Product Review: Looking for a post-run snack? Check out Built Bar! (+ discount code)

Vanessa Junkin poses with an opened Built Bar in front of the Sharptown bridge.
I brought a Built Bar to enjoy after running back and forth across the Sharptown bridge.

Disclaimer: I received three boxes of Built Bars to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find and write race reviews!

When I took the Road Runners Club of America coaching class nearly two years ago, I learned about protein’s key role in post-run recovery.

A basic rule of thumb is that runners should eat protein right after a long run of an hour-and-a-half or more, according to the RRCA Coaching Certification Course book. I’m not a nutritionist, so I can’t provide nutrition advice.

Anyway, this isn’t always something I do — even though I know I should. A lot of times, the long runs are ones I drive to — so I can meet friends or run in a different location to keep things interesting.

Built Bar can make getting that protein easier — because it’s a packaged snack that you can just grab and bring with you. There are many flavors of bars, and they have between 15 and 20 grams of protein each.

Built Bar cut in parts to show the inside.
Here’s the inside of a Built Bar. Of course, I usually bit into them rather than cut them, but I figured this would be neater for a photo.

I received three 18-bar boxes from Built Bar.

I got one box of Peanut Butter bars, one box of Coconut Almond bars, and a mixed box.

In the mixed box were the following flavors:

  • Coconut Chocolate Creme
  • Double Chocolate Mousse
  • Orange Chocolate Creme
  • Raspberry Chocolate Creme
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate
  • Vanilla Chocolate Creme
  • Banana Chocolate Creme
  • Mint Brownie Delite
  • Black Cherry Chocolate Creme

My favorites were the Banana Chocolate Creme and Vanilla Chocolate Creme flavors. Mint Brownie Delite was a runner-up.

I tried all of them except for the Orange Chocolate Creme, because I don’t like oranges (at no fault of Built Bar’s, of course). I generally liked the flavors. I didn’t love the black cherry flavor, but everyone will have their preferences.

The bars have a chocolate coating, which is great for those of us who have a sweet tooth. They also aren’t super high-calorie — the ones I received ranged from 110-170 calories, and I see one other bar on the site (Toffee Almond) that has 180.

Selfie of Vanessa Junkin wearing trucker hat and sunglasses and holding an opened Built Bar.
The Banana Chocolate Creme flavor was one of my favorites.

The flavors can be pretty chewy — some more than others. I found that the chewiest one was the Double Chocolate Mousse. I still enjoyed the flavor, but it did get stuck to my teeth.

A recommendation was made in our BibRave Pro communication app about putting the bars in the fridge or freezer. I think putting them in the fridge may have helped somewhat — the difference wasn’t extremely noticeable to me — but putting them in the freezer for a few days made them a little too hard for me. Or, if you do put them in the freezer, maybe don’t take it out and eat it right away like I did.

Whatever your flavor preference is, it won’t be hard to find a Built Bar that suits the flavors you like. And, there are numerous potential flavors in the running to be a new release — you can vote here if you want. I voted for Birthday Cake with milk chocolate coating as the regular flavor and Hazelnut Spread as the nut flavor.

Want to order a box? You can choose to get a box of all one flavor, get a mixed box with 14 flavors/18 bars, or build your own box with 18 bars and three flavors.

Each box is $37.80 ($2.10/bar), but you can save 20 percent with code BUILTNOW and bring the cost down to $30.24 ($1.68/bar).

In addition to eating the bars after some runs, I also enjoyed them as anytime snacks.

Learn more about the bars and flavors, read nutrition facts, and place an order at

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4 thoughts on “Product Review: Looking for a post-run snack? Check out Built Bar! (+ discount code)

  1. I loved for Birthday Cake as well! I love that the company really seems to listen to customers’ needs and responds right away from what I’ve seen on social media. My favorite is probably the Peanut Butter. I’m a sucker for PB. Great review as always, Vanessa!

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