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Amrita Bars

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comYou wouldn’t believe the amount of things I’ve been up to lately. With just having recently moved, starting a new job and doing other work in my spare time, the days just don’t seem long enough. At times like these, I’m really grateful to have easy “grab and go” foods like fruit, nuts and seeds, and energy bars. Of course, that’s where Amrita comes in! Amrita makes a lot of unique-flavored nutrition bars, that not only taste great…they are also made with really high-quality ingredients. As their name would suggest, they are made out of dried fruits, seeds and other gluten, dairy and soy-free nutritious foods. Are you curious about these bars and what flavors you would like the most? Read on to find out!
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Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comThe first bar I tried happened to be the Apricot Strawberry. When I first opened the package, the smell actually reminded me of a PB&J sandwich (despite being completely free of peanuts and gluten). I think I was picking up the sunflower seeds and tahini, which often give off a rich and nutty flavor. Once I tasted the bar I could taste the apricots as well as the strawberries and dates mixed in. I couldn’t taste the chia flour or brown rice and they didn’t seem to affect the texture at all. Overall, I would say this was a great bar to start out with!

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comI’m not sure what paradise would taste like, but it must be something like this Pineapple Chia bar. First off, with it being summer I find that these bars all have really appropriate flavors. Along with pineapple, this treat also contains cranberries, sunflower and sesame seeds, chia seeds, coconut and brown rice protein. It’s great that a little bar like this also has the benefit of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, along with 4g of fiber and 7g of protein!

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comOne of my favorite bars, not surprisingly, was the Apple Cinnamon. This seriously tasted like apple pie in bar form. What I love about Amrita bars is that you get so much fresh flavor, and all without added sweeteners other than the ones in dried fruit. I find that these bars are similar in texture to Larabars, but the combination of seeds, brown rice protein and dried fruit makes them a lot more filling. These definitely are more of a snack than a meal replacement, but they are really satisfying in-between meals!

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comAnother fun, tropical flavor is the Mango Coconut. When it comes to dried fruit, mango and coconut are some of my favorites for their ultra-sweet flavors. Because this bar is also balanced with a mix of seeds, you don’t get as much of a sugar rush as plain fruit can often deliver for some people. This bar would be also be delicious if you blended it into a smoothie (seriously), or if you cut it up and placed it on top of a smoothie with banana, mango and coconut.

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.com
I was worried that the Cranberry Raisin bar might be a little sour, but I think it was another winner! The texture reminds me a little of an oatmeal raisin cookie and I’m not complaining! I notice that many of the bars are made with similar ingredients, but with the addition of the special dried fruits they really take on a unique taste. Plus, they don’t make a mess when you eat them and are very portable and for a snack that also happens to be raw.

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comLast but not least…the Chocolate Maca bar. Where oh where do I begin with this one? Cacao and maca are an incredible combination,  and this bar proves that. These superfoods are great for giving you energy as well as helping with hormonal issues. Another fantastic thing about this chocolatey bar is that it doesn’t melt in the heat, unlike many energy/protein bars made with chocolate. Though the flavor sounds more like a sweet dessert, this actually makes a great morning or mid-morning snack. Instead of reaching for coffee or energy drinks, I would recommend picking up one of these instead.

So, did hearing about all the different bars entice you? I hope so! If you’re curious where you can pick up some super tasty and nutritious Amrita bars for yourself, visit their store locator. You can also add some to your cart when you shop on their online store, either way I hope you can enjoy the bars for yourself. If you’ve tried these bars before, let me know which are your favorite or which flavors you want to try next!

Bearded Brothers Energy Bars

I reached out to Bearded Brothers after hearing about their raw, vegan, gluten/soy free energy bars and I am so thankful that they were able to send some for me to try out! I also found out that their bars are organic and made in small-batches, and even the wrappers are compostable which makes them perfect to enjoy on-the-go! Continue reading

The Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla has a sweet but light, natural blueberry taste with just a hint of vanilla. These also have dates but luckily they didn’t have too strong of a flavor either. The only raw bar that I have had besides this one that was blueberry-flavored was a Larabar and to be honest I really didn’t care for it. These Bearded Brothers bars have a much better balance of flavors, and due to their added brown rice protein, chia seeds, and almonds they actually keep you full for a decent amount of time.

IMG_7072Next, I chose the Fabulous Ginger Peach made with almonds, walnuts, dates, peaches, ginger, chia seeds, and sea salt. The bar did have a fabulous flavor with fresh ginger, sweet peach and a slightly nutty taste. I loved the fact that the ginger wasn’t too overpowering, because while I love ginger, I think it should still allow for the other flavors to come through. This seemed to have really unique flavor combos that you don’t typically find in a vegan energy bar. I think this would be a great option to have if you’re not feeling too well but you’re in need of some added nutrients in the form of an easy snack.

