Over the weekend, I bought quite a few nutrition bars to review and to update past reviews. As I browsed the MANY varieties, I decided to pick up a few all natural bars, including Clif Mojo Mountain Mix Bars. It's said to be made up of 70% organic ingredients, low glycemic, and is described as a, "deliciously sweet & salty snack dedicated to getting out there and mixing things up."
I really don't get the appeal of the "sweet AND savory" taste. This bar is 99% sweet - with an entire top layer of chocolate chips, lots of nuts & raisins all held together in a soy rice crisp matrix held together by brown rice syrup - which is the first ingredients. It lulled me into forgetting about the "salty" aspect of the description, until BAM - it feels like someone threw a random grain of salt in the mix - and I wasn't really thrilled. After that, the salty undertones was a little more noticeable. I do like this bar though - it's crunchy and the nuts that are really the star of the show. Forget about the raisins, because it was like they didn't exist since although I could see them, they didn't show up in the taste (other than contributing to the sweetness) or the texture.
Clif C Bars are all natural, at least 70% organic, and provide one serving of fruit. I've been meaning to try this bar for ages, but just recently got around to purchasing one, the Clif C Apple Bar. Clif says, "This bar tastes like homemade apple pie (sans vanilla ice cream)."
I can't decide if I like this bar or not. It's sweet - a little too sweet for me - but I do like the texture, very moist with added crunch from the nuts that are all throughout the bar plus the apple bits. But it's just so suh-weet - I had to drink a glass of water after eating this.
Each dense 40 gram Clif C Apple Bar provides 130 calories from 4.5 grams of total fat (7% of the daily value), no saturated fat, 4 grams of fiber (16% of the DV), 17 grams of sugars and 2 grams of protein.
As I was adding to my stash of nutrition bars, I purchased a few Clif Bars to try out. One variety was the Clif Maple Nut Bar (delicious), and another was the Clif Bar Banana Nut Bread Bar.
Clif describes this as, "what happens when bananas, chocolate chips, and crunchy walnuts get friendly." My description would be a totally delicious nutty, chewy, banana-y delight. Although this doesn't taste exactly like banana bread - it's a little too sweet for that - it is still is a delicious, tasty interpretation.
Each 68 gram Clif Bar Banana Nut Bread Bar provides 240 calories, 6 grams of total fat, 1 gram of which is saturated, 5% of the daily value for sodium (120 mg), 4 grams of fiber (16% of the DV), 22 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein, as well as a slew of vitamins and minerals (~10-35% for most).
The ingredients list, although slightly lengthy, is all natural and 70% organic, like all other Clif bars. It starts with organic brown rice syrup - which accounts for the sweet taste and amount of sugar in this bar.
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I think I have found the holy grail of nutrition-bar-turned-candy, and that is Clif Bar White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. This bar is sweet like white chocolate, with a nice nutty crunch from the macadamia nuts and soy butter, and the chewiness comes from the date paste (although the taste of dates is not too over the top - take note, Larabar).
I was in absolute heaven when I ate this bar, and the taste alone made it well worth the $1.59 spent on it. The nutrition facts - I knew from trying other Clif Bars - wouldn't be as pleasing. Each 68 gram Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bar provides 240 calories, 7 grams of otal fat, 1.5 grams of which is saturated, 7% of the daily value for sodium (160 mg), 4 grams of fiber (16% of the DV), 21 grams of sugars and 9 grams of protein. The ingredients, like all the other Clif Bars are all natural and 70% organic - and starts with organic brown rice syrup - hello sugars!
After reading Emily's Clif Lemon Vanilla & Cashew Nectar Bar Review, I knew that the next time I was topping up my nutrition bar stash, I was going to include a few Clif Bars. I decided to try the Clif Maple Nut variety, because, while I usually go for peanut butter and/or chocolate flavors, I wanted to branch out and try something different.
The thing I simultaneously love and hate about Clif bars is that they're so big and chewy. They taste delicious (way more like dessert than nutrition bars), but they're also higher in protein and unfortunately, higher in sugar, than many other nutrition bars. I've decided to treat them as a dessert, albeit one with some redeeming nutritional value, so that's what I'm doing here. This bar is fantastic. It tastes rich and chewy; the maple flavor makes it taste like a dense, sweet cake without being overly sweet. The nutty flavors balance the sweet maple perfectly.
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I am not exactly sure what made me buy a Clif Lemon, Vanilla & Cashew Nectar Bar (curiosity, perhaps?!) because I tend to dislike lemon flavored products and cashews are not one of my favorite nuts. Yet, this afternoon, I found myself at the checkout counter with this very bar in hand.
This is an Organic fruit & nut bar. After my first bite, I immediately thought of a Larabar; but there is a bit more body in this Clif variety (a plus for me). Big hunks of cashews are spread throughout the formed date mixture and add an extra boost of creaminess and texture. Furthermore, dried Goji berries can be seen within the bar and give every bite a little burst of sweetness. Each mouthful embodies the perfect sweetness and the lemon flavor is very natural and faint. I am beginning to think that what I dislike is artificial lemon flavorings and the natural ones aren't so bad.