Ginnybars: Grain-Free Granola-Style Bars

Review of: Ginnybars
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Karma, love and apricot; Peace, love and apple; Love and nuts
$2.39 per 1.6-ounce bar

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On January 4, 2015
Last modified:January 19, 2015


My descriptions may be a bit redundant with these granola-like, grain-free bars, but warm and earthy just says it all. We found each of the flavors to be extremely satisfying in both taste and satiety (as a hearty snack), and loved the wholesome ingredients and modest amount of sugars.

Using the term “fruit and nut bar” usually evokes thoughts of either a chewy date-based bar (like Larabar) or a sticky whole nut bar (like Kind), but ginnybars fall somewhere in the middle, offering a chewy granola bar like vibe without a speck of oats or other grains.

ginnybars - karma, love and apricot (organic, vegan, gluten-free)

Each ginnybars flavor (that we trialed) contains a blend of whole, chopped and ground nuts and seeds (sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and pistachios), a smattering of coconut that doesn’t tend to assert (coconut averse have no fear!), a blend of dried fruits (varies by flavor), and the perfect gentle underpinnings of agave, cinnamon, and vanilla.

And unlike so many fruit and nut snacks, ginnybars are relatively low in sugars (7 to 9 grams total – even with the fruits!) yet hit the sweet spot for an enjoyable breakfast on the go, energy hit on the slopes, or afternoon snack when cravings strike. They also offer some solid, sustaining nutrients, with 4 to 5 grams of protein, 12 to 13 grams of healthy fats, and 4 grams of fiber per bar – all naturally occurring in the fruits and nuts, too – no supplementation ingredients!

Back on the taste of ginnybars, all of the flavors that we sampled had warm, earthy depth that just tasted so darn nourishing and satisfying. The karma, love and apricot was my favorite, providing the flavor comfort of a cool autumn day.

ginnybars - karma, love and apricot (organic, vegan, gluten-free)

The love and nuts came in second, with the “darkest” taste and an rich essence that somehow reminded me of freshly toasted whole grain bread – bizarre!

ginnybars - love & nuts (organic, vegan, gluten-free)

The peace, love and apple was still nearly as delicious, but with a slightly heavier fruit emphasis as the natural-tasting apple bits offered contrast.

ginnybars - peace, love and apple (organic, vegan, gluten-free)

I’m still a bit confused by the¬†happy chocolate bliss ginnybars, which gave me concern about the company’s ingredient knowledge. Online, not a speck of dairy is shown in the ingredients, yet they do not label it as dairy-free, nor vegan (like the others), and they wouldn’t return my inquiry on this. As noted below, ginnybars are not strictly “allergen safe” for those with cross-contamination worries, so that isn’t the issue with the chocolate. Hopefully they can clarify soon as to what part of their labeling is incorrect on those bars. In the meantime, I’ll simply have to savor the other delicious flavors!

Certifications: Select ginnybars are Certified Organic, Certified Vegan, Certified Gluten-Free, and Certified Kosher Dairy (in this case, dairy was not listed in the ingredients, but kosher dairy indicated that other dairy-containing products are likely made on the same equipment).

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, select ginnybars are dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, verify on the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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