This is another excellent option for #teamvegan members, from PhD. Too bad it’s not too tasty and it’s noticeable dryish. Well, at least there’s another choice. And that’s what I liked in this bar too.
We already reviewed three other flavours from this Plant range of protein bars from PhD, Dark Choc Brownie, Choc Coconut & Cashew and Choc Toffee Popcorn. All of them had some good and bad aspect, but the latter one turned out to be the most delicious for me. Now it’s time for Choc Peanut Caramel flavour, a classic combination. Is it going to be a new go-to for vegans? Let’s find it out.
The fragrance of this SmartBar Plant protein bar is not too intense. There are all three flavours in it, but they’re way too bland. They’re pleasant and still pretty charming, but intense is what they desperately need. Anyway, all Plant SmartBars are like that when it comes to the softness on the outside – it could be a bit better. Fortunately, it’s the other story when it comes to their inner texture. This bar is nicely soft and crispy inside (hello soya crisps!). It means no problem with biting into it. Also, it’s barely
Not too intense, not too satisfying.
And it’s might be (not) only me. Anyway, there are two flavours easily detectable in this PhD Plant protein bar, peanut and chocolate (it’s dairy-free chocolate couverture). What I wasn’t able to notice in the taste of this bar, however, was a caramel flavour. And the reason for that might be… there’s no caramel among the ingredients in this bar. Interesting. Never mind. These two present flavours are just slightly sweetish, but still not too intense. Therefore, the entire bar lacks the sweetness and it’s not too satisfying.
I ate the entire bar and… that’s it. It looks like one serving of this SmartBar Plant is perfectly OK for me. And let’s stick to this statement here.
Macro wise stuff, not too bad. At least considering it’s vegan. A 64g bar has 259 kcal, a slightly too high amount of 13g of fat, only 7.6g of carbs (and just 2.4g of sugar) and a pretty good 21g of plant-based protein. Not too bad. The ingredients list also looks pretty good, as you won’t find there any added sugar, palm oil or syrups. That’s nice.
However, considering this and that this is not the finest protein bar on the go.
Not too sweet, not too exciting, but good for vegans.
This PhD SmartBar Plant Choc Peanut Caramel High Protein Low Sugar Bar is some kind of compromise. It’s comfortable to eat, it has not bad macros and pretty good ingredients. On the other hand, it could be a bit more flavourish, tastier and sweetish. And these are the price you agree to pay if you want to be on the vegan bandwagon. And if you are, then this is what you get.
Will I ever go back to this PhD SmartBar Plant? I don’t say no. It was somewhat tasty and it had some other advantages too. And if I ever want to get this kind of bar (you know, to have some rest from that oversweet protein bars around), then this might be the one I’ll pick up eventually.
- Smell 77/10
- Outer firmness 55/10
- Inner firmness 6.56.5/10
- Taste 6.56.5/10
- Moistness 5.55.5/10
- Nutrients 6.86.8/10
- Ingredients 7.57.5/10
- Overall experience 6.56.5/10
OUR RATE: GOOD
This is some kind of compromise. It’s comfortable to eat, it has not bad macros and pretty good ingredients. Not too flavourish. But on the other hand, it could be tastier and a bit more sweetish. And these are the price you agree to pay if you want to be on the vegan bandwagon. And if you are, then this is what you get.
User Review( votes)
It’s coated with chocolate couverture
It contains natural flavourings
It’s somewhat dryish