Being an energy bar junkie has flattened my wallet over the past year. When selecting bars, I’m not concerned about whether they are organic; however, they do need to be natural (as much as possible). Natural products are conveniently pricier than those overdosed with glucose-fructose. I rely on them primarily for cardio activities (biking & spinning) & having good ingredients impact my endurance. I’m a loyal fan of 3 brands: Taste of Nature, Larabar, & Clif Bar.
Larabar has the fewest ingredients (never exceeds 9 ingredients) but is the most expensive. The cheapest I’ve found is $1.65/bar at MEC. Today I decided to re-create them to alleviate my budget – thanks to Jane from Eye It. Try It. I followed her recipe with the exception of salt & vanilla. That leaves 2 ingredients – almonds & dates HAHA. I don’t own a food processor & my blender couldn’t ground my dates. So, my 1st attempt was a FAIL in terms of bars (too crumbly). but a success as BALLS! They taste a bit off from Larabar, but they still taste good. Can’t go wrong with dates!
Clif Bar is the most filling. They saved my life a couple of times for spin classes. My 2 favourite flavours are Carrot Cake & Cool Mint Chocolate. I hear they taste amazing if you microwave them first. I’ve yet to try that!!
Taste of Nature is the most generous company & is 100% organic! My 2nd shout-out (1st shout-out) & huge THANK YOU to their team. They mailed me ANOTHER box yesterday after participating in their Taste of the Holidays program. They always make my day!