I apologize for not posting sooner:( Today I'd like to review some fantastic energy bars...Element Bars! They most generously let me create my 12 own custom bars!
Wow...what fun:) It was fun and easy selecting what ingredients I wanted in them. For my "core", I chose the peanut butter instead of almond butter since my brother is allergic to tree nuts. I could even pick my own texture from chewy, oaty, crispy or datey. I love chewy granola bars so of course, I went with that:) Next, came the variety of fruit~ cherries, cranberries, prunes, raisins, blueberries, and apricots. I picked only cranberries since Element Bars gave me a helpful hint that a good bar contains no more than 4 ingredients. I could have chosen a type of nut, but I skipped that choice as I'm not a really big fan of nuts. On the "sweets" list there was the choices of honey, chocolate chips, Sundrops, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, pumpkin spice, and agave nectar of which I selected Sundrops ( a natural alternative to M'nM's) and chocolate chips~ yum! Next, Element Bars gave a list of different boosts such as whey and soy protein, immunity, omega-3 and fiber. Last but not least, they let me name my energy bars! I decided on "Spring Granola Bars":)
Six of these delicious, ultra chewy bars vanished the day they arrived:) My mom said they reminded her of "No-Bake Cookies." Since the bars are very soft, it may be a good idea to refrigerate them (maybe freezing them would be good as well:) I really liked all the options Element Bars provided- it was just as if I made them myself! What is also really neat, is that you can choose to make some of the ingredients organic. Element Bars are the perfect snack for hiking or bike riding, and with summer coming in a few months you'll want to have these on hand!
"Our History and Philosophy
As a graduate student in molecular nutrition and novice runner, Maria has tried all the nutrition bars out there. After studying nutrition, Maria found it disheartening that major nutrition bar makers still use ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors despite the recent research linking them to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Friends and family also lament the laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients on the back of bar wrappers while simultaneously claiming that the product is "all natural". An avid baker, Maria started experimenting in the kitchen and voila, Maria's oaty bar was created.
In another part of the Windy City, Jonathan had crashed by mid-morning after eating a sugary, processed energy bar. Jonathan was shocked at how unhealthy the mass-produced nutrition bar was that he had been eating for years. He found that most nutrition bars are loaded with saturated (or the 'bad') fat and refined sugar, while shortchanging us on fiber and polyunsaturated (the 'good') fat. Tinkering in his kitchen, Jonathan started making his own bars, which are high in protein, but still have plenty of fiber and are low in saturated fat.
Our story may sound familiar. We believe many people, like us, care about what goes into their bodies. Not only should food nourish our body and soul, it should be made in such a way that sustains our planet. We also understand that we all have different tastes and nutritional needs. So it is important to cater our individual diets to our unique taste and nutritional requirements. Besides being nourishing, we think nutrition bars should be enjoyable and fun! However, with today's busy, modern lifestyle, not everyone has the time to make his or her own nutrition bars.
Jonathan Kelley joined the team and the two "Jonathans" worked to create an energy bar designer so that anyone could build their own bar as easily as checking their email. After a number of sleepless nights and dozens of recipe perfections later, ElementBars.com had been born.
All-Natural, The Way You Like It
At Element Bars, we invite you to pick and choose the elements (or ingredients) that you want (or don't want) in your nutrition bar. We want to make nutrition personal again by letting you customize your bars to your liking. We are also committed to using unprocessed or minimally processed elements for your bars, in order to retain the maximal nutrition for you.
Our promise to you:
•Premium Ingredients - The highest quality, all-natural, minimally processed ingredients
•Deliciousness - Our Taste Guarantee
•Freshness - bars fresh out of the oven to your doorstep
•Personal Care - we will make your ElementBars experience perfect"
Element Bars is offering one of my readers a chance to design 12 of their own custom bars!
Go to Element Bars, and tell me something you like!
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Disclaimer: I received free products for this review. All thoughts are my own. Quotes taken from the Elements Bars website.