Rise Vegan Protein Bar Review: Simple Ingredients


rise bar packaging

Where to buy: Rise bar site

Rise makes a line of super simple protein bars.

Some of them happen to be vegan, and I was able to find a box to buy and test.

This is part of my goal to find the best vegan protein bar. I have a standard testing process that I follow to fairly review and compare the bars.

That process involves 3 parts, all scored out of 10: protein content, taste, and cost.

You’ll get my honest opinions on the bar, and you can decide if it’s right for you or not.

Protein Content and Ingredients in Rise Protein Bars

Most protein bars have fairly long lists of ingredients.

Rise bars are pretty cool in that they have a short ingredient list. Honestly, you could make them at home pretty easily if you have a good food processor.

I was only able to purchase the lemon cashew flavor, and here’s the full ingredient list for them:

Organic cashews, organic coconut nectar, pea protein, and organic lemon extract

The other flavors have similarly short lists of “real” (by that I mean you clearly know what they are) ingredients.

Bringing this all together results in a bar with the following nutrition facts:

  • Calories: 260
  • Protein: 15 grams
  • Carbs: 23 grams
  • Sugar: 12 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram

The protein content is how I score and compare bars against each other. A good bar has a lot of protein, and as few calories from fat and carbs as possible (these aren’t meal replacement bars after all).

With 15 grams of protein (60 calories), the protein content of this bar is 23.1%.

When you compare that with other vegan protein bars (that get up to 40%), it’s quite low.

I have a simple formula that scales protein content to a score out of 10, and the rise bar gets a protein score of 5 out of 10.

Not the best start.

The Taste of Lemon Cashew Rise Bars

The second most important part of protein bars is taste.

Who cares if a bar has a lot of protein if you can’t stomach it.

First off it’s a little strange how small the bar is. It’s about half the size of the wrapper.

rise bar inside whole

It has a fairly nice consistency, pretty doughy.

But it’s also oily, it’ll get on your fingers if you touch the bar.

rise bar inside split apart

On to the taste test. Here’s what I thought about it:

  • It’s a bit chalky
  • The lemon flavor isn’t good (I like lemon on salads, but in a protein bar?)
  • Good chewy texture.

Not a huge fan. I gave it a score of 5/10, it’s edible, but not enjoyable.

Unfortunately, Canadians have a hard time buying certain products, and Rise bars are one of those products.

There’s 3 flavors of vegan rise bars:

  • Lemon Cashew
  • Sunflower Cinnamon
  • Chocolatey Coconut

I was only able to get a box of the lemon cashew bars, even though the other 2 sound better.

If you do end us buying Rise bars, I’d definitely recommend one of the others, they might actually taste quite good. The flavor itself was balanced well, it’s just why would you want lemon in a protein bar, it’s such a weird combination to me.

How Much Do Rise Bars Cost Compared to Others?

Prices fluctuate, but in general Rise protein bars cost about $2.3 per bar if you order a box.

I calculate a price score based on the cost per 10 grams of protein.

When you compare that to all the other vegan protein bars I tested, it actually scores an 8 out of 10 for cost, where a higher score means it’s cheaper.

Obviously a few dollars a bar is not “cheap”, but compared to the alternatives it’s pretty good.

Overall, How Good is the Rise Protein Bar?

If we add up those 3 scores, we get an overall score of 18/30.

That’s like a “D” for a school grade.

It’s not the worst by any means, but there are many bars that are better and I would recommend over it.

If you have any questions about the bar or testing process, leave them below in a comment.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.