Today’s post is all about The Simply Bar, who graciously sent me their products in exchange for an honest review. Founder Cathy Richards (who suffers from Crohn’s Disease) wanted to create a snack that was easy to digest, so she created bars that were:
- high protein (16 grams)
- gluten free
- low sugar (made with brown rice syrup, and no artificial sweeteners)
- low calorie
- 4 grams of fibre
- made with a short list of non-GMO ingredients.
The company has recently expanded to include two new product lines: Simply Whey bars and Simply Protein Chips.
So first up: the traditional Simply Bar. The bars are made with soy protein crisps, so they’ve got a good crunchy texture to them. The overall flavours were good, if not a little mild; the low sugar count made them not quite sweet enough for my palate. I found that I usually needed to throw a bit of nut butter on top to make them calorically dense enough to satisfy me – but really, doesn’t nut butter improve everything?
Caramel Peanut: I didn’t really get the caramel, but I loved how it had big peanut chunks scattered throughout. One of the better flavours for sure.
Cocoa with Raspberry: I’ve never been a huge raspberry fan – I like them fresh, but freeze-dried (which this bar had) or frozen don’t do it for me. I did enjoy the cocoa flavouring though.
Cocoa Coffee: Somehow, my hatred of coffee does not extend to coffee-flavoured things – I liked this flavour a lot! Strong taste of coffee, without being overbearing.
Lemon Coconut: Probably my least favourite of the bunch. I’m picky about lemon-flavoured things (lemon bars and lemon meringue pie are the only ones I really like) and I found that the lemon really overpowered the coconut.
Cinnamon Pecan: Considering my tendency to dump cinnamon over everything, clearly I loved this flavour. The big chunks of pecan definitely helped too!
Peanut Butter Chocolate: This is where my Reese’s addiction fails me – this bar was not sweet enough or peanut-buttery enough for me. Good as a snack, but wouldn’t do it for peanut butter and chocolate cravings.
Simply Whey Bars:
Unlike the regular Simply Bars, the whey bars are nut-free and made without soy or tree nuts. So, these babies are safe for my nut-free people!
Coconut: really simple, subtle coconut flavour. Really liked it!
Apple Cinnamon: the unexpected favourite! The cinnamon flavour was right on, and I adored the apple chunks throughout. I’m definitely going to be hunting for these in the future.
Simply Protein Chips
Even though I’m not typically a savoury snack kind of girl, I was very intrigued by these. Made with pea protein, these chips are gluten, dairy and soy free. And 15 grams of protein – what other chips can say that?
Texture wise, these were closer to Fritos or Hickory sticks than they were to traditional potato chips. They had an awesome crunch to them, but without the greasiness of traditional chips. Of course, they were best when dip of some sort was added to the picture.
They offer two different kids: Herb and Chili. Both were good, but I preferred the chili flavour – they had a hint of a sweet spice to them. Like the bars, the flavours were good, but a bit on the mild side. I think the chips are such an interesting idea; I haven’t seen them in stores around me yet, but I’ll be on the lookout.
Overall, these were some tasty snacks! The Apple Cinnamon Whey bar, the Chili Protein chips, and the Cocoa Coffee Simply Bar won out for me – I’ll definitely be looking for them in the future. Have a great day!
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Disclaimer: although I was provided with the products free of charge, I was not compensated for my review. All opinions are my own.