6 Best Vegan Protein Bars Without Soy

best vegan protein bars without soy

If you’re a strict vegan, finding a convenient, on-the-go, muscle-building snack can be hard.

When searching for protein bars, you’ll quickly realize that the majority are made with whey isolate (a dairy product).

And those that aren’t?

Well, they usually contain a lot of soy instead.

Avoiding Soy

Now, most people have no trouble with soy whatsoever.

Unfortunately, there are those of us who, for various reasons, want to avoid it.

With whey and soy out of the question, shopping for a protein-rich snack, then, becomes quite a challenge.

Are you dealing with the same problem?

If so, you’re in luck — we’ve already done all the searching, tasting, and testing for you!

After much time and effort, the results are in:

Here are the 6 best vegan protein bars without soy (ranked in order of their ratings).

1. Shanti Bar: The Superfood Protein Bar

As implied by its name, the Shanti Bar: Superfood Protein Bar brings more to the table than just a macronutrient.

It has a potent list of lead ingredients — each with their own health benefits.

Does the product live up to the grand ‘superfood’ label, though?

Many people seem to think so.

With almost 200 customer reviews on Amazon, it can boast a solid 4.2-stars average.

Ingredients and Nutrition

The Shanti Bar comes in a wide range of different flavors — each with a lead ingredient that packs a nutritional punch.

This is the main draw of the product, as well as the reason it claims the ‘superfood’ label.

The lead ingredients are:

  • Acai berries
  • Cacao
  • Coconut
  • Goji berries
  • Goldenberry
  • Maca
  • Mulberry
  • Spirulina
  • Turmeric

Each of these have a slew of documented health benefits.

Turmeric, for example, fights inflammation and supports joint health, while cacao is full of antioxidants and acts as a mood enhancer. (1) (2)

All of the Shanti Bar’s ingredients are:

  • Raw
  • Vegan
  • USDA-certified organic
  • Peanut-free
  • Soy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Paleo
  • Non-GMO

In other words, quite friendly to people suffering from allergies, or those with special dietary regiments.

Protein content

A Shanti bar weighs 48-58 grams and contains 210-250 calories.

The protein content ranges between 10-17g.

So, if you require a higher amount, be sure to pick the right type of bar for you.

The protein-blend of the bars is different for each variant — some use brown rice, while others use mostly pumpkin seed and sunflower seed protein.

A standard box comes with 12 Shanti bars, but you can order 4 at a time if you want to sample them first.

Taste and Texture

One of the best things about the Shanti Bar is that it comes in 9 wildly-different flavors.

These are all based on the lead ‘superfood’ ingredients mentioned earlier.

You can choose between:

  • Chocolate berries acai
  • Cranberry crunch goji
  • Crunchy almond spirulina
  • Dark chocolate brownie cacao
  • Mango cashew turmeric
  • Mexican chocolate mulberry
  • Nut butter chocolate chip maca
  • Salted nutty caramel coconut
  • White chocolate goldenberry

I’ve only tried the first 3, but I’ve loved them all — I’ll definitely test the others as well at some point.

The Chocolate berries acai and Cranberry crunch goji are very tasty.

Crunchy almond spirulina is quite enjoyable as well, but it definitely has more of a “health food feel”, so to speak.

Shanti Bars have a great consistency — dense, a bit chewy, and they don’t crumble easily.

That’s pretty near-perfect in my book.

Overall Verdict

5 stars rating

If you want the most nutritious ingredients on the market, I would recommend the Shanti Bar.

While many protein snacks attempt to mimic candy bars, Shanti is clearly aimed at the more health-conscious among us.

If you’re like me, and you feel better (both mentally and physically) after eating healthy food, you’ll most likely enjoy these.

Besides their excellent consistency, they have a whopping 9 flavors to choose from.

With that in mind, you’ll probably find at least one Shanti Bar that you’ll love.

If you want the best vegan protein bar without soy, look no further — this is it.

