Raw Crunch Bars

By | Mar 4, 2011

Gluten-Free Energy BarsWe’re health nuts over here. Now, that’s not to say that we don’t indulge in the occasional birthday cake or applaud a good brownie mix (gluten-free, of course), but when a new protein-packed, high fiber and unprocessed item hits our radar, we’ve got to try it.

And such was the case with Raw Crunch Bars. I came across the company on LinkedIn. “Raw, Organic, Handmade, Unprocessed, Uncooked, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Low Sugar, Real Food Bar!” the post said. That’s a whole lot of adjectives, but it didn’t tell me what was in the bars as much as what wasn’t.

Let’s cut to the chase: Raw Crunch Bars are a combination of nuts, seeds, raw honey and a dash of sea salt.  Basically, it’s what some would call “bird feed,” but we prefer t call it “tasty.” The bars come in four varieties, each with a different organic touch: Cranberries, Blueberries, Goji Berries and, yes, there’s even Dark Chocolate. These aren’t so much “flavors” as actual bits of fruit or chocolate mixed in with the nuts and seeds.

Gluten-Free Raw Crunch BarThe combination of salty and sweet is unlike anything I’ve encountered in bar form. And, like the name says, it’s pure Crunch – no chewy texture to be found. In fact, that was the one downside to the bar: it tends to crumble when you take a bite, so be prepared to dust off your shirt or dodge dropping seeds if you’re eating on the go.
Fortunately, I found that if you eat the bar while holding it in the wrapper, the wrapper serves as a catch-all for any crumbles. Once finished with the bar, you’ll have a little stock of sweet and salty seeds to pour into a yogurt or, if you’re like me, funnel straight into your mouth.

As for nutrition, it’s a bit high in fat (10g), but it’s from healthy sources like flaxseeds and cashews. In total, each bar is a modest 150 calories, with 3g of fiber and 5g of protein that stave off hunger long after you’ve crunched.
Raw Crunch Bars can be ordered online at www.rawcrunchbar.com. Kathy, one half of the duo behind the bars, has offered a 10% discount to anyone who uses the code NFCA1 when placing their order. The order’s good through March, so get moving. (And when you’ve tried them, let us know what you think!)

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