Review: Bonk Breaker Espresso Chip Protein Bar


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.



9 thoughts on “Review: Bonk Breaker Espresso Chip Protein Bar

    • Agreed. This and the PROBAR Core bar I reviewed earlier both have 17g of sugar. The Almond Butter and Honey Bonk Breaker has slightly less sugar at 13g. Kind has a new protein bar called Strong and Kind with 10g of protein and only 6g of sugar. I was only able to get my hands on one of these, but now every store in my town refuses to stock them. I’m thinking about taking the plunge and ordering a case online, because that seems like the best pre-made option out there for GF vegan protein bars.

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  2. I always struggle with the same thing! They all have a ridiculous amount of sugar in them and then are marketed as healthy. I always feel like I’m eating a protein candy bar. But I usually still can’t resist eating them!

    • Haha they are hard to resist! I have found possibly my holy grail protein bar- the Strong and Kind bars!! Only 6g of sugar for 10g of protein, and they are so good! They’re hard to get your hands on right now (at least here, I’m sure California is a different story!) I’m about to do some reviews on them in the next few days, you’ll have to check it out! They have a Thai Sweet Chili flavor I would LOVE to try but can’t find 😦

      • Ah, I’m not in California anymore! In good old SC they don’t have all of the latest and greatest stuff at first either! I’ll have to be on the lookout for them though because 6g is the lowest I’ve heard of!

      • They have them online! I have ¾ flavors to review, I think the hickory smoke is the best! Definitely the best I’ve seen too. Vegan and gluten free, no peanuts either, very minimal ingredients.

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