A lot of bars out there claim to have such amazing nutritional value, but leave out the not so good stuff, like the added sugars, the long list of strange sounding ingredients, etc. GNU foods was awesome to send me some bars to review and have a lucky reader win some to try too!
What’s so good about these bars? The main thing that these bars are known for is they are full of fiber! Most fiber bars are chalky bland tasting, but not these! Each bar contains 12 grams of fiber. Everyone can use a little extra fiber in their diet.
GNU Bars nutritional perks:
- Each bar has 12 grams of fiber = 48% of your daily fiber needs
- Each bar contains 130-140 calories
- No high fructose corn syrup
- Low sugar
- No HFCS
- No cholesterol
- No trans fat
- No hydrogenated oil
- No sugar alcohols
- No dairy (except blondie), and
- No soy!
It tasted just like homemade banana bread in bar form. It has a very banana-y flavor and had lots of walnuts throughout the whole bar. I hate when bars skimp out on the nuts. When I get these again I want to try warming it up and topping it with nut butter!
If I had to pick a Blondie vs. Brownie.. Brownie would win hands down. With that thought process I didn’t know what to expect, but I actually really enjoyed it. They even sneak in some plums to sweeten it up. They don’t skimp on the white chocolate chips.
I could small the intense blueberry flavor right away when I opened the package. It has a very strong blueberry flavor, but it wasn’t overwhelming. It has a nice crunch making it taste like a true cobbler.
The carrot cake bar had a nice balance of flavor between the raisins, carrots, walnuts, and spices. It is like a little portion controlled dessert minus the cream cheese frosting.
This bar surprisingly had a very rich chocolate flavor. I was expecting a chalky fake chocolate taste coming from a fiber bar, but I assumed wrong! Healthy brownie? Count me in. It felt like I was having dessert for my afternoon snack.
This tasted like a fresh oatmeal raisin cookie. Raisins were throughout the whole bar with the perfect amount of cinnamon.
I usually don’t lean toward the citrus flavored bars, but I was pleasantly surprised. I could smell the orange when I first opened the wrapper. The cranberry flavor got a little lost from the orange overpowering it.
Peanut Butter Bar
Peanut butter bar .. yes please! It has a balanced texture of chewy and crunch. I wish it was a little more peanut butter-y. Combine the Chocolate Brownie bar with this one = heaven!
Your questions answered about nutrition terminology and ingredients listed in GNU bars
What is a Dextrin?
A dextrin is a complex carbohydrate which helps provide sustained energy for the body. It is an unmodified and unrefined starch. The source of the dextrins in Gnu Bars is brown rice. A dextrin should not be confused with a “maltodextrin”, which is a highly refined form of corn starch that is rapidly metabolized in the human body. Maltodextrins do not provide sustained energy and have little or no nutritional benefit.
What is Inulin?
Inulin is a naturally occurring vegetable fiber found in over 36,000 plants and vegetables. It is a soluble fiber that is not digested in the stomach or small intestine. It reaches the large intestinal tract where it is fermented by the intestinal flora and acts as a prebiotic, promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon and supporting a healthy digestive process.
What are the “Other Carbohydrates” in Gnu Bars?
The “Other Carbohydrates” listed in the Nutrition Facts are carbohydrates in our ingredients that are not classified as Sugars or Fiber on the label.
These are mainly from the starches in ingredients such as the oats, flour, bran, apples and plums.
What are “Natural Flavors”?
Natural flavors include the essential oils, essence, or products of roasting foods, such as fruits, vegetables and even leaves and bark. The term “flavors” is used because the oils, essence, and products’ main function is to provide flavor to the food, not nutritional value.
While these flavors are extracted from their full ingredients, they are 100% natural and do not contain any artificial additives. Some flavors include Monosodium Glutamate (MSG); none of the flavors in Gnu Bars do.
Now it’s your chance to try GNU bars. Win a chance to try each flavor.
How to enter: Leave a comment for each entry 🙂
1. Leave a comment which flavor you most want to try.
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Giveaway ends and the winner will be announced Monday 7/29/13.