What were you doing at age 18? What about 12? Daniel “D” Katz started his first business at 12 years old, launched several other ventures during high school, and perfected his craft well enough to successfully found D’s Naturals in 2014, at the ripe old age of 18. I discovered Daniel thanks to the playful and obviously dairy-free name for his first batch of products: No Cow Bars.
I met this extremely motivated teen at Expo West and he was not only the most friendly, outgoing and young CEO I’ve ever met, but he was also SUPER FIT!
Not surprisingly, No Cow Bars reflect Daniel’s active passions with a lean, super high protein, low sugar and low carbohydrate formula. Each bar has a whopping 20 grams of plant-based brown rice + pea protein, but just 2 grams of net carbs and 1 gram of sugar! To keep those sugar numbers low, No Cow Bars are sweetened with glycerin, erythritol, monk fruit extract and stevia. The erythritol (and prebiotic fiber) may be an issue for those with FODMAP or similar digestive issues – just a heads up!
Since function come first with No Cow Bars, they are sold online and in supplement shops like GNC. And despite the sweet flavor names, they are formulated to satiate (for just 170 calories you get a large, wrapper-filling bar!) and fuel rather than instigating dessert cravings, like so many sugary bars on the market today.
I was a too full to sample each flavor at the show, so D was nice enough to send me home with one of each current variety of No Cow Bars to trial at home. And yes, this is D – I told you he was young and in shape!
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough – The texture is thick and lightly chewy (not sticky at all) with a dry and definite protein powder finish. The flavor is pleasant and seamless – peanutty, nicely sweet, but not so much so that the sweeteners assert themselves. The little roasted cacao nibs throughout are a nice contrast in texture (a touch of crunch) and flavor (not sweet). Though I would hesitate on comparing it to cookie dough, I enjoyed every filling bite, and it did leave my appetite satisfied.
Blueberry Cobbler – Rather than peanuts, this flavor is filled with almonds and freeze dried blueberries. It has a similar thick texture, but is a touch softer and notably sweeter with a definite blueberry dessert vibe. I thought it was pretty good, but a little sweet for my morning or post workout taste buds.
Mint Chocolate Chip – The relatively short ingredient list includes cacao nibs as the “chips” in this almond-based protein blend, which was similar to the Peanut Butter in its thicker consistency. Each bite was bursting with bold minty scent and flavor – in fact, the mint was almost a little too potent for me. The overall cacao backdrop was pleasant, though, and again, I love the crunch cacao nib contrast.
And my timing for this review of No Cow Bars couldn’t have been more perfect. D’s Naturals just launched a new line Fluffbutter too! They are sugar-free almond butters infused with plant-based protein and very enticing flavors (like Chocolate Fudge Cake Batter!).
Certifications: No Cow Bars are labeled as Vegan, Gluten-Free and Non-GMO, but I did not note any certifications at our time of review.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, No Cow Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the D’s Naturals website at dnaturals.com.