Disclaimer: I was not monetarily paid to write this review. I paid for these bars myself, and all opinions in this post are 100% my own.
Like pretty much any food blogger I’ve come across, I am in love with Quest Bars. Banana Nut Muffin (even though I can’t stand raw bananas), Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Double Chocolate Chunk, and White Chocolate Raspberry were all awesome flavors, and of course there are the original flavors!
But this post isn’t about the Quest we all know in love, but the product featured is quite similar.
I learned about these Krave Natural Protein Bars recently, and after seeing their similarities in ingredients and consistency to Quest Bars, I knew I had to try them—even if it meant dropping $31.99 for the variety pack on Amazon. We all have our exceptions for splurging, right ;)?
The variety pack comes with two of six different flavors: Baked Apple Pie, Banana Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, French Toast, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Raw Cookie Dough.
I had ordered these bars on a Thursday, and was expecting the package to arrive at least a week later, but I found a box at my doorstep (to my pleasant surprise of course!) on the following Monday night. I have to give Pure Fitness Nutrition props for quick shipping!
The bars are also have slimmer look to them, as if they are flattened-out versions of Quest Bars. They also do weigh less than what the Nutrition Facts say (the “serving size” is 70 grams, but the bars range from 55-65 grams according to my kitchen scale).
I gave French Toast a try first:
The bars all share the common ingredients of a milk protein blend, blue agave inulin, peanut butter, and erythritol, and differ in regards to the addition of other flavors and ingredients, obviously.
French Toast stands out due to its inclusion of pecans and cinnamon, ingredients that hark back to the Sunday morning breakfast classic.
Apple pie is a breakfast food too, right?
No worries, if it’s in bar form, it is.
Funny thing is, this is EXACTLY the French toast bar with the addition of dried natural apples! Laugh out loud worthy :P!
Raw Cookie Dough was ultimately my favorite, even though it is a flavor that’s tossed around and around among food bar companies.
But how can you not love anything that has cookie dough in its name? And look at the marble-y chocolate swirls :D!
After consuming these three flavors, my initial excitement was beginning to wan. Chocolate Fudge Brownie was not too bad though:
It was softer than fudge, and easy to eat with a spoon even. Along with chocolate chips, there were pieces of walnuts included. I almost forgot to take a picture though, hence the picture mid-bite!
It does look more photogenic with the walnuts to the side though…
The last two flavors both have chocolate chip in their title: banana and peanut butter.
Both bars look very similar to each other, and only differ in their aromas. The banana one obviously has the aroma of a ripe banana (not too appetizing for me, but fortunately the chocolate combination makes up for that), and the peanut butter one has more of a peanut flour aroma.
I know any of these bars would have tasted 10x better when nuked in the microwave.
Will I be substituting these over Quest Bars in the future? Probably not, since I can get a variety pack of Quest Bars for a cheaper price, but perhaps if I have a hankering for French Toast or Raw Cookie Dough, I’ll probably make an exception and splurge on a 12-pack of those individual flavors.
Have you tried Krave Natural Protein Bars?
What do you not mind splurging on?