Every so often I get the itch to find a better snack in a pre-packaged form. Recently I’ve tried Zone Bars and a few others, but none have been all that tasty.
But I kept seeing the Julian Bakery ad show up in my Facebook feed for their “Paleo Protein Bars” and swore I’d give them a try. I ordered the 14 bar sample pack a couple of weeks ago – it includes 2 of each of the following:
- Glazed Donut
- Cinnamon Roll
- Cookies N’ Creme
- Coconut Shred
- Chocolate Brownie
- Chocolate Mint
It’s a little pricey at more than $3 a bar, but shipping was free so I decided to give it a shot.
So far I’ve tried two of them…
I wasn’t all that impressed with Glazed Donut. It was hard, chewy, and not particularly donut-tasting. But here are the details: 200 calories (50 from fat), 20g protein, 2g sugar, 7g net carbs (total carbs 28g, dietary fiber 21g), 6g total fat, 250mg sodium, and 280mg potassium. Ingredients-wise: egg whites, prebiotic fiber (from tapioca), organic sunflower seeds, water, palm oil, orange pulp, vanilla, maple emulsion, stevia leaf extract, and sea salt.
Chewy is the only word I can think to describe the thing, which puts it squarely in line with most other protein bars that I’ve tried. None of them have been particularly tasty.
That said, the Cinnamon Roll bar was delicious. Here are the details on this one: 180 calories (60 from fat), 20g protein, 2g sugars, 3g net carbs (total carbs 21g, dietary fiber 18g), 7g fat, 220mg sodium, and 250mg potassium. Ingredients are similar: egg whites, prebiotic fiber (from tapioca), sunflower seeds, water, palm oil, orange pulp, cinnamon, vanilla, maple emulsion, stevia leaf extract, and sea salt.
Did I mention it was delicious?
Zone Diet Time
Converting them to Zone for our “In the Zone Challenge” it looks like:
- Cinnamon Roll bar: 3 blocks protein, almost 5 blocks of fat, and 2 blocks of carbs
- Glazed Donut bar: 3 blocks of protein, 4 blocks of fat, and 3 blocks of carbs
Quite honestly, that’s not too bad. The Donut one is almost a perfect 3 block snack. But these aren’t bad for on-the-go or just for a mid-day bite.
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Interested in trying them yourself? Looks like the only way to get them is by ordering from their website: JulianBakery.com. And it did take a little while to get here. I ordered on October 27th and it arrived yesterday. So about 9 days – not too bad. considering they bake them there and ship fresh. Looks like the batch I got is all dated to expire on October 28 2016, so they last about a year.
I’ll be very curious to see how the rest of them are, but I’m taking my time working through the box of 14 (12 to go, 5 flavors left to try). If nothing else, I may buy a box of the Cinnamon Roll bars ($39.99 for a box of 12) and enjoy them as a “treat” now and then. 🙂
I am not a fan of the Paleo Wraps (tried those a few months ago and they taste like cardboard or wrapping paper, I can’t tell which), but the bars so far have been a nice surprise. Looks like they offer bread, crackers, cereal, mixes, and more, so they have quite a few products to try.
Anybody else had any experience with these or anything else from the Julian Bakery? I’m curious!