Not necessarily an “energy bar” but rather a wholesome…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $2.25 USD
Not necessarily an “energy bar” but rather a wholesome granola bar, or cookie as they call it, that provides a great taste and generous size.
- Great taste
- Very generous portion (2.5 oz/70g)
- Recognizable ingredients
- Energy provisions
Taste is where this bar, or rather cookie, shines. The “Seattle” cookie has almonds, dark chocolate, and cranberries, which are a great combo. The cranberries really stand out and compliment the dark chocolate nicely. The almonds are less prominent.
I’m curious to try other flavors from this company:
- Maine: Blueberry, cranberry, almond, pomegranate
- Key West: key lime, passion fruit, cashew
- Down Under: macadamia, white chocolate, cranberry
- California: apricot, date, raisin, almond
- Maui: pineapple, mango, coconut, cashew
The cookie does not crumble easily, so no worries about tossing it in your pack. It will come out fully intact.
While the cookie may not be an “energy bar,” it is filling. At 2.5 oz. (70g), it is one of the larger options I’ve seen on the market. Most granola bar/energy bar products I’ve come across are in the range of 40-65g, with the standard and ubiquitous Clif bar on the higher end at 68oz.
I think of these “cookies” as more of a mid-day pick-me-up or a post-dinner snack. For me, they don’t seem to pack a ton of punch in terms of energy, but having a great-tasting cookie on the trail can certainly be a morale-booster, which tends to increase energy levels, even if it’s just mental energy.
Because it was on display at my local gear shop next to the wide array of energy bars/gels/etc., I initially mistook this for a full-on energy bar. After eating my first one on the trail and recognizing it didn’t provide a lot of lasting energy, I did a little investigating. In short, the company makes no claims whatsoever about being an energy bar. It was my mistake to assume it was one, so I don’t fault the bar for not being an “energy bar.”
The company’s more prominent claim is that the cookies consist of “Real ingredients that you recognize and trust.”
Looking at the ingredients of the Seattle cookie shows the ingredients as:
Organic chocolate chunks
Flax seed meal
Raw sesame seeds
Raw pumpkin seeds
Dark cocoa powder
Thick rolled oats
Organic palm fruit oil
Probiotic bacillus coagulans
Nearly all of those ingredients can be found in my kitchen cupboards, or are readily available at the grocery store, so from my perspective, the claims that they use recognizable and natural ingredients is true, and welcomed. In fact, with some trial and error, I could probably concoct something myself that resembles this cookie. I just don't have the time or energy for such experiments right now so I'll leave it to the experts.
They aren't the easiest snacks to find in store. I'm fortunate enough to have a local gear shop that carries them, but they retail there for $2.25 each. A bit pricey for a granola bar/cookie. Online, they can be ordered directly from the maker's website for ~$50 per 24 pack, so a little more than $2 per bar, but buying 24 at a time means you better like the flavor. For me, the cost limits the amount I am willing to buy, but the flavor and size keeps me coming back.
Not necessary for the energy enthusiast who carefully calculates calories to energy ratios. However, the great tasting, large-sized bar meets some basic energy needs. Best suited as a casual snack on the trail, either on a mid-day break or a post-dinner snack. Because of the large size, it can easily be shared.
For some comparisons, here's a breakdown of nutritional facts:
Naked Granola Seattle Cookie (Almonds, Dark Chocolate, Cranberries)
1 bar = 70g
20 mg sodium (this is very low compared to many other popular bars)
Clif Organic Trail Mix Bar (Cranberry Almond)
1 bar = 40g (smaller version)
Clif Bar Sierra Trail Mix Bar (Chocolate, Peanuts and Raisins)
1 bar = 68g (full size bar)
Who ever said granola bars have to be enjoyed on the trail?
On a cold winter evening after a long day-hike, I came home and enjoyed this combination. Yum!