IMG_7224Speaking of unique flavors, this Mighty Maca Chocolate got me really excited. If you know me, you’d know that I LOVE chocolate and maca together in smoothies and desserts for the chocolate-malt flavor. While this wasn’t quite a candy bar, its cocoa and maca flavor are just apparent enough that they don’t take over the flavor of the other ingredients. This bar also has cinnamon, cashews, cacao nibs, and coconut palm nectar in addition to the other base ingredients that are found in most of the other bars. I love the fact that this wasn’t too chocolately also because 1) I can be very sensitive to too much cocoa and 2) it doesn’t melt in the package like a chocolate-coated bar would. Oh and 3) it’s much healthier that way!

IMG_7328The name of this Radical Raspberry Lemon bar speaks for itself. This one’s a little different with ingredients including sun butter (one of my favorite non-nut butters), figs, raspberries and lemon. I also found that this bar was a lot softer than the others, probably because there weren’t any nuts here. This is also a very allergen-friendly bar because of that! The texture reminded me of the filling of a fig newton, yet it wasn’t overly sweet and the raspberries and lemon extract really came out. If you’re looking for a lower-calorie option among these bars, this is a fantastic option! 

IMG_7387Another bar that is lower in fat and calories is the Outrageous Orange Kale. This bar is also nut-free, and made with hemp and chia seeds, figs, dates, and dried beets. This is one of the first bars I have tried with dried kale or beets, but I could hardly even taste them! The orange extract is a nice touch, and I got just the right amount of flavor from it. Did I say the Radical Raspberry Lemon bar tasted like a fig newton? This one tasted even more like the infamous cookie’s filling. It was wonderfully soft and chewy. Don’t be turned away by the name of this bar, it’s actually one of my favorites!

IMG_7460Lastly, the Colossal Coconut Mango bar with dried mango, almonds, dates, chia seeds and shredded coconut. Personally, I love the tropical feeling of eating coconut and mango together and this did not disappoint! The dried mango added a nice sweetness and I loved the fact that I got a good taste of the coconut as well. For a bar with so few ingredients, this one still tastes like a sweet coconutty, fruity treat!

Have you tried any of these bars before? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments! Or, if you haven’t tried them before, which flavor sounds the most exciting to you? If you’re interested in trying them, you can visit the Bearded Brothers Webstore to buy yourself a variety pack of each flavor!

Vega Snack Bars & More

I have been a big fan of Vega products since I first tried their protein powders long ago. They recently came out with a ton of new protein bars, along with a line of snack bars made with nuts, seeds, and other nutritious ingredients. I wanted to try all of their plant-based, gluten-free, and non-GMO bars and share my thoughts on all of them. Just FYI, Vega is having a sale on bars on their website right now, so you should all definitely check it out if you’re interested. Continue reading

Beginning with the snack bars, I found most of these to be quite flavorful. They have a nice crunch and nutty flavor, and my favorites were two of the bars that had a chocolate coating (the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and Dark Chocolate Mixed Nuts & Sea Salt). Even the Cranberry Almond and Coconut Cashew both had pleasant tastes and a crunchy/chewy texture. My least favorite was probably the Dark Chocolate Cashew Cherry because it seemed like an odd mix of flavors, but even then it wasn’t really that bad. I found these bars to be a great on-the-go snack and they are energizing but not overly filling. My only complaint is that the chocolate on the bars melted and it was really messy to eat, but I guess that’s to be expected with warm weather!

The Meal bars are much different from the snack bars in both taste and ingredients. They are called “meal” bars because they have an average of 270 calories, 12g of protein, and vitamins and other nutrients in each bar. I found that the bars had a decent flavor, they were chewy and I could sort of taste the protein in each. The Chocolate Coconut was probably my favorite, and the Chocolate Cherry Almond was a close second. Though they did have chocolate, they weren’t overly sweet like a candy bar which is a little surprising since there are 18g of sugar per bar. I appreciate that vega uses dates in these bars, but they also use brown rice syrup and other sweeteners which I think might’ve been used to hold the bars together. Regardless of the taste, these bars were not exactly as filling as a meal would be so I would definitely recommend having them with some fruit and a big glass of water.

