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The first thing that struck me right away was the low caloric count for many of the flavors (110 calories!!!), while still offering high protein (around 15G!). Most high protein bars are double that amount of calories, which I really don’t like. So this was impressive.
I received a box of mixed flavors which included 2 of each of the following flavors: Coconut, Banana Chocolate Chip, Mint Brownie , Black Cherry, Salted Caramel Chocolate, Double Chocolate Mousse, Orange, Vanilla and Raspberry – plus a full box of Coconut Almond and a full box of Peanut Butter. Wow!
Built Bar really looked at the science behind nutrition in choosing their ingredients carefully, from the type of protein to fiber and sweeteners. Whey protein isolate was chosen for the bars because it is a complete protein, which means it has all the essential amino acids, it has high digestibility, and a mild taste. The isolate version we use does not contain casein or lactose, which are the components of milk that some people are allergic to. Very few individuals are sensitive to whey protein isolate. On the negative side, whey protein is more expensive than some other proteins and it is not vegan. Read more about the science behind their decisions here.
What I wasn’t prepared for was the reaction from my family. Both my son and husband IMMEDIATELY tried them and decided these were awesome. Now they are both taking them to school and work for snacks.
These bars arrived just days before Ragnar Del Sol, so I was able to share an assortment of them with my very hungry teammates, which were much appreciated!
So, as I said at the start, I’m more of a crunchy texture person than chewy. The consistency of these bars is very nougat-like. Very chewy. I found it helpful to put them in the refrigerator to make them a bit more firm. My favorites are peanut butter, chocolate almond. Peanut butter flavor has 20G protein! yes, please.
I hear they have a new smores flavor out now, plus oatmeal cookie and banana bread flavors – now I want to try those too!
Ready to try them for yourself? Use code BUILTNOW for 20% off your order!. You can either order a mixed box, a box with all one flavor OR a build your own box where you can choose from several different flavors. Each box contains 18 bars. Check out all their flavors, nutritional info, and order here!
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!