Perfect Fit Protein Bars: Good, but Worth the Price?
Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson of Tone It Up and Perfect Fit Protein Powder have created a chocolate peanut protein bar that tastes good and makes a good on-the-go snack for moms and kids. I like them, but they could quickly break the grocery budget!
These bars taste really good! The peanut butter flavor isn’t as pronounced as I would have liked, but that’s only a minor concern. I mostly got chocolate and that generic “protein bar” taste most protein bars have (not the same as tasting the protein powder!).
Oddly enough, though, I don’t taste a lot of the protein powder flavor. It’s more of a pop of chocolate on top of a bland, almost crisped rice base, as if it needs more of some other flavor to fill in the gap between the rich cocoa flavor and the rice crisp. It’s hard to describe, but if you’ve had protein bars in the past, there’s a good chance you know what I mean.
I’m guessing they probably wanted to keep the peanut and peanut butter content low to keep the fat content down, but more of that may have done the trick.
These were not as moist and chewy as I expected (again, that probably had to do with the low peanut butter content), but they were far from hard or unpleasant to eat. I was also relieved that they weren’t the really rubbery, almost shiny type of bar that you can bend and stretch (those gross me out and hurt my mouth).
These were close in texture to Luna Bars and the ALT Larabars. Almost crispy, but not like a Kit-Kat. They’re moist enough to feel good in your mouth, but not as moist as most of the regular Larabars.
The Ingredients and Nutritional Value
Unlike the Perfect Fit Protein, which is essentially free of allergens, these bars contain soy and peanuts. They are, however, gluten-free and organic.
Ingredients include: organic dates, organic brown rice protein concentrate, organic brown rice syrup, organic semi sweet chocolate chips, organic roasted peanuts, organic rolled oats, organic brown rice crisp, organic peanut butter, organic raisin paste, organic peanut oil, organic oat fiber, organic flax meal, organic cocoa powder, and cocoa extract.
These bars have 190 calories, six grams of fat, 30 grams of carbohydrates, seven grams of protein, and 17 grams of sugar. I was a little surprised by the amount of sugar in the bars, but there is a fair amount of fruit and chocolate, plus the rice crisp also contains sugar.
Overall, I think these are a very good balance of flavor, nutrition, ingredients, and texture. However, I’m not sure I would go out of my way to keep my pantry stocked with them because they’re $23 for a box of nine before shipping, and they’re only available online.
The shipping, however, is really fast, so that part isn’t a complete inconvenience. If they were more readily available and sold individually, I’d probably buy fewer Larabars and KIND bars as snacks and put some of these into the rotation. I just don’t see myself wanting to spend $23 (plus shipping) on a single flavor (or only nine bars).
Photo credit: Perfect Fit Protein