Gluten Free Protein Bar Review-VixiBars

What would happen if a Larabar and a container of whey protein powder had a baby?

I have to admit I’ve pondered this question.  I know, I’m weird. I’m OK with it.

I’ve also had that combination more than once when I’ve been stuck without a “real food” meal.  Both of these items are shelf stable and require no real prep.  Just add water to the protein powder, shake shake shake your bottle and you’re done.  I enjoy Larabars, but there is essentially no protein in them, and need an additional protein source to make it more of a complete snack.

Whey protein and the fruit and nut bar have had their love child.
And it’s name is VixiBar.

I’m going to let Kate, the creator of VixiBar, explain.

“At VixiBar™, we believe eating natural, pure, delicious food that your body can use leads to the extraordinary ability to do… anything! As a Fitness Consultant and athlete, I had a hard time finding a bar to eat or recommend to my clients. I wanted something with only natural & pure ingredients. It had to be GREAT TASTING, with no added sugars, free of gluten, soy and lactose, but with whey protein (non-rBGH). It hit me one morning after a classic Colorado run..”

Sounds good, right?  I contacted Kate to ask her a question, and she kindly supplied me with bars for this review.  Before we get to the good stuff, I want to make one clarification.  The bars do contain whey concentrate, which can contain very small amounts of lactose.  That was actually the question I had asked Kate.  She qualified that the whey protein she uses is primarily isolate (which is lactose free) and small amounts of whey concentrate.  The amount of whey concentrate and therefore lactose in each bar is very small, but worth considering.  Just don’t eat 10 of them in one sitting, yes?

Frankly, eating 10 in one sitting would not be out of the realm of possibility, even if you are not on “Man Vs. Food.”  These bars are tasty, and not too big.  They are about the size of a Larabar, have the portability of a Larabar, but the added benefit of protein.  Score.  They currently come in 10 flavors (!) and each flavor sounds yummy.  I was sent the Peanut Butter and Jelly, Cherry Biscotti, Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Macaroon and Apple Crisp bars to try.  The other available flavors are: Coconut Bliss, Peppermint Patty, Cherry Brownie, Pumpkin Pie, and Peanut Butter Banana.

 

 

 

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Bar (1.7oz) Sodium 19mg
Calories: 230 Total Carbs 25g
Total Fat 10g Fiber 5g
Sat. Fat 1g Sugar 17g
Cholest. 5mg Protein 12g
Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Cherries, Natural Whey Protein(non-rBGH isolate and concentrate), Natural Vanilla and Caramel Flavor

 

As you can see, no funky ingredients and a good nutritional profile.

As far as the flavors I tried, they were all tasty.  They were a tiny bit dry, but given the whey protein content that is difficult to overcome and still keep the all good stuff ingredients.  My least favorite was the Chocolate Macaroon, which surprised me.  The Peanut Butter and Jelly tasted like Peanut Butter and Jelly!  The Cherry Biscotti was very good, and the Apple was exceptional and more moist than the others.

Overall, these are excellent bars to have around in a pinch when a hunk of meat and some veggies aren’t an option.  The ingredient list and nutrition profile are some of the best I’ve seen.  Plus, I love their tagline–”The Natural Sweetness of Life(TM)”.

Please check out VixiBar and support an up and coming, allergy aware small business.  At $26 for 12 bars, these are competitively priced with other bars on the market.

Enjoy!

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  1. Kim says:

    I can’t wait to try these! I just got some samples as well. I love your thinking….Lara Bar & whey protein having a baby! HA!

    How are you feeling?

  2. Erin, I just found that Kate, from Vixie, is the girlfriend of one of my good friend’s brothers. Small world. I totally want to give these bars a try. They sound unbelievable!! Great review, Erin! And I totally love that teaser title! LOL
    xo
    k

  3. AmandaonMaui says:

    Oh, it’s so nice to hear that there’s something like a Larabar that has some more nutritional benefits. Larabars are nice, but they’re not really that good for a meal replacement to me. I think they really do need to have something that is more substantial and satisfying. These would be great on a plane trip. Girl cannot live on Larabars alone!

  4. Erin says:

    Hey my Kims :)
    I am recovering well from this last surgery. The next surgery will not be until October. My orthopedist is researching some new possibilities for the repair, but is speaking with some other surgeons first. The most disturbing thing is that the new damage is not on a weight bearing surface of the knee (which is good and means I’m not making it worse by walking on it) but also means that there is no real reason why it is happening. My cartilage is just shearing off for no apparent reason, which of course means you can’t fix the problem. That’s the frustrating part.

    Anyway-Kim-too funny about Kate and your brother! It is truly a small world. She is a very nice person in addition to being the smartest for getting the whey protein and fruit and nut bar together ;)

  5. Erin says:

    @ Amanda-Couldn’t agree more. These are a bit more substantial than a Larabar, and the extra protein does help make it more of a reasonable snack option.

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  7. Erin,

    Yes, you are weird, but in a really good way. Charmingly so!

    This little bar sounds like a good addition to the GF bar world. Dates, almonds and cherries are favorites of mine. I love the packaging. Very cute. Good name as well. If Kate didn’t do the design work herself, she picked someone with lots of talent to help her.

    Hope you’re doing well. I think of you often! Hang in there.

    xo
    Melissa

  8. MJ says:

    May have to try these (so many flavors!), since based on your rec I tried the Quest bars and really like them. It’s SO great that more allergen-free products are starting to come to market through small businesses (which I’m happy to support – they’re usually far more concerned with actually taking care of their customers!). Thanks, hope your recovery is going well.

  9. Erin says:

    @ Melissa- <3 you!! I am doing as well as can be expected. Next surgery will be in October, so I am focusing all my energy on being as well as I can and living life :) Couldn’t agree more that VixiBars are a great addition and option.

    @ MJ-So glad you like the Quest bars! I am waiting to try their new flavors which are supposed to be released soon, and then eventually I will do a whole post review on them. Try the Vixi’s, you’ll like them.

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