Towards the end of 2012 I received a sample pack of protein bars from The Gluten Free Bar to try out. I realize that this review is coming a bit late but don’t worry it’s a short and sweet one with a bit of a perk at the end for you.
What is it?
The Gluten Free Bar or (The GFB) is a protein-packed, certified gluten-free, vegan, low-glycemic bar that can act as a quick meal replacement should you be having ‘one of those days’ where you might miss breakfast or delay your lunch break by two hours. (Not that I’ve ever done that … no, not me. Yeah right!)
From their website:
[quote]GFB’s combine complex carbohydrates, high quality protein, and a good source of omega-3 fats from flax seeds. Formulated with the gluten-free consumer on-the-go in mind, GFB’s contain less than 250 calories per serving, which is a perfect smaller meal or snack to get you through the day.[/quote]
The Bars I Tried
I sampled the Peanut Butter, the Peanut Butter Chocolate and the Cranberry Toasted Almond. They make an Oatmeal Raisin one and I cheekily asked them to not bother sending it because I am so not a fan of raisins. They chuckled and left out the Oatmeal Raisin one for me. I have to say the idea of an Oatmeal bar sounded really good, if not for the raisins. An Oatmeal Chocolate one would be nice. An Oatmeal Cranberry even. Just giving the good folks at The GFB some ideas there.
My favorite – not surprisingly – was the Peanut Butter Chocolate. There was some nice crispy bits in all the bars which I loved. I am a fan of textures like that. All three flavors tasted great. They weren’t too sweet.
The Cranberry Toasted Almond wasn’t too far behind.
I don’t really have much else to say about these bars other than that they were really tasty and I didn’t feel like I was eating junk food. I wouldn’t want to replace a meal with these often but for those days where I am struggling to get out the door to work in the morning and can’t grab my smoothie or a proper breakfast I wouldn’t feel guilty eating one of these. The flavors and textures were more intriguing than some of the other gluten-free snack bars out there. I feel like these bars are probably healthier with the addition of flax for some good omega-3’s.
I like that these are small-batch made too.
A Bit of Background
The Gluten Free Bar has their own certified facility in Michigan. The company was started a couple years ago by two brothers – one with Celiac and the other with a gluten intolerance – because they were struggling to find a great tasting and nutritious gluten-free nutrition bar.
You Can Try These Too
Thanks to the folks at The Gluten Free Bar they’re offering all my readers who’d like to give these bars a try a special 15% discount when ordering from their online store.
Visit their online store and use the special discount code GLUTENFREEVEGAN when you check out. The 15% discount should be reflected in your cart prior to purchase. If you have any issues please contact their customer care directly.