I first discovered these Bonk Breaker bars in a Whole Foods in Los Angeles last summer. At that point, the GF vegan market in Lexington was rather pathetic, especially in terms of protein bars. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I approached a shelf containing not just one bar that I could eat, but several. Having options in a world full of limited options is an intoxicating feeling… and one that leads to you buying $50 in protein and granola bars… I had been looking for a replacement for Clif Bars, which used to be my addiction. They’re delicious, but I don’t trust them to be GF and dairy free. Enter the Bonk Breaker bar.
There are several flavors of Bonk Breakers, but many of them contain peanuts, so that limits my options some. My favorite in this selection is the Espresso Chip, delicious chocolatey coffee heaven. I love to have this bar in the morning if I don’t have time to eat breakfast before I leave for work. The bar actually contains caffeine! So it’s a great bar to help get you going in the morning. This bar has the gritty texture of ground expresso beans complemented by chunks of mocha chocolate. The gritty crunchiness of the espresso helps mask the taste and texture of the protein powder. The Espresso Chip flavor is less dry than their other flavors (the bars definitely benefit from a liquid companion. Naturally, I like to pair the Espresso Chip with… more coffee!!!). The taste is almost like a coffee cake- flavors of chocolate, mocha, espresso, granola… These tastes intensify as you chew, further grinding up the espresso chips.
The only downside to this bar is that it is quite petite; however, it is filling for its size. Unfortunately, it only contains 7g of protein, which is clearly surpassed by the 20g contained in the PROBAR Core Chocolate Mint bar that I reviewed the other day, which is probably my new favorite GF Vegan protein bar for pre-workouts. The Espresso Chip is still my pick for a quick breakfast on the go.