Finding a good grab-and-go bar is easier said than done. If you’ve ever visited the aisle of the grocery store, you know what we mean. There are dozens - dare we say hundreds - of different bars to choose from. Meal replacement bars. Meal adjacent bars. Bars to eat before you work out. Bars to eat after you work out. Honestly - if you think of an occasion, there’s probably a bar for that.
Needless to say, we’ve been on the lookout for a wholesome, low-carb, low-sugar bar that doesn’t taste like cardboard and doesn’t break the calorie bank. We were about ready to give up, when we came across Dang Bars from Dang Foods - yes, the same folks that brought you the delicious Dang coconut chips.
We know you can’t judge a bar by its nutritional information, but without any taste tests, we admit we were impressed. Since they’re keto-friendly, each bar only contains 4-5g Net Carbs, 14-15g Fat and 9-10g Protein. Plus - they’re vegan friendly, so they’re made with healthy plant based fats from coconut, cocoa butter, almonds, and vegan pea protein.
We ALSO know love doesn’t come until first bite, so we bought a variety pack and hunkered down. Here’s how each flavor stacked up:
#1.) Lemon Matcha - Sweet with a mild lemon flavor, you really can’t go wrong here. The sunflower seeds add a nice extra crunch.
#2.) Toasted Coconut - Light and tropical and can definitely satisfy a sweet tooth craving. Plus, we already know Dang knows what they’re doing when it comes to coconut, based on their hit product the Dang coconut chips. No surprise here.
#3.) Almond Vanilla - A super mild flavor with a hint of sweetness, but a perennial favorite. The almond flavor is a bit stronger than the vanilla but does not overpower.
#4.) Cardamom Chai - The warming spiced flavors in this one make it unique, but the not-too-dense and slightly crispy texture make it a home run. Fans of the dearly-departed Chai Luna Bar will appreciate this one.
#5.) Chocolate Sea Salt - You’ll start to notice that the chocolate bars are ending up near the bottom. This is not by accident. The chocolate is a bit too bitter, and the pea protein flavor is particularly noticeable in this one. Still, if you’re used to keto-friendly chocolate, and like a salty kick, you might still find this bar good.
#6.) Saigon Cinnamon Chocolate - Despite really wanting to like this one, it just didn’t pull its weight. Similar to the chocolate sea salt flavor, the chocolate is bitter (though not quite dark-chocolate bitter). The bar smells great (thanks, cinnamon), but just doesn’t knock it out of the park with its attempt at a sweet/spice combo.