Trailside Review – Bearded Brothers Raw, Natural Real Food Energy Bars
While the brand name may not conjure up images of delicious food, Bearded Brothers’ raw, 100% natural and vegan friendly bars are, in fact, quite delicious.
They’re made from real, whole foods like dates, almonds and other nuts, dried peaches, coconut, cocoa, chia seeds, cinnamon and more, most being organic. The texture’s lightly moist, and satisfyingly hefty such that you need to give it a few noshes before swallowing, but not so thick or dry it needs immediate chasing with water. You can let the flavor linger a bit and enjoy.
Four flavors -Blueberry Vanilla, Ginger Peach, Maca Chocolate and Coconut Mango- are made in small batches in Austin, TX, using raw, vegan, 100% natural ingredients that are free of gluten and soy. Each 20z bar packs roughly 240 calories. Check below for ingredients lists and mini review…
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In addition to a couple used to whittle away hunger pangs on long drives, I used three of them on the Baller’s Ride (80 miles over 6+ hours of insane climbing) and one on today’s 3.5 hour mountain bike ride. Along with good hydration, they kept the furnace stoked and the legs spinning. At just 20z, I wouldn’t mind them being a tad bigger to pack in a few more calories. The mix of fats, carbs and protein do an impressive job of muting a growling tummy, but on long days I was grabbing for another one a little too soon.
They’re easy to open and eat while moving. As in, they hold together firmly but are easy to chomp and chew. Perhaps my only complaint (other than wanting them big-ified) is that the outer paper section of the wrapper absorbs sweat when thrown in a jersey pocket. I don’t think it soaks through the inner liner, though.
Retail’s $3 each, sold in four-packs or a case of $12. Order direct or find a list of retailers on their website.