Larabar Fruit and Nut Food Bar
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Fortunately, Lara-Bars are perhaps the best tasting line of "nutritional bars" available. The apple pie version is nicely chewy, with a taste of rolled oats, cinnamon, raisin, and, of course, apple, though it's not as intense or satisfying a fruit flavor as their Cherry Pie bar. The apple hits you especially in the aftertaste, which is very satisfying. Perhaps a bit on the dry side, but neither boring or cloying, and without that awful artificial taste mentioned above.
The ingredient list is all one needs to read to discover the "secret" of Lara's natural taste:
Dates, almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon. That's it! This is absolutely unheard of in type of food! Go to any comparable product (e.g., Cliff, Balance, Promax, South Beach, etc.) and you will find a veritable mine of vitamin and mineral additives. For that reason alone (OK, and the concomitant wonderfully natural taste), these stand leagues above the competition.
Does this reliance on natural foods cost you in nutrition? I don't know--that's one for doctors and dietitians. However, I can list the nutritional values here:
In one bar, you ingest the following:
One serving (45 grams) provides 180 Calories--90 of them from fat; 10 g, Total Fat, of which only 1 gram is saturated fat, 4 grams are monounsaturated, and 4.5 grams are polyunsaturated (no trans fat, although, interesting enough, those grams add only to 9.5); NO Cholesterol; 5mg of Sodium: 280mg, Potassium; 23 grams, Total Carbohydrate.Read more ›
Now onto the flavor analysis. The first flavor I tried was Key Lime Pie. It was really, really good. Next I tried Cherry Pie. It wasn't as good, but with its strong flavor I found it to be the perfect companion to a few pieces of dark chocolate. When I had women over (I'm a young single bachelor) I'd share with them some dark chocolate and a cherry pie larabar and they would almost get as much enjoyment from that as they did from me. I just opened my new box of Lemon and it is easily my favorite flavor so far. Incredible, I don't want to risk trying another flavor because lemon is so good. My roommate preferred the lime but says the lemon is his second best.
So to recap: these are good, buy them.
The stats of the bars are very similar, weight (both 1.7oz, not 1.8), calories, fat, sugars, etc. The PURE has more protein at 6g vs 4g. The Larabar has no sodium while the PURE has just a bit at 5mg. The Larabar is thicker, the PURE bar is wider. Visually the Larabar appears to have more nuts in it, which doesn't seem to jive with the protein stats. The PURE bar has a grittier texture while chewing so maybe more of the nuts are finely ground.
1st ingredient is dates for both followed by almonds and then cherries for the Larabar and followed by blueberries and various nuts, organic agave nectar, rice protein and lemon juice for the PURE bar. One would think with the extra ingredients in the PURE bar they were added to tweak the flavor or give it a fresher taste, but the flavor of the Larabar is better than the PURE by a pretty good margin. It has a much fresher and lively taste. I have to say the PURE bar is a bit cardboardy tasting to me and has a drier mouth feel. It is not bad, in fact my 2 youngest kids eat them readily, just not nearly as good as the Larabar.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Larabar Fruit & Nut Food Bar, Cherry Pie, 1.7-Ounce Bars (Pack of 16)
These make an awesome snack! Read more
I have to buy a case of these for my daughter - she is 17. She loves the Cherry Pie and the Apple Pie. Do I need say more?Published on August 21, 2010 by Idnar
These bars are fantastic- I love how they are not overly sweet like every other bar I've tasted ie luna and cliff bars. Read morePublished on June 2, 2010 by Jackie
Larabar, Bar Cherry Pie, 1.7-Ounce (16 Pack)
Oh My!!! The Cherry Pie Larabar reminds me of the cherry pies my mother used to make. Read more
I love these! These are soo good...even my toddler loves them. I always keep a few in the diaper bag for snacks on the go. I especially appreciate that they are gluten free. Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by Mom of 2
Horrendous texture and even worse taste! Bar was waxy, dense and bland tasting with NO semblence of pecan pie flavor whatsoever. Read morePublished on May 5, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I got into Larabars, because I am trying to eat more natural, less packaged food. Yes Larabars come in a package, but they do not have any preservatives, chemicals, or ingredients... Read morePublished on April 24, 2010 by Laura Broder
I'm off gluten and trying to wean myself off dairy as well. Larabar pecan pie has no gluten or dairy, and it actually tastes great! The bars are 1. Read morePublished on April 21, 2010 by Lorel Shea
I love the Fruit & Nut Food bars from Larabar.
They are a healthy snack, and unlike many other fruit flavored bars, you can actually taste the dead fruit. Read more