This is another protein bar from the latest PhD range of plant protein bars. And although it was of regular size, it was enough to tease me.
And that’s pretty surprising, as the other flavour from this range, Choc Toffee Popcorn, was to my liking. Anyway, a tasty and delicious vegan protein anything is some kind of challenge. Especially, if you’re not in #teamvegan like me. But I don’t mind it, as the more new options and choices on the market, the better. So let’s have a look if this PhD SmartBar Plant Dark Choc Brownie is worth your (vegan) attention.
This protein bar smells like a combination of chocolate and pea protein. And as I’m not the greatest fan of pea protein, it… doesn’t matter at all here. These pea protein are detectable here and if only the fragrance of this bar were more intense, then it would only marginally affect the score in this department. But still, this fragrance is not too exciting. A really tough on the inside, this protein bar is softish and crumbly on the inside. As a result of that, it’s not too troublesome to bite into it and eat (although it could be a bit more softish). This protein bar isn’t chewy at all, but it’s slightly sticky. And teasingly dryish. So be ready to have a sip while eating it.
Not too flavourish, but still sweet.
This PhD SmartBar is not too flavourish. The plant protein is the main accent in the taste of this bar. But it’s not so bad, as there is chocolate flavour too (it’s coming from a chocolate couverture). And a bit of brownie. However, the flavour of this snack could be more balanced (hence -0.5 pt in this department). There’s no other weird aroma or aftertaste in this snack. And that’s good. Another good thing is this bar is a bit crunchy (hello, soya crispies) and sweet. And for some, it may be a satisfying one.
Do I want another serving of this PhD SmartBar Plant after the first one? Not actually. It was not too flavourish and a bit too dry for me. So I’m perfectly fine with one serving of it.
Macros have never been a strong part of any PhD SmartBar bars. But here, considering it’s a plant bar, is a bit different story. A 64g bar has 259 kcal, 13g of fat (not a surprise in a plant bar), only 9g of carbs (including just 3.1g of sugar) and a solid amount of 20g of protein. Not too bad. The ingredients list contains only a bit of added sugar and it’s still pretty OK.
However, it can’t be the finest protein bar on the go. However, the we-don’t-have-such title of ‘the most vegan protein bar on the go’ could go to it.
Not too exciting, but still plant and a sweet protein bar.
PhD SmartBar Plant Dark Choc Brownie is a real plant bar. It has not bad macros, a substantial amount of protein and nearly perfect ingredients. However, it’s not too flavourish and it could be a bit more comfortable to eat. And have a bit better ingredients. And summing it up, it’s not a bad protein bar.
Will I ever go back to this PhD SmartBar Plant protein bar? I’d love too. But there are some things that tell me ‘have a look around. There are better options than that’. And yep, there are, indeed. Like this one from the same range.
- Smell 55/10
- Outer firmness 33/10
- Inner firmness 66/10
- Taste 66/10
- Moistness 66/10
- Nutrients 6.86.8/10
- Ingredients 5.55.5/10
- Overall experience 77/10
OUR RATE: GOOD
This is a real plant bar. It has not bad macros, a substantial amount of protein and nearly perfect ingredients. However, it’s not too flavourish and it could be a bit more comfortable to eat. And have a bit better ingredients. And summing it up, it’s not a bad protein bar.
User Review( votes)
Only 9g of carbs per bar (64g)
It contains added sugar