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Simply Chopped Snack Bars: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Just Like Homemade

Version:
Cranberry Pineapple, Blueberry Cocoa, Pistachio & Almond; Peanut Butter & Honey
Price:
$2.50 to $2.99 per 2.1 to 2.6-ounce package

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On July 23, 2014
Last modified:September 15, 2014

Summary:

Think of a date bar crossed with a granola bar and you’ve got the gist of these nearly homemade gluten-free goodies. My taste buds swooned for the Blueberry Cocoa and Pistachio & Almond flavors, which bordered on a treat. Two thumbs up for the wholesome ingredients and even using juice-sweetened dried berries without sulphites!

I love the fresh, homemade vibe of Simply Chopped snack bars. Each bite offers delicious date bar meets granola bar goodness.

Simply Chopped Snack Bars - gluten-free, dairy-free, wholesome date + granola bar

Though it looks like one bar, each package has two squares per pack and they are hefty! Though I can easily eat both, together they are a hearty 220-240 calories. Nonetheless, since Simply Chopped snack bars are made with natural, whole food ingredients, they are filling, energizing, and packed with nutrition.

Simply Chopped snack bars appear a touch high in sugars, but this is mostly from fruit – all are made with dates as the first ingredient and have other produce add-ins to fit the variety. They use just a touch of added honey to spike the sweetness and elevate the overall flavor.

These aren’t protein bars, but they are packed with both natural quick carbohydrates and a good dose of fiber (about 5g per square) from the oats and nuts for lasting energy. The founder of Simply Chopped Snack Bars actually created the recipe in the late 1980’s, and has used them to fuel her as a cyclist, through active military duty, and again for long training days over the decades.

We taste-tested the following flavors of Simply Chopped snack bars:

Simply Chopped Snack Bars - gluten-free, dairy-free, wholesome date + granola bar

Cranberry Pineapple – Sweet, intense, citrus-y, and super fruity! These chewy, oaty Simply Chopped snack bars are literally a chopped up jumble of healthy ingredients! The pineapple was surprisingly unsweetened, while the cranberries were sweetened with just apple juice and were sulphite-free. They furthered the fruitiness with raisins, orange juice and zest, and added an extra pop of honey for good measure. Really tasty, but almost a little too fruity, tropical and sweet for my snacking palate.

Blueberry Cocoa – Mmm-mm-mm! This flavor is just right. The cocoa isn’t sharp, bitter or overpowering, but rather a mellow and lightly sweet undertone that perfectly compliments the fruit-sweet bar and smattering of dried blueberries (sweetened with apple juice and sulphite-free!). The simplicity of this bar really shines through – it contains just dates, blueberries, oats, coconut, honey, cocoa, and cinnamon. I thought this was my hands down favorite of the Simply Chopped snack bars until I tasted the …

Pistachio & Almond – Oh my heavens … I detected warm, blissful spices with every bite, and wasn’t the least bit surprised to see cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla in the ingredients. The touch of honey with a gently nutty and ever-present raisin background melded so perfectly with the earthy flavors. A delightful combination that teeters on the snack-treat barrier.

Peanut Butter & Honey – This variety was the loosest and most granola bar-like of the bunch with a deeper honey flavor. It does taste almost like toast with peanut butter and honey. A little too sweet for mornings or regular snacking for me, but really darn good for the trail or as a treat with tea!

Certifications: Simply Chopped Snack Bars are labeled as gluten-free, but we did not note a certification.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Simply Chopped Snack Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. As a note to strict vegans, they do contain honey. 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 Simply Chopped website at www.simplychopped.com.

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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3 Comments

  1. Eli@coachdaddyJuly 23, 2014 at 12:52 pmReply

    A peanut-friendly version of these would be big in my house!

  2. Carol OJuly 26, 2014 at 2:48 amReply

    chewy and tasty

  3. Angela NealeJuly 28, 2014 at 3:25 pmReply

    Thank you for your comments Eli and Carol! We welcome your thoughts, so please check out our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/simplychopped. We are very excited about the review from Go Dairy Free! Warmest regards to you both, Angela and the Simply Chopped Team.

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