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Nobody Famous
07-31-2009, 12:20 PM
After a while all the flavors of Clif Bars taste the same. Recently they have some new flavors out, ans they're pretty darn good.

I've been hooked on Lara Bars for a while. There are certain flavors of these, images below, I could survive on for days if I needed to.

What about the ingredients? Clif has a long list of stuff, and it all sounds good. Lara Bars have three, four, five ingredients in total, all based on dates, and everything else raw and unprocessed.

Latest good tasting Clif Bar:
http://www.clifbar.com/uploads/product/Produce-image-WCM.png
68 g bar, 210 calories, 60 calories from fat.

INGREDIENTS: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium), Macadamia Nuts, Organic Soy Butter, Organic Macadamia Nuts, Organic Date Paste, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt.


Favorite Lara Bars:
http://www.worldpantry.com/larabar/img/thumb/lar-000123.jpg http://www.worldpantry.com/larabar/img/thumb/lar-000031.jpg

Left is Pistachio,
51 g bar, 210 calories, 90 from fat. INGREDIENTS: Dates, Pistachios, Cashews,

Right is Cherry Pie:
48 g bar, 190 calories, 80 calories from fat. INGREDIENTS, Dates, Almonds, Unsweetened Cherries.

Clif Bars cost about half what the Lara Bars do.

Comments?

skiingsamurai
07-31-2009, 01:01 PM
Clif Bars cost about half what the Lara Bars do.

Comments?

I dont need to restate what you said.

Im a clif bar advocate for taste and energy

Frontier Psychiatrist
07-31-2009, 01:09 PM
Clif Bars cost about half what the Lara Bars do.

Comments?

Make your own Lara Bars. Go to Costco or where ever and get some pitted dates and peanuts and whatever else in bulk. Go home. Add said things to food processor with a pinch of salt and grind everything up. Press into a brick using some plastic wrap and a couple of cookie sheets. Insert into fridge.

Cut off however much you want from above brick of goodness. Go biking/hiking/skiing/fishing and when you're hungry eat your own homemade energy bar that costs less than 1/2 the price of any other bar out there.

PS: There are other recipes out there for other bars, but I've found homemade lara bars to be the easiest and best. But yeah, if I don't have any of that stuff made up I go with Cliff Bars. Lara Bars are too expensive for what they are.

edit: edited for less douchebaggery

wandering, not lost
07-31-2009, 01:09 PM
I dont need to restate what you said.


exactly what I was thinking...

skibum93
07-31-2009, 05:30 PM
cliff bars are where its at

huckster989
07-31-2009, 09:37 PM
luna bars give you boobs.....so buy em for your lady friends

legallyillegal
07-31-2009, 10:15 PM
The Peanut Butter Clif Bar was the most disgusting thing I have ever had.

UTpowder
08-01-2009, 08:38 AM
luna bars give you boobs.....so buy em for your lady friends


My little bro gave me 3 boxes of luna bars that were left over from a gear show.

I've been eating them latley.

When do I start lactating???

jfost
08-01-2009, 02:14 PM
...
When do I start lactating???

you tell us, so we can stay away...

jesski
08-01-2009, 04:01 PM
so, 1. don't confuse the lara & luna bars. not the same thing. both girlie names, different ingredients.

2. the lara bars are way better for you. I won't eat those luna bar or cliff bar things made with a shite ton of processed crap.

If you make 'em yourself, as stated above, they're cheap, too.

edit: for typos

Nobody Famous
08-02-2009, 12:54 PM
so, 1. don't confuse the lara & luna bars. not the same thing. both girlie names, different ingredients.

2. the lara bars are way better for you

1. Agreed.
2. Agreed.

FYI for the do it yourself crowd hre, throwing a peeled pineapple, strawberries, pitted cherries and some fresh OJ in a blender is the same thing as some of the Naked Juices, ... without the 'gentle pasturization', too.

jondrums
08-03-2009, 12:56 AM
I heard a nutritionalist on the radio talking about Cliff bars. He was saying that a cliff bar is almost identical to your body compared to a snickers bar, except the snickers bar doesn't dehydrate you. So now I just eat snickers because they taste better, and they work great as an energy bar.

