R-Bars by Reflex Nutrition

I’m always excited by new competition for the standard-setting Quest protein bars. Even if prices aren’t driven down, more choice is always good. Reflex Nutrition’s R-Bars are one of the latest contenders, and the burning question: are they yet another pale Quest imitation, or the new kings of flavor and quality?

White Chocolate Apricot R-Bar by Reflex Nutrition

Description

High protein, high fiber, low carbohydrate nutrition bars.

Taste and Texture

All variants have a prominent cocoa butter flavor and oiliness. It adds a richness that I liked, but based on feedback I’ve seen, it’s not for everyone.

The bars are quite soft, and broken up by little bits of their respective flavorings. However, “bits” is the operative word here—I found myself wishing for chunks instead, especially in the case of the chocolate pieces and peanuts.

These bars are sweetened with stevia, and I noticed a faint bitterness from it (which often seems to happen when only one sugar alternative is used). More sweetness would improve them.

In order of preference:

1. Double Chocolate Brownie

Firmest texture, but still quite soft. Strong cocoa flavor. Bigger chocolate chips would make this considerably better, but I did enjoy it regardless.Serving size: 60 g
Calories: 209
Fat: 9 g
Carbohydrate: 9 g (1 g sugar)
Protein: 20 g

2. Cherry Bakewell

Nice, but the cherry flavor is lost behind the taste of cocoa butter.

Serving size: 60 g
Calories: 213
Fat: 9.5 g
Carbohydrate: 10 g (2 g sugar)
Protein: 20 g

3. Chocolate Peanut Caramel

Good, but bigger peanut pieces would make it great.

Serving size: 60 g
Calories: 205
Fat: 9 g
Carbohydrate: 10 g (1 g sugar)
Protein: 20 g

4. White Chocolate Raspberry Ripple

I found this the most bitter for some reason. Again, texture too uniform, and it could use more raspberry flavor to compete with the cocoa butter.

Serving size: 60 g
Calories: 211
Fat: 9.5 g
Carbohydrate: 10 g (2 g sugar)
Protein: 20 g

5. White Chocolate Apricot

The taste of apricot was definitely strong enough to get above the cocoa butter. Apricot just isn’t my favorite taste, though.

Serving size: 60 g
Calories: 212
Fat: 9.5 g
Carbohydrate: 10 g (2 g sugar)
Protein: 20 g

6. Cookies & Cream

The blandest of the bunch. The crispy bits brought to mind breakfast cereal more than cookies and cream.

Serving size: 60 g
Calories: 210
Fat: 9 g
Carbohydrate: 10 g (1 g sugar)
Protein: 20 g

Notes

The bars all weighed close to their 60 g label value, all being slightly over.

Reflex Nutrition went for a “natural” angle on these bars, and I wish they didn’t. A bit of Aspartame or Sucralose would improve these bars a lot, not to mention some type of chemical wizardry to produce some large chunks of high protein chocolate.

Like Quest Bars, R-Bars are marketed as consisting of high quality protein, which is great, but they’re less impressive in the taste department.

So Reflex Nutrition haven’t produced a serious challenge to the current protein bar champion, but they have made a pleasant enough bar, perhaps best thought of as more utilitarian than treat. I might buy them again, but only for a change from Quest bars.

Thanks very much for reading, and I hope this was useful. All feedback and questions welcome, I’d love to hear from you—just use the comments box below or send me an email.

Related: Quest Bar reviews.

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