I've been hearing a lot about Larabars lately. Every healthy, vegan, or running blog is singing its praises. The original Larabar has only two ingredients; dates and cashews. They also come in various other flavors with different dried fruits and nuts. It is marketed as vegan and gluten-free, which is obvious because it has only two ingredients, but they feel the need to remind you.
I noticed the Larabar at the checkout counter at whole foods and decided to try them out.
Each Larabar is under two ounces, but is dense in nutrients. They range from 200 to 230 calories and contain six grams protein and four grams of fiber, without the addition of any modified soy protein like many other nutrition bars. I wanted to like it.
I love dates and cashews, so I had high hopes for these bars, but they are what evil tastes like. It is inedible. It blows my mind how disgusting it is. The Larabar was dry, crumbly, and left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. They used poor quality dates. I was expecting something moist and chewy like the Middle Eastern date and nut treats. In an item with only two ingredients, you can't cheap out. In the bar's defense, it is nearly impossible to find good dates in America.
I believe that people only like Larabars because they will buy anything that says gluten-free or is assumed as "healthy". (Or maybe they have never had a good date?) However, because I like the idea of the Larabar, I intend to make my own
with quality ingredients, rather then spend $1.50 a pop with these atrocious bars.What do you think of Larabars?