Have you ever tried a food product where at first bite, your taste buds shockingly proclaimed “What is this?!” But then, as you hesitantly took a second bite, and then more willingly a third bite, and gladly a fourth bite, you found yourself quickly adapting to this new creation. That was Omnibar for me.
Honestly, whoever thought to combine beef with prunes, almonds, sweet potatoes, oats and flax seeds was either a culinary genius or an insane health nut who fortunately hit the mark.
Omnibar (short for “Omnivorous Bars”) is fulfilling as a small meal and it does deliver on endurance as promised. For the calories, Omnibar is substantial, offering a good dose of protein, healthy fats, and relatively low sugars. Approximately 200 calories gives you 2 bars per package, both which are relatively thin and flat, somewhat like large slabs of jerky, but very tender to the bite. I loved that they divided it into 2 bars, as sometimes, one was enough for my needs.
And though the ingredients in Omnibar sound odd when packaged together, those dairy-free whole foods blend into a chewy, but very soft snack that somehow tastes just right. Thus far, Omnibar has 4 flavors with their blend of 65% whole plant foods and 35% pasture-raised Montana beef, and we sampled them all:
Cranberry Rosemary Omnibar
As mentioned (this was the first flavor that I sampled), the initial bite shocked my morning taste buds. It was a little too unique that early in the day. But with each bite, it grew on me more and more. The flavor of this Omnibar is complex, with definite hints rosemary, gentle sweetness (yet the cranberries don’t overpower), and an underlying savory flavor that ties it all together. In fact, the lightly sweet notes seem to heighten the savoriness.
Roasted Peanut Omnibar
Perhaps I liked this second flavor even better. It had a more sedated taste; the peanut and sweet potatoes really seemed to meld perfectly with the beef. I wish I could elaborate more, but I have nothing to compare with this unique flavor!
Mango Curry Omnibar
Similar to the others in underlying flavor and texture, but this Omnibar had a little sweet and a little spicy added to the mix. I wouldn’t describe it as hot, but the curry kick does sneak up on you a bit and does seem to carry nicely in the rich base.
Chipotle Barbecue Omnibar
Softer and even more pliable than the others and with more of a smoky jerky scent, the bold and delicious flavor of this Omnibar may have moved it into my favorite spot. It does have a mild heat that sneaks up and eventually takes control (much quicker and stronger than the Mango Curry), combined with just the right amount of flavor depth and sweetness. Like an amazing jerky that doesn’t break your teeth!
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Omnibars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free (though they do not appear to use certified gluten-free oats), and soy-free. Nonetheless, 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 Omnibar website at www.omnibars.com.