Vive Protein Bars are vegan, gluten free, soy free and free from refined sugar. Bars designed for active, health conscious people who also demand pleasure from their food.
I first reviewed Vive Bars in 2017 and celebrated (mostly by eating them) that they offered some very different flavors. There are oodles of bars from lots of different brands offering the same popular flavors. Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Orange, Chocolate & Nuts. Vive dared to be different! Original Vive Bars included a zesty lemon flavoured bar and a cherry-ripe like peanut butter and jelly bar.
In 2018 the guys at Vive have taken the bold step of completely replacing their original bars with an all new range. I will miss the Lemon Bars especially but the new Vive Dark Chocolate Protein Bars pretty much invent and perfect the protein bar as delicious dessert concept. That is not their marketing (yet). It is my opinion after taste testing!
Lets take a look at these bars . . .
Vive Protein Bars Nutrition
Vive Dark Chocolate Bar primary ingredients are Peanuts or Hazelnuts, Chocolate, Dates, Chicory Fibre and Pea Protein. Each 50 gram bar offers 10 grams of protein and around 6 grams fiber. The shift towards more chocolate and more fibre helps the Vive Bars turn in one a far lower carbohydrate count than most other bars.
Pea Protein is a good choice. Plant based. Naturally gluten and dairy free. Usually well tolerated and effective at supporting muscle repair. Chicory fibre, also known as chicory root fibre or inulin, is another great choice. It is a soluble fibre that can help you feel satiated for longer. It is also a well proven pre-biotic that provides fuel for good gut bacteria. Eat a Vive Bar and you and billions of gut bacteria will enjoy it.
For lots more detail and comparison to other bars jump over to Best Gluten Free & Vegan Protein Bars covering a ridiculous 52 bars from 15 brands. I have personally eaten every bar so you do not have to! I have eaten the best of them many times!
Vive Protein Bars Taste Test
Vive currently offer a mixed taster box containing all of their flavours. This is a great way to try them all and find your personal favourites. Most other bars are sold only in singles or in multiples of one variety. Bravo Vive!
An absolutely remarkable thing about Vives new bars is the texture. They are pillow soft and melt in the mouth. Take a bite then just enjoy the flavor as the bar melts on the tongue. Imagine a soft fudge enrobed within rich chocolate and enlivened with crispy pieces of nuts. No other protein bar is like this. Some are denser and require more chewing. Many are dryer. None have this utterly dessert like melt in the mouth quality. This is protein bar as dessert in a very good way!
Vive Bar Hazelnut
Sweet buttery nuttiness. Chocolate leads. Hazelnut provides the chorus and lingers after each bite. Gorgeous combination. Vive cannot actually call these Nutella Protein Bars. I can!
Vive Bar Salted Caramel
Caramel flavor beautifully compliments the chocolate and lingers long after each bite. How many combinations are are wonderful as chocolate salted caramel? Vive cannot call these “Better than Snickers Protein Bars”. I can!
Vive Bar Peanut Butter
The most conventional and similar to other bars out there but with that an absolutely different and wonderful mouthfeel. Buttery chocolate, fudgy interior and crispy pieces of nut.
Loving the Vive!
I bought all the Vive Bars for this taste test, no freebies, so when I tell you they are lovely I am entirely unbiased. I initially ordered just three of these for a taste-test but after my first bites immediately ordered more and I am about to order again using the excuse of an upcoming business trip. I think these bars are nice enough that you could have someone blind taste-test them and not know they were a protein bar, far less gluten free and vegan too.
Vive are a tiny start-up success story. Less than two years from launch the guys behind Vive have established their own brand and range of protein bars and protein powders. Read more about the guys behind the brand within Interview with the Vive Guys
What are the very nice but less delicious bars to compare Vive Bars to? Check out the competition at Best Gluten Free & Vegan Protein Bars or simply go and order some of the delicious Vive Bars right away.
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