RXBAR Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

RXBAR Review

The protein bar industry is booming as the desire for healthy convenience continues to rise! Many grab-and-go “nutrition” products contain a hodge-podge of strange ingredients – foreign to everyone except a chemist or food scientist. This brings about the question: what’s healthy and what’s not? Enter RXBAR – the protein bar for minimalists.

Owned by Kellogg, the company shamelessly labels the ingredients on the front of the package, an uncommon marketing technique. This offers the thought that they have nothing to hide. They’re proud of the product and transparent with customers.

Intriguing, right? But beyond the clever marketing, does the RXBAR really live up to the health claims? In this review, I’ll provide you with exactly what you need to know about RXBAR before purchasing this protein bar!

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RXBAR IngredientsThe ingredients in RXBAR

RXBAR offer a variety of flavors, like mint chocolate, peanut butter, and mixed berry. However, three things remain consistent in every recipe: egg whites, dates, and “No B.S.”

I quickly noticed this because, well, the ingredients are listed right there on the front of the packaging. You really can’t miss it! In my humble opinion, it’s a bold move to put a cursory acronym on the front of the label but I get the point.

The whole food ingredients are quite attractive. For example, let’s look at the mint chocolate bar:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 4 almonds
  • 6 cashews
  • 2 dates
  • No B.S.

Insert slow clap. I like what I see here. Flip it over the back of the package and the ingredients are slightly different:

  • Dates
  • Egg whites
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Chocolate
  • Cocoa
  • Mint
  • Natural flavors
  • Sea salt

Not bad. Not bad at all.

It’s also important to mention that RXBARs are labeled as gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegetarian, and paleo. However, if you have a true gluten allergy (i.e. celiac disease) please note that RXBARs are not certified gluten-free.

The natural flavors in RXBAR

The only unknown I raise an eyebrow to here is the ingredient “natural flavors.” The FDA explains the definition of “natural flavors” in a complex overview on their website but in quick summary, it means anything added to a product for flavor that is not artificial or synthetic.

Natural flavors can come from the following things:

  • Spice
  • Fruit or fruit juice
  • Vegetable or vegetable juice
  • Edible yeast
  • Herb
  • Bark
  • Bud
  • Root
  • Leaf or similar plant material
  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Poultry
  • Dairy products

So many possibilities! Is this a good thing? Not necessarily. I’ll soon be writing an article on natural flavors, so stay tuned!

Overall, the ingredient label is solid. My dietitian heart always skips a beat when I find a whole food grab-and-go bar I can trust.

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Source: rxbar.com

The RXBAR nutrition label

RXBAR nutrition profile definitely stands out.

Why? Because it contains real food ingredients, no added sugar, a decent source of protein, a good source of fiber, and zero cholesterol. There’s also a small amount of calcium, iron, and potassium. That’s great!

On the flip side, RXBAR protein content is low compared to other protein bars in the market, mainly because they don’t use a whey protein or a plant-based protein powder as a booster. This isn’t a big deal, as most Americans exceed their daily protein needs.

Overall, RXBAR has a beautiful nutrition label. Well done, RXBAR. I’m impressed.

RXBAR flavors and taste

If you like variety, this bar has a lot of options! RXBARs come in the following flavors (with the best sellers highlighted in bold):

  • Chocolate Sea Salt
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate 
  • Coconut Chocolate 
  • Blueberry
  • Mixed Berry
  • Peanut Butter
  • Mint Chocolate
  • Chocolate Hazelnut
  • Mango Pineapple
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter & Berries
  • Coffee Chocolate
  • Maple Sea Salt
  • Apple Cinnamon

Personally, the Mint Chocolate was calling my name. The texture was a bit chewy. In fact, I highly recommend having a glass of water nearby (and maybe some dental floss) because the dates are very gooey. The overall flavor profile was fabulous. A perfect mix of chocolate and mint. The only thing I didn’t love about the bar was the density. It has a “thick” texture, and I couldn’t eat the whole thing in one sitting.

In summary, the RXBAR comes in a variety of flavors and is absolutely delicious. The only drawback was the chewiness. I wouldn’t recommend for anyone with dentures or a loose tooth!

