All Quest Bars are made of high quality protein and have plenty of fiber, but these days that’s not enough. Food tech has advanced to the point that a nutrition bar must also be delicious to be called the best. So in this review I’ll let you know how the Vanilla Almond Crunch Quest Bar tastes, and what difference the new fiber type has made.
The official description from Quest’s website:
“This nutty bar is an almond lover’s dream-come-true, with a satisfying crunch in every bite. Mixed with vanilla, and packed with protein, this Quest Bar is ready for adventure.”
It’s an uncoated, cinnamon-flavored protein bar. This is what it looks like:
Taste & Texture
It’s sweet, softly chewy, with a prominent taste of vanilla and subtler almond flavor. The texture is uniform throughout. Belying the name of the flavor, there was no “crunch” in the sample I had.
The Vanilla Almond Crunch Quest Bar for me falls into the middle-of-the-pack Quest offerings, very nice, but not the best that Quest Nutrition does (still superior to 99% of other protein bars out there). I think it would benefit from bigger pieces of almond to add some variety to the consistency.
As with all Quest Bars it’s great as it is, but it’s even more rich and dessert-like heated about 10 seconds in a microwave or baked a few minutes (which is even better because the outside goes crispy).
Corn Fiber Recipe Update
Quest Nutrition built their reputation with IMO (isomaltooligosaccharide) fiber as a main ingredient in their bars. They’ve since removed IMO from their line up entirely and now use corn fiber instead, claiming it makes a softer, longer-lasting product.
The IMO version could get quite tough towards the end of the use-by date. In the updated Vanilla Almond Crunch Quest Bar I had, the new fiber seemed to make the bar softer.
Serving size: 60 g
Fat: 9 g
Net carbohydrate: 4 g (1 g sugar)
Fiber: 15 g
Protein: 20 g
(Weights of Quest Bars can vary quite a bit, leading to significantly different caloric content than stated on the label. I did a write-up here.)
Vanilla Almond Crunch Quest Bar Rating: 7/10
This is a good flavor, but I find myself opting for other flavors when I buy Quest Bars.
Cheapest Places to Buy
Supplement shops are very expensive comparatively, so I always buy online.
I find Amazon consistently has the cheapest price now. If you’re in the UK you can buy at amazon.co.uk (£19.50 for box of 12 at time of writing).
If you’re in America, you’re lucky—they cost way less for you guys. You can buy at Quest’s website ($24.99 for box of 12 at time of writing).
Actually, even if you’re in the UK you could do worse than ordering off the Quest website above. Their shipping is cheap and fast, and the price works out about the same, funnily enough. Cheaper if it goes straight through customs tax-free, which sometimes happens.
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