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Quest Bar Review.

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Happy Saturday!

So, if you’ve been reading blogs at all lately, chances are, you’ve noticed Quest protein bars floating around. They’re certainly popular right now! It is with good reason; these bars are:

  • between 160 – 210 calories each
  • high protein (20 grams per bar)
  • high fibre (at least 16 grams per bar)
  • low carb
  • low in sugar
  • gluten free
  • with an incredibly short ingredient list.

Luckily for me, Quest Nutrition was kind enough to send me a sample pack so I could throw my two cents in there.

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So nice Smile

The pack they sent me included twelve flavours, plus their new peanut butter protein cups. Overall, I enjoyed these bars. I like the fact that the ingredient lists are full of short, pronounceable ingredients. Their regular line is sweetened with sucralose, while their all-natural line is sweetened with stevia. While it didn’t bother me, the bars did have a bit of that ‘sweetener’ aftertaste. I noticed it with all the bars, but it was more obvious with the original line.

It took me a little while to get used to the texture of these bars. I usually prefer my protein bars to have a bit of crunch to them, while these were very dense and chewy – almost taffy-like. It was actually a bit of work for my jar to chew them!

But that issue was quickly solved with a quick ten second zap in the microwave. It made them a little bit melty and much easier on my jaw.

So, let’s get down to the individual flavours!

Banana Nut Muffin

I had heard really good things about this flavour, so it was the first one I broke into.

Yea. It was amazing! I expected it to have a banana and walnut flavour to it, but somehow they managed to actually make it taste like a muffin. I don’t even understand how they did it. One of the best flavours, for sure!

Strawberry Cheesecake

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The first thing I noticed when I opened the package – an overwhelming smell of strawberries. Not a bad thing, right? While I don’t think they quite got the cheesecake flavour down, I loved the freeze dried strawberries spread throughout.

Vanilla Almond Crunch

I’m not huge into vanilla, but the flavour was nice. I thought it could have used a few more almonds for a bit more crunch and almond flavour.

Cinnamon Roll

I was pretty underwhelmed with this flavour. I ate it while I was walking to class so I didn’t get a chance to heat it up, but I have a feeling I would have been happier with it that way.

Protein Peanut Butter Cups

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If you’re looking for a Reese’s replacement, you’re probably going to a tad disappointed – the chocolate was chalky and it wasn’t anywhere sweet enough. I liked it, but if I reached for this while I was craving a Reese’s, it would not satisfy.

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It was pretty good crumbled into vanilla Greek yogurt though!

Chocolate Brownie

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Dense, fudge-y deliciousness. This one reminded me of chocolate milk, in a weird way. Especially amazing after being heated up!

Mixed Berry Bliss

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This one didn’t excite me at all. I’ve seen people make the comparison to a fruit and grain bar, but I didn’t see it. Not my favourite.

Coconut Cashew

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Fan fact about me: Cashews are easily my favourite type of nut. So I was happy to see it included in one of my Quest Bars. This one had a tropical feel to it with a great coconut flavour. One of my favourites!

Lemon Cream Pie

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I’m picky about my lemon-flavoured things (I absolutely adore lemon meringue pie, but anything else I’m a little weary of) so I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about this one. It was amazing! Enough lemon flavour that you noticed it, but not too much as to be overwhelming.

Apple Pie

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P.S. I love how you can see my manicure slowly degrading through the pictures…

Ohmygod the Apple Pie bar. I adored this one! The cinnamon was nice (I actually noticed it more in this bar than I did the Cinnamon Roll flavour) and the big, chewy apply chunks throughout only improved. I threw this one in the microwave and topping it with peanut butter, and it was absolutely fabulous.

Peanut Butter Supreme

Eaten on my break in class, so I couldn’t heat it up. It was still fabulous – basically, slightly sweetened peanut butter in bar form. Delicious.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

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Had the chewy, fudginess similar to the brownie flavour, but I wasn’t actually picking up on the peanut butter too much. Good, but Quest has better flavours.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Had high hopes for this one – it tasted like the peanut butter supreme, but with a slight fruity flavour. Tasty, but I would have liked to see a little bit more of a fruit flavour.

So overall – I did like these bars and I would purchase them. I would probably pick certain flavours instead of the variety box though, because some of the flavours I loved, and others were just ok.

So if I were putting together my own variety box, I would include:

  • banana nut muffin
  • apple pie
  • lemon cream pie
  • coconut cashew
  • peanut butter supreme

And now, I just need to get my hands on one of those new Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavours…I am intrigued by that one, for sure.

Have a great day!

<— Have you tried Quest Bars?

