Are Power Crunch Protein Energy Bars Keto Friendly?

At the time of writing this post I’ve been on the ketogenic diet for over five years and logged over 250 blood ketone tests in an effort to estimate the effects of food and ingredients on my ketosis, including those in Power Crunch protein energy bars.

I think keto dieters naturally gravitate towards protein bars like Power Crunch's looking for a convenient sweet treat that won’t kick them out of ketosis, but are protein bars the right place to look? In this post, I’ll evaluate Power Crunch protein energy bars, give them keto friendly grades, and see how they stack up to other low carb treats!

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Savage Fuel Keto Friendly Grades:

  • A: Completely compatible, positive or no impact on ketosis.

  • B: Highly compatible, but don't go too crazy.

  • C: Moderately compatible, be mindful and limit intelligently.

  • D: Barely compatible, detrimental to ketosis and not recommended.

  • F: Not compatible, overdo it just a little and kiss your ketosis goodbye.

Keto Friendly Grading Factors:

  • Net Carbs per Serving: How many carbs are in this thing?

  • Net Carbs per 100 calories: Since serving sizes often vary significantly, a net carb per 100 calorie ratio is a more consistent measure of keto-friendliness than net carbs per serving. Lower ratios are also an indicator of higher fat content because fat has more calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates.

  • Sugar: Sugars have a higher glycemic index and larger negative impact on ketosis than other carbohydrates.

  • Hidden Carbs: Hidden carbohydrates are based on the caloric values and glycemic indexes of ingredients sometimes classified as fibers or sugar alcohols.

  • Easy to Overeat: Some foods are easy to over-eat and require extra willpower to limit overeating which is an important factor to consider.

  • Nutritional Density: Foods that are relatively high in net carbs per 100 calories but are high in nutrition per calorie can still be worth eating like broccoli and cauliflower.

  RULE of thumb for net carbs per 100 calorie ratio:  0-1 great, 1-2 ok, 2-3 caution, 3+ red alert

RULE of thumb for net carbs per 100 calorie ratio:
0-1 great, 1-2 ok, 2-3 caution, 3+ red alert

Power Crunch Protein Energy Bars Keto Friendly Grades:

Overall factors: No hidden carbs, easy to overeat, low nutritional density.

  • Wild Berry: F-
    8g Net carbs per 205 calorie 40g bar
    3.9g Net carbs per 100 calories (Red)
    5g Sugar

  • French Vanilla Creme: F
    7g Net carbs per 200 calorie 40g bar
    3.5g Net carbs per 100 calories (Red)
    5g Sugar

  • Chocolate Mint: F-
    9g Net carbs per 205 calorie 40g bar
    4.4g Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+)
    5g Sugar

  • Red Velvet: F-
    10g Net carbs per 220 calorie 40g bar
    4.5g Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+)
    7g Sugar

  • Salted Caramel: F-
    8g Net carbs per 205 calorie 40g bar
    3.9g Net carbs per 100 calories (Red)
    5g Sugar

  • Peanut Butter Creme: F-
    9g Net carbs per 200 calorie 40g bar
    4.5g Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+)
    5g Sugar

  • Triple Chocolate: F-
    9g Net carbs per 205 calorie 40g bar
    4.4g Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+)
    5g Sugar

  • Peanut Butter Fudge: F-
    9g Net carbs per 200 calorie 40g bar
    4.5g Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+)
    5g Sugar

  • Mocha Creme: F-
    9g Net carbs per 205 calorie 40g bar
    4.4g Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+)
    5g Sugar

  • Cookies & Creme: F-
    8g Net carbs per 205 calorie 40g bar
    3.9g Net carbs per 100 calories (Red)
    5g Sugar

Power Crunch Protein Energy Bars Keto Friendly Conclusion:

 
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Power Crunch protein energy bars are just not made with the keto diet in mind, too many carbs and most of which are sugar. Even Quest bars are a better option, but neither of them are good. Especially when there are way tastier and significantly more keto-friendly treats out there. If you're like me you don't want protein bars for the protein, you want them for a quick treat that won't kick you out of ketosis. So let's compare these Power Crunch "protein energy bars" to real keto-friendly sweet treats:

 

Power Crunch Bars vs F-Bombs, ChocoPerfection, Nui Cookies, and Keto Bars

 

As you can see, when comparing Power Crunch protein energy bars to the best keto-friendly treats out there by net carbs per 100 calories, which is the most consistent indicator of keto friendliness, there is no contest. So in conclusion I recommend going with more keto friendly sweet treats, like ChocoPerfectionNui cookies, Keto Bars, and F-Bomb pouches. My personal favorite is still ChocoPerfection, it gets an A- keto friendly grade and an A+ in taste from me.

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They have a lot of great flavors too, dark and dark mint are my favorites and Raspberry is the only flavor I don’t like. The dark mint with a handful of macadamia nuts tastes just like thin mint cookies. You get the classic mint chocolate flavor with the salty and crunchy macadamia nuts, it’s my favorite ultra low carb dessert.

If you’re interested in trying some I’d recommend getting the variety pack and a pack of the dark chocolate so you can try all their flavors and still have more of the dark which you’re going to like anyways. They have free shipping in the United States too which is sweet. For more expertly curated and guaranteed keto friendly products check out the Keto Shop!

Note: This post contains affiliate links that make me a small percentage of the sales at no cost to you. This is currently the best way for me to keep Savage Fuel sustainable and work towards developing and producing original ketogenic products that I wish existed.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Please consult a medical professional before making any medical decisions. These are my personal opinions based on years of practicing the ketogenic diet.