Hugh Conway
08-03-2009, 01:13 AM
Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisp [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract, Calcium Carbonate], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Dried Apricots (Apricots, Evaporated Cane Juice, Rice Flour, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium), Organic Dried Apples, Organic Date Paste, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Salt, Colored With Annatto.

ahhh hippies always moving to the next coolest thing in a never ending cycle of consumption

Nobody Famous
08-03-2009, 06:24 AM
I picked up a few Kind bars this weekend, and in my informal taste test while hiking, I say they are the clear winner, Mango Macadamia = very good.

geomorph
08-03-2009, 09:36 AM
I agree with the Snickers vote, and although I like the Lara bars, I find it is far less expensive and easier just to eat a couple of handfuls of dried fruit and nuts. Seriously, why does it need to be in bar form?

Frontier Psychiatrist
08-03-2009, 01:16 PM
I agree with the Snickers vote, and although I like the Lara bars, I find it is far less expensive and easier just to eat a couple of handfuls of dried fruit and nuts. Seriously, why does it need to be in bar form?

Ease of delivery. Sometimes you just want to keep going rather than having to stop. Bars make that easier than fumbling with some dried fruit and nuts. Of course, that doesn't really apply if you're riding lifts or just hiking.

I do the snickers thing for skiing... there's something about the chocolate... and mostly use clif bars just for biking.

I don't really know much about nutritional side of things, but both a snickers and clif bar are going to break down to glucose. I wonder if the brown rice syrup and all that are more unrefined, thus requiring more time to break down and therefore giving a longer lasting energy boost than the (perhaps) more refined sugars in a snickers. But whatever, eat what tastes good and keeps you going, that's what's most important.

Driver
08-03-2009, 10:11 PM
Cliff Bars taste good... if they would replace soy protein with whey or casien, that would be a lot better. Soy protein is a key ingredient in metapausal drugs aimed at increase estrogen production... may be over picky but not something I want to ingest.

LightRanger
08-03-2009, 11:41 PM
What jondrums said.

My BC skiing/hiking/climbing trail food: Snickers, cheese, crackers, solid Ghirardelli chocolate (if I'm feeling ambitious and not worried about it freezing and breaking my teeth... this is important for the Snickers too), and maybe some salami. Plus GU.

If I'm going with "bars": Luna because they taste better. I've been waiting for bigger tits, but they haven't grown in yet.

For high intensity stuff: GU, Sport Beans, and maybe some bloks from time to time, but I don't like the blok consistency.

Nobody Famous
08-04-2009, 07:08 AM
No comments on the Kind Bars, www.kindsnacks.com (http://www.kindsnacks.com) ?

They taste (crunch, texture, distinct flavors from fruit and nuts) better than all the others I've tried so far.

Tye 1on
07-19-2010, 07:30 PM
bump to mention a pretty damn yummy bar i picked up at a booth at Targhee Fest saturday, the Clif Mojo, mountain mix version. Sweet/salty. Almonds, peanuts, raisins and choc chips. Chunks, not ground up into some pasty bar thing. 70% organic, and tastes suspiciously like real food.

Lone_Summit
07-19-2010, 08:25 PM
bump to mention a pretty damn yummy bar i picked up at a booth at Targhee Fest saturday, the Clif Mojo, mountain mix version. Sweet/salty. Almonds, peanuts, raisins and choc chips. Chunks, not ground up into some pasty bar thing. 70% organic, and tastes suspiciously like real food.

If you liked that, try the Mojo Peanut butter Pretzel bar. I like it better than most candy bars.

Cliff came out with Crunch bars to compete with those Nature Valley bars. The white chocolate macadamia bar was killer.

MakeFast
07-19-2010, 08:26 PM
Yeah, I can't touch the original Clif bars (they don't taste like much of anything) - but their new bars that look like GORP in bar form are pretty freaking good. I won't buy them, but when I get them free they are tasty.

Nobody Famous
07-20-2010, 03:43 AM
I tried some of the Clif Granola Crunch bars this weekend, yes the white chocolate macadamia was killer.

