I tried another energy bar after parkour and this time, it’s Vega Sport’s Vegan Protein Bar in Chocolate Peanut Butter!
Vega Sport’s Vegan Protein Bar – Chocolate Peanut Butter – $3.69 (60g per bar)
Complete protein blend (organic sprouted whole grain brown rice protein, pea protein), dark chocolate coating (organic cane sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin), organic tapioca syrup, organic brown rice syrup, organic peanut butter, organic peanuts, Vega saviseed (sacha inchi) oil, inulin (from chicory root), brown rice crisps, organic peanut flour, organic agave syrup, sea salt, organic peanut extract, sunflower lecithin.
The Vega brand (@VegaTeam on Twitter and just Vega on Facebook) claims that there’s 15g of complete, plant-based protein in each bar, 2.5g of BCAAs (branched chain amino acids; think of simple and complex carbohydrate chains but with amino acids), 2g of glutamine for quicker muscle and immune system recovery, and 1g of omega-3 proteins.
What’s even better is that the bar’s entirely vegan!
Sweet, but aren’t most bars vegan? I haven’t seen a bar with milk products in a while, but I’m guessing the production line they have doesn’t come into contact with animal products at all!
The Vega Sport Protein Bar is specifically marketed under their Recovery line with their powdered proteins, so it’s good that I remembered to bring it along to my training session!
The chocolate covering on this bar wasn’t so much of a surprise for me since it actually has a picture of the bar on the wrapper. I’m blind, but I’m not THAT blind to miss that little fact. The chocolate was a touch more bitter than the SoLo bar, which is kind of surprising since they only use chocolate liquor in their coating.
The texture was really similar to the SoLo bar, but it was a little bit more crunchy due to the brown rice crisps and because they used sprouted brown rice and pea proteins instead of soy proteins.
The peanut butter flavour was absolutely decadent when paired up with the dark chocolate coating and it really took away most of my fatigue within half an hour of eating it!
But, even though it’s a slightly larger bar than the others, it costs $3.69 per 60g bar. Compared to SoLo’s $2.50 for 50g bar, it’s a bit of an issue!
Verdict: 4/5 Vega’s vegan recipe really works well, the taste is absolutely delicious and it’s much more readily available than lesser known brands like SoLo, but the extra dollar per bar would add up and get out of control really quickly.