Top 5 Quest Protein Bar Alternatives

By | April 16, 2016

In August 2015, Quest switched the fibre source for their protein bars from isomalto-oligosaccharides (plant-based fibre) to soluble corn fibre. The change of formulation has disappointed and upset many of its longtime fans or loyal customers. Most of them found the newly formulated Quest protein bars unpalatable.

Here are some of the complaints about the reformulated Quest protein bars:

  • bad taste and texture (dry, chalky, crumbly, grainy, hard, stale).
  • strong, weird, bad and/or chemical aftertaste (probably due to increased use of the artificial sweetener, sucralose).
  • poorer nutritional quality, ie. reduced fibre and increased calories.
  • cause digestive issues such as gas, bloating and stomach pain.
  • no longer suitable for people with corn allergy or avoiding grains.
  • is soluble corn fibre made with GMO or non-GMO corn?
  • overly sweet.

Quest bars were one of the best protein bars (low in carbs and sugar, high in fibre and protein). Unfortunately, the formula change has ruined a once great product.

If you are a former Quest bar fan who are looking for alternatives, check out the following protein bars which have a similar macro profile to  Quest bars…

1. Rise Bar

One word to describe Rise bars: SIMPLE!

3-5 ingredients in Rise protein bars, providing a whopping 15-20g of protein! You get the nutrition you need without all the extra stuff you don’t.

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: sugar alcohol, artificial sweetener, GMOs, soy, gluten, peanut, fake fibre, artificial additives and preservatives.

There are 2 types of Rise protein bars: whey protein and vegan protein.

(i) Rise whey protein bars
These bars use high quality whey protein isolate and are available in 4 flavours:
- almond honey
- snicker doodle
- carob chip
- cacao banana

The best-selling almond honey protein bar has only 3 ingredients – almond, honey and whey protein - delivering 20g of protein. Fewer ingredients, yet more protein and nutrition!

(ii) Rise vegan protein bars
Pea protein isolate is the plant protein source for two Rise vegan protein bars:
- lemon cashew
- sunflower cinnamon

Summary of Nutrition Facts (varies by flavour)

Serving size: 1 bar (60g)
Calories: 260-310
Protein: 15-20g
Total Carbs: 20-24g
- Dietary Fiber 1-5g
- Sugars 12-15g
Total Fat 13-16g
- Saturated Fat 1-2.5g

2. Oatmega Bar

Not only does this grass-fed whey bar contain 14g of high quality protein, it is also packed with a heart-healthy dose of omega-3s (300mg EPA+DHA) from sustainable marine sources.

Oatmega bar provides superior nutrition without excessive sugar and calories.

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ZERO: gluten, refined sugar, sugar alcohol, artificial sweetener, GMOs, soy, wheat, artificial additives and preservatives.

Summary of Nutrition Facts (Wild Blueberry Crisp flavour)

Serving size: 1 bar (50g)
Calories: 190
Protein: 14g
Total Carbs: 21g
- Dietary Fiber 7g
- Sugars 5g
Total Fat 7g

3. No Cow Bar

This is a vegan alternative to Quest bar that is free from dairy, soy and gluten.

No Cow bars have 20-21g of plant protein (organic brown rice protein + pea protein) and are high in fibre from isomalto-oligosaccharides (IMO). They contain no added sugar but are sweetened with monk fruit, stevia and erythritol.

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No Cow Bar

Summary of Nutrition Facts (depending on flavour)

Serving size: 1 bar (60g)
Calories: 160-170

Protein: 20-21g
Total Carb: 25-27g
-Dietary Fiber 19-20g
-Sugars 1g
-Sugar alcohol 3-4g
Total Fat 4-5g
-Saturated Fat 1.5-2g

4.  Garden Of Life: Organic Fit Protein Bar

Organic Fit bars are a high protein snack to support your diet and exercise program. Here’s why…

Each bar provides:

  • 14g of plant-based protein to build and refuel muscle
  • 225mg of organic Svetol green coffee bean extract to help burn fat and boost metabolism
  • 13-14g of organic prebiotic fibre to help you feel fuller longer
  • 150mg of organic Ashwagandha to fight cravings

… with only 1g of sugar!

ZERO: refined sugar, GMOs, gluten, soy, dairy, wheat, artificial additives and preservatives.

Summary of Nutrition Facts (varies by flavour)

Serving size: 1 bar (55g)
Calories: 190-200
Protein: 13-14g
Total Carbs: 26g
- Dietary Fiber 13-14g
- Sugars 1g
Total Fat: 7-8g


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5. One Bar

One Bar is packed with 20g of milk and whey proteins and only 1g of sugar. With an array of flavours to choose from, you’ll certainly find one (or more) that satisfies your taste.

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One Bar

Summary of Nutrition Facts (Chocolate Brownie)

Serving size: 60g
Calories: 220
Total Fat: 8g
Total Carbs: 24g (Fiber: 9g, Sugars: 1g, Sugar Alcohol: 6g)
Protein: 20g

*** What is your favourite Quest bar alternative? Tell us in the comment box below. Thank you for sharing!***

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