Just today I received a sweet delicious surprise! A nice sampling of Gnu Bars from the UPS man (OK, really the fine folks at Gnu Bars sent them) and they arrived about 2 hours before dinner, boy was my 5 year old excited to open the box and see FOOD!! He of course instantly wanted to sample each and every bar right away. I on the other hand had to show adult restraint and protested a bit before happily giving in. So we looked through the box and checked out all the flavors and talked about which one sounded best and which one we should sample. It was a hard choice to make, the flavors broke down like this: Banana Walnut Bar, Orange Cranberry Bar, Chocolate Brownie Bar, Peanut Butter Bar, Cinnamon Raisin Bar. After looking through them we both agreed it had to be the Peanut Butter Bar and we were not disappointed. OH! Chewy and crunchy and sweet. A perfect bar I think. It is what I look for in every health food bar I try and I finally found it and had to share it with my son. At least he was enjoying it too. We finished the bar and I asked my son what he thought he replied that it was "600% good" high praise indeed from a five year old. As we sat there mulling over the bar and kind of lost in thought we were both secretly planning how to get the other one to agree to eat one more. No worries there we just smiled at each other and dug through the box until we hit the Orange Cranberry Bar. Hunh, man was it a hit as soon as the wrapper was pulled back. Instantly the room filled with the sweetest scent of orange, like a tangerine opened right in front of you. WOW. I thought the Peanut Butter Bar would be my favorite but I think the Orange Cranberry Bar beat it out. Delish!
I think what I like best about Gnu Bars, besides how dang good they are, is that they have NO high fructose corn syrup (which is EVIL and don't let the corn growers of America tell you any different it is NOT THE SAME AS SUGAR) so it is something I don't mind my kids having. That right there is gonna blow their doors off because we do not buy any 'granola' bars or 'kid food' stuff. This is a bar I will not worry about feeding to my kids while we are out for a ski or a hike. I will definitely enjoy a bar too while playing outside.
The base for these bars is what they call the Gnu High Fiber Blend, which includes whole rolled oat, whole wheat flour (guys know I LOVE that!) wheat bran, organic kamut, pysllium, flax and millett. That is quite an awesome mix, for a little snack bar and it's also what gives it the delicious bit of crunch. Need fiber? These bars provide 12 grams of fiber PER BAR! A yummy way to make sure your insides are running right, most sedentary American are not running right, if you know what I mean. I would definitely eat one of these a day to make sure I get in my fiber.
You guys know me. I would never write a review of a product I didn't truly think was good and good for you. You also know that I would NEVER let my kids eat them either. So just because a company sends me free food or product does not mean I am going to roll over on my principles, NO WAY! These seem to me to be a great, handy carry along snack to have when carrying fruit, nuts and a piece of cheese are just NOT feasible, like oh I don't know when we are climbing a mountain with 2 teenage boys, 2 toddlers and one geriatric yellow lab. You know the last thing you want is your backpack pulling you ever backwards!
So that is my first product review. Mind you we only tried 2 flavors and we'll keep trying the other flavors and telling you about them as we go along. Of course in my house everyone is clamoring for a bar and proclaiming 'shouldn't we have a Gnu Bar you know to try them out!'. Not me I'm a saver, I wanna save them until everyone is gone!! I'm joking! I am going to send one to Alexis at Running Away? I'll Help You Pack! in her purse that she just won from me! Thought I should share the wealth a bit!