26 AUGUST 2011

Reviewed by:   GLUTENFREECAT.COM
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Almost everywhere you look, there’s a new snack bar, protein bar, organic bar, or granola bar.  This is a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that with more variety you are more likely to find the kind of bar that your unique dietary needs require.  The bad news is that there’s an awful lot of candy bars out there disguised as healthy bars.  Read your labels carefully, and even then you might not be able to trust them.

I just learned about another new gluten-free, soy-free protein bar, and I’m really excited about this one.  Papa Steve’s NO JUNK Protein Bars are really delicious, and the nutritional facts almost line up with my needs.  These bars are unprocessed, uncooked, and the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars are packed with 10 grams of whey protein.  With the following pure ingredients, this is a bar that I can enjoy…upon occasion.

The only drawback for me is the 12.5 grams of sugar.  But if I’m going to enjoy an occasional treat with sugar, Papa Steve’s NO JUNK Protein Bar is a far better choice than a Snickers!

INGREDIENTS:  Organic Dates, Whey Protein, Peanut Butter, Cinnamon, Organic Apple Sauce, Dairy & Soy Free Chocolate Chips, Organic Brown Rice Crisps, Peanuts, Freeze Dried Strawberries,  Salt

Now THAT’S a list I could really get excited about!  Do I trust the label on the product or the website?  After further investigation, I found that the list of ingredients on the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar matched that of Papa Steve’s Almond Cranberry Crunch NO JUNK protein bars.  I finally concluded that the wrong sticker was placed on my package. Phew!  The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar doesn’t have added sugar!  If you read the product label carefully though, you’ll see that it’s a two serving package.  I was stunned that all of that deliciousness contained only 150 calories, and then I realized that the package contained two servings…after I ate the entire thing.  Whoops, that was 300 calories!

The bars come in a rustic brown paper packaging that is just so grassroots and cool.

Obviously the packaging absorbed some of the oil, but to be fair, the package did sit in my refrigerator for several weeks before I had a chance to sample it.

And with the incredible taste I didn’t care in the least that the package wasn’t perfect.

 

You have to love a package that looks like a hand-wrapped present.

The bars are pretty pricey.  The bars retail for $3.25, but you can buy a case of 12 for $35.88 ($2.99 per bar).  The website claims that you can get bulk discounts when you order a minimum of 2 cases of 12 online.

These bars taste as wonderfully homemade as they look.  Each square had it’s own unique nut consistency.

 

The label does say that the bars are processed in a plant that process peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, milk, and egg products.  That line always makes me put a product back on the shelf.  But I did not have a gluten-reaction to this bar.

Bottom line?  Give Papa Steve’s NO JUNK Protein Bars a try!  They truly are delicious. I can see zipping a bar into my bike bag for a long ride, or maybe grabbing it for a lunch substitute on a day when I just can’t stop to eat.  But if I’m packing these as a snack, I’m only bringing half, because they’re just too good not to eat the whole thing!  I’m sure the labeling inconsistencies will be resolved.  The bars are just too good to pass up over a glitch.