Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Larabar! (CLOSED)

Nothing says "the week between Christmas and New Years Eve" and "so sorry I haven't been posting lately" like a giveaway of one of my favourite running snacks!


Recently (okay, not super recently because I am a terrible slacker on the blog lately), Larabar was kind enough to send me some of their bars to try, and to share with you as well.

And they were... delicious!

Shocking, I know.

But in case you're not familiar with Larabar, here's some info from their website:

• WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT LÄRABAR?
LÄRABAR is a delicious blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. Made from whole food, each flavor contains no more than nine ingredients. Pure and simple, just as nature intended. 
• IS THERE ADDED SUGAR IN LÄRABAR?
There is no sugar added to the core line of LÄRABAR. The claim “No Added Sugar” appears next to the nutrition panel. The exception to this is the chocolate chip flavors (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Brownie, and Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte), which contain added sugar in the actual chocolate chips. 
• IS LÄRABAR UNPROCESSED?
LÄRABAR is made by a simple process in which fruit, nuts, and spices are ground and mixed together. They are not baked or cooked. We use simple ingredients, as close to their natural state as possible. 
• HOW MUCH FRUIT DOES A LÄRABAR PROVIDE?
Each LÄRABAR flavor offers at least a ¼ cup  of fruit. Tropical Fruit Tart, Apple Pie, and Cherry Pie each offer a ½ cup of fruit in each full-size bar.


If you are looking for more info, check out their FAQ and their product listing.

The four flavours I picked were:

  • Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte
  • Chocolate Coconut Chew
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Coconut Cream Pie

I love that the list of flavours reads like a list of my favourite desserts.

As I said, all of the bars were delicious.  I tend to lean towards the Larabars with more chocolate or sweet content in them, because when I want a snack I generally want something sweet.  These bars satisfy my sweet tooth without making me feel guilty.  They also have less sweet flavours and even tangy flavours like lemon if you prefer.

The surprise favourite was the coconut cream pie flavour.  I wasn't sure about it, but I ended up saving it for last and it was awesome!  It was just like eating a coconut macaroon.  I shared it with someone in my office because I wanted everyone to know how awesome it was- but then I was sad that I had less for myself!

One bummer about Larabar is that the availability of flavours isn't very good here in Canada, or at least in Ottawa.  I notice this with similar products as well.  I can get a few basis flavours at stores like Shoppers Drug Mart and Bulk Barn, but not the same wide variety as they have on their website.

If you haven't tried a Larabar before, I definitely encourage you to check them out.  They are a satisfying snack with all sorts of flavours, and you don't have to feel at all bad about gobbling them up!

Now here's your chance to win a four pack of the same flavours I tried for this review!

How to enter:

1. Comment on this post with your answer to this question - What's your favourite guilt-free afternoon snack? This entry is mandatory.  (1 entry)

2. Follow me on Twitter at @JennieRunning. (+1 entry)

3. Like Larabar on Facebook. (+1 entry)

4. Follow Larabar on Twitter. (+1 entry)

5. Follow this blog through Google Friend Connect (use the "Join this site" button in the right sidebar) and please leave your GFC name in the entry form (+1 entry)

6. Tweet the message "I want to win some deliciousness from @larabar from @JennieRunning!" (Please use the "Tweet" link in the Rafflecopter and it will include a link to this post.) (+1 entry - may be done once per day)

I am using Rafflecopter to run the giveaway.  The only comment you need to leave below is for the mandatory entry - you then fill out the Rafflecopter form to let me know how many entries you get for the mandatory entry and any extra entries. Only entries submitted through the Rafflecopter will count.  Please note that entries will be randomly verified before selecting a winner.

The giveaway will be open for entries until 12:01 a.m. on January 3, 2012.  I will announce the winner here and contact him/her by e-mail if one is provided.  The winner will have one (1) week to claim their prize, at which time if I haven't heard from him/her I will pick another winner.

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Disclaimer: I received four Larabars at no cost from Larabar to review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own; I was not compensated to give any certain opinion or provide any particular information.

13 comments:

  1. My favorite afternoon snack is popcorn.

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  2. My guilt free snack is a banana or an apple!

    --Meagan

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  3. My guilt free snack is celery and peanut butter!

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  4. Hey doll... Believe it or not, Larabars are actually my fave guilt free snack... I have one one my drive home most days!!! yummy and gluten free! :)

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  5. You can get Larabars at MEC, or try your local health food store instead. They aren't widely available in places like Shoppers Drugmart, because that's probably not their real target market (I know lots of GF and Vegan peeps who love them, and you're more likely to see them shopping at a health food store). I buy them at MEC, Pete's Frootique and Planet Organic in Halifax.

    Here's the list of flavours your local MEC store might have: http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/HikingCamping/Food/EnergyBars/PRD~5021-083/larabar-cashew.jsp?bmForm=mec_quick_search&bmFormID=ji7MSAQ&bmUID=ji7MSAR&bmIsForm=true&bmPrevTemplate=%2FAST%2FShopMEC%2FHikingCamping%2FFood%2FEnergyBars%2FPRD~5021-083%2Flarabar-cashew.jsp&bmText=quick_search&quick_search=larabar&bmImage=search.x&bmImage=search.y&bmImage=search&search.x=0&search.y=0

    I double checked the coconut cream pie flavour, and the Ottawa MEC store definitely has those.

    Also, your "disclaimer" mentions headbands - when perhaps you mean Larabars?

    :)

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  6. That link above didn't work so well. Whoops.

    You can just go to the MEC website and search "larabar" and you should have 5 flavour options show up.

    I love Larabars, but these days my favourite guilt-free snacks are things that I canned this past fall - pickled beets, dilly beans, and spicy carrot pickles. A more flavourful take on the traditional vegetable.

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  7. my favorite guilt free snack is air popped popcorn or fiber bars!

    thanks for organizing the giveaway!

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  8. I love having a clementine for a guilt-free afternoon snack

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  9. Favourite snack is an apple or yogurt.

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  10. Apple slices with almond butter.

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  11. I love any piece of fruit - clementine, apple, banana, pear.......whatever is in reach, basically.

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  12. I love pistachios; they are a great, healthy snack as long as I do not eat too many!

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