Are you a crazy planner like me? Or are you a free spirit, go with the flow kind of person? If you are a planner, you understand what it means to wake up on a Saturday morning, at 6:40 A.M., make a mental list of all the things you hope to accomplish, lay there organizing your day, and sort of wish you could go back to sleep. Sound familiar? If it doesn't, don't write me off as crazy. There is something marvelous to having a jam-packed day full of projects. Yes, it can be stressful, but it gives my life purpose, meaning, and a weird joy.
I like order; I like knowing the plan; and I love making the plan. Put me in control baby! However, the major downfall of this is that I always underestimate the amount of time I will spend on one thing, or how much time it takes to pay attention to my relationships. Just because you have a schedule, doesn't mean life's schedule is the same.
When you are trying to cram in cooking, making your house look somewhat livable, blogging, walking the dog, and breathing, your day does tend to slip through your fingers, and all the "to-dos" never seem to get done. So, I really appreciate a quick energy boost via snack foods to keep me battling life's schedule and staying on mine.
Thus, this brings us to the Pure Organic Bars. I received these as a gift for Easter. Thanks, Mom! But, I looked it up and each bar will cost you approximately two dollars.
She gave me two flavors in my Easter basket. One is pictured above--The Banana Coconut Bar. The bar is a little bit shorter than the length of a dollar bill and contains 200 calories. My biggest compliment to this brand is their ingredients. They are organic and gluten-free! The list for the Banana Coconut Bar are below:
Dates, Agave Nectar, Cashew Butter, Brown Rice Protein, Walnuts, Almonds, Bananas, Coconut Oil, Coconut Flour, Natural Flavor.
I am not so sold on the natural flavor as an ingredient, but otherwise, I love that these are mostly fruits and nuts. Nutrionally, the bar contains 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 9 grams of fat, and 6% of your day's potasium. While those stats seem to make a good snack, the bar also has 18 grams of sugar. That is more sugar than a serving of Coco Puffs (10 grams)! True, the sugars are coming from much cleaner sources, but still. After reading the label, it made perfect sense why I was so thirsty after I ate it.
The taste is very "banana-y", but I could not really taste the coconut. From my experience, coconut flour's taste, while delicious, can be easily drowned out by other ingredients. The dates and agave nectar make this bar taste very sweet, which was not unpleasant, but was overpowering. The texture was a little bit grainy or mealy, but it was also very moist. These bars reminded me of Larabars, but unfortuntaley not as well-made.
The bar pictured above was the second flavor we tried: Dark Chocolate Berry Bar. Chocolate and berries should be a win, but alas, we were not blown away. In fact, these bars did not even muster up a stiff breeze.
The ingredients for this bar are as follows:
Dates, Agave Nectar, Cranberries (Cranberries, Apple Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Oil), Brown Rice Protein, Cashew Butter, Almonds, Walnuts, Cocoa, Raspberry, Natural Flavor
Nutritionally, the bar has 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and 6% of your day's potassium. Again, decent stats, but this bar contains 20 grams of sugar. Which surprises me, because it was not as sweet as the Banana Coconut Bar.
The Dark Chocolate Berry Bar tastes strongly of walnuts, and I loved the cranberries inside. These two ingredients provided a nice compliment to each other. However, I could barely taste the chocolate. Again, like the first bar, the texture was very moist, but oddly very mealy. My guess is this texture comes from the nuts, but I have had similar bars to this that do not taste so extraordinarily grainy.
I like this company for what they are trying to do here. Create an easy snack that is healthy and accessible to many people. However, it just doesn't quite cut it. Something is missing here. Between unsatifying textures and unbalanced tastes, I do not love these bars. Would I buy them if I saw them in the store? No. Perhaps on a very busy day, when I am trying to scurry about and check off my to-do list, if a Easter basket bar is still sitting on my shelf, I would eat it.
My hopes are that this company can make a few recipe changes to really have their mission and taste align. Then, they will make great snacks for those plannerific days.