<— What would you rather have in a protein/energy bar: crunchy or chewy?

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39 thoughts on “Quest Bar Review.

  1. drool. I am dying to try the peanut butter cups and the cookie dough flavor. I know I should just bite the bullet and order them online but I guess I have to prioritize bills. darn.

  2. I can’t get past the borderline chalky taste of them! I have only tried the cinnamon roll ones and they resembled play-dough to me but I feel like I should give them another shot. Especially since I heard about the cookie dough one.

  3. These look SO good. I would love to get my hands on some of those. Do you know if they sell them in stores?

  4. Ah, I want to try these! Especially after reading your review!!

  5. Yum! Awesome review! Thanks, I’ve seen these all over & need to pick some up to try! I get so disappointed with chalky chocolate 😦

  6. These look good! Thanks for the in-depth review 🙂

  7. Thanks for sharing this Sam, I’ve always seen them and wondered what they taste like!

  8. I’m so excited to try these out! They’re receiving a lot of positives 🙂

  9. I haven’t 😦 but i really really want to haha…and as long as the bar tastes good, i’m pretty easy going about chewy v. Crunchy

  10. I love Quest bars– especially the Banana Nut Bread Flavor! Warmed in the microwave and topped with peanut butter and a few chocolate chips, it’s heavenly. I’ve been meaning to order a box for awhile, but keep buying them at GNC instead (and paying double) because I don’t want to wait for them to arrive. 😉

    Thanks for your honesty about the peanut butter cups; I was curious to try them, but think I’ll stick with Reese’s when my cravings strike. I just bought a bag of miniatures last night, actually. 🙂

    Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, Sam! ❤ xoxo

  11. The quest peanut butter bar in yogurt looks yummy. I like to stash protein bars in my car for emergencies!

  12. They sent me a box and I’ve only tried coconut cashew and apple pie so far. I agree about the after taste

  13. Pretty sure they don’t have Quest bars in Australia yet but still loved your review. I love the idea of the protein peanut butter cups even though the taste wasn’t as good as Reese’s

  14. I would love to try the peanut butter, cashew coconut and brownie ones. It will probably be a while before I try them though but I love hearing all the different reviews. Heating up a protein bar seems weird to me.

  15. I like chewy bars if they’re a date-based bar, but if they’re more of an oat-based bar, I like them crunchier. Luckily I usually have control over that since I have to make all my own granola bars. I swear, I am so close to just starting up my own granola bar company that actually makes good nut-free bars. 😛

  16. My favorite sentence of this post: P.S. I love how you can see my manicure slowly degrading through the pictures…
    Haha, you crack me up girl 🙂
    I am in LOVE with QUest bars, my faves are Straweberry CHeesecake, lemon pie and cinnamon roll. I always need to order them from the U.S. though which is a buit expensive, but oh welll….. 🙂 Thank you for a great review!

  17. I have been trying desperately to find somewhere I can buy a box of banana nut muffin bars in Canada, no one here seems to have caught on to the new delicious flavour! I would order from Quest themselves, but shipping is like $20. I need those bars!! I agree that apple pie and lemon cream pie were definitely up there too 🙂

  18. These have some sketchy ingredients! There are some much cleaner nutrition bars out there IMO.

  19. Love your honest review! I actually really like the PB Cups, but I knew you being a DIE HARD Reese’s fan, wouldn’t necessarily be won over by it. I kinda wonder how much variation there is in the different boxes of the same flavors though…because I’ve heard a lot of people absolutely RAVE about one flavor only to have it disappoint me…the apple pie? I think I maybe had ONE piece of apple in mine! But I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one totally underwhelmed with the cinnamon roll! I even gave it a second chance, went to the store and bought another one and still…tasted like CARDBOARD!

    My favorites are the chocolate brownie, banana walnut (it seriously DOES taste like a muffin) and the mixed berry (mine was totally Nutri-grain ish…see? makes you wonder!) And I JUST got the man-friend addicted…we ordered some online last night! I got a box of the cookie dough (squeel!) and he got banana nut, vanilla almond, and pb chocolate! 🙂

    Usually I’m more of a crunchy bar kind of gal, but the Quest bars have been my only exception…though there are few times that I eat them without heating them up. Ha, in a pinch, I’ve taken a bar in the car and sat on it while my heated seats where on to soften it up a bit! o.O Lol

    • That is a good point actually – they could be a little different for each person! I know Larabars can be a little different each time, so I could imagine that Quest could be the same.

      lmao I’m going to remember the sit-on-it-on-a-heated-car-seat-thing. That’s so funny!

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