Several years ago was when I first questioned, “why are all bars sweet?” After trying my hand at homemade savory bars, I quickly learned how tricky it is to balance the pungency of vegetables, herbs and spices in such a thick format. A few companies have also tried, with moderate success, but SimplyVeggie Savoury Bars are the first to truly hit the mark.
And these aren’t simply the best savory bars that I’ve tried to date, SimplyVeggie bars are incredibly flavorful, satisfying, and quite scrumptious. I sampled the Sesame Chives first, as it sounded like the mellower option of the two. Indeed, the chives lent just a mild onion flavor to the overall scene, allowing the sesame to permeate and assert its low-key presence. There was a very light sweetness – just enough to bring the flavors together, but not so much that it took away from the savory bar experience.
Next up was the Smoky BBQ Peppers – MmmMmmmMmm! This is not a great option for noshing on right before a date night, but each bite packs in a wallop of flavor. The scent reminded me of bbq potato chips, but the taste was more complex and less sweet … deep, smokey, spicy and delicious!
Both varieties of SimplyVeggie Savoury Bars have a very crispy-chewy, granola bar-like texture, packed with numerous of dehydrated vegetable bits (beet flakes, onions, peppers, etc.), brown rice crisps (some pea protein crisps) and peanut butter to help bring it all together. As for nutritional values, these savory bars qualify as a solid healthy snack bar in my book, with 5 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar, 5 grams protein, 150 calories, and the following RDA percentages: 40% calcium, 70% iron, 50% vitamin C (all from veggies).
Certifications: SimplyVeggie Savoury Bars are Certified Kosher Dairy (they are not made with dairy, but this indicates that dairy may be present in another product made on the line). They are labeled as non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan, but we did not note certifications for these.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, SimplyVeggie Savoury 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.