Disclaimer: I was provided the Suspro protein bars to try in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
Suspro protein bars are plant based, allergen friendly (free of the top 8 most common allergens), low sugar, and packed with seeds. Each bar contains a combination of natural seeds, including sunflower, pumpkin, quinoa, and chia seeds. Seeds are the first ingredient listed on the protein bars. The seeds were carefully chosen to provide consumers with all the essential amino acids which we can only obtain through consumption. Furthermore, all of their bars are rich in healthy fats and contain less than 4g of sugar.
The Suspro bars are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, peanut free, and GMO free. Currently they have 4 flavours available: Apple Pie, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Mint Chocolate and Pineapple
The founder of Suspro, Richard Chen, started the company when he struggled to find healthy protein bars to take on ski trips and saw a niche in the market. This is also what inspired the background of the packaging, snowy mountains. According to Richard, it took 6 months to develop and perfect the formulation for the bars and then another 6 months for the packaging design process. One of the challenges was keeping the bars allergen friendly and low sugar while maintaining a great flavour.
The company started selling their protein bars online in July and rolled out to retail stores in October this year. You can find their products on their website or in 16 independent stores in the lower mainland. Eventually they plan to expand into larger retail chains.
Suspro Taste Test
Since I’m all about dessert, the first flavour that I tried was the Apple Pie. This sounded promising and when I opened the package, I could definitely smell the cinnamon! This has 4g of sugar, 7g of fibre and 10g of protein. I found the texture to be crispy and slightly crunchy. It reminded me of eating rice krispies. Although it did smell like cinnamon, the flavour wasn’t actually very sweet at all.
The Dark Chocolate Sea Salt also has 4g of sugar, 6g of fibre and just 1g less of protein, coming in at 9g. Turns out this one was my favourite! It somehow found the balance between having enough chocolate and protein while not being too sweet either. It even had real chocolate chips on it! This one reminded me the most of what a Cliff bar would taste like. I wouldn’t even know this was a protein bar if you didn’t tell me. In terms of appearance, it looked like the Apple Pie bar but with a chocolate coating over the seeds.
The Mint Chocolate has just 2g of sugar, 12g of fibre but also 17g of protein. Due to the higher protein content, it did taste more dry compared to the previous two bars. This is typical for protein bars though. The chocolate flavour was mild with a minty aftertaste but in a good way, not like toothpaste.
Lastly the Pineapple flavour has 3g of sugar, 12g of fibre and 18g of protein. The bar smells pleasantly tropical and probably tastes as close to pineapple as you can get in a protein bar. Texture was the same as the Mint Chocolate.
I enjoyed the texture of the bars from all the nuts and seeds incorporated into them. There’s a tiny crunch in every bite! I have tried Cliff bars and Lara bars and maybe sampled a few others but to be honest, I don’t have much to compare them to. As a casual protein bar consumer, I would go for the bars lower in protein and slightly higher in sugar since they do taste better and I don’t need that much protein. If you’re like me and you’re going to try these, I would recommend starting with the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt.
It’s great that there are more protein bar options now for those who are vegan or have food allergies/diet restrictions. Through writing this post, I learned the top 8 most common allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, soy, and wheat.
For more information on Suspro and how you can purchase their protein bars, please visit https://www.susprofoods.com/collections/products .