2. Amrita Protein

If you’re struggling with a lot of allergies, no bar on this list is a better match than Amrita.

As of this writing, it has a strong 4.2-star rating on Amazon, based on over 200 customer reviews.

With a combo of carefully-picked ingredients and high protein content, Amrita Protein is a rare product.

Ingredients and Nutrition

This is, without a doubt, one of the most allergy-friendly protein bars on the market today.

Amrita Protein is:

  • Soy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Nut-free
  • Non-GMO
  • 100% vegan

So, if you have a lot of nasty allergies, chances are you can still enjoy these bars in peace.

As a bonus, they don’t contain any added sugars, either — their sweetness is fully derived from natural ingredients, like dried fruit.

Protein content

Despite their impressive list of “don’t have’s”, Amrita bars still pack a solid 15 grams of protein per serving.

Most of this comes from brown rice, while various seeds provide a smaller amount.

Taste and Texture

Amrita Protein can be bought in 7 different flavors.

These include:

  • Apple cinnamon
  • Chocolate chip coconut
  • Chocolate maca
  • Dark chocolate quinoa
  • Mango coconut
  • Pineapple chia
  • Sunflower butter & jelly

As you can tell, there are a lot of healthy ingredients here — plus points for that.

But do they actually taste good, though?

There’s no shortage of healthy-but-bland-tasting bars around, after all.

Thankfully, Amrita have somehow managed to balance the protein, healthiness, and enjoyment factor very well.

With every version of the bar, you can really taste the natural components they include (no artificial flavors, thank goodness).

My favorites are Chocolate Chip Coconut. Chocolate Maca, and Dark Chocolate Quinoa.

Yes, they really nailed the chocolate versions — almost tastes like the vegan brownies my sister makes (almost).

The sweetness is very well balanced.

Unless you’re used to eating candy and drinking soda, they’re very satisfying.

Texture-wise the bars are a bit chewy, but quite soft as well.

They don’t exactly melt on your tongue, but you don’t have to work very hard to get them down, either.

Overall Verdict

4.5 star rating

All in all, Amrita Protein definitely deserves the excellent rating on Amazon.

With their allergy-friendly list of ingredients, they’re a rare sight when it comes to protein bars — vegan or non-vegan.

When it comes to taste and texture, they’re well balanced, and their 15g of protein is enough for a quick, muscle-building snack.

3. Garden of Life Organic Sport Protein Bar

With a name like that, you’d expect this bar to be either a high-quality product or a generic, overpriced “health snack”.

Thankfully, the former is the case.

If you’re looking for a lot of protein per serving, this may be the best pick for you.

Ingredients and Nutrition

Garden of Life bars are:

  • 100% vegan
  • Soy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Non-GMO

As you’d expect from the name, the ingredients are all organic.

The major ones are:

  • Peanuts
  • Pea protein
  • Sprouted brown rice protein
  • Tapioca fiber
  • Cocoa butter
  • Sea salt

Much like Shanti and Amrita, Garden of Life bars are full of high-quality, nutritious ingredients.

They have a bit more calories than most of their competitors — between 260 to 280 per serving (based on the flavor chosen).

However, this is mostly because of the higher protein content.

Protein content

Per serving (one 75g bar), you’ll get a whopping 20 grams of protein — comparable to some brands of protein shakes.

If you want to get the most soy-free muscle-nutrition on the go, look no further.

Taste and Texture

There are 4 varieties of the Garden of Life Sport Bars.

The flavors you can choose are:

  • Chocolate fudge
  • Chocolate mint
  • Peanut butter chocolate
  • Sea salt caramel

All of them besides the mint flavor were enjoyable to me.

However, they don’t taste as well as some other mentions on this list.

They lack the sweetness and smooth texture of the aforementioned Shanti bars.

If I had to rank them on taste and texture alone, I would give them a 4-star rating.

Should you want something less sweet, though, these may be perfect for you.

