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.LARABAR and JOCALAT Review

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…

Apple Pie

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.

Cashew Cookie

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.

Pecan Pie

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.

Cinnamon Roll

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!

Ginger Snap

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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Roland December 6, 2008 at 12:10 AM

Nice reviews. Larabar used to have a mole (pronounced mo-lay) flavored one that was amazing. Gone. Probably because no one knows what mole is… :(

I’m going for ginger snap!


Healthy Librarian December 8, 2008 at 4:43 PM

I’ve been eating Larabars for awhile now. In fact I just had one for a mid-afternoon hunger attack. It satisfies instantly. I always pack them in my purse when I’m traveling.

My husband just started eating them & he bought a whole box from Trader Joe’s to take to work. He has about 2 minutes to eat a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. It works well.

My hands down favorite is Cashew Cookie. Not fond of the Jocolats or the Jocolat Mint or the real sweet sweet fruit flavors.


VeggieGirl December 9, 2008 at 7:50 PM



Sheila December 9, 2008 at 9:32 PM

Roland – Mole, that would be interesting. Darn. I guess it’s one thing to think outside the box, but if it is too outside for “mainstream”, it’s tough to make them stick, eh?

Healthy Librarian – I love them for the same reasons. I really like the taste, they are fast, they fill me up, and they don’t upset my sensitive stomach like some other bars!

VeggieGirl – Yes ma’am, visiting now… ;-)


Kristin December 9, 2008 at 10:57 PM

Sounds yummy! I will have to give them a try, are they only available at Whole Foods?


Sheila December 10, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Kristin – Actually they are available at many grocery stores…usually in the healthy food section. If you go to https://www.larabar.com and click on store locator you can search by zip code to see where they are sold near you.

I think you would like them. They do have a different taste than bars with sugar, so take your first bite with that in mind (think stevia versus table sugar) but I really really like them and I feel good knowing that I am eating whole food rather than processed stuff when I am in a pinch and need food asap. Great for keeping in your drawer at work!


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