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Omnibar: Jerky Meets Functional Food Bar

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Energy and Granola Bars, Product Reviews with 2 Comments
Review of: Omnibar
Version:
Cranberry Rosemary, Roasted Peanut, Mango Curry, Chipotle Barbecue
Price:
$3.00 per 2-ounce bar

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Rating:
5
On August 18, 2014
Last modified:September 15, 2014

Summary:

Within a few tender bites, this fulfilling dairy-free endurance snack went from “weird” to “I could eat one every day!” After adjusting to the completely new-to-me taste and texture of meaty, bold jerky meets soft, plant-based bar, I fell for this unique snack, enjoying it as a quick breakfast, a midday snack, and on hikes.

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.

Omnibar: Omnivorous Dairy-Free Bars that combine Pasture-Raised Beef with Whole Food Endurance Ingredients

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.

Omnibar: Omnivorous Dairy-Free Bars that combine Pasture-Raised Beef with Whole Food Endurance Ingredients

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:

Omnibar: Omnivorous Dairy-Free Bars that combine Pasture-Raised Beef with Whole Food Endurance Ingredients

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!

Omnibar: Omnivorous Dairy-Free Bars that combine Pasture-Raised Beef with Whole Food Endurance Ingredients

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.

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About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, 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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2 Comments

  1. KatieAugust 18, 2014 at 8:56 amReply

    Seriously?!?! I am so curious about these. I need to try them; they make my off-the-wall flavor combos sound downright normal.

    • Alisa FlemingAugust 18, 2014 at 9:23 amReplyAuthor

      I think these are right up your alley.

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