Update 5/1/10--Honest Foods is now becoming Earnest Eats (I think I like the original name better), but the bars taste better than ever--I think they changed the recipe slightly. Even moister and more obvious peanut pieces.
As you know, I've been a fan of Clif Bars for quite some time. However, I recently found that I had to give up eating soy as much as possible on my doctor's request, so no more Peanut Toffee Buzz Clif Bars almost every day.
I'm a very busy author and entrepreneur, so I need healthy grab and go options. So I set off to find a new energy bar to enjoy that wasn't full of soy protein isolate that I would also enjoy eating. It was tough going because I never realized how many brands of energy bars include soy protein in its ingredients--and how many have partially-hydrogenated oil or fractionated palm kernel oil (same thing). And then the ones who made the cut, tasted horrible to me.
I was just about to throw in the towel when I noticed Honest Foods Choco Peanut Butter Bar at my local Whole Foods Market. After glancing at the ingredient list and verifying we were good on the soy protein isolate, I figured it was worth a try. Especially when you see a very wholesome line-up of ingredients--organic whole oats, natural peanut and almond butters, sunflower seeds, peanuts, walnut halves, oat bran--without the junk and chemicals many bars contain.
The bars have a different texture than I'm used to, more solid, less bendable than a Clif Bar, which is actually a good thing, so you feel like you're really eating
something, and something you'd bake yourself if you had the time. They also are not as sweet as a Clif Bar, which is a good thing too. You feel like you're eating food instead of candy. Besides peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and any time I can get a wholesome food product that has that flavor, I'm good.
Honest Foods bars look a lot smaller than my formerly beloved Peanut Toffee Buzz Clif Bar, but they come in a clear wrapper which doesn't hide the product in any way--a conscious tie-in with their name I'm sure. This flavor has about the same in calories (230) slightly more fat from all the nut butters and nuts in it (but only two grams of saturated fat). There are 6 grams of protein and 4 of fiber in the Choco Peanut Butter Honest Foods bar.
Other flavors in the Honest Foods line include Almond Trail Mix (yummy but has cranberries in it which was a deal breaker for me--nothing wrong with cranberries, I just don't care for them and would have preferred that they were left out of the recipe), Apple Ginger and Cran Lemon Zest. I'd like to see some additional flavors like chocolate mint--should be easy to do based on the Choco Peanut Butter bar base, and maybe something in the banana or pistachio family. Hint, hint :)
I had no trouble finding Honest Foods bars in Las Vegas Whole Foods Markets, but while I'm temporarily staying in the Tampa Bay area, Whole Foods doesn't stock them here, so I had to order them directly from the company (they give you free shipping), and you may need to do the same. I believe it's worth it.
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