Quest Bar Natural Protein Bar Review

25 Mar

Quest Sample Pack

This post has been a long time coming! The folks at Quest sent me the sample pack of their protein bars to review and I am just getting through that massive sampling of delicious treats!!!

I’m sure many of you have seen these floating around on blogs and I thought I’d throw in my two sense. I have eaten a lot of protein bars in my day and, while delicious, a lot of them are loaded with sugar and other nasty additives. I also felt like they kept me full after workouts. **Side note, one time I was at GNC, and I picked up a builders bar that I wanted to try. The lady said to me “Um, that doesn’t taste like a candy bar, you know.” K THX!!!

Anyways, I was pleased with the stats that the Quest bars had to offer, and after seeing them everywhere in the blogosphere, I had to get in on the action! Quest sent me two lines of the protein bars- natural and regular. The natural protein bars are sweetened with stevia, have around 160 calories and 20 g of protein. The other line, which is 99.5% natural anyway (sweetened with sucralose) has similar stats. They are also high in fiber and low carb! We all agree the stats are amazing, but what about the taste? In no particular order here are my thoughts….

 coconut cashew

First one I ate was coconut cashew. It wasn’t my favorite. The “natural” line seems to have a chalky sort of aftertaste. It also had a chewy, sort of plastic-y texture.

chocolate peanut butter

Chocolate peanut butter– this one was a winner! Don’t worry I wasn’t driving. This one had a way better texture, and the deep chocolate and peanut butter flavor masked the after taste a better.

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Lemon cream pie. This had the same plastic texture as the coconut cashew. I’m not a fan of fruity protein bars. I still have a couple of the ‘fruit’ flavors left in the box.

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This one tasted really good! I warmed it up in the microwave. It’s one of my favorite of the natural line. It nailed the banana nut muffin taste. It didn’t have that ‘artificial’  banana flavor either- it really tasted like a muffin!

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Can’t really see this one but it was peanut butter supreme. This one had chunks of peanuts and it really was one of my favorites. The texture of the peanuts really broke up that plastic feel of the other bars without chunks.

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PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY!!!! I was saving this one…finally ate it today. So worth the save. It has to be my favorite. It also had chunks of peanut butter in it with a jelly taste. Super delicious.

I still have vanilla almond crunch, cinnamon roll, strawberry cheesecake, and some mixed berry one left to eat. I also ate the new cookie dough one (not pictured). I had high hopes for that one but it wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. It also had the chalky after taste.

All in all I enjoyed the bars. Although some have an aftertaste, it is worth it for the great stats and natural ingredients. I’d rather eat this with a slight after taste than another bar loaded with sugar and junk! If I had to make my own sample pack it would include: chocolate peanut butter, peanut butter supreme, peanut butter and jelly, and banana nut muffin.

What flavors of Quest bars are your favorite?

What other protein bars are your favorite? << I usually get pure protein (has lots of sugar :/), or Good n Natural. I’ve never had Lara Bars Sad smile


15 Responses to “Quest Bar Natural Protein Bar Review”

  1. Alex @ therunwithin March 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    as you know I love these more than life itself.

  2. Em @ Love A Latte March 25, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    I’ve never had a Quest Bar…but I’ve seen then in the blog world! I love Luna bars but try to only eat them as a treat. The peanut butter and cashew Lara bars are tasty and vegan! 🙂

  3. Em @ Love A Latte March 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    I really like Luna bars as a treat and Lara bars are fantastic, all whole ingredients! 🙂

  4. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 25, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    Hmm doesn’t sound like it was very nice for the most part they were very good. We can’t get them here in Australia and I had considered buying them on iherb but now thinking maybe not

  5. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli March 26, 2013 at 12:11 am #

    Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it took me as long as it did to discover the deliciousness of a Quest bar! I did a review for them back in November and have been totally addicted ever since. One thing that I’ve noticed though…there’s sometimes a lack in consistency in their flavors. For instance, I just ordered some of the cookie dough ones and got them in last week…I was SOOOO excited to try it since I’d heard so many people rave about the taste…and I thought it was just “meh” (even though I heated it up and everything! <-which I think is the best way to enjoy them). BUT I bought a WHOLE BOX!!! So, a couple of days later, I tried another one and it was FABULOUS!! Like seriously, I was in Heaven! I've also given a few of the other bars a "second chance" and found they tasted different from the first time. Of course that doesn't go for all of them…everyone always says the cinnamon roll is the best, but even after two tries, I thought it hardly had a taste at all! 😦

    Besides the cookie dough, the chocolate brownie is my favorite! Have you tried that one yet? It's really good with some melty pb on it too! 😀

    • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes March 26, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      That’s so weird! I want to try the cookie dough again. Not gonna lie…. I ate it when I came home after having a *couple* of drinks LOL

  6. cookingfortheotherhalf March 26, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    These look so good! I have never tried Quest bars but now I definitely want to.

    My favorite is Luna or Lara!

  7. Fitcupcaker March 26, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    I love the apple, cinnamon roll, and banana ones..they are great microwaved 🙂 Im saving the pb and jelly one for last bc I wasnt sure if i would like it- but you said its good so ill go for it!

  8. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen March 26, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    You have to try Lara Bars! My favorite combos are desserts like that chocolate peanut butter. Yum!

  9. cleaneatingveggiegirl March 26, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    I have heard so many amazing things about these bars, but have yet to try them. I need to get with it! The PB & J flavor sounds amazing!!

  10. ahealthyhappyhome March 29, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    LOVE Quest Bars! The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is REALLY good! I’m also a fan of the Cinnamon Roll, and Strawberry Cheesecake. Oh the apple pie too!

  11. Lavidaoutdoors March 31, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! I recently posted about my protein bar cravings and I’ve been trying different brands. I can’t believe I haven’t come across Quest bars yet… Must give it a try now 😀

  12. Mrs. Dawes June 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Wow. I’m going to have to try these. I’ve been looking for a bar (was contemplating Lara Bars) but was always afraid to try because I figured they might, well, suck. Thanks for your insightful review!

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