Friday, February 10, 2012

#Review: Deliciously Raw Food bars from @Larabar

Larabar has a wide assortment of food bars designed for vegan, raw, kosher and gluten-free diets. All of their bars are vegan except for their bars containing chocolate chips. The chocolate chips are dairy free which is a vegan requirement, but since they are manufactured in the same factory as dairy chocolate chips there is the potential for cross contamination. Thus, the chocolate chips can't technically be called vegan. Other than that, the Larabar is made entirely from plant based food sources. I received 4 flavors from Larabar to sample:

Made with real fruit, nuts and spices, the Key Lime Pie was my least favorite of all the Larabars I had sampled. I had a hard time getting past the coconut. I did however enjoy the taste of lime but found it a little too bland in comparison to the taste of the dates with is the dominant ingredient. While it wasn't my favorite I could imagine it being a rather delicious cookie filling. My husband enjoyed it, he is the bigger coconut fan out of us both. 

Blueberry Muffin bar was delicious. This was the second bar I tried and I was a little worried that I wouldn't care for it too much after being a little let down by the Key Lime Pie. Fortunately, I was not disappointed. I grew up on my grandmothers homemade blueberry muffins and I must say the addition of cashews is interesting. I do not object.

The Ginger Snap bar was to my liking. I can't seem to get enough ginger these days, I nearly inhaled the bar it was so delicious. I almost didn't get to experience the wonderful hint of cloves. I love cloves, especially this time of year. I usually have cloves and cinnamon simmering in a pot on top of the wood stove to add moisture to the air and a nice aroma. My husband did not get to try this bar.

As previously stated: dates are the first ingredient, so I really wasn't expecting the Chocolate Chip Brownie to have the taste and consistency of an actual brownie. I frequently found myself in disbelief that this was in fact, a fruit and nut bar. I love that this bar is made with fair trade certified chocolate.

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Disclaimer: I received samples of this product in exchange for my honest opinion. No additional compensation was received for this review.

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