Product: The GFB (Gluten Free Bar) Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bar – $1.99+
My friend Jenn loves me. No…really she does. Every now and again when I go to visit her, she drops a product that she found while out and about on the table for me. This protein bar is one of those little Jenn surprises.
I had never actually heard of The GFB (Gluten Free Bar) before she handed me one. She had spotted them at her local Meijer and thought of me (Awwww!) and decided to pick one up for me to try. After all, I often down protein bars prior to runs and I often visit her and drag her to my early morning races…so she is very well aware of this fact. But, while I had never heard of this brand before, The GFB came into existence back in 2010. The creaters were on a mission to create the world’s best gluten-free protein bar, focusing on ingredients and taste.
Jenn picked up The GFB (Gluten Free Bar) Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar for me. And why not? I love peanut butter and chocolate! And she is very, very, very aware of this fact. So, this has been in my snack drawer for a little while…but after working through the bars that came before it, this one got it’s chance to shine this past Sunday evening.
I was at a race in Frankfort, Kentucky. There aren’t a lot of places I can safely eat in Frankfort…so my roommate and I each packed protein bars to enjoy prior to the race. I grabbed The GFB (Gluten Free Bar) Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bar from my drawer and tossed it into my race day bag and headed out…in the cold, rainy weather.
We arrived in Frankfort, Kentucky and after killing some time with race packet pick-up, we ducked into the local coffee shop and took a seat in the corner. It was about 30 minutes before the race and we figured that it was time to eat something. We each pulled out our respective bars (she had a Luna Bar as she is not gluten-free) and I prepared to take my first taste of this latest protein bar in my collection.
The GFB (Gluten Free Bar) Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bar looks like a flattened Lärabar, honestly. Upon unwrapping it, I could easily make out the peanuts, brown rice, chocolate chips and flaxseed, all stuffed into the binding, which looks to be made up of dates, and sweetened with agave nectar. So, in a lot of respects, it is exactly like a Lärabar…but with a few more ingredients.
And…that’s what these tasted like too. If you like Lärabar’s, you’ll probably enjoy The GFB (Gluten Free Bar) as well. The Peanut Butter Chocolate one doesn’t exactly taste like peanut butter and chocolate…so if you are expecting something as amazing as a Reese’s…think again. My roommate tried a piece of it and said it reminded her of the treats she fed her horse when she used to ride.
I don’t know what that means…or what that says about her eating horse treats…but to me, these had a good texture. They were sturdy, but not solid. They were chewy without being too soft. And the flavors were like a mild Lärabar…perhaps with a little less date flavor. I liked being able to see some of the ingredients in the bar itself. And I love looking at ingredients on the bar and recognizing all of them.
But that was the point. The creators of The GFB (Gluten Free Bar) wanted to create a great-tasting product that people would look forward to eating and that didn’t pump you full of chemicals. You have to appreciate that sort of dedication. So, using simple ingredients, they provide a simple protein bar that you can feel good about eating and provides you with energy.
The GFB (Gluten Free Bar) Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar is 2.05 ounces of protein packed goodness. It is gluten-free, wheat-free, casein-free, dairy-free, all natural, vegan, low-sodium, and cholesterol free. These bars have no additives and no preservatives. There are no trans fats. They are a fantastic source of protein and Omega-3. The entire bar is 240 calories and has 10 grams of fat, mostly from nuts, so at least it is the healthy kind of fat. Unfortunately, this bar, probably due to the inclusion of chocolate, packs 14.5 grams of sugar. I try to keep my sugar consumption lower…so, this seems high for such a small bar. However, on the flip side, you are provided with 2.5 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. So, that will help you feel fuller longer.
And it did do it’s job. After eating the bar, I wasn’t hungry…even after the race. So, it succeeded in doing its job. Perfect fuel for the haul, that’s for sure. The flavor…isn’t the best I have ever tried, but it isn’t at the bottom of the list either. Would I purchase this again…yeah…I probably would at some point. But, while they set out to create the best tasting protein bar…it falls short when compared to other gluten-free options out there.
A decent protein bar though, when all is said and done. Not bad. Not bad at all. I would definitely be interested in trying the other flavors from The GFB (Gluten Free Bar).