While zipping through the Expo West floor, attempting in vain to cover every square foot of dairy-free offerings, I spotted Kutoa Bars. The last thing my full belly was craving was a dense bar, but I was intrigued by their clear mission and just had to get a little more information.
Fortunately, rather than taste-testing on the spot, they sent me home with the variety of my choice, and I picked the Peanut Butter & Jelly.
It was quite good – chewy, but with a nice thickness (not too thin, yet not thick like most fruit & nut bars) and tons of pea protein crisps and peanuts throughout. The flavor really did have a PB & J vibe, but was more of a sweet “treat” in my opinion than a “health bar” as marketed. It isn’t one that I would reach for in the morning or after a workout, as it left my mouth with that over-sugared feel. However, it is a nice all-natural and healthier hit (with 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, whole gluten-free oats, and no refined sugars) for those afternoon sweets cravings.
But, as mentioned, Kutoa Bars have a bigger purpose. They handcraft every bar in small batches, using natural, non-GMO ingredients, then, for each one purchased, they give a meal to a child in need. As a Certified B Corporation, Kutoa (which means “to give” in Swahili) donates Micronutrient Packs, Plumpy Nut Packs, Kutoa Bars and Squares, and Healthy Sandwiches to kids in the US and Globally, including many developing nations.
Certifications: Kutoa Bars are Non-GMO Verified They are also labeled as gluten-free and vegan, but we didn’t note any certifications for these.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Kutoa Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and vegetarian. Nonetheless, 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.
For More Product Information: Visit the Kutoa Bars website at www.kutoa.com.