Overall Verdict

4.5 star rating

If you’re short on time and really need a large dose of protein in a tasty, convenient, form, the Garden of Life bars will serve you well.

As mentioned, all of the ingredients are organic, which is a rare find when it comes to products like this.

While they don’t get the top score when it comes to taste and texture, the high protein content and healthy ingredients push them to a solid 4.5-star rating.

4. Raw Rev Glo Protein Bar

Raw Rev Glo have some of the best-selling protein bars on Amazon.

Also, they’ve got over 700 positive customer reviews.

There are several, very good reasons for this.

Ingredients and Nutrition

Raw Rev Glo bars have a lot of good stuff in them.

The Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt, for example, contains:

  • Peanuts
  • Pea protein
  • Organic brown rice protein
  • Raw organic hemp protein
  • Raw organic virgin coconut oil
  • Raw organic chia seeds
  • Raw organic sprouted flax seeds
  • Prebiotic fiber from tapioca
  • Sea salt

As you can see, these are more than just protein — you get plenty of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber as well.

They’re especially rich in vitamin E, iron, magnesium, and copper.

There’s also an impressive list of stuff they don’t have in them.

Raw Reb Glo bars are:

  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Whey-free
  • Grain-free
  • Preservative-free
  • Non-GMO

So, if you suffer from allergies or sensitivities, these bars may be a God-send.

However, please note that all of the flavors contain either peanuts or tree nuts.

If you can’t eat those, there are better options for you elsewhere on this list.

Protein content

The protein content of the different versions varies between 10-15 grams.

Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt has the most — 15 grams of protein per serving (one whole bar).

Each standard container comes with 12 Glo bars.

Taste and Texture

Ok, so the ingredients and nutritional profile are kind of awesome.

That’s fine, but what about the taste?

After all, it doesn’t matter how well they feed your muscles if you can’t stand to eat them.

Being a pricier product, protein bars should taste good as well.

Thankfully, I, and most Amazon reviewers, can affirm that the Glo bars are quite the treats indeed.

Raw Rev Glo bars come in 6 different flavors.

These are:

  • Creamy peanut butter & sea salt
  • Crunchy peanut butter & sea salt
  • Mixed nuts, caramel, & sea salt
  • Chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Double chocolate brownie batter
  • Dark chocolate cashew & mint

My favorites are the first two, which taste and feel very much like a classic peanut butter candy bar, only less sugary (thankfully).

Should you want to, you can do like suggested by one of the Amazon reviewers — bake them lightly before eating.

I’ve tried this myself, and they do actually get a pleasant, somewhat puffy, texture — similar to peanut butter cookies.

In my opinion, the dark chocolate cashew & mint versions were decidedly the worst (I had to give the rest of them to a friend who eats pretty much anything).

If you’re like me, and can’t stand mint outside of toothpaste and chewing gum, steer away from those.

Overall Verdict

4 stars rating

Raw Rev Glo Protein Bars are some of the best-tasting soy-free vegan protein bars I’ve come across.

With their great ingredients list and nutritional profile, they beat out most of their competitors.

If you haven’t already, give them a try.

I suggest starting with one of the peanut butter ones, as they are the highest in protein and the tastiest.

5. Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Bar

Orgain is a well-known name in the arena of plant-based supplements.

Their muscle-building shake previously made it onto our list of best soy-free and gluten-free vegan protein powders.

The Orgain Organic Plant-Based Protein Bar is doing really well on Amazon as well — over 600 customer reviews with a respectable 4-star rating.

Ingredients and Nutrition

Like the name suggests, Orgain’s bar is mostly made from certified organic ingredients.

The main components are:

  • Brown rice protein
  • Pea protein
  • Chia seeds
  • Tapioca syrup
  • Tapioca fiber
  • Sea salt

Orgain’s Protein Bars are also:

  • Soy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO
  • 100% vegan
  • Free from preservatives
  • Free from artificial colors and flavors

Protein content

The bars are quite small, at only 40 grams and 140-150 calories each.

