PROBAR Fuel Bars
PROBAR Fuel Bars

Greetings Hikers,

The other day I got some PROBAR Fuel Bars and I pretty much instantly fell in love with them!

A little over a month ago I wrote about my thoughts regarding the PROBAR Core Protein bars and while I found them to be good, they just did not really match up to the awesomeness of the PROBAR Meal bars that I have loved and used for a year or so – it is not that they were no good, they were just not my style of a bar, I like soft and gooey type of bars! If you are looking for a way to supplement some protein into your hikes, the Core bars are totally worth taking along and I intend to take them along on my future hikes, but they are just not going to replace the Meal bars for me.

I had this to say regarding the Meal Bars in my article on the Core Bars:

The texture, flavor, and size of the PROBAR Meals are something I simply cannot see myself letting go of.

Amazingly, I think the time has come for me to recant that statement!


Because I got some of these “Fuel Bars” and it was just one of those magical “omg – this is awesome!!” moments.

To keep this simple, here are the reasons I have fallen in love with these Fuel bars:

  • Soft & Gooey!
  • Half the size of a Meal bar – which makes eating them easier while hiking
  • Less large nuts inside of them (it seems a lot of the Meal bars have one large almond in them, and I do not like almonds – or walnuts – so I am always biting into a Meal bar, finding it, and spitting out the almond –  regardless of how good they are for hikers)

To address the second issue of them being half the size. One of the things I have always done with the Meal Bars was to open a package and break off a third to half of them and leave the rest in the package for thirty or sixty minutes down the trail. Sometimes I forgot about them and they got kinda hard – all too common late at night on the trail. By going with a bar that is half the size, they just seem to be the perfect size to consume all at once. Granted this might result in a micro-amount of additional weight and waste due to the extra package material, but micro is really the right term here, when compared to the size of the larger Meal bar packages. Nit-picky issue and one that does not even warrant my scale being used and my time being wasted testing such matters. All in all, I am just finding that when I am hiking down the trail, I am reaching for the Fuel bar because it is a more manageable size and amount of food I want to consume at any given time.

On both a calorie and protein basis, I will have to consume two of the Fuel Bars to get about the same amount as I do from a single Meal bar, so given that I typically break my Meal Bars into two pieces, that is pretty much the same thing.

Economically they also seem to be about the same. A 12 pack of the Meal bars go for $35.48 on their website. Two packs of 12 of the Fuel Bars go for $35.20 on their website. Pretty much an even issue there too. Amazon.Com offers them as a “subscribe and save” for $16.99 per 12 pack, making two 12 packs of them $33.98, so that is what I plan on doing to save a couple of bucks.

PROBAR Oatmeal Raisin
PROBAR Oatmeal Raisin – breakfast in a wrapper!

From a flavors perspective, there are a lot more options for the Meal Bars, as there are only four (4) flavors of the Fuel Bars:  Blueberry, Cherry, Cran-Raspberry, and Strawberry. The blueberry is by far my favorite, with Charry in second place. I pretty much hate watermelon and strawberries,  so the strawberry got the down-vote from me, with the Cran-Raspberry taking third in my preference. Here is the thing though, regarding flavors: As Brian Green has said regarding the PROBAR Meal ‘Oatmeal Raisin‘ bars, “Can you say breakfast? This is the perfect morning snack bar. Like having a bowl of delicious oatmeal in a bar” – yeah, he is dead on right about them! I eat one of the Oatmeal Raisin Meal Bars every morning and have zero intention of stopping. He also said good things about the Superfruit Slam, which is probably my favorite PROBAR Meal.

While a bit off-topic, a couple weeks ago I was down at my local hiking store and they had some of the PROBAR Bolt bags, which are kind of like gummy bears, only packed with a lot of stuff that is suppose to be way better for you than gummy bears – giggle. Usually I like orange flavored stuff (it reminds me of the orange and vanilla ice cream bars I use to eat when I was little) so I bought a bag of the PROBAR Bolt Orange and they were pretty neat. I did not get any bolt of energy from them, but they made for a nice distraction while hiking on down the trail. For some of you they might be totally worth buying – if for nothing else than the flavor change-up in your mouth from the other PROBAR bars, they have a bit too much sugar for my likes. The PROBAR Halo bars are something I will likely never take with me either – for as Scott Williamson has said for a rather long time, “I avoid sugar on the trail because sugar highs and crashes affect my hiking“.