Since writing this thread, the Kind Bars are at the very top of my list. They're not easy to find, few places carry then, and they're not cheap. But worth every penny.

When you can find then, the Sesame and Peanut is crazy goodness.

http://kindsnacks.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/k/i/kind_plus_mix.jpg

Skidog
07-20-2010, 08:55 AM
Pro Bars.

Pricey but damn they're tasty.

CG
07-20-2010, 12:53 PM
I like Larabars for backcountry snack, they don't freeze like cliff bars do. And they taste better. I also like the make your own idea, gonna have to give that a try

10% Groomed
07-20-2010, 09:04 PM
I like Larabars for backcountry snack, they don't freeze like cliff bars do.

Was just about to say the same thing. Larabars stay reasonably soft in the cold. Cliff bars feel like I'm going to chip a tooth when they are cold.

Phill
07-20-2010, 09:16 PM
I like luna bars, does that make me gay?

BoatBound
07-22-2010, 07:52 AM
best cost on the larabars is allstarhealth.com (http://www.allstarhealth.com), I think it's like 1.09 per bar (17.50 per case of 16). Shipping is like $6.00 flat-rate so if you buy other stuff it makes it worth it.

FWIW- the smaller size clif bars are much more convenient.

I keep a couple bars (lara or cliff) in internal pockets to keep them from freezing. i also use Accelagels for quick pickups although they do contain HFCS, they do work well.

BoatBound
07-22-2010, 07:59 AM
Just saw these

Clif C bars? (http://www.allstarhealth.com/f/clif_bar-clif_c_fruit_nuts_and_sea_salt.htm)
Clif C Bar Fruit, Nuts and Sea Salt Ingredients
Organic Dates, Almonds, Organic Apples, Macadamia nuts, organic apple juice concentrate, organic lemon juice concentrate, organic cinnamon, Sea Salt, Natural Vitamin E.

BoatBound
07-22-2010, 08:15 AM
I like luna bars, does that make me gay?

I don't think the bar itself could do that.....

Mountain Junkie
07-22-2010, 08:46 AM
Just saw these

Clif C bars? (http://www.allstarhealth.com/f/clif_bar-clif_c_fruit_nuts_and_sea_salt.htm)
Clif C Bar Fruit, Nuts and Sea Salt Ingredients
Organic Dates, Almonds, Organic Apples, Macadamia nuts, organic apple juice concentrate, organic lemon juice concentrate, organic cinnamon, Sea Salt, Natural Vitamin E.
The Clif C bars are really good. A little more foo-foo than Lara bars.

All the bars (Clif, Lara, Clif C, etc.) periodically go on sale for $1/bar at the grocery store. Wonder if this is just a regional thing?

digitaldeath
07-22-2010, 08:49 AM
good healthy discussion- having tried em all and liked them all i will rank them
you fools left out odwalla bars- they are teh shit

for skiing-
1snickers
2odwalla
3cliff
4larabars- ripoff!

i like the idea of making you own- lets get a more specific method then grinding em, packing em and colling em-but perhaps it is that simple

Nobody Famous
07-22-2010, 09:04 AM
Has anyone actually tried the Kind bars? Whenever I find then on sale I snag a few boxes.

Danno
07-22-2010, 10:08 AM
I eat the Clif Mojo bars, they're decent. I used to LOVE the cherry pie Lara bar, but burned out on it, now I can't eat it.

Nobody Famous, if we haven't yet figured out that you like Kind bars, we're either blind or ignoring you. You've posted at least 4 times in 2 pages looking for validation. Yes, I have eaten Kind bars, and they are tasty. But IIRC, they're simply not as good for you, and not great for energy. A HUDGE amount of their calories come from fat. For ex., the sesame and peanut bar you mention has 15g of fat!!! And some of it saturated fat.

Skidog
07-22-2010, 11:13 AM
good healthy discussion- having tried em all and liked them all i will rank them
you fools left out odwalla bars- they are teh shit

for skiing-
1snickers
2odwalla
3cliff
4larabars- ripoff!

i like the idea of making you own- lets get a more specific method then grinding em, packing em and colling em-but perhaps it is that simple

ODWALLA RULES!

