For our trip to Las Vegas we stocked up on quick, easy, and of course healthy, snacks for the plane and for the event we attended. We bought one of every kind of LARABAR that we could find at our local Whole Foods.
If you are not familiar, the LARABAR claim to fame is that they are the “original fruit and nut food bar” and contain less than six ingredients total. YES! Can you believe it?
LARABARs are also organic, no sugar added, 60-90% raw (depending on the particular bar), no GMO, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, and kosher. Although not considered a true protein bar, since the protein content in most is fairly low, they are a great snack option for when you are on the run.
JOCALAT is Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate made into bars in combination with fruit and nuts, and each bar contains less than seven ingredients total. These bars are all organic, no sugar added, and dairy, soy, and gluten free.
Here is our review of each…
Ingredients: Dates, walnuts, unsweetened apples, almonds, raisins, cinnamon.
Nutritional Info: 180 cals, 10g fat, 23g carbs, 4g fiber, 17g sugar, 4g protein.
Ryan’s Review: Good taste, although the dates were more prominent than the apples. I still really liked the flavor because it had a good mix of fruit and sweetness paired with the spice.
Ingredients: Cashews, dates.
Nutritional Info: 210 cals, 12g fat, 23g carbs, 3g fiber, 14g sugar, 6g protein.
Sheila’s Review: Two ingredients, seriously? Great flavor, love the cashews (I am a big fan). They are not salted cashews, they are raw – big difference in taste, so again…if your idea of a cashew is the roasted and salted kind, know that a raw cashew is a bit different in taste. Yummy and it was definitely more like a cookie than a bar in texture. I enjoyed that variation.
Ingredients: Dates, pecans, almonds.
Nutritional Info: 200 cals, 14g fat, 22g carbs, 4g fiber, 16g sugar, 3g protein.
Ryan’s Review: Really great flavor. The pecan flavor definitely stands out. The dates add a nice amount of sweetness. I love that I can have my pecan pie, minus the corn syrup! I will definitely buy/eat this bar again.
Ingredients: Dates, walnuts, almonds, raisins, cashews, cinnamon.
Nutritional Info: 210 cals, 12g fat, 27g carbs, 4g fiber, 20g sugar, 4g protein.
Sheila’s Review: This actually tasted a lot like a cinnamon roll, but with nuts. One of my favorites!
Ingredients: Dates, almonds, pecan, ginger, cinnamon, cloves.
Nutritional Info: 220 cals, 14g fat, 24g carbs, 5g fiber, 17g sugar, 5g protein.
Ryan’s Review: I could really taste the cloves and ginger. Not exactly like a gingersnap cookie, per se, but still great flavor.
Peanut Butter Cookie
Ingredients: Dates, peanuts, salt.
Nutritional Info: 210 cals, 13g fat, 23g carbs, 4g fiber, 16g sugar, 5g protein.
Sheila’s Review: Again, I love the fact that it only has three ingredients. Very good. Lots of peanut butter flavor. Great texture.
JOCALAT – Chocolate
Ingredients: Organic dates, organic almonds, organic walnuts, organic cocoa powder, organic cocoa mass, organic cashews.
Nutritional Info: 190 cals, 10g fat, 24g carbs, 5g fiber, 18g sugar, 5g protein.
Sheila’s Review: Very unsweetened-cocoa-powdery in flavor and also very rich. I liked it very much, but if you are not used to the unsweetened cocoa taste, it mind be too bitter for you.
JOCALAT – Chocolate Mint
Ingredients: Organic dates, organic almonds, organic cocoa mass, organic cocoa powder, organic vanilla flavor, organic peppermint flavor.
Nutritional Info: 190 cals, 9g fat, 25g carbs, 5g fiber, 19g sugar, 5g protein.
Ryan’s Review: Being that I am a mint chocolate chip junkie, this bar had quite a standard to live up to. Upon my first bite, I noticed good mint and cocoa flavor. It also had good crunch, there were some large almond pieces throughout. The dates added a sweetness that is different that sugar, which took me by surprise at first. Overall, it wasn’t like eating a Girl Scout Thin Mint (but then again, neither was the ingredients list). None the less, great flavor and I would eat this again.
Both of us really enjoyed the bars. I think that one of our favorite attributes was the ingredients list. I love that these bars only include whole REAL ingredients and that the list is less than seven items total. Also, I am quite sensitive to soy, and I don’t usually eat many protein/food bars (most protein bars contain soy), so I was excited that they are soy free as well. Satiety-wise, we were both pleasantly surprised that they tided us over for a couple hours, which is not typical for us with bars/snacks. In addition, we also enjoyed that they all had great crunch and were not mushy like many food bars of our past.
Overall, great product! I like what they stand for and personally will buy again.
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