Happy Friday, everyone! I didn’t have to look far for today’s Friday’s Find, because it showed up at my front door. The good people at Bakery On Main sent me a package of their new line of gluten-free fruit and nut bars to review. I was really excited to try them before they hit the shelves, because I love many of Bakery On Main’s other products. When my package arrived, I was immediately impressed with the see-through packaging that reveals the natural ingredients in each bar. After all, these bars tout that they have “nothing to hide”. That’s my kind of bar. But when I read the names of the unique flavors I couldn’t wait to try them.
Apricot Almond Chai
I had high hopes for this bar, because I love apricots. The spiciness of the chai mixed with apricots is such a surprising combination, but it works! It reminds me of the comforting flavors of the Fall.
Raspberry Chocolate Almond
I absolutely loved it! The hint of raspberry hidden in the sweet nuttiness was delicious! Light and refreshing for Spring.
Chewy tropical Summer taste almost comes with an island breeze.
While I enjoyed all of the bars, my hands-down favorite was the Walnut Cappuccino Bar. Oh my gosh, it was amazing. And surprisingly, there wasn’t a smidge of chocolate in it! But with the most heavenly, decadent, creamy taste, it is definitely a Winter bar. I was so sad that they only sent one!
At the top of this picture, the Walnut Cappuccino is in it’s rightful place above all of the others (in my humble opinion).
The Hazelnut Chocolate Cherry Bar (second in the picture) has a powerful cherry taste. And I mean powerful. If your taste buds need a jolt of tart cherriness, this bar is definitely for you.
And the third bar is the Fruit and Nut Bar. Subtle, light, and refreshing, this bar is just perfect for any season.
One thing I loved about each bar was that none of them had a synthetic taste. The fruit and nuts took control of the overall flavor.
So, how do they stack up nutritionally? Each bar contains between 150 and 190 calories. I won’t list them for each flavor, but here are the ingredients for the Fruit and Nut Bar as an example: brown rice syrup, almonds, rice crisp (rice flour, rice bran, raisin juice concentrate, honey, salt), evaporated cane juice, dried cranberries (cranberry, apple juice, sunflower oil), raisins, chia seeds, agave nectar, hazelnuts, brown rice flour, pecans, pumpkin seeds, inulin, soybean lechithin, sea salt, and expeller pressed canola oil.
With only 2-4 grams of protein in each bar, I do wish that there was more, but this isn’t a power bar. It’s a fruit and nut bar. They also have 12-15 grams of sugar per bar. They’re very sweet, and while I’m not a fan a sweetener being the first ingredient on a list for anything I eat, at least it’s a sweetener that’s lower on the Glycemic Index. But evaporated cane juice is right on it’s heels. If you’re going to choose a sweet granola bar, this is a good one, because after all, the rest of the ingredients are whole foods.
So, where can you find these fruit and nut bars that have nothing to hide? For now, you’ll need to order them online from Bakery On Main. And during this introductory period, they will ship them to you for free. But TrueBars should be arriving in stores this November.
Questions from the curious Gluten-Free Cat:
- What are your favorite bars?
- Besides being gluten-free, what else do you look for in a bar?
- How do certain sweeteners factor in to your decision about buying snacks or bars?
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(Disclaimer: I have no connection to nor was I paid by Bakery On Main. I did receive complimentary samples sent for me to taste and review. I do not give positive reviews just because the product was free but will always give my honest opinion.)