As people who are always on the go, we are constantly looking for snacks that we can eat in the subway post-class or in the office between meetings. Unfortunately, chips, cookies and cakes tend to be accessible on the go — but we need something a little bit more nutritious to keep our energy high. Protein bars are often an option, but it can be super confusing to figure out which ones are actually made with real ingredients (ones that our bodies can recognize versus ones loaded with fake chemicals and sweeteners). Recently, our friends at Foodstirs sent us some of their new protein bar mixes to try out. While we have tried their brownies in the past and have been impressed, it was cool to bake something that we feel good about eating daily. Here’s the scoop on their new product.
What are they?
The protein bars are made from a packaged mix that makes 8 bars. Their base is organic plant protein, organic wheat flour, organic nut butters and flavored with organic flavorings like chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon. They take about 5 minutes to mix and 15 minutes to bake. You do need to have two things on hand: dairy or non-dairy milk, and coconut oil or butter.
What are the nutrition facts?
For one protein bar, you will consume 210 calories, 12 grams of protein, 28 grams of carbs (13 grams of sugar), and 6 grams of fat.
Here is what we loved.
Right off the bat, it was so easy to mix the protein bars. We just added some milk (we used cashew milk) and some fat that is solid at room temperature like coconut oil. We actually did not have that on hand, so we used grass-fed butter. Once we placed them in a dish and baked them off for 15 minutes, they were done!
Not only were they easy to make, but they were tasty as well! Some common protein bars on the market are chewy, dense or have rubbery textures. These bars were soft and had a similar texture to cake or brownies. They were also good well into the week and not just on the day they were made. One of the best things about these bars was the all-natural and organic ingredients This reassured us that our bodies were getting nutrients they could recognize.
What could be better or improved?
Even though the bars contain great ingredients, they may not all agree with everyone. If you need to follow a gluten-free or no sugar added diet, these protein bars will not be for you. There is also a bit of a protein aftertaste. This is very minimal though, and nothing compared to many protein bars on the market.
Overall rating: 8/10
Foodstirs is on a mission to make baked goods healthier with innovative products like these protein bars, and they only use the best ingredients out there. So whether you need to make brownies for a school bake sale or protein bars to bring to work, Foodstirs is a good place to start.