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.
I like the flavor, and I like that the ingredients list is so short: "dates, almonds, and cherries". (200 calories, 5g protein, 5g fiber. See larabar dot com for more.)
They are a little bit gooier/processed than I was expecting... I had to check after a taste that there wasn't soy in there gluing everything together. But when I think about fruit leather that makes sense. In some ways, it's like a thick fruit leather with some larger bits of fruit and nuts.
But I'm really glad to find them and will be trying more flavors. This is just the sort of bar I was hoping for.
Update: My next favorite flavor so far is Chocolate Coconut Chew, which should not be mistaken for a candy bar-type snack, as I feared it might. It's not that sweet and not that chocolately. It's more substantial. Ingredients: "Dates, almonds, walnuts, unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut". 240 calories, 5g protein, 5g fiber... and I'm sorry I don't have the energy right now to type the rest. (Ah! But you can get it online if you put a dot com after larabar!)
I also like Ginger Snap enough to have bought a box. They are, yes, a little cookie-ish (though with the same gooey consistency as the rest). I do love ginger, but I don't find myself reaching for this flavor and probably won't reorder. Ingredients: "Dates, almonds, pecans, ginger, cinnamon, cloves". 240 calories, 5g protein, 6g fiber.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