What were you doing at age 18? What about 12? Daniel “D” Katz started his first business at 12 years old, launched several other ventures during high school, and perfected his craft well enough to successfully found D’s Naturals in 2014, at the ripe old age of 18. I discovered Daniel thanks to the playful and obviously dairy-free name for his first batch of products: No Cow Bars.
I met this extremely motivated teen at Expo West and he was not only the most friendly, outgoing and young CEO I’ve ever met, but he was also SUPER FIT!
Not surprisingly, No Cow Bars reflect Daniel’s active passions with a lean, super high protein, low sugar and low carbohydrate formula. Each bar has a whopping 20 grams of plant-based brown rice + pea protein! Along with just 2 grams of net carbs and 1 gram of sugar. To keep those sugar numbers low, No Cow Bars are sweetened with glycerin, erythritol, monk fruit extract and stevia. The erythritol (and prebiotic fiber) may be an issue for those with FODMAP or similar digestive issues – just a heads up!
The ultimate functional snack for fitness lovers, these generously-sized bars are dense with brown rice and pea proteins and spiked with prebiotic fiber, but extremely low in sugars and relatively low in calories. And despite the sweet flavor names, they are formulated to satiate and fuel rather than instigating dessert cravings, like so many sugary bars on the market today.
Tasting Notes for No Cow Bars
I was a too full to sample each flavor at the show, so D was nice enough to send me home with one of each current variety of No Cow Bars to trial at home. And yes, this is D – I told you he was young and in shape!
The texture is thick and lightly chewy (not sticky at all) with a dry and definite protein powder finish. The flavor is pleasant and seamless – peanutty, nicely sweet, but not so much so that the sweeteners assert themselves. The little roasted cacao nibs throughout are a nice contrast in texture and flavor (not sweet). I wouldn’t call it dessert, but enjoyed every filling bite. And it definitely left my appetite satisfied.
Rather than peanuts, this flavor is filled with almonds and freeze dried blueberries. It has a similar thick texture, but is a touch softer and notably sweeter with a definite blueberry dessert vibe. I thought it was pretty good, but a little sweet for my morning or post workout taste buds.
This bar is seriously peanut butter and protein packed. It’s soft and chewy, but on the drier side. The protein powder is evident in the texture, but I don’t find it off-putting. The peanut butter flavor is rich and the aftertaste is deliciously sweet without smacking of stevia. It’s filled with little peanut bits, too. This isn’t dessert, but for those of us with a sweet tooth it’s a really fulfilling functional bar snack, recovery food, or even breakfast on the go. It has just 1 gram of sugar (4g sugar alcohol, 6g fat, 17g fiber, 21g protein, 210 calories – those ratios can’t be beat with this taste and satisfaction.
I was surprised by how much this smelled like a brownie! The taste was a little more functional though. It’s thick and soft, but only lightly chewy (not sticky), with little crunchy cacao nibs throughout. It’s relatively moist, and even a little fudgy, but it does have that powdery finish. I didn’t mind it at all since I knew I was eating a protein bar, not an actual brownie! The flavor is pleasantly sweet with rich chocolate undertones, but a little more “coffee” than I like.
The relatively short ingredient list for this bar includes crunchy cacao nibs as the “chips.” It’s similar to the Chocolate Fudge Brownie in consistency, but with a very different flavor. Each bite was bursting with a bold minty taste and scent. In fact, the mint was almost a little too potent for me. But it was still quite pleasant overall and had a lighter freshness that serious chocolate-mint fans might love.
The Facts on No Cow Bars
Price: $2.50 per hefty 2.12-ounce bar.
Availability: No Cow Bars can be found in supplement shops, natural food stores, and fitness retailers across the U.S. They are also available via their website (below) and on Amazon.
Certifications: No Cow Bars are labeled as Vegan, Gluten-Free and Non-GMO, but I did not note any certifications at our time of review.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, No Cow Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and 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 D’s Naturals website at dnaturals.com.