The Outright Bar: You’d Never Know it’s a Protein Bar
If you’re anything like us, you’re probably tired of hearing how this protein bar and that one tastes amazing only to give it a try and think, “really?”
Though you can’t blame them—protein bars have been notoriously tricky to get right. That’s the nature of functional foods; sometimes, you must sacrifice taste and texture to get the goods.
However, that’s not the case anymore. We’ve tried some good protein bars in our day—Quest Bars and One Bars, to name a few, but even these top contenders grapple a little with taste or texture issues. So, we’d pretty much given up hope that it could get better. But then we tried it—the Outright Bar. Oh man, is it good! So, because we like to share the love, let’s talk details and feature this wonderful protein bar.
What’s Wrong with Typical Protein Bars?
Now, we love protein bars. However, there’s no denying they have a lot of haters. Like any processed food, there’s a big chance that some sneaky, less-than-healthy ingredients can be found on the label. As with any supplemental functional food, there’s a risk of grabbing a bar that contains fillers, lots of added sugars, or dangerous artificial flavours.
We always preach about doing a little research prior to introducing a new supplement to your body, and the same goes for protein bars and other functional foods. Another thing we’re always talking about is choosing a brand that’s trustworthy and transparent.
Once you do these things, you’ve already reduced many of the risks that protein bar haters are concerned with, and now, the Outright Bar might be the one to transition even the biggest protein-bar hater.
How the Outright Bar is Different
The Outright Bar is different than your average protein bar, mainly because it’s advertised as a whole, real foods bar. Meaning it’s a recipe that you could make in your kitchen—no crazy lab-made ingredients.
One typical trick of the trade in this space of our industry is adding fibre. Protein bars, by nature, contain a heavy serving of carbohydrates, and as we all know, diet culture has branded carbs as the worst thing to consume. We wholeheartedly disagree with this sentiment, but that’s a topic for another time. However, this general fear of carbs has led to supplement companies adding a kind of fake fibre to their bars to reduce the net carbs.
On the other hand, Outright Bars don’t do that. Instead, they contain ingredients that you likely have in your pantry right now—and none of the sneaky ingredients.
Are Outright Bars Healthy?
Outright Bars are arguably the most “clean,” healthy protein bars on the market. Take a look at these ingredients:
- Nut butter
- Dextrose (simple sugar)
- Whey protein isolate
- Rolled oats
- Chocolate chips
- Cocoa powder
- Natural flavours
This is just about the cleanest ingredients list we’ve seen for functional food. Many bars have a great set of ingredients, but then they add artificial flavours or sugar alcohols. We talk a lot about the two of these ingredients—we like to steer clear of artificial flavouring, and while sugar alcohols are safe, they do have a weird aftertaste and can cause some upset stomachs.
Outright bars are sweetened with honey, molasses, and a simple sugar chemically identical to blood glucose. A big difference and a big improvement.
Outright Bar Nutritional Profiles
The nutritional breakdown of Outright Bars varies slightly from flavour to flavour, but you can expect approximately:
- 280 calories
- 13 grams of fat
- 25 grams of carbohydrates
- 3 grams of fibre
- 16 grams of sugar
- 16 grams of protein
On first look, you might be taken aback by that added sugar content—we typically argue that anything over 10 grams of sugar should be considered a sweet treat. However, the only way most protein bars get around a number like this is by using those artificial flavours or sugar alcohols we mentioned. Those aren’t used here, so you’re bound to have more sugar showing up on the label. In this case, we’re ok with that number.
You also might notice the fat content is higher than other protein bars, and again, with the first ingredient being a nut butter, that’s to be expected. Additionally, fats from natural nut butters are primarily the heart-healthy fats we like to see in a diet.
Lastly, the protein content is on the lower end for a functional food item designed to increase a person’s protein intake. However, again, with ingredients like this, we’re not going to fault them for the roughly four more grams of protein that we typically expect to see.
Outright Bar Flavours
The flavours are where the Outright Bar hits a home run—finally, a protein bar that tastes amazing and has a texture to match. They are probably the softest, most fresh-tasting and textured protein bars we’ve ever had. Some people have said they legitimately taste like a cookie—not a protein bar or even a granola bar.
The bar is available in:
- chocolate chip peanut butter
- cookie dough peanut butter
- cookies and cream peanut butter
- mint cookies and cream peanut butter
- s’mores peanut butter
- butterscotch peanut butter
- toffee peanut butter
- oatmeal raisin peanut butter
- banana walnut peanut butter
- white chocolate cranberry peanut butter
- apple cinnamon peanut butter
- mochaccino white chocolate peanut butter
- waffles and syrup peanut butter
- peanut butter and jelly
- double chocolate chip peanut butter crisp
- white chocolate chip peanut butter crisp
- chocolate chip almond butter
- oatmeal raisin almond butter
- cinnamon sugar donut cashew butter
- blueberry cashew butter crisp
- chocolate chip sunflower seed butter
- pumpkin pie peanut butter (seasonal)
- peppermint cookies and cream peanut butter (seasonal)
- gingerbread peanut butter (seasonal)
Talk about a selection! We can honestly say that each flavour is good—you’re going to have to try them all to pick your personal favourite!
What Do Our Customers Say?
Our customers are officially on board with the Outright Bars with nothing but five-star reviews and comments that the flavours are “seriously amazing” and “like a dessert!”
With all this said, we officially have a new go-to protein bar with the Outright Bar, and if you don’t have a peanut allergy or reason to avoid dairy, you should, too! While the macronutrient breakdown might be a little different than what you’re used to, we think the ingredients list makes it worth it.