Last Updated: April 2021

Taste Test! A Review of ALOHA's Natural, Plant-Based Protein Bars

The Bottom Line: Why We Love ALOHA Protein Bars

While we always appreciate a brand that’s good for you and great for the planet, ALOHA grants us an eco-friendly, health-focused given — championing instead its uncompromisingly great taste and versatile range of flavors.

Though this review focuses on the brand’s variety of nutrient-packed, plant-based protein bars, ALOHA’s entire collection of protein drinks, powders, and snacks promises the same meticulous dedication to tasting less like a typical health-foods brand, and more like your next big craving.

Pros

  • Guilt-free snacking
  • Great variety and flavor selection
  • Convenient, quick shipping and delivery
  • Good portion sizes – keeps you full
  • Nothing artificial – great flavors with none of the bad stuff
  • Great for you, awesome for the planet
  • Encourages creativity – make your own recipes
  • Welcoming community of health-focused fans
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Can’t build your own box (while flavor variety is great, boxes are sold by individual flavor and come with 4 or 12 bars each)
  • Texture varies depending on which flavor bar you try
  • Not an ideal option for those with nut allergies

ALOHA Protein Bars: Key Features

Great taste

Soy-free

Vegan

Nothing artificial

No Stevia

USDA Certified Organic

Non-GMO

Gluten-free

Dairy-free

No sugar alcohols

About ALOHA

ALOHA delivers great-tasting, protein-based snacks with strict dedication to organic, all-natural nutrition and healthy ingredients. This brand is all about tastier, perfectly textured protein snacks — serving up a fresh, flavorful solution to the chalky, preservative-rich, crave-inducing, cardboard-like fare of the status quo. Say ALOHA to nutrition without compromise, and treat yourself to a healthy snack — without sacrificing any of the good stuff.

Ratings Breakdown

quality

Premium, organic, all-natural ingredients

value

Affordable, subscription options available

customer experience

Great resources, product transparency, engaged and supportive community

brand

Friendly, honest, dedicated to developing great, naturally-sourced products

perks

Save up to 20% with subscription-based services

What’s Your Flavor? Shopping ALOHA’s Sampler Pack

Whether you’re shopping ALOHA’s snacks online or in person, it’s difficult not to be enticed by the bright, inviting colors of ALOHA’s brand. It all looks really good, which of course meant that I wanted to try one of everything. Thankfully, ALOHA sells a Sampler Pack that includes every flavor of their protein bars — two of each.

The Sampler Pack was the option I chose for this review, but I definitely think a ‘build your own box’ option would be a good one for ALOHA to consider. While the Sampler box was a great ‘trial size,’ reordering my favorite flavors would mean buying in boxes of 4 or 12 bars of each (which, since I’m shopping for myself here, could be a lot). However, buying individual 12-packs would work fine if I were shopping to share with a few more people.

ALOHA also offers a Best-Sellers Pack which is a great option for those looking for some variety — but only if the flavors featured (Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip) are your personal faves. So, for my fellow, mint-chocolate-loving snackers out there, you’ll have to stick solely with what you love, or buy-and-try in bulk.

Selections aside, shipping was quick, delivery was convenient, and my brightly-wrapped snacks arrived safely and intact.

Meet the Treats: ALOHA’s Protein Bars

Allow me to introduce the ALOHA Protein Bar Lineup, ordered from my most favorite flavors to my least:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Okay. For anyone who has had the soul-crushing experience of biting into the offensively-flavored cardboard that is the common protein bar (seriously…on what world will that ever be anything remotely close to “birthday cake”? Looking at you, Quest.), it’s entirely fair if you’re approaching this review with a healthy amount of skepticism. However, ALOHA’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is the real, all-natural deal.

I was genuinely surprised that this not only tasted like a snack I’d want to eat, but also felt satisfyingly indulgent — like chewing on a soft-baked cookie or brownie, rather than the chalky, gritty, power-bar texture we all know and dread. This bar was such a departure from the norm, and it deserves to be in a league of its own.

Sure, it’s incredibly healthy, but perhaps for the first time in protein-bar history, that won’t be why you want to eat it. It just tastes great, and that’s more than enough to keep me hooked. Light, punchy, salty peanut butter, rolled in rich, smooth chocolate — You just can’t go wrong with a classic combination like that.

