12.29.2011

Product Rhi-flection: LÄRABAR (Cherry Pie)

Larabar Cherry Pie
Company Site: LÄRABAR
Product Details: Tart and tasty! The mouth-watering experience begins with unsweetened cherries abundant in Vitamin A, flavonoids and antioxidants. All are vital for disease prevention and good health. Dates and almonds add pleasing texture, along with Vitamin E and 16 essential vitamins and minerals. Each bar helps the heart with 2.7 grams of Omega-6 fatty acids, and tantalizes the taste buds with off-the-chart flavor!
Minis are 0.78 oz
Regulars are 1.7 oz
Ingredients: dates, almonds, unsweetened cherries



A nutritious but yummy energy bar...

I went through an 'energy bar' phase when I was nursing our daughter. My gallbladder was full of stones and I was struggling to keep my calorie count a healthy one for us both while not eating foods that aggravated my condition while putting off my surgery. Energy bars became my go-to snack when I was too exhausted to cut up apples or make a sandwich—being up all night with a baby is hard on mommies. I wish I had tried these instead of the other ones I was noshing on.

Larabars are so simple and start with dates which are one of my favorite foods. Each flavor from Apple Pie to Tropical Fruit Tart is then created with simple additions like apples, cashews, unsweetened cocoa or cherries, cinnamon, pecans or sea salt just to name a few. Instead of dozens of unpronounceable oils and such you get whole foods, raw foods. If you love a good fruit and nut based trail mix these are your bars.

I received the mini Cherry Pie as my sample and while I love dates, the unsweetened cherries were a little too tart for my personal taste. I think something a little sweeter to balance it out such as the chocolate chips in the Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte bar would be more to my liking. That said it was really good. I just have a nasty sweet tooth.

In checking out what other flavors are available I also found that there are some other neat things about Larabars. They are gluten free, kosher, free of colorings, additives, and preservatives, are not baked or cooked (though a few ingredients are roasted or steamed) and most varieties are vegan friendly. While none of these are personal concerns of mine it's interesting stuff to know if you have friends or family with special diets. They also do not freeze or melt making them a perfect diaper bag or glove box snack stash year-round.

I can't wait to try another flavor next time I'm in the market for a yummy snackable bar. The Gingersnap , Carrot Cake, Cappucino, and Chocolate Coconut Chew in particular all sound like ones I'd love.



Notes: I received a sample bar from Influenster. I have received no compensation for featuring this product and my opinion was not swayed by the free sample.

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