Raaw Macaw! provided product in exchange for an honest review of their bars. I was not compensated for this post, besides receiving free product. As always, the opinions expressed are truthful.
There are a few instances where packing snacks is ideal: work meetings, traveling, sporting events, amusement park trips, you get the picture. Being that I work remotely, the most prevalent of these instances, for me, is work meetings. And as I’m sure just as many of my fellow bloggers, healthy eaters or people who are generally always hungry, I’m usually the only one to pack snacks. But it’s all good – if I get stuck in a giant traffic jam, I have my snacks.
I’m a bar person. I can do nuts, I can do dried fruit or trail mix, but it’s just easier if everything is smushed into bar form. It takes up less room in my purse, makes less of a mess, and is easier to get all of the flavors I love into one bite.
Like I said, I use bars to fuel me during days that I have work meetings, but since I will be traveling soon for a week-long vacation to Canada, I need all the bars I can fit in my carry on!
Raaw Macaw! is a small company based out of Orlando, FL, that makes wholesome, healthy energy bars, with ingredients you can pronounce, taste and feel (as in, chunks of cashews and melted chocolate!). My favorite flavors are ‘peanut buttery cashew’ and ‘cookie dough’. The cookie dough bar, I kid you not, tasted exactly like cookie dough.
Here’s the breakdown (all organic):
Base: Cashew butter and dates
Cashew butter provides a great source of unsaturated fats, and the dates an easy-to-digest amount of carbs. Not to mention, the flavor combination is one of my favorite snacks alone! The other options, when creating your own, are peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter, and their own recipe of Macaw! base, which is a combo of almond butter and dates.
Protein: whey protein isolate (all natural)
Raaw Macaw! prides themselves on using protein without any additives or strange ingredients. I have not found a vegan protein powder that I find tasty, so I asked them to please refrain from using vegan protein in my bars. However, the other protein options you can choose from are brown rice protein, hemp protein, vegan blend, and pea protein.
Sweeteners: raw clover honey
The honey in this bar not only sweetens the flavor, but it binds the ingredients together and acts as a natural preservative. Other sweetener options include agave nectar, coconut nectar, and fiber syrup.
The bar is also enhanced with flavors from vanilla extract, chocolate chips, and spices like sea salt.
There are so many options for you to choose from to create your own custom bar. Oh, and Raaw Macaw! wants you to save money on your first batch! Enter the code BLISS2015 at checkout and save 10%! Click here to get started.
My overall consensus:
- The flavor is awesome. I know, at times, energy bars that claim to be healthy and made from wholesome ingredients can have a less desirable taste, but I promise you, these bars taste great.
- They break apart pretty easy. As in, don’t leave them in the heat because they will melt or fall apart when you open them (because they are made of real food.)
- They are high in calories. Each one has over 200 calories. But that’s the point. Energy bars are for…energy. I know, I still eat them when I’m sitting at my desk or on an airplane, but they are meant for use corresponding to exercise. I will definitely have some in my backpack while hiking in Canada.
Join the conversation:
What do you prefer: trail mix or energy bar (trail mix in bar form)?
Three favorite snacks, go.
What’s your favorite way to eat dates?