Updated – New Formula & Packaging! I love the fruit and nut bar trend, particularly in the options sweetened only with fruit. But, some are so heavy in nuts that they can leave me with a bit of an imbalanced stomachache. Enter Thunderbird Real Food Bars.
When I first reviewed these bars a few years ago, they were known as Thunderbird Energetica Whole Food Bars, and were available in six flavors. The company has since reformulated, changed the packaging, upped the number of varieties, and re-launched with a slightly modified name: Thunderbird Real Food Bars.
Tasting Notes for Thunderbird Real Food Bars
These bars come in two categories: high-energy Fruit & Nut (cream-colored packages) and lower sugar Nut & Seed (tan-colored packages). Nonetheless, you won’t find anything but fruits, nuts, seeds and/or spices in any of the Thunderbird Real Food Bars. They’re all free of added sugars, preservatives, and protein powders.
The do have a lot of flavors, so I’ve included full details on the ones we’ve tried, followed by a quick list of the rest!
Soft, sweet, and chewy, just like the center of a fig bar. The carrot isn’t ever-present (I wouldn’t have guessed the bar had carrot if it wasn’t in the title), but the spice offers wonderful warmth and is a slightly bold accent to this wonderful figgy delight. The texture has just a few nut chunks and lots of those little popping fig seeds. If you’re a fig bar fan like me, then you’ll love this.
Nutrition (per bar): 160 calories, 3.5g fat, 31g carbs, 4g fiber, 23g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 2g protein.*
I was amazed by how soft and richly flavored this bar is. I had it while we were out on a walk, in near 80 degree heat, and unlike other chocolate bars, it wasn’t a melty mess – not the least bit – since it uses cacao and no chocolate chips. The taste wasn’t overtly sweet like a lot of bars, but rather had a sultry, deep vibe. It’s hard to explain, but I loved it.
Nutrition (per bar): 220 calories, 13g fat, 22g carbs, 5g fiber, 13g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 6g protein.*
The backdrop of this variety has a unique, lightly salty, just sweet enough, somewhat buttery, flavor that I found rather addictive. The only thing I didn’t like were the nearly whole almond chunks and goji berries. Almonds are not in the name, so I wasn’t expecting them to dominate the scene. And when I hit a whole tangy goji berry, the tartness was a bit off-putting and didn’t meld with the other flavors. That said, the base of the bar was so delicious! Tony didn’t like this one, but take out the big chunks and I’m betting we would both be happy campers.
Nutrition (per bar): 250 calories, 17g fat, 21g carbs, 5g fiber, 15g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 4g protein.*
I loved the low sugars in this bar, and think it would be perfect for sustained energy. That said, the seedy flavor was a little too strong for my tastes. If you’re a fan of seeds (which can be a little bitter when gathered or ground), then this could be perfect for you.
Nutrition (per bar): 250 calories, 18g fat, 20g carbs, 6g fiber, 12g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 6g protein.*
Nutrition (per bar): 170 calories, 7g fat, 25g carbs, 4g fiber, 18g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 4g protein.*
More Flavors of Thunderbird Real Food Bars
- Cherry Hemp Turmeric
- Chocolate Cherry Almond
- Chocolate Coconut Cashew
- Chocolate Raspberry Espresso
- Chocolate Mint Walnut
- Hazelnut Coffee Maca
- Peach Pecan Vanilla
- Texas Maple Pecan
The Facts on Thunderbird Real Food Bars
Price: $2 per 1.7-ounce bar
Certifications: Thunderbird Real Food Bars are Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Paleo, Certified Kosher Pareve, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Thunderbird Real Food Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and paleo.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Thunderbird website at www.thunderbirdbar.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
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Broad mix of varieties
Lighter than your average fruit and nut bars, these pack in a wallop of flavor from dried fruits (including apricots!) and organic spices, and some offer interest with crunchy buckwheat groats. The broad mix of varieties offers something for everyone, but my personal favorites were the Cherry-Walnut, Cashew-Fig, Almond-Apricot, and Hazelnut-Coffee.