Portable Power! 20 Gluten-Free Protein Bars for a Healthier You

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Many years ago, I took up running as a "hobby". I literally hated the actual running part, but loved the t-shirts and shiny medals. My love/hate relationship started with a 5K and several years (and miles) later finished with a full 26.2 marathon. The exhilaration I felt as I crossed those finish lines totally overshadowed the painful shin splints. I also was stoked that I didn't poop my pants (apparently that happens during marathons and not just to Celiacs).

Whether you like to kick it old school with some Jane Fonda, sweat it up in a spin class, or simply put one foot in front of the other walking around your local park, it's important to have portable protein to help fuel your body. Being 100% gluten-free and 99.9% vegetarian (bacon doesn't count), I make sure I have protein bars stored everywhere - the car, my purse, gym bag, etc. Keep in mind, not all protein bars are created equal and many have gluten as an ingredient, so it's important to do your homework and read those labels carefully. 

Wondering what bars are safe for those of us with Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or intolerance? Read on for 20 of the best gluten-free protein bars that will feed your body with nutrients to keep you going throughout the day. Also looking for super-powered vegan gluten-free protein bars or gluten-free dairy-free protein bars? I've got you covered!

PS: Hey! Make yourself a priority, your health is important, so take care of YOU!

20 Gluten-Free Protein Bars to Pump You Up!

1. Bearded Brothers Whole Food Energy Bar

Product Details: Average of seven ingredients per bar, organic, non-GMO energy bars are gluten-free, soy-free and low glycemic.

Product Website:​ beardedbros.com

2. Caveman Foods Paleo-Friendly Nutrition Bar

Product Details: Peanut-free, soy-free, certified gluten-free, and non-GMO. Vegan friendly.

Product Website: ​cavemanfoods.com

3. Epic Bar

Product Details: A meat, fruit, and nut bar is rich in protein, low in sugar, gluten-free, grain-free, and absent of both soy and dairy.

Product Website: ​epicbar.com


Product Details: All FODY items are both Low FODMAP and gluten-free.

Product Website: ​fodyfoods.com

5. Health Warrior

Product Details: Health Warrior Chia Bars and Superfood Protein Bars are gluten, soy, and dairy-free. 100% natural and 100% vegan. Non-GMO.

Product Website: ​healthwarrior.com

6. Kind Bar

Product Details: All KIND snacks are gluten-free, non-GMO, and kosher.

Product Website: ​kindsnacks.com

7. Know Better Bars

Product Details: Natural, non-GMO, grain/gluten-free, high protein, high fiber, low carb, low sodium and have a near zero glycemic index.

Product Website:​ knowfoods.com

8. Luna Protein Bar

Product Details: The entire LUNA protein line is gluten-free and low glycemic. Finished product is tested to ensure gluten-free.

Product Website: ​clifbar.com

9. NoGii No Gluten High Protein Bar

Product Details: NoGii products are certified gluten-free and all NoGii products are manufactured in a facility certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO).

Product Website: ​nogii.com

10. NuGo Free Bar

Product Details: Gluten-free and soy-free. Certified vegan and OU kosher pareve.

Product Website: ​nugonutrition.com

gluten free protein bars

11. GFB Gluten Free Bar

Product Details: All products are gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO, vegan and kosher.

Product Website: ​theglutenfreebar.com

12. GoMacro

Product Details: MacroBars are vegan nutrition bars made from simple and clean ingredients. Certified organic, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, R.A.W. and C.L.E.A.N.

Product Website: ​gomacro.com

13. ONE Bar

Product Details: Certified gluten-free, low glycemic and high protein.

Product Website: ​one1brands.com

14. Paleo Protein Bar

Product Details: 100% Paleo, gluten-free, GMO-free, grain-free, high fiber, dairy-free, whey-free, no sugar alcohols and high-protein.

Product Website: julianbakery.com

15. Quest Nutrition Bars

Product Details: All Quest Bars are gluten-free, soy-free and contain no added sugar.

Product Website: ​questnutrition.com

16. Raw Rev Glo

Product Details: Always 100% vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher and free from preservatives, soy protein isolates, whey, grains and sugar alcohols.

Product Website: ​rawrev.com

17. R.E.D.D.

Product Details: Vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and soy-free.

Product Website: ​reddbar.com


Product Details: Gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. No added sugar, artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives or fillers.

Product Website: ​rxbar.com

19. SimplyProtein Whey Bar

Product Details: All SimplyProtein snacks are gluten-free and are manufactured in a gluten-free environment to prevent cross-contamination. Non-GMO and kosher.

Product Website: simplyprotein.com

20. thinkThin

Product Details: All thinkThin bars have been gluten-free since the company started. Non-GMO and kosher.

Product Website: ​simplyprotein.com

Looking for other high protein gluten-free ideas? This tasty white bean hummus is my go-to snack that just so happens to be a great source of protein and fiber!

White Bean Hummus with Balsamic Vinegar 

1 19-ounce can of white cannellini beans 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic (I used roasted garlic) 
Sea salt & pepper to taste 

Using a colander, drain and rinse beans. Add all ingredients to a food processor. Blend until hummus is smooth and creamy. Serve with veggies, corn chips, or use in place of mayo on a sandwich! 

Yield:  6 servings

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Maureen Stanley was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005. Way back before gluten-free was “mainstream“. Maureen created Hold The Gluten blog and podcast in 2008 as a way to connect members of the gluten-free community across the world.

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