Okay, okay. I know I say everything is the best thing ever. And maybe I really just mean that something is the best I've had in a while or in a week or that day. But when I tell you that Kate Bakes are the best bars ever, at least taste-wise, I'm so for real.
Kate Bakes is a small vegan, gluten-free granola bar company based out of Washington D.C. The bars are baked in small batches. There's no added preservatives, and they claim to be high in protein and fiber.
But most importantly, they taste like something you made in your own kitchen! They're soft, but they still hold their shape well. And the crisp rice cereal in the bars gives them a lovely crunch. Kate Bakes sent me samples of their bars to review, and I'm so glad they did. I love homemade granola bars, but I'm usually too lazy to make them.
They come in four flavors: Chocolate Coffee, Sunflower Butter Raisin, and Banana Cinnamon Oatmeal, and Cardamom Date.
I didn't get to sample the date bar, but the others have been fueling me through my workouts recently. I split the two-ounce bars in half and get two uses from each.
The Chocolate Coffee bar is my favorite of the three. It's made with almond butter, agave, oats, coconut, rice cereal, coffee, cocoa powder, flax, and protein powder. I'm not always the biggest fan of chocolate flavored things (I know! I'm crazy!). But the cocoa here is very subtle, and the coconut and coffee flavors shine through.
The Banana Cinnamon Oatmeal bar (almond butter, agave, banana, oats, coconut, rice cereal, soy protein, chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla) is delicious as well! There are few better combos than bananas and cinnamon.
And I love the Sunflower Butter Raisin (made with sunflower butter, agave, raisins, oats, coconut, rice cereal, soy protein, flax, cinnamon, and vanilla)! Raisins aren't my fave thing either, but these are plump, tender raisins, not overly sweet chewy ones. And the sunflower butter was a nice change. I always forget about sunflower butter.
Love, love, love the taste of these bars! My only complaint (and it's a picky OCD thing) is that nutritional information isn't listed on the packaging. (UPDATE: A commenter let me know that nutrition info is listed on the Kate Bakes website).
But taste-wise and texture-wise, these are tops!