During my testing to find the best vegan protein bar, it occurred to me that almost all of them have nuts in them (either peanuts or tree nuts).
If you can have peanuts you have a decent amount of options still, but many bars have cashews and almonds as staple ingredients.
I went through all the ingredients of bars I’ve tested and found 5 that have no nuts in them.
However, not all of them are made in a nut free facility, they all have that “may contain traces of nuts” on them. Additionally, double check the ingredients before buying any, as ingredients do change from time to time.
These are in order from what I think are best to worst in terms of overall quality (taste, protein content, cost) for a vegan protein bar.
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Clif Builder’s Protein Bar
(Note all contain palm oil)
These bars are easy to find, but you need to be careful. Some flavors are nut free, and some are not.
The flavors that are currently nut free are:
- Cookies ‘N Cream
- Chocolate Mint
Highlights of this bar includes:
- The best tasting bar I’ve tried, it’s basically a candy bar
- One of the cheapest when you compare bars per gram of protein
- Relatively high protein content
You can see my full Clif Builder’s Protein Bar review for more detail.
Pegan Protein Bars (Maybe)
This may or may not be considered nut free, I honestly don’t know.
There are no common tree nuts or peanuts, but there is “sachi inchi” in it, which is a type of mountain peanut. I’m not sure if people who are allergic to nuts would have issues with it
If it’s fine, it’s a good bar:
- Very high protein percent (42.1% of calories are protein), the highest of any bar I’ve tried.
- High fiber (26 grams per bar) and low sugar.
- Tastes decent, but not amazing.
- Relatively cheap per gram of protein.
Here’s my complete Pegan Protein Bar review if you’d like more details.
PROBAR Base Bar
(Note all contain palm oil)
Some flavors of PROBAR’s base bar are nut-free, and some are not.
The nut free ones currently are:
- Frosted Coconut
- Coffee Crunch
- Mint Chocolate
- Chocolate Bliss
It’s similar to the Clif Builder’s bars in a lot of ways:
- Tastes great, like a candy bar
- Average protein content (not great, but decent)
- Decent price per gram of protein
Certainly a decent option.
See my full PROBAR Base Vegan Protein Bar review for a more detailed breakdown.
Vega Sport Protein Bar (Crispy Mint Chocolate)
(Note it contains palm oil)
There aren’t many flavors of this bar to begin with, and the only one that’s nut free is Crispy Mint Chocolate.
Even though you’re looking for one specific flavor, it shouldn’t be too hard to find since Vega’s bars are everywhere.
Here’s a quick summary of the quality of the bar:
- Average protein content.
- Tastes very good.
- Average price per gram of protein.
Overall it’s an okay bar, but nothing special.
Here’s my full Vega Sport protein bar review.
The GFB Gluten Free bar
Finally, a few flavors of the GFB are nut free (the rest are not):
- Oatmeal Raisin Bars
- Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars
I wasn’t a huge fan of this bar, I have it ranked 14 out of 20.
While the taste is quite decent, the protein content is very much on the low side. In fact, there’s 1.5x as much sugar than protein, which is a bad sign.
Finally, the price is about average.
See my complete GFB review for more detail.