Monday, June 16, 2014

Review: Gnu Foods Fiber Love Apple Cobbler Soft-Baked Fiber Bar

I don't know why it bothers me, but I have to admit that I sometimes shop at Earth Fare and I hate myself for it.  I guess it might bother me because I've never wanted that connotation as a natural foods/health nut that shops at those kinds of stores.  There's nothing wrong with shopping there at all, but I've just got this bug in my head about it.  I guess it's remnants from being picked on too much in elementary school for doing ANYTHING that was different from the norm.  I'm 35 years old...maybe I should get over that.  LOL.  Anyway, I picked up a new product (to this blog) at Earth Fare with this Gnu Foods Fiber Love Apple Cobbler Soft-Baked Fiber Bar that I was able to grab for $1.33.  Each bar is 1.6 ounces and has 140 calories and three grams of protein.  It's also got 48% of your daily fiber, so HOLY COW.

As I might have hoped, this bar smelled strongly of apple as soon as I took it out of the wrapper.  Having a product smell like it is intended to that soon is always a positive way to start out a review, so Gnu Foods did a good job with that one here.  As for the bar itself, it looked like what I would expect from a typical fiber bar.  Mostly oats and wheat, it had bits of raisin and dried apples spread throughout the mix.  There was also some rice crisps and a bit of cinnamon as well, which provided some spicy kick to each whiff of this one.  So, with all the wheat, bran, etc. in here, this bar was exactly what the name would imply it was...a fiber lovers bar (thus the whopping 48% of your daily fiber needs).

Biting into this provided me a soft and chewy experience, as I would have expected.  The rice crisps buried within the bar provided a bit of occasional airy crunch, so that was nice to have as it did a decent job breaking up the chewy texture, although the bar did end up being more grainy than anything.  As for the flavor, the apple flavor was quite prevalent and quite nice.  It's tanginess was complimented by the sweetness of the aforementioned raisins and that made for a nice little package.  The cinnamon flavor was definitely present and brought a little late, but not overpowering, heat to the package.  That cinnamon spice did linger for just a bit, but again, it wasn't overpowering or anything that left a lasting impact.  The inclusion of all the bran/wheat in the bar also gave the impression that I was eating the crumb topping portion of an apple cobbler too, so that was nice.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Nothing about this screamed awesome, but it was a solid performer and because of that, it gets a BUY IT rating.  If you wanted to simulate apple cobbler in bar form, you could certainly use this as a template because Gnu did a pretty good job, especially since it was able to roll in the so-called health benefits of all that fiber (this is for those that LOVE fiber).  All in all, I think you'd be pleased if you grabbed this off the shelf at your local store (or Earth Fare market).


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