Bearded Brothers All-Natural Snack Bars $3, beardedbros.com
The Good: You’ve heard of everything in the ingredients lists.
The Bad: You still feel terrible if you eat five in one sitting.
The Delicious: It’s totally worth it to eat five in one sitting.
With a name like Bearded Brothers, you know we’re already fans. And the message is great, too: two brothers (Chris and Caleb Simpson) liked to eat, but didn’t want to eat processed God-knows-what, so they started a company that made snack bars that are mostly raw, vegan, gluten free, and organic. And delicious.
That’s all well and good, but since we’re Trek Tech, we had to take a closer look to make sure that BB bars were legit, so we asked the guys to send a box our way. We got a variety pack, with a few of each of the four current flavors: Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla, Colossal Coconut Mango, Mighty Maca Chocolate, and Fabulous Ginger Peach.
Just looking at the wrappers was a good sign – the only thing I couldn’t identify on any of the ingredients lists was xanthan gum in the Blueberry bar. According to Bob’s Red Mill,
“Xanthan Gum is used by people who are allergic to gluten to add volume and
viscosity to bread and other gluten-free baked goods. It is made from a tiny microorganism called Xanthomonas campestris and is a natural carbohydrate.”
Shoot, even the box is recycled.
But the big question is: can I eat it? I don’t care how healthy something is, if it’s not dee-licious, I’m not going near it. Cauliflower, anyone? I rest my case.
I started out with the Colossal Coconut Mango and ended up with a mouthful of hell yeah. Same story with the Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla, the Maca Chocolate and the Ginger Peach. Turns out that if you leave excess sugar out of the equation and let the actual food take the stage, you end up with something that’s all kinds of delicious.
My personal favorite is the Mighty Maca Chocolate. Or the Coconut Mango. Nah, the chocolate gets it because of the chocolate. Love me some chocolate. Ah, Ginger Peach was good, too. Same with Blueberry.
Bearded Brothers bars are available at Whole Foods in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. If you don’t live in those states but you want to sample the vegan goodness, visit Beardedbros.com. Use the coupon code “trektech” at checkout and receive 20% off your entire order (valid through Sept. 28).
If you won’t do it for the bars, do it for the beards.