Product Review: Built Bar Protein and Energy Bars

Disclaimer:  I received a generous supply of Built Bar Protein and Energy Bars to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews.

If you’ve been following my posts in the past year or so, you know that I have been working on figuring out a good fueling strategy not just for my long runs, but also for my every day needs. As I’ve mentioned in multiple posts, I typically follow a low-carbohydrate diet not just to maintain a healthy weight, but also to get a good balance of nutrition, including lots of protein. I’m not getting any younger, and building and maintaining muscle mass is a continued goal.

I was quite impressed with the variety of flavors I received. In total, there were three boxes of 18 bars – one box of Peanut Butter, one box of Coconut Almond, and one box of Mixed, containing 14 different flavors. Each chewy bar is coated in a delicious dark chocolate. Being that one of my favorite candy bars is Almond Joy, I couldn’t wait to dig in to the Coconut Almond flavor!

As you can see by the boxes on the left, depending on the flavor, each bar provides anywhere from 15 grams to 20 grams of protein and 110 to 170 calories. I typically have a protein bar as a mid-day snack, so having a variety of flavors to choose from was an exciting prospect for me. I’ve definitely gotten into a rut with the few flavors of other bars I’ve been eating in the past.

As many of you know, I work as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. My days are long and often are very busy, so much so that I often don’t have time, or simply forget to eat lunch. I loaded up my desk drawer with Built Bars, and on those days where I barely have time to sit down, it’s good to know I have a delicious, healthy snack to help get me through the day.

In a shocking development, it did just so happen that the Coconut Almond flavor was my favorite. In a Goldilocks sort of way, the fact that it was middle-of-the-road with the amount of protein and calories it had compared to the other flavors I sampled made it just right for me.

Overall I really like these protein and energy bars. They were enough to keep me satisfied and tide me over as a mid-day snack, while also being my new go-to for a pre- or post- workout snack. There were a few flavors that I didn’t necessarily love, but none that I would say I would refuse to eat.

Want to try Built Bar Protein and Energy Bars for yourself? Head on over to and receive 20% off of your purchase using code BUILTBAR.

Check out more reviews by some of my fellow BibRave Pros: Vanessa, Virjinia, Preston, Renee, Meridith, Becky, Amy, Emily, Riley, and Vanessa!

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On my 2020 Race Calendar:

January 9 – 12, 2020:  Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge, Orlando, FL

March 1, 2020:  Tokyo Marathon

March 15, 2020:  Amita Health St. Paddy’s Day Half Marathon, Bolingbrook, IL

May 2, 2020:  Cinco de Miler, Chicago, IL

May 23, 2020:  Soldier Field 10 Miler, Chicago, IL

June 21, 2020:  Wonder Woman 10K, Chicago, IL

July 12, 2020:  Across the Bay 12K, San Francisco, CA

September 12, 2020:  Run Mag Mile, Chicago, IL

October 4, 2020:  Bucktown 5K, Chicago, IL

October 11, 2020:  Chicago Marathon


  1. My friend absolutely loves these. I haven’t been able to get over to her house to try one to see what I think, but I feel like I need to.

  2. That’s quite a haul you received! I have not really gotten into protein bars, usually they taste like cardboard LOL These, however, sound pretty appealing! All that dark chocolate has my interest!

  3. Ooo, these sound good! I’d love to try em’ though–I love that they’re not super high in sugar! Yay for protein!

  4. I’m not a huge protein bar person but these sound really good! I would give them a try.

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