Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: Pure Organic Ancient Grains Triple Berry Nut Bar

I've been noticing recently that I haven't been reviewing a lot of bars, which is strange considering that the history of this blog is very bar heavy.  I'm trying to re-focus on bars (or at least mix them into reviews more), so that leads me to today's review of this Pure Organic Ancient Grains Triple Berry Nut Bar that I was able to pick up at Fresh Thyme for I think roughly $1.25 (it was on sale).  It's not the first Pure Organic bar that I've reviewed but since these are typically more expensive and/or harder for me to find, I haven't reviewed a lot of them.  Anyway, this bar is 1.23 ounces and within that is 160 calories and five grams of protein.  It's also gluten free, kosher, soy free and vegan.

Being that "Ancient Grains" is in the name of the bar, it should come as no surprise that the primary base of the bar is Pure's Ancient Grain blend of amaranth, crispy brown rice, flax seed, hemp and quinoa.  What is interesting about that blend is that it is not at all bulky and this is a much more airy/lighter bar than you'd expect if you were to just look at it and then pick it up.  Within that blend is a mix of multiple nuts and dried fruits that are spread throughout.  The nuts include almonds, walnuts and peanuts.  The fruits included apples, blueberries, cranberries and raspberries.  All of that is then bound together with cashew butter (more nuts!), among other things.

As I bit into this and thought about the texture of it, the first word that popped into my head was Styrofoam.  Now, that isn't exactly the most appetizing thought in the world I'm sure, but I don't mean it as an insult.  Styrofoam is light and airy and that's the kind of mouthfeel I was getting with this.  There was that sandy graininess provided by the Ancient Grains mix, there was some chewiness provided by the dried fruits and there was some occasional pop provided by the myriad of nuts, but that still was my thought on the texture.  In terms of flavor, what was most noticeable was the peanut flavor because it came on early and lingered.  That really was the only nut flavor as it overpowered the others, but it wasn't powerful enough to take over the bar.  The berry flavor in this came on late and had a bit of tang, but it wasn't huge flavor and it really wasn't discernible as to what berry was providing the most flavor.  They all just kind of blended together.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I wasn't overly impressed by this bar, but that doesn't mean that it was a bad bar.  It had decent enough flavor and was satisfying enough that I'll give this a BUY IT rating.  It leaned toward being a bit boring in the end, but it maintained just enough that I certainly would not mind eating it again.


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