Nobody Famous
07-22-2010, 11:28 AM
I eat the Clif Mojo bars, they're decent. I used to LOVE the cherry pie Lara bar, but burned out on it, now I can't eat it.

Nobody Famous, if we haven't yet figured out that you like Kind bars, we're either blind or ignoring you. You've posted at least 4 times in 2 pages looking for validation. Yes, I have eaten Kind bars, and they are tasty. But IIRC, they're simply not as good for you, and not great for energy. A HUDGE amount of their calories come from fat. For ex., the sesame and peanut bar you mention has 15g of fat!!! And some of it saturated fat.
I suppose I am looking for validation. I'm also trying to figure out who is buying them. The company that makes them (PeaceWorks) is doing well, and the warehouse grocery stores where I buy them are consistently sold out.

Skidog
07-22-2010, 11:32 AM
I suppose I am looking for validation. I'm also trying to figure out who is buying them. The company that makes them (PeaceWorks) is doing well, and the warehouse grocery stores where I buy them are consistently sold out.

dude they tastes fucking good but are pricey and trendy. Its like eating a granola bar but they didnt grind everything up...not super "healthy" but damned tasty...

Im looking forward to pillaging the booth at summer or in a couple weeks...since its like 2 blocks from my office...i plan on going down daily for a fix.

Danno
07-22-2010, 12:58 PM
I suppose I am looking for validation. I'm also trying to figure out who is buying them. The company that makes them (PeaceWorks) is doing well, and the warehouse grocery stores where I buy them are consistently sold out.

I bought them for a while, they started out WAY too expensive but the price came down. But they didn't hold up well (crumbled in a pack) and they didn't provide me with the healthy energy I look for in a packaged energy bar, so I stopped. Still good, but not really an energy bar.

arewolfe
07-22-2010, 03:28 PM
Clif Bars :nonono2:. Read up on soy protein isolate, shit is more processed than Wonderbread. IMO Lara bars are the best option out of anything on the market because they're simple and usually only sweetened with dates. But they're far inferior to homemade. HOMEMADE IS THE WAY TO GO for sure.

I make this at least once a week.

In a medium to large food processor, pulse the following until fine:
-3 cups raw walnuts
-1/4 teaspoon sea salt
-1/2 cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder as cheaper alternative, or carob powder)

Add 1 cup pitted medjool dates (fresh from bulk) to processor and pulse until dates have mixed well with the ground walnut/cacao powder mix.

Now for the finishing touches: 4 TBSP Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. This stuff is the ultimate tits. The opposite of something that makes your dick soft. Add to processor and pulse until it's all uniform. You may need to use a mixing bowl and spoon to achieve the final mix.

I've been broke lately and have replaced the dates with maple syrup. Not as good but still legit. The above recipe has been my staple sweet treat since I gave up sugar. You can use any nut, but I find pecans and walnuts work best because they're so flaky. Cashews, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, and almonds work OK too.

Photo examples of ingredients:

Cacao powder
http://www.zebraorganics.com/shop/images/cacao-powder.jpg

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
http://www.healthreaction.com/images/Specials/nutiva-coconutoil.jpg

Medjool dates
http://mainelyrawfood.com/locals/images/medjool_dates.jpg

Nobody Famous
07-22-2010, 04:19 PM
Coconut oil is used as a ... personal lubricant. I learned this form some hippie chick years ago.

skew
07-22-2010, 05:19 PM
I mainly use Cliff bars but I'm going to try some of the other stuff mentioned here. Cliff used to have two flavors, gingerbread and spiced pumpkin that were really good. Inexplicably they discontinued them. I called them and asked why and they would not elaborate.

Nobody Famous
08-15-2010, 11:18 AM
Head's up for Lara Bar fans.

Whole Foods has a coupon good for $1.25 off any two LARABAR or JOCALAT Bars good through 10/31, here http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/coupons/. Scroll halfway down. That brings the price down to about 66¢ per bar. You won't find them any less expensive than this.

