Omnibar Energy Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars (1)
photo: Omnibar Energy Bar nutrition bar

Specs

Price Historic Range: $29.25

Reviews

Omnibar has created a high quality, great tasting…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps (Samples provided by Omnibar for testing and review)

Summary

Omnibar has created a high quality, great tasting food bar with grass-fed beef to take into the outdoors. A variety of unique flavors keep your taste buds happy. These should work great for any outdoor activity.

Pros

  • Great taste
  • Good ingredients
  • Balanced nutritional needs
  • Pasture raised, grass fed cattle

Cons

  • Only for meat eaters

I absolutely enjoyed three of the four Omnibar flavors (mango curry, chipotle barbecue, and cranberry rosemary; roasted peanut was my least favorite). I like that Omnibar's savory flavors are not commonly found among other companies' energy bars. They all have a depth of multiple flavors to them, which make them unique, and taste very rich and wholesome.

Good, quality ingredients makes these energy bars yummy and healthy. Grass-fed beef, almonds, dried sweet potatoes, oats, and brown flax seed are found in each Omnibar. Other ingredients make each flavor individualized. 

Each individual package holds two flat "jerky" bars wrapped in attractive packaging. Each package weighs 56 grams and has 200 calories (except the Roasted Peanut, which has 210 calories). The bars are soft and easy to chew. Like other jerky products, they hold up well to being thrown in your pack and carried around. 

These Omnibars are very rich and hearty and can fill you up. I used these for biking, hiking, and snowshoeing in southwestern Wisconsin. They carried well, were easy to eat, tasted wonderful, and provided good energy. I felt nourished after eating a bar.

Sweet foods are usually good, but it's nice to have a balance of savory food, and these fill that void. Since there are two thin bars in each pack, it's simple to eat one bar right away and eat the other a bit later. This allows you to sustain a more even energy. Or you can easily break off just as much as you want and save the rest for later, without it crumbling or wasting any. 

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These four paragraphs describing the bars are taken straight from Omnibar:

Omnibar is a whole foods, savory alternative to traditional sweet food bars. Omnibar uses the power of healthy pasture-raised beef and simple, real food ingredients to sustain the energy requirements of hardworking people everywhere. We are uncompromising in our mission to maintain a strong commitment to the family ranch, whole foods, and an easy-to-read list of healthy ingredients grown in farmers’ fields rather than engineered in a laboratory. Omnibar is made to help a hiker get over the ridge, a skier to make another run, a kid to make it to lunchtime. It’s made for people like us—working hard, playing hard, and then doing it all again.

Omnibar is a wholesome combination of protein and complex carbohydrates for sustained energy. It's the savory, nutritious alternative to sweet, candy-like energy bars.

Omnibar is a combination of everyday good foods. We accomplish sustained nutrition through high quality protein, slow burning carbohydrate, and antioxidant-dense endurance fuel. Balancing a complete food bar for an unprecedented level of satisfaction. From our fields to the final product, that's Omnibar.

Naturally high in Omega-3, essential fatty acids and with less saturated fat than beef from most grain-fed cattle, our beef comes from red and black Angus/Hereford crosses that are pasture-raised on our own ranch in Ovando, Montana. Omnibar puts the best of healthy ranch living in every tasty bar.

 

Taste & Ingredients:

Here is a brief personal taste summary as well as ingredients.

Cranberry RosemaryThis one is my favorite bar. Nice combination of flavors. Savory and tangy goodness. 

INGREDIENTS: Ground beef, dried prunes, almonds, dried sweet potatoes, oats, brown flax seed, apricot concentrate, sugar, cranberry concentrate, salt, spices, garlic powder, onion powder. Contains: almonds.

Mango CurrySweet and spicy, and the spicy hangs on for a bit. 

INGREDIENTS: Ground beef, dried prunes, almonds, dried sweet potatoes, oats, clarified mango concentrate, brown flax seed, brown sugar, curry, salt, tamarind extract, spices. Contains: almonds.

Chipotle BarbecueThis one has a nice barbecue flavor, not overwhelming. 

INGREDIENTS: Ground beef, dried prunes, almonds, dried sweet potatoes, oats, brown flax seed, tomato paste, sugar, worcestershire sauce (white vinegar, molasses, sugar, water, salt, onions, anchovies, garlic, cloves, tamarind extract, natural flavorings, chili pepper extract), brown sugar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, spice (mustard), dried chipotle peppers. Contains: almonds, anchovies.

Roasted PeanutA light peanut butter taste is there, but beef jerky taste comes first. Has a little bit of kick to it. Not very spicy, but you can feel it. My least favorite of the four flavors, but still good.  

INGREDIENTS: Ground beef, peanuts, dried prunes, dried sweet potatoes, oats, brown flax seed, spices, sugar, salt, brown sugar, red curry powder (spices [contains mustard], turmeric, salt). Contains: peanuts.

Conclusion

Overall, I loved the Omnibars. I would not hesitate to bring these along on any outdoor exercise or trip. And they certainly aren't limited to recreation. Omnibars are great for any time you need a nourishing and tasty bite to eat. I found myself wanting to snack on them on days when I was inside too.

The ingredients are healthy, flavors are tasty, and they provide good energy. The company has a great product and seems to appreciate quality over quantity. 

I understand that beef is a big part of the company and these bars, but it would be nice to see a vegan option that used some of the bars' other great ingredients. 



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G00SE

Nice review! I'm wondering what the price per unit is. Also, where can a guy find these to try?


5 years ago
Cody Bartz

http://omnibars.com


5 years ago
Cody Bartz

You can buy directly from them, or you can check their website for the locator which shows who sells them in stores. With the beef and quality, real ingredients the product does not come cheap. Their website shows: SAMPLE BOX (12 BARS) — $39.00 SAMPLE PACK (4 BARS) — $13.00


5 years ago
Cody Bartz

That equals $3.25 for each 2 ounce package.


5 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Goose, Omnibar has a link to find their bars here: http://omnibars.com/our-products/product-profile/sample-pack


5 years ago
Ashleigh

Nice review, Cody! $3.25 is kind of pricey for just one bar, but it sounds like they are worth it. Thanks for letting us know which ones are the tastiest! :)


5 years ago
Twig

Thanks for your review. I've tried the EPIC bars, which are also similarly priced, so I'd be interested in these as well.. I agree that it's nice to have something savory to go with all the sweet bars.


5 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

@Goose and anyone else interested, you can now see a link to Backcountry who sells these by the box.


5 years ago

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