Remember the days of the blog world when there was a new bar out every week? Remember those big plank bars I used to eat? I probably tried 100 different bars in 2009! There really isn’t a more convenient on-the-go snack. Larabars continue to be my favorite mass-marketed brand. I always have the minis on hand in my diaper bag – Mazen thinks they are cookies!
There are still new bars coming out all the time, and here are three that are unique and delicious – healthy too!
Simple Bars were created by a friend of a friend of mine who also happens to be a blog reader! When we made the connection, Erica sent me some bars to taste and share. Erica went to culinary school and has a BS in Nutrition. She is now a marathoner and a mom who lives in Birmingham (where she met my friend Nelle). Simple Bars are gluten free, dairy free, no preservative protein bars that come in 4 flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Cherry, Blueberry Oat and Tropical Cashew.
Taste test? They are delicious!! Kind of like a Larabar with big chunks of nuts. Of course the Chocolate Peanut Butter was my favorite. You can buy them online if you’d like to try ‘em.
On the local front, Speedie B’s are awesome bars made in Cville. I first discovered them at our farmer’s market and bought – guess which one – the Chocolate Peanut Butter. It was incredible and I Instagrammed it during a car trip. Their creator, Bea, saw the ‘gram and emailed me and asked if she could give me the other flavors to try too. They are all great!!
Their texture is chewy with lots of chia seeds for crunch. I love the addition of oats too – they are super doughy!
Slow Bars are a super savory bar new to the market. And when I say savory I don’t mean dates with a little veggies mixed in…I mean S.A.V.O.R.Y. I can’t really say these bars are my favorite, but I do love the concept! They are made with real food – dehydrated veggies, seeds, dried fruit and spices. Lots of spices!
They come in four flavors:
California // Almond • Kale • Pomegranate • Quinoa
Indian // Cashew • Cumin • Cauliflower • Coconut
Moroccan // Pistachio • Currant • Carrot • Ginger
Thai // Peanut • Chili • Brown Rice • Bell Pepper
The Moroccan was my fav. If you’re looking for something wild for your taste buds that won’t give you a sugar high, these are for you.
Fannetastic Apple Oat Bars
Mazen’s preschool (and our gym’s daycare) are nut-free, so I’m always looking for good recipes to send with him as snacks. I made these Apple Oat Bars from Anne’s blog that turned out great. (I omitted the walnuts.) Mazen thinks they are cookies! I absolutely love the chunks of baked apple.
Whenever I make homemade bars I wrap them individually and put them in the freezer. I pull one out before we leave the house and by the time we get to our destination it’s ready to eat.
What’s your favorite bar these days?