Clif Bars are easy to find snack and protein bars that come in a variety of flavors (doesn’t it seem like there are just more and more?!). The classic Clif Bars have an oat, nut butter, and brown rice syrup base but their product line has expanded tremendously and we wanted to give you a round up of vegan flavors (at least at the time of publishing). While the Clif company has an extensive product line, we’re going to stick to the bar varieties. This means, we’ll dive into the classic Clif Bars, Clif Nut Butter Filled Bars, Clif Fruit Smoothie Filled Bars, Clif Builder Protein Bars, and the Mojo Bars. That’s a lot to cover, so we’re going to dive right in. I’ve made little side bar commentary about the overall nutrition of some of these product lines coming from the perspective of a plant-based vegan Registered Dietitian.
Vegan Classic Clif Bar Flavors
- Chocolate Chip
- Chocolate Chunk with Sea Salt
- Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt
- Caramel Toffee with Sea Salt
- Chocolate Brownie
- Cool Mint Chocolate
- Blueberry Crisp
- Crunchy Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch
- Peanut Butter Banana with Dark Chocolate
- Oatmeal Raisin Walnut
- Peanut Toffee Buzz
- Coconut Chocolate Chip
- Chia Pomegranente
- Nuts and Seeds
- Sierra Trail Mix
- White Chocolate Macadamia Nut
- Carrot Cake
- Chocolate Almond Fudge
- Spiced Pumpkin Pie
- Peppermint Bark
- Iced Gingerbread
Non-Vegan Classic Clif Bar Flavors
- Peanut Butter and Honey with Sea Salt
All Clif Bars contain soy as they use soy protein as the base in all the bars. Most of the Clif Bars contain over 20g of sugar – sometimes it’s from fruit but often times it’s been added in the form of a sweetened syrup. Most of the bars have around 250calories and 9g protein. Clif Bars can be a great mini-meal/larger snack (for most people’s energy needs – you may require more or less) but they do contain quite a bit of added sugar. I like to keep Clif Bars on hand but I tend to just break off a piece as I’m hungry and as I need it. Clif also carries mini bars in four flavors (chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut, chocolate brownie, and crunchy peanut butter). These Mini Bars are about 110calories and 4 grams of protein and may be a better option for you depending on what you’re looking at Clif Bars for. Comment below with any questions you may have!
Vegan Nut Butter Filled Clif Bar Flavors
- Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Peanut Butter
- Coconut Almond Butter
- Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
- Caramel Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Maple Almond Butter
All of the Nut Butter Filled Clif Bar Flavors are vegan and although the bar itself is smaller than the traditional Clif Bars, they have a comparable amount of calories (~220-230 calories) but less protein (~6 grams of protein per bar). This is a bit misleading because nut butters contain a significant amount of protein, but there actually isn’t that much stuffed into the Clif Bars because if there was, there would be more. On a positive note, because the middle is stuffed with nut butter, there is less added sugar in the nut filled Clif Bars with about 11 grams of total sugar and only about 7 grams of added sugar.
Vegan Fruit Smoothie Filled Clif Bar Flavors
While it would seem like the Clif Fruit Smoothie Filled Bars would have more sugar, they actually have a comparable amount to the Nut Butter Filled Clif Bars and are a comparable size – which makes sense why they also have a similar nutrition profile. With about 220 calories but only 5 grams of protein, there are 8 grams of added sugar in each one and they fruit smoothie filling bars contain a substantial amount of cashew butter (the first ingredient) that helps to provide more protein (along with calories and fat to help keep you full and satisfied).
Vegan Clif Builders Bar Flavors
- Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Mint
- Vanilla Almond Butter
- Cinnamon Nut Swirl
- Crunchy Peanut Butter
- Cookies N Cream
Some of these flavors really surprised me – even though I’ve had Clif Builders Bars before! I really enjoy how these bars pack in the protein (20 grams per bar) and still only have about 280 calories. They are easier to make into a meal with a handful of nuts and a piece of fruit compared to the other Clif Bar varieties (or at least in my opinion!). But yes, surprisingly even the Cookies N Cream and Cinnamon Nut Swirl do not contain milk products, milk derivatives, or other animal products. All Clif Builders Bars are vegan and can be a great option for many people.
Vegan Clif Mojo Bar Flavors
Non-Vegan Clif Mojo Bar Flavors
- Honey SriRocka (contains honey)
- Finger Pickin BBQ (contains honey)
The Mojo Clif Bars are more nut based (not oat and brown rice syrup based like the classic formulation) and whole food based. These bars are chunky and crunchy and not near as soft as traditional Clif Bars. The vegan flavors have 210 calories and 7 grams of protein with 8 grams of added sugar (9 grams of total sugar). These bars are great for someone looking for a sweeter snack and can rest assured that not only are they vegan but they contain a balanced amount of carbohydrates, protein, and fat to help refuel and recharge without going over your nutrition goals. Just be sure that if you gravitate towards these vegan Mojo Cliff bars, you pack a napkin or don’t eat in the car – or anywhere a crumbly mess would not be desired!
There you have it – the vegan Cliff Bars! As you can see, this is a very vegan friendly brand and no dairy products are utilized. The only times when products are not vegan is because they contain honey. If you are interested in deep diving into the review for some of these products, check out the posts below. These reviews cover taste, appearance, and nutrition.