) 19 19 19
      Protein (g) 21 20 20
      Salt (g) 0.5 0.5 0.5

      Did you know? 95% of the US population are not meeting their recommended daily targets of fibre! This deficiency can lead to diabetes, strokes and even heart disease.

      Low sugar vegan protein bars - No Cow protein bar

      Summary

      • Protein bars are an ideal substitute for treats high in sugar, fat and calories
      • Ideal nutritional markers for bars include having less than 200 calories, less than 3g fat per 100g, less than 5g sugar per 100g and under 0.3g salt per 100g
      • Buying boxes of protein bars can save you 30% + on costs compared with purchasing them individually
      • The above vegan bars can help you reduce your sugar intake while also keeping you energised throughout the day

      I hope you enjoyed the review of low sugar vegan protein bars and found at least one that made you drool! It’s such a relief to see that you can finally get great-tasting bars that are low in sugar, high in protein and don’t have the texture or taste of a rubber boot! What’s your favourite vegan protein bar from the list? I love the Ridiculous vegan protein bar personally, what’s not to love about it!

      If you feel like broadening your horizons in terms of food or if you struggle to include protein in all your meals (yes, that’s a must!), then hop on over to how to cook with protein powder – vital tips for success. Here, you’ll uncover a multitude of innovative and easy ways to use protein powder to elevate the protein content in your meals while doing so in a tasty way.

      Do you eat vegan protein bars or have you had bad experiences in the past? As always, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and opinions below.

      Sources

      Belluz, J., 2019. Nearly All Americans Fail To Eat Enough Of This Actual Superfood. [online] Vox. Available at: https://www.vox.com/2019/3/20/18214505/fiber-diet-weight-loss [Accessed 26 September 2020].

      Ie.theproteinworks.com. 2020. The Protein Works Ireland | Premium Sports Nutrition & Innovation. [online] Available at: https://ie.theproteinworks.com/ [Accessed 26 September 2020].

      Tesco.ie. 2020. [online] Available at: https://www.tesco.ie [Accessed 26 September 2020].

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      10 Comments

      Kathy · 27/09/2020 at 9:03 PM

      I’ve never tried protein bars but always understood most were high in sugar. These are wonderful alternatives, and just reading about them is making my mouth water! I particularly like the sound of Vegan protein cravers as I have a very sweet tooth! Anything with salted caramel works great for me!

        Sharon · 28/09/2020 at 7:24 PM

        Hi Kathy,

        Thanks for your feedback. Now you know how I feel after writing the article! The vegan protein cravers look delicious, like a healthy brownie or bar. I just got salted caramel protein powder, so I completely agree with you there.

        Best wishes,
        Sharon

      Amy Smith · 28/09/2020 at 9:15 PM

      These all sound amazing! you had me at salted caramel, I can’t believe they’re so low in sugar too.

      Any type of protein/cereal nut bar things are always so packed full of sugar.

      I did try to make my own once with dates and all kinds of seeds I can’t remember what else but they were so rubbery they were inedible!

      Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll stick to these rather than my date and seed concoction!

        Sharon · 01/10/2020 at 8:22 PM

        Hi Amy,

        I do love salted caramel, great choice! I know, it’s great to see such low sugar options becoming available and not having to get your sweet treat from a sugar-laden bar!

        Yes, they’re much easier to just buy than make but I commend your effort in baking them yourself!

        Sharon

      Christine · 29/09/2020 at 12:40 AM

      Hi Sharon,

      I have heard about the Ridiculous protein bars and I would love to try them out! The flavors are to die for, chocolate and caramel, yummy! And no palm oil, even better! I am astounded how much fiber the No Cow protein bars contain, and I love the flavor of peanut butter and chocolate chip! I am sold! 🙂 Is Amazon the best place to buy them online?

        Sharon · 01/10/2020 at 8:23 PM

        Hi Christine,

        Good to hear you’ve heard of them before. I’m glad you enjoyed the suggestions I provided in the post. If you click on the links that I provided in the post, these are generally the cheapest and best place to buy these products from. I’d love to hear your feedback if you do buy them!

        If there’s anything I can be of assistance with, don’t hesitate to reach out!

        Best wishes,
        Sharon

      Hannie · 29/09/2020 at 9:12 AM

      Hi Sharon, when you are talking of the 353-rule (Never heard of it before, but great help!), I suppose you mean saturated fat? Or also the unsaturated?
      I love protein bars, especially the nutty ones. Yet, rarely buy them as I have a goal to not buy products that are wrapped in plastic. Do you know of any bars that are either wrapped in oiled paper or in bio plastic? There must exist some or not?
      Thanks for this review 🙂

        Sharon · 01/10/2020 at 8:27 PM

        Hi Hannie,

        I know, when I discovered it, the rule stuck with me as 353 is a phone number code in this country. Yes, I’m relating to saturated fat only, so no more than 3g saturated fat per 100g is considered to be in the green. Not that I’m aware of unfortunately! I have been reviewing packaging that’s recyclable etc. and it’s shocking how much of it isn’t yet recyclable. If I spot any, I’ll let you know.

        Best wishes,
        Sharon

      Kerryanne · 29/09/2020 at 11:07 PM

      I absolutely love the names of the brands-No Cow and Ridiculous-very catchy!
      I deliberately got myself “unused” to have any snacks, bars or whatever in between meals, for the sake of my husband, who is a diabetic and has to take care of each gram of carb he takes in.
      But, this is a great information for those who don’t have to be that strict, as these bars are really low in sugar content and I can easily imagine someone having always one on hand for a quick bite to help them through until next meal. All of them seem to be rather healthy and satisfying, not to mention how great they look. Hmmm, I might even “cheat” a little bit 😉

        Sharon · 01/10/2020 at 8:29 PM

        Hi Kerryanne,

        I agree with you there, they’re quite catchy! That must be a challenge for him, but I commend your efforts to sacrifice these in his interest – that takes effort and willpower!

        Maybe these would be suitable low sugar protein bars for your husband to try? Either way, you should have a shot at them, life is short!

        Best wishes,
        Sharon

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