One thing I love about Larabar is that when they say "all natural" - they mean it. For example, the ingredients list the Larabar Ginger Snap Bar is simply, dates, almonds, pecans, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Now these are the ingredients I expect to see in a natural bar - not like what's found in the "all natural" Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick Bar.
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With so many flavors offered by Larabar, it's not surprising that I'm just getting around to trying Larabar Pistachio Bar. When I saw it in my local grocery store - I knew it was going to be bought (it costs $1.99), because I HEART pistachios (why oh why are these nuts always so expensive though).
Excited to try this variety, I unwrapped the bar as soon as I set foot outside the store. Larabar describes this flavor as "succulent" and "nutty," but I beg to differ. The bar had a weird, sickeningly sweet flavor and a weird green color. I could barely taste a hint of pistachios. I was tempted to stop after the first bite, but I decided to give it another shot. Unfortunately for me, it didn't get better. The ingredients list is stellar (the best thing about the bar): dates, pistachios & cashews. This bar is high in total fat (15% of the DV) and sugar (20 grams).
After taking one bite of Larabar Chocolate Cherry Jocalat Bar, I was in love. This bar combines the best components of 3 bars already reviewed here on Iateapie.net, Balance Almond Brownie Bar, Larabar Jocalat Chocolate Coffee Bar and Larabar Cherry Pie Bar.
The overall feel of the bar reminds me of a much moister version of the Balance Almond Brownie Bar. However, it does not stop there. The texture has bits of almonds and walnuts dispersed throughout to add a bit of textural difference. Furthermore, the unsweetened cherry pieces added to the mix contribute a natural burst of sweetness to every bite. I would even go as far to say that it resembled a soft brownie dressed up with nuts and dried cherries (mental note: try microwaving the bar next time). Have you tasted this delicious bar for yourself? Is my brownie comparison pushing the limits?
I tried the Cherry Pie Larabars after reading the review of them a while back. They are truly, truly fantastic. In fact, they were so good that I wanted to try some of the other flavors. LaraBars can be pretty pricey, but I recently discovered that Vitacost, one of my favorite online stores, offers them by the box at a significantly discounted price ranging from $18 to $21 dollars per box of 16. Still not cheap, but not prohibitively expensive either. I settled on the Larabar Jocalat Chocolate Coffee Bar and anxiously awaited my order.
Like all Larabars, the chocolate coffee creation consists only of real foods - in this case dates, walnuts, hazelnuts, cocoa, cashews and coffee, all of which are organic. From the first bite, the coffee flavor really jumps out. It is STRONG - to the point that it's a little bitter. There is a hint of chocolate but it's pretty much overwhelmed by the coffee. The bar itself, at least compared to the glory of the cherry pie flavor, is also a little dry. Now, having said all that, it may sound like I hated this concoction, but, as I continued nibbling away, the flavor started to grow on me a little bit. It's not great, but it's not horrible either. For what it's worth, my husband, who practically mainlines black coffee all day long, loved the taste.
Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie Bar are all the rage these days. In my opinion, it's for good reason. First, I should probably add a disclaimer to note that I love nutrition bars and eat one some form just about every day. However, it's a big 'bar world' full of competition out there, so you have to be savvy in choosing the good ones. Larabars are one of my favorites because they are made with simple, raw, pure, and organic ingredients, they are satisfying, delicious, and still a really healthy snack choice. What amazes me about this particular one, peanut butter cookie, is that it actually does taste like a cookie, yet the only ingredients are dates, peanuts, and salt. It's moist (a little too moist, actually since it makes my fingers all oily), sweet, peanut-buttery, and still provides you with a serving of fruit. What's not to love?!