The ingredients in MacroBar seem almost too good to be true.
The GoMacro founders were followers of the Macrobiotic Diet, which focuses on unrefined, whole, and natural foods. This translates into no refined sugars, white flours, or preservatives in their flagship MacroBar line. Oats, puffed brown rice, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, brown rice syrup, and nut butters cover the majority of the ingredients utilized in these bars. The result is an all-natural “PowerBar” like texture, only softer and less chewy. It’s a sure treat for those who were disappointed to discover that high fructose corn syrup is now the first ingredient in PowerBar’s Performace Bars. As for the taste, we sampled a few MacroBar flavors, and our tasting notes follow.
Almond Butter Carob
The simple ingredients melded well into a mild, smooth, natural tasting carob flavor. I utilized this MacroBar as a pre-game energizer due to the low protein, low fat, and high carbohydrate mix. Although I trialed it quite early in the morning, it wasn’t too filling. It also kept me going through the game at full speed, even though I was powered on just 5 hours of sleep. Admittedly, I wasn’t a big fan of the texture, and would pick another bar first. But I did enjoy this MacroBar overall and would recommend it for former “PowerBar” junkies.
If you’re looking for a chunkier consistency, then the Granola Coconut MacroBar is definitely worth a bite. The texture is soft at first, followed by the chewy, and relatively hearty, combination of rolled oats, finely chopped walnuts, and shredded coconut. The overall flavor is sweet, but not sugary. Although I could actually taste every ingredient, not one single flavor overpowered the mix. I trialed this bar as an energy boost before a casual tennis practice. It didn’t weigh me down, and offered a good hour of high energy. If you like a good oat based bar, then this MacroBar flavor deserves your attention.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Like the Almond Butter flavor, this one had a “PowerBar” like feel. However, the density of the peanut butter did add density to the texture. Though I expected this to be my favorite flavor, the peanut butter, maple syrup, and chocolate chip flavors seem to compete rather than compliment. That said, it’s the highest in protein of the ones we trialed, and could thus be great for post-workout recovery.
The Facts on GoMacro MacroBar
Certifications: MacroBars are Certified Kosher Parve, Certified Vegan, Certified Gluten Free, Certified Organic, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, MacroBars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Some varieties are peanut-free and paleo-friendly. 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 GoMacro MacroBar website at gomacro.com.