Living gluten free can sometimes prove challenging to having “grab and go” type snacks. I did go over a few of my favorites in my “top 10 portable gluten free snack” article. However, I know sometimes the urge to snatch a prepackaged treat off the shelf can hit. For those occasions, the folks at Divine Foods present the Boomi and Prana bars.
Jessica at Divine Foods very kindly sent me 2 complimentary bars to review: the Prana Bar in coconut Acai flavor, and the Boomi Bar in Cashew Almond.
The bars claim to fame is that they are 100% natural, and both are gluten free.
They are slightly different in composition, texture and ingredient.
Boomi Bar: per the label: Gluten Free “Energy Bar”
Ingredients: Almonds, Cashews, Honey, Dates, crisped Rice, puffed amaranth, and salt.
Nutrition facts: 260 calories, 14 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbs (1 fiber) and 8 grams of protein.
The Boomi bar has a chunky nutty flavor which I like. Akin to the Kind bar in the sense of big chunks. It is VERY sweet. And I like sweet. This was almost too sweet for me, and that’s hard to do. I like the ingredients, and I really wanted to like these bars. I think the theory is great. But in practice, I see this more of a treat kind of bar. “Energy” bar-yes, in the sense that you’re getting calories, and being as there is no actual definition for “energy bar” I see no problem with that. It contains healthful ingredients, but don’t think this is like having an apple. This is very calorie dense for the size-eating one goes very quickly. I can see having this as a treat with a cup of coffee, or maybe for kids before/after sports to get some quick and easy calories in.
The Prana bar : per the label: Organic “Energy” bar
Ingredients: organic almond butter, organic agave nectar, organic date paste, organic dried coconut, organic almonds, organic raisins, organic puffed amaranth, organic acai dry powder, sea salt.
Nutrition facts: 220 calories, 13 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbs (3 fiber) and 4 grams of protein.
The Prana bar has a much more smooth and chewy texture, no big chunks. It did have some coconut texture. Again, very, very sweet. I was a little turned off right away by the fact that they were jumping on the ACAI SUPERFOOD ZOMG! bandwagon, especially seeing as it is the second to last ingredient. Call me skeptical. As far as the agave goes, again this seems to be a “hot” ingredient right now, and almost as controversial as it is popular. Check out this great article by Tamara Duker on the agave dust-up.
Overall, I think these have their place as a TREAT. I would not consider them a meal replacement by any stretch of the imagination. Think of them as a slightly healthier version of a candy bar.
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Have you tried these bars? What was your opinion?
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