I still remember my first encounter of the “infamous” Pure Bars, many conferences ago. It was a gluten-free event, and at least four different people inquired, “Have you checked the Pure Bar booth yet?” Among the couple hundred exhibitors on hand, Pure Bar was definitely a crowd favorite.
Since then, Pure Bars have changed a bit. A few flavors have come and gone, and they reformulated their main line. We recently re-tried several of their Fruit & Nut Bars and Ancient Grains Bars, so I’m updating our review with out latest tasting notes, ingredients, and more details.
Tasting Notes for Fruit & Nut Pure Bars
In the past, you could find protein powder and tapioca syrup in the classic line of Pure Bars. But these days, they are just fruit and nuts. Okay, a couple flavors have some dairy-free chocolate chips thrown in, but I think you deserve the treat!
The newer formula is less sweet than they used to be, which I think is a good thing. I also like that they chose to forgo the protein powder, since it didn’t always play nicely with the texture.
This reminds me of a fig bar! Oddly, there aren’t any figs, just dates and wild blueberries. Somehow the ingredients meld into a very soft, chewy, fruity bar that reminds me of the center of those popular cookies.
Ingredients – *dates, cashew butter*, dried blueberries* (blueberries*, apple juice concentrate*), almonds*, walnuts*, lemon juice concentrate*. *Organic. Contains Cashew, Almond and Walnut Ingredients. Made on equipment that handles peanuts and other tree nuts.
This bar has a definite berry flavor with a cocoa backdrop. The overall taste has a chocolate-covered dried fruit vibe. It isn’t quite as soft as the blueberry bar, but still relatively soft and chewy.
Ingredients – *dates, cashew butter*, semisweet chocolate* (chocolate*, cane sugar*, cocoa butter*), dried blueberries* (blueberries* apple juice concentrate*), cocoa*, almonds*, raspberry powder*, walnuts*. *Organic. Contains Cashew, Almond and Walnut Ingredients. Made on equipment that handles peanuts and other tree nuts.
This bar is very cherry! Disclaimer: I’m not a lover of dried cherry bar flavors. But for those of you who are, this sweet, soft, and chewy Pure Bar had just a few little nut bits scattered about.
Ingredients – *dates, cashews*, cherries*, cherry juice concentrate*, lemon juice concentrate*. *Organic. Contains Cashew Ingredients. Made on equipment that handles peanuts and other tree nuts.
This bar has been modified since I first tried it. It used to contain protein powder. It’s much simpler now, and likely lives up to the “Pure” name. I wasn’t a fan of the protein powder taste previously, as it overshadowed the nutty flavors.
Ingredients – *dates, cashews*, coconut* sea salt. *Organic. Contains Cashew and Coconut Ingredients. Made on equipment that handles peanuts and other tree nuts.
This isn’t a brownie, but as a bar, it deserves the brownie name. It’s chocolaty, but the chewy, fruity date flavor and texture emerges subtly in each bite.
Ingredients – *dates, cashew butter*, semisweet chocolate* (chocolate*, cane sugar*, cocoa butter*), almonds*, cocoa*, walnuts*, sea salt. *Organic. Contains Cashew, Almond and Walnut Ingredients. Made on equipment that handles peanuts and other tree nuts.
The Facts on Pure Bars
Price: $1.99 per 1.5-ounce bar
Availability: Pure Bars are sold in both conventional and natural food grocers in the U.S. I’m not sure if they are available outside of the U.S. at this time. They can also be purchased via Amazon.
Certifications: Pure Bars are Certified Organic, Certified Gluten Free, Certified Kosher Pareve, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Pure Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. The current line up also appears to be peanut free. 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, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Pure Organic website at www.pureorganic.com.
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Perfect for sporty kids!
My daughters are constantly on the go, and finding a low sugar bar to get them through the day was hard. This bar has gone over so well with my daughters that they are their go to, in the snack isle. Also the fruit strips are a favorite. Full or flavor and I never worry that they are putting something negative into their bodies.