Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review: Larabar ALT Lemon Pound Cake Fruit and Nut Bar

These ALT products from Larabar have been an interesting bag in prior reviews.  I guess interesting is the wrong word...they've certainly been different since they are pea protein based.  Since I picked up a few of these all in the same shopping trip, I'm led to this final review of that purchase splurge with today's review of this Larabar ALT Lemon Pound Cake Fruit and Nut Bar that I picked up at Kroger for $1.00.  Each bar is 1.77 ounces and has 210 calories with ten grams of protein.  It's vegan, gluten free, kosher, non-GMO, etc., so if you are afraid of crossing the street, this safe bar is right up your alley.  Ha, just kidding.

There are a few other thing in the general mix of this bar, but it is primarily made of of dates, pea protein, almonds, lemon juice and vanilla.  As you can see that date puree mixed with the chunks of almonds, lemon juice and pea protein is the base of the bar.  Since this is supposedly modeled after the cake, there should be some sort of lemon presence and I can confirm that there was a mild smell of lemon.  It smelled just like the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon and being that I already listed lemon juice as one of the primary ingredients of the bar, that should come as no surprise whatsoever.  The feel of the tightly packed, although very pliable, bar was also very sticky and one could make the obvious conclusion that comes as a result of the date puree and various syrups included.

As I took a bite of this bar, I was immediately struck by two things.  First, for having such a sticky exterior, I was surprised that this bar was so dry as I chewed through it.  Second, I was taken aback by how utterly boring the flavor was in this bar.  Sure, it had some lemon flavor (again, just like the actual juice), but that didn't hit my taste buds until after an initial pause and then dissipated by the time I was finished chewing.  A hint of vanilla hit and the end of each bite and if I had to guess, that was supposed to signify the "cake" portion of that bar.  Kind of a weak way to show that though.  The rest of the dry bar did have some minimal crunch provided by the small chunks of almonds, but had no real additional flavor.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I'm not going to come out and say that this was a bad product, because it definitely wasn't.  It was just a boring product and for that reason,  I give this a FLY BY IT rating.  It is definitely not a bar that will disgust a person in any way, but it is a bar that I feel would provide some boredom, although it would be sufficient enough for a snack if that's what you truly needed.


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