So I think my plan going out on my next hike is to take my usual Oatmeal Raisin bars for breakfast per day, one Superfruit Slam per day, and for the rest of each day I will be taking with me the Blueberry and Cherry Fuel Bars, probably three packages of each, to offset the PROBAR Meal bars that I would normally consume throughout the day. Anyway, that is the plan and I will update everybody later this year if this idea works out.

If you get a chance to try out some of these PROBAR Fuel Bars give them a try and let me know what you think! If you have already given them a try, likewise, let me know what you think of them!

By these at amazon: Blueberry FlavorCherry Flavor, Strawberry Flavor.

+John Abela

In accordance of USA Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: I hereby declare that the products mentioned within the content of this article were not supplied to me in exchange for services.
As of April 2013 I am a sponsored hiker of Montbell America, Gossamer Gear, Black Rock Gear, Suluk46.

7 thoughts on “PROBAR Fuel Bar

  1. John,

    I liked the ProBar Fruition line that the Fuel line apparently replaces. They used to have a lemon flavor which is by far my favorite for eating on the trail. I’ve tried the Cran-Raspberry and this one seems to be a pretty good replacement. I’ve also tried out Lara bars, since they still have a lemon flavor. Cost is similar but Amazon has the Lara Bars about $0.25 cheaper when purchased as a box. The Lara bars also have more protein (6g) and calories (220) in their lemon flavor vs 3g protein and 160 cal in the Probar Fuel Cran-Raspberry. You might give them a try. BTW, they’re soft & gooey too!

    1. Hey Eric!! Yeah, I freaking love lemon flavored bars. I almost always have a couple of the Luna Limon Zest in my foodbag. The other day a hiking buddy pulled out and handed me one of his Lara Bars, I think it was the tropical fruit tart and I really enjoyed it. It was almost as soft and gooey as the fuel bar, but had a lot more flavor sensation to it. I got back home and was checking out their website and noticed they had a lemon bar and was comparing it to the Luna lemon bar, and it looks like the Lara one has 40 more calories, but the Luna lemon packs a whopping 9g of protein, 3g more than the Lara. So I am going to drive around town this weekend to all the stores and see who has these Larabars and try to find a lemon flavored one to compare to the Luna lemon.

      I have not been using Probar as long as you it appears… any idea why they went from “fruition” to “fuel”? Was it just a name change or did they actually change up the ingredients and nutrition of the bars along with the name change?

      1. Not sure what the changes were from Fruition to Fuel. I bought a case of the lemon ones when they went on sale at a local store not knowing they were being retired. Maybe it was new flavors and/or marketing.

        I tried my local Whole Foods for the Probar Core after your previous write up but they did not have any yet. I’ll keep trying, I really want one of their peanut butter chocolate ones!

  2. Thanks for the write up. I have been using the strawberry fuel bars on the last few trips and I have enjoyed them. I will admit though, the couple of “meal” bars I have tried were not that great to me. I cannot remember which ones that they were specifically, but they just didn’t really do it for me, just the flavor I guess. However, I like the idea of the oatmeal raisin bar for breakfast, and haven’t tried those, so I actually just went and ordered a few of them, as well as some of the blueberry fuel bars to use on my next hike. REally looking forward to the bars for breakfast!

    1. Hey stick, you should also grab one of the superfruit, superfood, and wholeberry and give them a go too! Chances are you will not like all three of them, but if you only like one of them, any of those three are totally worth taking along with you.

      1. John, either the superfruit or the wholeberry may have been the one I tried before and was not fond of. It seems like it was some sort of mixed berry or something another… anyway, I will keep them in mind and may try them next time. As far as the Larabars, they are great. I haven’t had the Lemon ones, but would like to try some. I like the Pecan Pie and the Apple Pie pretty well… I need to get some more of those too. They aren’t too bad expensive either.

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