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Source: rxbar.com

RXBAR Kids

Another thing I liked about this product is that it has a kids version. If you have kids, you know this is a game changer!

RXBAR Kids is great for breakfast, snack time, or any on-the-go adventures. Plus, it comes in the following flavors:

  • Apple Cinnamon Raisin
  • Berry Blast
  • Chocolate Chip
  • PB+J
  • Double Chocolate
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate

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Is RXBAR right for you?

Pros

  • Is made with whole food ingredients
  • Has a great nutrition profile
  • Available at many retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Whole Foods

Cons

  • A bit on the expensive side (compared to other protein bars)
  • Not suitable for people with a tree nut or peanut allergy
  • Not certified gluten-free
RXBAR Mint Chocolate Chip
Source: rxbar.com

How much does RXBAR cost?

As with any quality product, RXBAR comes with a fairly high price tag (compared to other protein bars).

On Amazon

A box of 12 RXBARs from Amazon (aka the discount retailer of the internet) is between $20 – $24. That comes out to $1.66 – $2.00 per bar. If you have an Amazon Prime account, 2-day shipping is always free!

On RXBAR’s website (plus subscription option)

On the other hand, a box of 12 RXBARs from the RXBAR website is $25.99 (with free shipping on orders over $30.00). That’s about $2.17 per bar.

They also provide you with the option to “Keep It Coming” where you subscribe to routine shipments of RXBAR. The benefits of this subscription include:

  • 5% off orders
  • Free shipping
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Swag
  • Free samples
  • Early access to new products

Multiple servings save money

Something to consider, though, is that one RXBAR can be divided into multiple servings.

As mentioned above, I couldn’t eat an entire bar at once. I had to break it up into two servings. From a cost perspective, this is obviously a plus.

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Final thoughts

RXBARs are undoubtedly adding value to the protein bar industry. The company is doing a fantastic job of combining convenient nutrition with whole food ingredients. I mean, c’mon. A protein bar made with real, recognizable ingredients? That was unheard of in previous years.

Beyond the label, the flavor profile is top notch. The subtle sweetness from the dates mixed with a hint of sea salt makes for a perfect combo. Furthermore, each recipe is uniquely crafted for folks with food sensitivities to gluten, soy and/or dairy. That’s increasingly important as more and more people are removing common allergens from their plate (like gluten, soy, and dairy).

Overall, RXBARs are great to keep on hand for a light meal or quick snack. The price tag is a bit steeper than other protein bars, but you’re paying for a higher quality product. They’re ideal for your purse, carry-on luggage, or your child’s backpack. They take up a small amount of space and offer quality nutrition. As a dietitian, I applaud and appreciate RXBARs. They’re setting a new standard in the protein bar industry, and redefining “healthy convenience”. Well done, RXBARs. Well done.

Have you tried the RXBAR before? Share your review in the comments below!

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Summary

Overall, RXBARs are great to keep on hand for a light meal or quick snack. The price tag is a bit steeper than other protein bars, but you’re paying for a higher quality product. They’re ideal for your purse, carry-on luggage, or your child’s backpack. They take up a small amount of space and offer quality nutrition. As a dietitian, I applaud and appreciate RXBARs. They’re setting a new standard in the protein bar industry, and redefining “healthy convenience”. Well done, RXBARs. Well done.

Pros

  • Is made with whole food ingredients
  • Has a great nutrition profile
  • Available at many retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Whole Foods

Cons

  • A bit on the expensive side (compared to other protein bars)
  • Not suitable for people with a tree nut or peanut allergy
  • Not certified gluten-free

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Tori Eaton, RD
Tori Eaton is a registered dietitian and passionate nutrition nerd. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Dietetics from Missouri State University and went on to complete her graduate certificate from Iowa State, which included a month of research in rural India. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine. She discovered her love for nutrition through her own struggles with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic dieting. Her experience and recovery sparked a passion for women’s health and sharing honest, evidence-based facts in a world full of nutrition confusion. In 2017, she started Eaton Wellness, LLC in beautiful Northwest Arkansas. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family.

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