I thought the Vega Sport bars were wonderful! The Apple Cherry had a nice, fruity flavor that reminded me of Larabars, and even the Chocolate Coconut Almond had a taste like the bars as well. These were chewy and filling due to the dates, dried fruit, nuts and seeds. Unfortunately they don’t have as much protein as the other bars, but they also don’t have a strong protein-powder taste or consistency.

IMG_7329-2The Vega Sport bars are recommended as a post-workout bar due to the higher protein content at 15g per bar. I think my favorite bar was the Chocolate Coconut, which had a good balance of cocoa and coconut. The Chocolate Mint wasn’t my favorite because I was expecting more of a minty flavor, and it was a similar case with the Chocolate Peanut Butter bar. I think in a pinch though, these are still a good option to bring with you after a long workout when you are hungry for a quick post-workout bar.

Go Raw Bars

Go Raw makes these wholesome, organic bars using ingredients such as seeds, fruit, dates, coconut and various superfoods. The bars are nice and portable and not too messy to eat, which is great if you’re looking for a good raw, organic on-the-go snack to keep you energized throughout the day. You can find these at a handful of natural food grocery stores, but they are also available online. It is recommended to consume these with a tall glass of water, and I find that it helps to make you feel more full when you eat them. I think due to the seeds in the bar, it’s best to have them with water for better digestion. Even if you don’t eat raw, studies have shown that raw food is really beneficial for all of us to have from time to time. What I love about these bars is that there are so few ingredients, they are gluten free, and many are allergen-friendly.
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IMG_3463The bars come in five flavors, and luckily I was able to find and try them all! The first bar I tried was Banana Bread, which was very crunchy but it definitely had a nice, sweet banana taste and the flax seeds reminded me of the consistency of bread. The next bar was Spirulina Energy which was one of my favorites! This bar was actually very sweet with a light banana and date flavor, and just a hint of the spirulina was present. The bar was little crispy on the edges so it reminded me of a sweet cracker. The next bar I tried was the Apricot, which was actually very chewy almost as if you were eating a dried apricot. This bar wasn’t my favorite but the flavor wasn’t unpleasant at all. The next bar I had was the Live Pumpkin, and honestly I’ve really taken a liking to raw pumpkin seeds lately. This one was also very crunchy due to the seeds and lightly sweet in flavor. Lastly, the Live Granola Bar tasted just like any less-sweet granola bar that I’ve had in the past. However this one is free of oats and nuts, and it is naturally sweetened with raisins and dates. What I love about these bars as a whole is that they are a decent size for an energy/granola bar, yet they make you feel full and energized after eating them. Because these have raw ingredients and aren’t sweetened with refined sugars, they are also a much healthier option than any traditional bar. Check to see if your local grocery store carries them here.

Nii Bars – Organic Nutrition Bars

IMG_17191Nii Foods was incredibly kind and sent me their Nii Bars to try out! I really still can’t believe that they sent two of each, but I was so thrilled to try each flavor. These are a newer nutrition bar on the market, but what I love about them is that they are gluten and soy free, and completely organic. Right now, they come in four flavors, but rumor has it that they are coming out with a Cacao Coconut bar which sounds phenomenal in my opinion! If you’re curious about the ingredients or want to order some bars online check out the Nii Bars Website. Here are my thoughts on each of these bars that I got to try.
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IMG_0737_2Starting off the reviews with Flavor Number 1: Almond Chocolate Chip. This flavor was totally calling my name, because if you don’t know already…I’m a big chocolate-lover. I actually tasted a good amount of almond butter in here too, along with the dates and some kinds of seeds. The chocolate flavor wasn’t overwhelming, but it had a pretty prominent note within the taste of the bar. This reminded me of a chocolate covered almond but with the addition of dates.

IMG_0758_2Flavor Number 2: Berry Cashew was one of my favorites. I love berries and cashews together, as you can see from my Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie Recipe on this blog. This one was definitely more berry than cashew, but I really liked that about it. Another plus is that the berries in here are organic, which is something to look for. I’m not sure if it was my imagination but this Nii Bar also seemed a little smaller than the others, but it was still just as satisfying. 

IMG_0760_2The third flavor I tried was the Peanut Butter! Now, this wasn’t exactly a completely peanut butter-flavored bar, but it definitely had a nut butter taste to it. This bar is packed with wholesome ingredients, such as dates, sprouted quinoa, hemp and sunflower seeds, walnuts, and many others. I like that it’s not overly sweet, nor does it taste like a typical peanut butter protein bar (because many can have a chalky taste). Despite these bars being on the smaller side, they are nicely filling due to the healthy nutrients and brown rice protein. 

