I remember the very first Powerbar’s back in the Mid-80’s. I think they were available in three yummy flavors: chocolate mystery, peanut butter goo and banana slamma jamma. I remember looking at them, then taking a bite of the mystery substance hoping for instant supernatural powers. Sadly, all I got was a broken jaw from chewing on that stuff and a nasty aftertaste. But, it was all in the interest if boosting my energy without downing a plate of pasta.
Now lets flash forward out of the Miami Vice era and see what a little Utah company called PROBAR has introduced to the organic energy bar market. Their bars are the results of hours of work and refinement by founder, Art Eggertsen. Art began tinkering with his recipes for the organic, 100% vegan, 100% good tasting and 100% energy-packed food bars while living and working at Snowbird Resort in Utah. He was known by many as “The Food Coach” and many of those same folks loved his home-made energy bars.
His bars were different than anything else on the market. Heck, you could actually see everything you’re eating. Almonds, oats, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried fruit and more are all there in plain sight, not all blended up beyond recognition.
PROBAR Energy Bar Varieties
PROBAR’s come in seven great varieties–each one with a distinctive flavor and a special mix of 100% organic ingredients. Here’s a breakdown of the flavors.
- Superfood Slam: The nutritional powerhouse with a mix of 15 signature whole food ingredients
- Art’s Original Blend: The man’s first love and the inspiration for what is now PROBAR is like trailmix in a bar
- Whole Berry Blast: Almond butter base with blueberries, strawberries and more make for a tasty meal
- Nutty Banana Boom: Obviously contains bananas and nuts and a whole lot of other goodies
- Apple Cinnamon Crunch: Apples with a hint of cinnamon goodness
- Cran-Lemon Twister: Cranberries and lemon gives more kick than my father-in-law’s shetland pony
- Koka-Moka: A chocolate treat with just a hint of mocha that is quite tasty
My Thoughts on PROBAR’s
I’ve tried hundreds of different energy bars and drinks over the years. Most have more stuff in them than you could ever imagine–all with the intent of keeping your energy levels high and your stomach full. I have no basis to question their efficacy in doing so and that’s not the point. The point is most of them are blended and mixed beyond recognition and you just down them because you know they are going to give you that extra zip just when you need it.
With PROBAR energy bars, you not only get an organic meal replacement and energy snack, you also get a great-tasting and recognizable bar so you know what you’re putting into your body. PROBAR is not only aimed at outdoorsy folks looking for a quick pick-me-up, they are also great meal-replacement options for those looking for a healthy meal-alternative.
Every variety of PROBAR is tasty and filling. I’ve eaten them as snacks and as energy bars during long mountain bike rides. I’ve eaten them for a late lunch when I haven’t had time to actually eat something “real”. Every variety is great-tasting and honestly refreshingly different than any other energy bar I’ve had. I love that they remain soft (well, as soft as whole nuts can be) and edible in all temperatures. They don’t hit like a rock in your stomach, they digest well and don’t have any overdone chemical aftertaste.
If you’re looking for a great high-energy snack, or if you want to have an alternative to the other sugary and chemical-laden energy bars, check out the full line of PROBAR energy bars.