Print out a bunch, you can use one coupon for every two bars you buy. I stocked up today.

Dr.Evil
08-15-2010, 10:06 PM
I was flipping through a Men's Health magazine from earlier 2010, and in their "Eat This, Not That" article they compared Cliff Bars to Lara bars and said you should eat the Lara bars.

Tye 1on
08-15-2010, 10:31 PM
Arewolfe thanks for the homebrew. How do you parcel them out then, just wrap up bars in saran and refridgerate?

SterlingSpikeDancer
08-15-2010, 10:39 PM
I dig the Lara Bars. New Peanut Butter Cookie and Peanut Butter/Choc chip flavors are good adds too. Thanks for the heads up about Whole Foods.

When I lived in Reno, I used to LOVE these, http://freshenergybakery.com/index.html

A bit pricey and they came in a two pack. They had a bunch of different lines of bars and some great flavors.

I will usually get whatever is on sale at any of the area King Soopers. Can find either Cliff or Lara bars for as low as .88c/each when the dates get up there at the stores.

rludes025
08-16-2010, 11:01 PM
Had my first Lara bar this weekend (peanut butter cookie), it was dam good and best of all I wasn't confusing the chewed texture with sawdust.

Terry Sky
08-17-2010, 12:48 AM
Pro Bars.

Pricey but damn they're tasty.
i agree it

StopMakingSense
08-20-2010, 12:20 PM
Tried the Lara Bar recipe above ... few notes

- Way too much cocoa for me
- Turned into a paste that was way too oily for bars or keeping shape
- Didn't have much fruit taste

Nevertheless the stuff is coming out with me for 5 days of hiking this week

Found some information from this blog on lara bars, going to try them for my next adventure

http://enlightenedcooking.blogspot.com/2008/02/home-made-lara-bars-energy-bars-part-3.html

arewolfe
08-20-2010, 02:03 PM
^^^ Holy shit I'm a gaper. The recipe is actually 1/2 a cup of cacao powder. Not a full cup, Doh! Sorry.

Tye1: I personally just leave it in a medium size ceramic bowl and eat it by the spoonful. If you want you can mush it into whatever shape you want (cookie or cube, etc) and put it in the fridge. The coconut oil will make them harden into the consistency of the store-bought bars.

They will soften back up into a brownie mix-like texture if the temp goes above 65 or 70F. Great with milk.

Nobody Famous
08-21-2010, 05:04 AM
So I just tried a ProBar (for breakfast) based on recons in this thread. Pretty damn good, and damn expensive, $3.29 each! Yikes. Interesting ingredient list in this.

StopMakingSense
08-21-2010, 10:29 AM
^^^ Holy shit I'm a gaper. The recipe is actually 1/2 a cup of cacao powder. Not a full cup, Doh! Sorry.

Tye1: I personally just leave it in a medium size ceramic bowl and eat it by the spoonful. If you want you can mush it into whatever shape you want (cookie or cube, etc) and put it in the fridge. The coconut oil will make them harden into the consistency of the store-bought bars.

They will soften back up into a brownie mix-like texture if the temp goes above 65 or 70F. Great with milk.

Hahahah yeah that makes 2 of the 3 complaints null and void. The other one was the mush like texture. Now that I have it in a small freezer bag I kind of like it. Like you said, I can just spoon it out when I'm hungry if the temps are 60f+. In the winter it'll surely stay a bar. The batch is coming on a 5 day hike in the whites tomorrow. Besides the cocoa PUNCH I do enjoy it.

arewolfe
08-21-2010, 10:48 AM
Nice, enjoy the hike.


Did you use dates or maple syrup? You can do the following to reduce mushiness:

1- Use less coconut oil (maybe 2 TBSP instead of 4)
2- Use fresh dates instead of maple syrup to sweeten it. Fresh dates tend to be pretty sticky and help hold everything together.

StopMakingSense
08-21-2010, 10:30 PM
Got fresh dates from Trader Joes ... wasn't badly priced at 4.49 for about 3-4 cups. Ended up putting 1 1/2-2 cups in.