IMG_0815_2Flavor Number 5 (4 in this review) is the Cherry Coconut bar. Sometimes I stay away from cherry-flavored things because they can taste artificial, however this was fantastic! Just enough coconut flavor, but not over the top, and the cherries tasted very natural and had just a bit of tartness to them.

GoMacro Macrobars

These Macrobars are something I see occasionally at natural food stores when I’m looking in the energy/protein bar section. For some reason, I never thought to pick one up because I haven’t heard a whole lot about them personally. I checked out their website one day to see what this company is all about, and I was really pleased (and not just because their website has a super cool design and it’s fun to navigate). There is a wonderful story on there about the people behind the brand, and their focus on staying true to a macrobiotic, organic, vegan, kosher and gluten free philosophy. Macrobars come in handy if your diet requires leaving out certain foods such as gluten, soy, dairy, and some nuts.

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I had inquired about their products earlier on, and GoMacro was so kind to send me some sample bars. These are their mini bars, and they make the perfect portable snack. I loved these two bars so much that I just had to go and try ALL (11) of the Macrobars! Here are my thoughts on them:

IMG_8080The Morning Harvest Apples + Walnuts bar was just wonderful! I really love the combination of apples and nuts, and this actually had some almond butter in it for the perfect nutty, yet still fruity taste. I always loved having oats with apples and almond butter in cold fall mornings, and this brought me right back to that memory. Protein Paradise Cashew Caramel was also a nice surprise! I loved the chewiness of this bar, which reminded me of how a piece of caramel would be. Cashews are one of my favorite types of nuts and this combo was really great. The Sunny Uplift Cherries + Berries bar was also very chewy, but this one reminded me more of a granola-type of bar. The fruit pieces in here added a sweetness and a new texture to the bar.

Sweet Rejuvenation Cashew Butter was one of my favorites from the beginning! It has a great cashew taste, yet the bar is still nice and chewy. What I love about this bar (and the others) is how few ingredients it has! Just brown rice syrup, cashew butter, puffed brown rice, and cashews. Plus all ingredients are organic and non-GMO! The Prolonged Power Banana + Almond Butter bar definitely had a banana flavor to it. It reminded me of having almond butter and a banana in my oatmeal or my favorite banana and nut butter protein shakes, and this particular bar has 10g of protein along with healthy fats such as nuts and seeds. This bar definitely gave me energy to get through the day! Protein Purity Sunflower Butter + Chocolate also contains 10g of protein, which the name suggests, along with protein powder, sunflower butter, fair trade chocolate liquor, vanilla, cinnamon, and some other ingredients. Honestly, this wasn’t my favorite bar in terms of taste, but I still was able to finish it. I felt that it should’ve had either more chocolate or more sunflower butter in it. This bar definitely wasn’t what I was anticipating from the name alone.

The Balanced Goodness Granola + Coconut bar reminded me of the mini bar. The actual bar has coconut shreds and almond butter in it. I swear, this tasted like these Coconut Oatmeal Cookies I made and featured on my blog some time ago. I loved the chewy, yet granola-like crunch that this bar had! The Wholehearted Heaven Almond Butter + Carob bar was good for having so few ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Almond Butter, Organic Puffed Brown Rice, Organic Carob Powder, Organic Coconut Oil. The carob had an interesting taste, and if you aren’t familiar with carob you will probably be surprised by this one (not in a bad way though). The Protein Replenishment Peanut Butter bar had a peanut butter protein shake taste to it. Not super strong in terms of peanut-flavor, but I still liked this bar.

Protein Pleasure Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip was not quite what I expected. I was picturing a candy bar-like taste that you get from a lot of other protein bars, but then I realized that that’s not a fair comparison at all. Unlike traditional protein bars, these have a lot less ingredients, less sodium and sugar, and they are much more wholesome than other bars out there. Once I considered all of this, I found that this bar was actually quite nice. A little mild in flavor when it came to the peanut butter, but I was also able to taste the chocolate chips within the bar which was a nice touch. Lastly, I tried Sweet Revival Sesame Butter + Dates! First of all, let me say that I am a sesame butter (aka tahini) addict! I love putting a sweet spin on tahini by mixing it with things like agave or fruit such as apples, bananas, and figs. After trying this bar I decided that it had to be one of the bars that I would recommend the most out of all of them! The tahini gave the bar a creamy flavor, and any of the bitterness was taken away by the dates and raisins within the bar. I think this particular bar will influence one of my smoothie recipes in the future, and I’m so happy that this was the last bar I got to try! I hope this review helped if you have been curious about these bars as I was. I definitely think they are worth a try if you are looking for a new portable, healthy, and tasty energy bar to get you through the day!