Testing Skout Organic Protein Bars: Are These Bars Legit?

By Tami Smith

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Protein bars have become a staple in my diet since learning about macros, weight training, and the importance of getting adequate protein in my diet. What I discovered, though, is that not every protein bar is created equally, aka some are delicious and some are unbearable.

In my quest to find a variety of options that I like, I came across Skout Organic, an organic, plant-based protein bar option, and decided to give them a try.

Here’s my unbiased review of Skout Organic.

Behind The Skout Organic Brand

I love a good brand story and when I realized that the name “Skout Organics” came from the founder’s dog, Skout, I was already interested. I mean, how cute is that? The origin story goes like this:

“Several years ago I was hiking Mt. Hood with my yellow lab, Skout, when I realized the snack in my bag was really no healthier than a candy bar. I searched far and wide for a great-tasting nutrition bar that was healthy and sustainable. Unable to find what I was looking for, I gathered a few of my favorite organic ingredients and started to make my own. I hope you love Skout Organic bars as much as I do!”

In addition to having a humble origin story, they’re a company that you can feel good about doing business with. They’re committed to providing organic, plant-based snacks that help you to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. They use only the highest quality ingredients and promise to never compromise on the quality of their products or on the customer experience.

One thing that I love about this direct-to-consumer (DTC) nutrition brand (see our favorite nutrition brands here) is that they are committed to producing just one thing: plant-based protein bars. It’s evident that they are dedicated to their flagship product and stand behind their recipe, which is refreshing considering I’ve seen so many companies change their formulas, add new products, and overall try to switch things up constantly.

What’s Inside Skout Organic Bars?

These protein bars are made from only natural, clean ingredients and have one of the shortest ingredients lists I’ve seen. Their simple ingredients include the following:

Organic Dates

Dates are considered to be the original superfood thanks to their slow-burning fiber and their easily-digested absorbed glucose. They’re also rich in vitamins and minerals. Dates serve as the base for all their bars, which allows them to remain low on the glycemic index and to avoid adding any refined sugars.

Organic Plant-Based Protein

Their bars are fortified with organic sunflower seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, and organic peanuts (in their peanut butter bars only).

Organic Fruits

Each bar has its own unique mixture of organic fruit such as apples, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, and lemons.

Skout is also dedicated to allergen testing and to making sure they have delicious snacks that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their allergies. In order to ensure that their products are allergen-friendly, they take extensive measures throughout the entire supply chain to avoid cross-contamination and cross-contact with the following allergens: gluten, dairy, soy, grain, wheat, and eggs.

What Flavors Are Available?

One of my favorite things about Skout Organic is that they not only have protein bars for adults, but they make them for kids, too! The kid’s bars are smaller, perfect for a kiddo (or for adults when they want a small, nutritious snack to hold them over).

Here are the flavor options:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Cherry
  • Salted Chocolate
  • Coconut

And the kid’s flavors include:

  • Apple Pie
  • Blueberry Blast
  • Raspberry Rush
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Skout Chocolate Flavor Nutrition VS. Clif Bar, GoMacro and RXBAR

How does SKOUT's chocolate flavor stack up against Clif Bar, GoMacro and RXBAR? All of these brands are trustworthy and tastey (I've been eating Clif Bars for years because of how healthy they are for not just me, but for my family as well. Find out the similarities and differences in the table below:

Compare

SKOUT Organic

Clif Bar

GoMacro

RXBAR

Flavor:

Salted Chocolate

Chocolate Chunk with Sea Salt

Dark Chocolate + Almonds

Chocolate Sea Salt

Organic:

Vegan:

7 or Less Ingredients:

Calories:

220

250

280

210

Protein:

10g

9g

10g

12g

Protein Source:

Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds

Soy protein isolate, Oats

Brown rice protein, Pea protein, Almonds, Sunflower seeds

Egg Whites

Sugars:

0g

21g

13g

0g

Sugar Source:

Dates

Brown Rice Syrup, Cane Syrup, Cane Sugar

Brown Rice Syrup, Coconut Sugar

Dates

As you can see from the table above, Skout's nutritional supplements are very comparable to RXBAR with those two brands being the most nutritious. Surprisingly, Clif Bar and GoMacro are the least nutritious as they have the most sugar and calories per serving. This is something I missed when I was buying a bunch of Clif Bars every week. I've made the easy switch over to Skout because of how healthy they are.

My Personal Review of Skout

I got a variety pack of Skout Protein bars to try, which included the regular bars and the kid’s bars. Upon first taste, they remind me of an RX Bar, likely because of the dates, but I really enjoyed the taste, texture, and consistency of them. My favorite flavors are coconut and peanut butter. The chocolate ones aren’t bad, but they have too much of the date taste for my personal liking.

I gave the kid’s bars to my children (ages 2 and 4) for snacks and they both enjoyed them! They really liked the peanut butter & jelly and the peanut butter chocolate chip flavors best. I also enjoyed the kid’s bars, too. They are not only tasty, but they’re just the right size for a small snack.

Overall, these bars are tasty, satisfying, and contain natural, organic ingredients that I feel good about consuming and giving to my children. I am not vegan, however, I do like to mix up my protein sources as I do find that too much whey will make me bloat.

The calories in each bar are pretty on par with many of their competitors, but the great news is that you can feel good about the fact that the calories are good calories, not empty ones. The only flaw I see is that the protein content is relatively low, but this is common with plant-based protein bars. These are not meant to be a meal replacement, but they make a great grab and go snack.

Final Thoughts: Should You Try Skout Organic Vegan Protein Bars?

If you’re looking for a healthy, quick, plant-based protein bar, Skout is one of the better options I’ve tried. Be warned; these do taste a lot like dates, so if you don’t care for dates, you may not like them. That said, the consistency is great, nice and chewy, never chalky or hard, and the flavors are honestly really good! Surprisingly sweet for not containing any artificial sweeteners or tons of sugar.

Skout will definitely be in my family’s rotation of healthy snacks and bars!

About the author 

Tami Smith

Tami Smith is a certified Nutritionist and an ACE certified fitness trainer, specializing in pre and post-natal fitness. She studied business and earned her bachelor's degree in Business Economics. Tami is a mom of two and women's health advocate. Her passion is to help people live a fit, healthy life through proper nutrition and exercise!

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