It’s no secret that I’m a snacker. I pack a little something in my purse every time I leave the house… you know, just in case 😉 Being that my diet is now gluten & soy-free, snack options have definitely dwindled a bit. When I heard about LÄRABAR ALT bars, The Alternative Protein Bar™, I couldn’t help but show interest, especially being that they are SO allergy friendly! When I’m packing snacks, I always look for something that’s nutritious and will tide me over until my next meal, which means it’s got to have either a decent protein punch or a bunch of fiber… ideally, both!
ALT®, the Alternative Protein Bar™, is the first-ever bar with added protein from LÄRABAR! Many bar brands use soy or whey protein, but ALT uses an alternative protein source: peas. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and non-GMO, ALT also uses a wrapper that is 31% renewable.
So, how do they taste?
I don’t consider myself a HUGE lemon fan… which is why I surprised myself by reaching for this one first, given the choice. The taste reminded me of Fruity Pebbles. No joke.
How can you argue with such a simple and wholesome ingredients list? 10g of protein and 3g of fiber! I also loved the texture of this one. It had a bit of CRUNCH to it, rather than the chewy typical LÄRABARS.
Before I became an OCD label checker and fitness/nutrition junkie, I had a soft spot for Subway‘s Peanut Butter Cookies… I can’t tell you the last time I’ve tried anything remotely close to that, but this tasted just like one, only with a tad more crunch factor.
Now, for the Pumpkin Pie
This bar was just as the website describes, “smooth and spicy with a rich pumpkin taste“. I don’t think there’s been a pumpkin flavored anything that I haven’t been a fan of, to be completely honest.
And really, where are you going to find a slice of Pumpkin Pie that clocks in with these stats? Although, admittedly, I’m surprised that there’s no Vitamin A in these bars considering canned pumpkin gives you a TON of it. This bar is a little higher in sugar, but as with all ALT bars, the sugar comes strictly from whole foods like dates, pumpkin, and other fruit.
Last, but certainly not least, I give you Cinnamon Apple Crisp.
Let me just say, that this didn’t come in last because I didn’t like it… I guess I already felt like I would enjoy it because I’ve had the Apple Pie LÄRABAR before and enjoyed it. It tastes just as you would imagine… like a cooled slice of apple pie!
I haven’t tried “preparing” one this way yet, because I ate mine en route, but I’d venture to guess that this baby would be delicious popped in the microwave for a few seconds to warm and topped with some vanilla frozen yogurt! Apple pie a la mode?!
Same fantastic nutritional profile (they’re all fairly similar).
A big thank you to LÄRABAR for sending me their new ALT bars for this review! I thoroughly enjoyed each and every bite! I will definitely be restocking on the Lemon Pound Cake!