Even so, they pack 10 grams of protein per serving, with only 4-6g of fat and 17-20g of carbs (depending on the type).

As a bonus, they also include 6 grams of fiber — quite a lot for such a small snack.

Each standard box comes with 12 bars in total.

Taste and Texture

Orgain bars can be bought in 4 different flavors.

These are:

  • Chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanut butter chocolate
  • S’mores

I found the peanut butter and peanut butter chocolate to be the most enjoyable.

The chocolate chip cookie dough was a bit too candy-like for my tastes.

And the s’mores… well, they’re just not my cup of tea, at all.

However, if you enjoy the popular campfire treats, this flavor will probably please you.

The Orgain bars in general are quite chewy, but don’t get easily stuck to your teeth, which is a big plus.

Overall Verdict

4 stars rating

Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Bar is a safe choice if you want a good muscle-building snack.

It’s not as big as the other bars on this list, nor as full of exotic ingredients with special flavors.

As far as protein bars go, they’re a pretty standard, well-rounded product.

Depending on what you want, this may be a good thing or a bad thing.

6. Zing Vital Energy Nutrition Bar

The Zing Vital Energy Nutrition Bar is not really a protein bar, per se.

Still, it can technically be used as one, even though its macronutrient ratio isn’t perfect.

As of this writing, the Zing Nutrition Bar still holds onto an impressive rating of 4.3 stars on Amazon — with over 300 reviews and counting.

After doing plenty of testing myself, I have to say it deserves much of the praise.

Ingredients and Nutrition

One thing you’ll notice about the Zing bars is that they come in a wide range of flavors.

Because of this, the ingredients vary quite a bit.

However, most of the bars use protein isolates from peas and brown rice.

In other words, there’s no soy to be found.

Most of the Zing bars are vegan, but two of them are not (they contain whey isolates).

The non-vegan ones are Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Lemon Cashew Crunch.

All of the others are 100% made from plants, and they’re non-GMO and gluten-free as well.

Protein content

The vegan Zing bars have 10g of protein each (other than Cherry Almond, which has 11).

This is a bit lower than usual, but they do only weigh 50 grams, after all.

If you order a standard box, you’ll get 12 bars in total.

It should be mentioned that the fat content is around the same as the protein content (10-11g).

While it may be a turnoff for some, all of it comes from plant sources like sunflower seeds, dark chocolate, and coconuts.

Depending on your macronutrient needs, the increased fat content may be good or bad.

Taste and Texture

When it comes to flavors, Zing truly has something for everyone.

You can choose between:

  • Cherry almond
  • Coconut cashew crisp
  • Dark chocolate coconut
  • Dark chocolate hazelnut
  • Dark chocolate mint
  • Dark chocolate mocha
  • Double nut brownie
  • Oatmeal chocolate chip
  • Peanut butter chocolate chip

None of the flavors are very sweet.

They’re still pretty palatable, though — probably because of the higher fat content.

So, if you’re sick of eating stevia-laden protein bars, these may be refreshing.

My favorites were the Dark Chocolate Coconut and Hazelnut bars.

Texture-wise, they’re not too chewy, but do get stuck to your teeth now and again.

Also, be careful not to put them in too cold of a fridge, as they can harden up a bit.

Other than that, they’re somewhat standard when it comes to protein and ‘meal replacement’ bars.

Overall Verdict

4 stars rating

If you can make room for the extra fat content, Zing bars are wonderful to eat after a hard workout or lengthy hike.

Protein-wise the bars are a bit lacking, which prevents them from getting a top score on this particular list.

Still, a stellar choice if you want a healthy, filling, snack on the go.


And there you have it — the 6 best vegan protein bars without soy.

As you can see, there are actually plenty of top-shelf options here.

With so many different flavors and ingredient combos, you’ll more than likely find at least a couple bars you enjoy.

Once you’ve done so, you’ll never go without a vegan muscle-building snack ever again!

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