 

Chocolate Mint

This one was another very strong contender for top spot in the lunchbox. In fact, one of my main takeaways from this experience is that ALOHA really knows how to capture the velvety, melty, silkiness of milk chocolate — even though the products are lactose free. The Chocolate Mint bar sets the stage for this milk-free magic perfectly, allowing ALOHA’s flavor finesse to shine.

The mint and chocolate are perfectly balanced, and again, the texture is rich and soft, giving the overall effect of a Thin-Mint-brownie-hybrid. It’s a wonderful, light-but-instantly-familiar flavor that would make any fan of the bar’s popular cookie counterpart do a doubletake.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough + Chocolate Fudge Brownie

While these flavors tasted good, they lacked some of the complexity that made my previous picks great. To be fair, I’ve never had a good experience with a cookie-dough flavored protein snack, so ALOHA’s take on the flavor greatly surpassed my expectations. It’s a nice, filling, lightly-sweet snack to curb those sugar cravings; however, I can’t say that it tastes very much like cookie dough.

As a person suffering from a self-diagnosed sweet-tooth, I’m admittedly tougher on anything claiming to rival of one of dessert’s greatest hits. While I enjoyed the texture of ALOHA’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie bar, the flavor itself fell a little flat — and left me wanting…well…an actual chocolate fudge brownie. I blame my personal brownie-bias, though. If you bite into this bar expecting something less rich, less fudge-like, and more along the lines of milk chocolate malt, then this bar is sure to satisfy.

 

Vanilla Almond Crunch + Caramel Sea Salt

This…this is where it gets a little iffy. While these two flavors definitely tasted healthy, I can’t say that these were flavors I’d try again. As I mentioned, I have a sweet tooth, and when venturing into the land of low-sugar, these two bars are not for the fainthearted or those in the initial stages of a reduced-sugar diet.

While I’m not a fitness or nutrition expert, I have trained with a few. Based on my own sports and fitness training, I can attest to the fact that your initial response to these two flavors will vary depending on where you’re at in terms of a low-to-no-sugar diet — and how long you’ve been there. Once you’ve grown accustomed to a low-sugar diet, your body starts to crave sweets, less.

Gradually, your palette adapts and begins to pick up the natural sweetness of ingredients themselves, rather than relying on the added sugars and artificial sweeteners we’re used to tasting. Sodas, sweetened teas, candy, etc. become almost overwhelming, while the natural sugars in things like almond milk, tapioca, and even certain types of rice becomes the new, sweet normal. These two bars are unmistakably made for those who have found that new, sweet normal.

To others, myself included, the salt in these snacks comes through more heavily, pushing the flavor profile toward something almost savory. Which, admittedly, comes as a shock when you’re searching for flavors like classic vanilla and caramel.

The ALOHA Way: Protein Gets Personal

Not to be deterred by my own biased tastebuds, I turned instead to ALOHA’s vibrant, welcoming, and creative community of fans. And while I enjoyed my experience with ALOHA’s products, this, to be completely honest, was where I truly fell in love with ALOHA’s brand.

Not only does ALOHA encourage a healthier lifestyle, it does so without being prescriptive. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy the brand’s vegan products, and you don’t have to say no to your other cravings and vices to enjoy the benefits of a healthy snack. ALOHA is all about finding what’s best for you and discovering new, natural ways to fuel your personal wellness journey.

From fan-developed recipes to the brand’s own flavor-pairing recommendations, ALOHA’s collection of versatile protein products invites customers to find new, exciting, and creative ways to enjoy all that the brand has to offer. In the spirit of this concept, I developed a recipe of my own, using one of my least favorite bars from this review to create a simple, healthy, crave-worthy breakfast that might just be my new go-to.

Check out my next review (coming soon) for a closer look at ALOHA’s protein drinks, and discover my recipe for ALOHA Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal!

Shop ALOHA

ALOHA

Protein Bar Sampler Pack

$32.99

ALOHA

Bestsellers Pack

$32.99

ALOHA

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

$30.00

ALOHA

Chocolate Mint

$30.00

ALOHA

Chocolate Fudge Brownie

$30.00

ALOHA

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

$30.00

ALOHA

Caramel Sea Salt

$30.00

ALOHA

Vanilla Almond Crunch

$30.00