Last May, I was happy to review a product called Nosh Bars, Paleo-friendly high protein snack bars that were ideal post workout snacks and pretty darn tasty. Fast forward to 2013, and the company has a new name, OU81, and a new-and-improved product on the market. They sent me a new sample pack to try out, containing three different flavors of bars: Coconut Cranberry, Chocolate Coffee, and Chocolate Cherry.
The OU81 bar is a primal all-natural, gluten-free, grain-free nutritional bar composed primarily with the following ingredients; pumpkin seeds, almonds, dates, dried fruit, organic virgin coconut oil, grass fed whey protein powder, raw honey, pure vanilla extract and sea salt. (Click here for all the nutrition facts of each bar.)
As I mentioned in my last review, these bars were designed by Brian Peña, a CrossFit-ing foodie who wanted a Paleo-friendly treat, and decided to create one himself. (As an aside – Brian is also a Christian and we’ve had a few nice chats about what it means to be a Christian in the Paleo community! )
New flavors, great taste!
I tried all three new flavors over the course of the week, and they were as good as the last batch, if not better! They have a nice chewy texture, with a hint of sweetness and a great balance of flavors from fruit, chocolate, coconut, or coffee, depending on the flavor.
My favorite had to be the Chocolate Coffee – I am a coffee fanatic, for better or worse, and anything that mixes chocolate and coffee is a winner in my book. Chocolate Cherry was a nice new addition as well, and it wasn’t excessively sweet or fruity. The Coconut Cranberry was much like the original Nosh Bar. They all remind me of ice cream, which must be due to the grass fed whey protein used in the ingredients!
I was happy to see that the new formulas have replaced agave with raw honey. I had made this suggestion to the owner the first time he sent me the bars, so I’m excited to see that he took my advice! The Coconut Cranberry bar still has a little bit of sunflower oil, but I’m positive the small amount won’t cause any harm in the context of a low omega-6 diet. If you’re a PUFA-phobe, the other two flavors are completely seed oil-free.
One small issue I had with the new bars is that they were a bit oily. This is probably due to the use of coconut oil as one of the ingredients. They didn’t taste oily, but they left a little oil in my hands after I ate them. I think this could be solved by storing the bars in the fridge before you eat them, but it’s just something to be aware of if you plan to bring the bars with you on the go – you might want to pack a napkin!
If you’d like to order a tasty bar from OU81, check out their website here!