There is a new gluten free bar in town…and, sensibly enough, it is called The Gluten Free Bar.
I am not a big fan of energy bars and only eat the brands that are made with real ingredients, so when the founders contacted me to send samples for me to try, I have to admit I was skeptical about whether I would like this new gluten free bar.
To my surprise, I do like this new player in the gluten-free category. The Gluten Free Bar comes in two flavors, peanut butter and peanut butter chocolate. Organic dry roasted peanuts is the first ingredient in both. Followed by organic brown rice syrup, dates, organic agave nectar, soy protein, semi-sweet chocolate (only for the peanut butter chocolate flavor), organic brown rice, whole flax seeds, vanilla and sea salt.
I wish brown rice syrup wasn’t second on the list, but overall it’s a nice ingredient statement.
The taste and texture is of real crushed peanuts, a refreshing change from the many airy, empty-calorie options out there. And it is a dense, satisfying bar. The healthy fats, vegetarian protein and fiber really filled me up.
The nutrient contents of the two bars range from:
- 235 – 240 calories
- 9.5 – 10 grams of total fat; 1.5 – 2.5 grams of which are saturated fat
- 2 – 2.5 grams of fiber
- 13 – 14.5 grams of sugar
- 12 – 13 grams of protein
There are a few things I’d be remiss not to mention. The bar is a little sweet for my taste, but by no means overly sweet. Both from a taste and nutrition perspective, I’d like to see some of the brown rice syrup and agave nectar taken out. I think it would still be be very tasty and the sugar content would be lowered (note that the “sugars” content on the nutrition facts panel includes both natural and added sugars, so some of the sugar content is coming from the peanuts, flax and brown rice).
One last thing. While I love the rich peanut butter taste, I didn’t recognize much chocolate in the peanut butter chocolate flavor. So, to save myself the additional 5 calories, 1 gram of saturated fat and 1.5 grams of sugar that are in the peanut butter chocolate variety, I will probably stick to buying the peanut butter flavor only.
Overall, I do like this product and will incorporate it into my gluten-free bar repertoire when I want a bar with a little more treat to it.
The first two people to comment on this blog post will receive free samples of The Gluten Free Bar, so please make sure to include your email.
We welcome all comments, but would like to see you share the characteristics (i.e., taste, texture, high protein, high fiber, low fat, etc.) you look for when purchasing a gluten free bar. With this feedback the founders can incorporate your preferences as they improve and make new products.
For purchasing information, go to www.theglutenfreebar.com.