Kutoa Bars: Nourishing You and a Child In Need

Review of: Kutoa Bars
Peanut Butter & Jelly
$2.08 per 1.7-ounce bar

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On April 23, 2015
Last modified:February 15, 2017


I wavered on the star rating as these are just too sweet and high in sugars to call a "health bar", in my opinion. But as an afternoon treat that is definitely healthier than cookies, I can give Kutoa two tasty thumbs up. Plus, how could I mark them down a star when they are made in small batches with quality, non-GMO ingredients and created for such a good cause: each bar sold equals food for a child in need - domestic or abroad.

While zipping through the Expo West floor, attempting in vain to cover every square foot of dairy-free offerings, I spotted Kutoa Bars. The last thing my full belly was craving was a dense bar, but I was intrigued by their clear mission. I just had to get a little more information.

Kutoa Bars - For every bar purchased, they feed a child in need! (Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free)

Fortunately, rather than taste-testing on the spot, they sent me home with the variety of my choice. I went for the Peanut Butter & Jelly.

It was quite good – chewy, but with a nice thickness (not too thin, yet not thick like most fruit & nut bars) and tons of pea protein crisps and peanuts throughout. The flavor really did have a PB & J vibe, but was more of a sweet “treat” in my opinion than a “health bar” as marketed. It isn’t one that I would reach for in the morning or after a workout, as it left my mouth with that over-sugared feel. However, it is a nice all-natural and healthier hit for those afternoon sweets cravings.

Kutoa Bars - For every bar purchased, they feed a child in need! (Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free)

But, as mentioned, Kutoa Bars have a bigger purpose. They handcraft every bar in small batches, using natural, non-GMO ingredients. Then, for each one purchased, they give a meal to a child in need. As a Certified B Corporation, Kutoa (which means “to give” in Swahili) donates Micronutrient Packs, Plumpy Nut Packs, Kutoa Bars and Squares, and Healthy Sandwiches to kids in the US and Globally, including many developing nations.

Kutoa Bars - For every bar purchased, they feed a child in need! (Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free)

The Facts on Kutoa Bars

Certifications: Kutoa Bars are Non-GMO Verified. They are also labeled as gluten-free and vegan, but we didn’t note any certifications for these.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Kutoa 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.

For More Product Information: Visit the Kutoa Bars website at www.kutoa.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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