“Keep it simple, have fun, and achieve balance through nature, activity, nutrition and community.” That is what Dave and his son, Sam, wanted Nature’s Bakery to be founded on. When I first came across Nature’s Bakery, I thought it was a cross off of a Fig Newton! I got so excited. But then when I read the label, it was not gluten free. Oh well, back on the shelf it went. Several years past, and I came across them again! But this time, right next to the non-gluten free stood the four fabulous flavors, but in a gluten-free form. So I am excited to share with you my experience with Nature’s Bakery Gluten-Free Bars.
“Nature’s Bakery products are Kosher, Non-GMO verified, dairy-free, soy-free and made with NO high fructose corn syrup.” quotes Nature’s Bakery. To take a bit of a bunny trail here, I don’t believe people understand how hard it is to have an entire facility that is Kosher. After studying the Jewish religion, and Hebrew roots, its not a walk in the park! (For more information about Kosher labeling, click here.) So I commend them. Being that I normally only consume bars that are quote-on-quote, “Protein Bars”, it was a nice change of pace to let loose and have a (again) quote-on-quote “Healthy Dessert Bar.”
At first glance, I liked the simplicity of Nature’s Bakery’s website, and packaging. The nutrition information was easily accessible, and contact with the company was handled in a very professional and quick manner.
As a whole, the textures of the filling, and coating were similar. Normally with gluten-free products you walk a fine line with it being dry, or gooey. I found the bar to be moist, but a bit crumby. The first few bites they held their shape beautifully, and had only a brief “gluten-free grainy” texture that comes with all gluten-free products. But when I got down to the second bar, I found it to be quite delicate, and fell apart easily. So word to the wise, don’t be wearing and evening gown while eating one. 😉 The taste was just sweet enough not to overpower the fillings, but bordered on a touch bland. Maybe a pinch of cinnamon or salt?
- Blueberry: What I loved was there was actual blueberries in my blueberry fig bar! No artificial flavors. With that came a very organic (but slight) sweetness and tart from the antioxidant monster. I would have loved a little cinnamon, or cacao to accompany, but it was a dear, and sweet little bar to say the least.
- Raspberry: You know that feeling when you get raspberry seeds stuck in your teeth? It’s a mix between annoyance and amusement? That’s what I feeling. It was great to see whole foods, but it became a bit overwhelming with the seeds at some point. I also found it to be on the edge of being to tart.
- Fig: And enters the original fig bar. I was most excited to try this bar. I adore figs. Especially when you get a really ripe fresh fig. Yum! This bar hit the mark with figgy flavor. It was sweet, smooth, and overall a perfect healthy alternative to a Fig Newton.
- Pomegranate: I had a bit of the same problem as the Raspberry Bar, a bit to crunchy at some points. But flavor profile wise, takes straight to a pure bottle of pomegranate juice out of a jug. Slightly sweet, slightly tart, slightly delicious. 😉
The healthier (and more diverse) cousin of the Fig Newton has been born. It was honestly enjoyable to take a step back and have a dessert in the evening that was not only delicious, but healthy for my body. No guilt, nothing artificial, simply nature’s goodness. If I had to choose a winner, it would be solidly the Fig Bar. You cannot go wrong with a classic, and I feel that was a truly mastered bar. If you would like to discover their non-gluten free options, click here to head straight to their website. On a side note, can you come out with a gluten-free brownie too Nature’s Bakery? 😉