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Friday’s Find: The GFB

12 Comments 04 March 2011

Friday’s Find:  The GFB

My lifestyle requires quick grab-and-go snacks. Last Friday I reviewed Bakery On Main’s granola bars.  I’m thrilled to have another healthy, quick snack to grab when the Parsley Hummus and Sweet Almond Butter are out, and the apple and carrot supply in the produce drawer is low.  Now I have even more options to add to the snack basket.

Months ago, I read Gluten Free Athlete’s review of a bar called The GFB (The Gluten Free Bar).  His review was so convincing that I had to place an order.  I ordered two GFB’s online, and they have been sitting in my snack basket ever since.

They’ve been sitting there, waiting for the right moment to shine.  I knew I’d like them, so I’m not sure why I waited so long, being immediately attracted to the facts on the front of the packages.

Here are the facts from the GFB website:

I tried the Peanut Butter GFB first, because it actually looked like a bar made with peanut butter. If I hadn’t opened the package myself, I would have thought that this bar was homemade. There was nothing synthetic about it.

And the ingredients are all-natural and readable!

  • organic dry roasted peanuts
  • organic brown rice syrup
  • rice protein
  • dates
  • organic agave nectar
  • soy protein
  • organic  brown rice
  • whole flax seeds
  • vanilla
  • sea salt

With 13 grams of protein and 27 grams of carbohydrate, the Peanut Butter GFB is the perfect fuel for a workout.  Some may shy away from this bar because of the 9.5 grams of fat, but the combination of fat, protein, and carbohydrate kept me satisfied all afternoon.  Other gluten-free bars with less protein just don’t have the same staying power.  Whether you’re an athlete or a mom on the go, the GFB will be an excellent addition to your nutritional arsenal.

But how did it taste?  Delicious!  You don’t expect a packaged bar to be chewy and moist, but somehow The GFB does it.  The peanuts, brown rice, and flax seeds provide a little crunchiness in the midst of the creamy goodness.

I also tried the Peanut Butter Chocolate GFB.

The ingredients were identical to the Peanut Butter GFB except for the addition of semi-sweet chocolate chips.  The nutritional facts are very similar with 10 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbohydrate, and 12 grams of protein.  This bar was equally as tasty as the Peanut Butter Bar with just a slight hint of a chocolate aftertaste.  And I would have predicted that this would be my favorite, after all, chocolate and peanut butter are the two great tastes…  But surprisingly, I actually preferred the Peanut Butter GFB.

But you can’t go wrong with either.  They are both delicious.

I haven’t been able to find The Gluten Free Bars at any store, but you can purchase them online here.  If you’re hesitant like I was, order the sampler pack of two bars for $7.00.  Yes, $3.50 per bar is on the pricey side, but I think they’re worth it.  I won’t be eating one a day, but for grab-and-go, heading out for a run, or long bike rides, I’ll be sure to have one with me.  They’re making a nice addition to my snack basket.

Thanks, Gluten-Free Athlete, for introducing me to such a great product.

What are your grab-and-go snacks?

Your Comments

12 Comments so far

  1. Lauren says:

    We took your advice and had some Gluten Free Bars sent to our offices. Immediately I was drawn to the bar’s attributes and simple packaging. I was sad to see soy protein listed. I was surprised a bar that is allergy conscious would use soy (a protein that many people don’t do well with and are allergic too). I would love this bar to use hemp or pea or rice protein. Hmn maybe they will create one soon.

  2. Kim says:

    I loved these bars! :)

  3. Readable ingredients are a must! These look so tasty. I love your Friday’s find posts. I wish I could find half of these things in Canada. You’re SO lucky to live in the US!

    • Heather says:

      Aw, thank you! I am so thankful for your readership. Your blog is inspirational to me. I couldn’t find the bars here in the US either, but hopefully you can order a few online!

  4. Glad you like the bars as well! There are a few other bars that I am taking a look at. We’ll see how they stack up against the GFB. They have set the “bar” very high!

  5. I just tried the bars too and will be reviewing them soon. I liked that they are dairy-free and love the high amount of protein. I also wish they didn’t have soy protein included but they were very tasty.

  6. Julie says:

    I love these bars. I live in Central West Michigan, and there are many places that one can buy these bars (health food stores, family fare, and I think D&W, but not positive on that one).
    The Cranberry Toasted Almond is absolutely my favorite.

  7. R. Marmorato says:

    Can’t find the Dark chocolate coconut GFB, 2.05 oz. size

    It’s the best.

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