Protein bars are a healthy breakfast option for those who are often in short of time to have a full-fledged breakfast or for those who are trying to lose weight. So, if you are looking for gluten-free and keto options, here are the best and most nutritious bars that you can try.
Perfect Keto Bars
Specifically formulated for the keto diet, these protein bars come in five flavors, including cinnamon roll, salted caramel, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Perfect Keto designs its bars to provide just 2–3 net carbs per bar, along with around 17 grams of fat and 11 grams of protein.
Keto-friendly bars like these regularly contain fiber and sugar alcohols, which your body can’t fully digest and absorb. Therefore, subtracting the grams of fiber and sugar alcohols from the total carbs gives you the number of net (digestible) carbs.
MariGold Protein Bars
MariGold protein bars come in seven flavors and are renowned for their homemade taste and texture. Each bar offers 2–3 grams of net carbs, 5–8 grams of fiber, 16–18 grams of fat, and an impressive 20–21 grams of protein. They’re made with just a few ingredients, including grass-fed whey protein powder.
Whey powder is a popular supplement because its protein can be quickly absorbed by your body. As a result, it may promote significant increases in strength, muscle mass, and even fat loss (4Trusted Source, 5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source, 7Trusted Source).
The bars are also free of sugar alcohols, which are natural or manufactured carbs that taste sweet yet contain half the number of calories as sugar. Some people may wish to avoid sugar alcohols because they can sometimes cause digestive distress (8Trusted Source).
If you love jerky, DNX bars may be right up your alley. Made from free-range chicken or grass-fed bison or beef, DNX bars are free of added sugars. Additional ingredients include egg whites, dates, dehydrated vegetables, nuts, seeds, and spices.
For an extra boost of nutrition, the bars boast sacha inchi oil. Also called sacha peanut, sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) is a plant that produces seeds that are rich in calcium, vitamin A, and essential omega-3 fatty acids, which may reduce inflammation (10Trusted Source).
DNX bars offer comparable amounts of nutrients. For example, their bar made from grass-fed beef, uncured bacon, and jalapeños provides 140 calories, 9 grams of fat, 1 gram of net carbs, 1 gram of sugar, and 14 grams of protein.
Founded in 2012, Keto Bars was one of the first companies to create protein bars specifically for the keto diet. In addition to being high in fat and low in net carbs, their bars are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free.
All four of their flavors have short ingredient lists and are made with a base of unsweetened chocolate, coconut, and nut butter. To keep them sugar-free, Keto Bars use two alternative sweeteners — stevia and erythritol.
These are some of the best gluten-free keto bars you can try.