I was watching Food Network one day and saw them featuring Lara Bars. I'm always looking for bars that I can snack on at work so I was excited. Larabar's are made of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices and are gluten/dairy/soy free with no added sugar. They are mostly date based...so if you're not a fan of dates, this may not be the bar for you, although, it is not overpowering so worth a try. They seem the most natural and least processed of the bars out there...
Their list of flavors sound soo enticing -- banana cookie, key lime pie, chocolate coconut chew, peanut butter cookie, banana bread, coconut cream, cashew cookie, ginger snap, cocoa mole, pecan pie, tropical fruit tart.
I found them at my local Trader Joe's and bought all the flavors available - Apple Pie, Peanut Butter Cookie, and Cherry Pie.
The Apple Pie Larabar is made of dates, walnuts, unsweetened apples, almonds, raisins, and cinnamon. That's it!! Out of the three, this was my favorite. It is somewhat reminiscent of apple pie. The nice thing about these bars is that they are not overly sweet. It has a good chewy yet crunchy texture. Each bite, you taste a little cinnamon, apples and get the crunch from the nuts. It leaves a slightly strange aftertaste in my mouth but nonetheless, quite satisfying.
After the Apple pie, I like the Cherry Pie Larabar. People seem to rave that it tastes exactly like cherry pie. I'm not so sure about that, but it was pretty good. There's something about dried cherries that I have never loved nor will I go out of my way to buy real cherry pie, so it is not for me. I probably would not buy this again but I think it is just out of personal preference for not loving cherry pie. (i love fresh cherries though!!)
My least favorite was the Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar. (Peanut butter cookie larabar lovers, don't get too upset because I know how passionate some of you are of this flavor! heehee) I waited till I was craving peanut butter to try this bar (I have to be in the mood for peanut flavored foods). This bar was just weird for me. The flavor of the dates mixed with the peanuts was just not my thing. It just didn't taste like a peanut butter cookie to me.
Overall, Larabars are good snacks. I thought that I would fall head over heels over these bars based on the reviews. But, I didn't. I think for the bars of their kind, they are really good though. It is a a great healthy pick-me up snack since the ingredients are au-natural and it is not super sweet. I'm still going to try as many flavors as I can get my hands on so I'll share those reviews with you as I try each one. Overall, if I was going to recommend one flavor, it would be Apple Pie for now. :)