I love the well-thought out name and tagline of this simple snack: RxBar – As Prescribed By Nature.
Though relatively hefty, each flavor contains just 6 or 7 ingredients that are almost too easy to read: dates, egg whites, almonds, figs, and dried fruit, nut butter, coffee or chocolate – depending on the flavor.
Upon unwrapping a couple to split with Tony, he proclaimed, “They look like original PowerBars but with bits of nuts added!” And what you see is what you get with RxBar – the texture is indeed very chewy and PowerBar-esque, but each bar is a bit thicker, wider, and shorter than a PowerBar. Not to mention, the pure, primarily paleo ingredient lists on RxBars don’t even compare to that highly processed snack.
Each RxBar houses the equivalent of 3 egg whites, 1/2 fig, 2 dates, and 8 almonds or peanuts, for a nice 12 grams of protein per bar an no added sugars. Fittingly, the label states, “no gluten ~ no GMOs ~ no soy ~ no dairy ~ no BS”. We split one of each flavor to taste the whole range:
Coconut Cacao – Pleasant mellow cacao flavor that isn’t too sweet and has just subtle coconut notes. It’s very chewy, almost like a Tootsie Roll vibe!
Peanut Butter – Still on the chewy side but much softer than the Coconut Cacao (or any of the flavors) with a touch more sweetness and some serious peanutty intensity. I liked this flavor, but something didn’t quite grab me. It needed something – maybe cinnamon? vanilla? salt?
Blueberry – Perhaps my favorite flavor, this one was just a touch softer than the cacao flavors, but not as tender as the Peanut Butter. Generous dots of dried blueberries throughout added sweet interest.
Apple Cinnamon – Very much like the Blueberry but with nice bites of subtly spiced apple instead of blueberry.
Coffee Cacao – By the name I was expecting more of a mocha taste, but my taste buds said straight up coffee. This herbal tea lover wasn’t a fan, but if you love the bean, give it a go. It’s a very chewy bar, like the Coconut Cacao.
Overall, I loved the ingredient list of RxBars, much like ones I make at home, and found the flavors to be pleasant and not too sweet. I also thought these bars were a good nutritional value, providing both energy and satiety. However, I did find them to be a bit too thick and unctuous at times. Egg protein powder can do this – so I would probably prefer the bars were just a little lighter on the protein powder.
Confused About Eggs? If you mistake eggs for dairy, you’re not alone! See this post: Are Eggs Dairy? For those who can and do choose to consume eggs, egg white can be a great source of protein on a dairy-free diet.
Certifications: RxBars are Whole 30 Approved. They are labeled as gluten-free, but we did not note certifications for these.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, RxBars are dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, vegetarian, and most varieties are paleo. 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 RxBar website at www.rxbar.com.