I’ve recently been on the hunt for healthy protein bars, something I can snack on quickly while chasing a toddler around the house. It’s been a challenge to find something that isn’t packed full of ingredients I can’t pronounce, or chock full of soy. Ads for Julian Bakery’s Paleo Protein Bars have been flooding my Facebook feed, so I finally decided to break down and buy a variety pack of their Egg White Protein to test them out.
The Egg White Variety (12) Pack Includes:
- Vanilla Cake
- Cookies N’ Creme
- Glazed Donut
- Coconut Cream
- Cinnamon Roll
- Chocolate Brownie
It’s $29.99 for the box, (and I qualified for free shipping) making these $2.49 a bar.
Their ingredients, or rather, lack of certain ingredients, appealed to me:
- Gluten Free
- Grain Free
- Dairy Free
- Soy Free
- Whey Free
- Low Carb
- No Sugar Alcohols
- No Added Sugar
I placed my order on 5/10/16. My confirmation e-mail stated that: “Your order will bake and ship fresh to arrive in 7 to 14 business days. Once shipped, it will deliver in 1 to 2 Days.” I’m a little disappointed here because there was nothing on the website or product page that said it would be a delayed shipment, “baked fresh” or not. I tell myself I’m being too harsh, and that it’s not a big deal. (This is what having Amazon prime does, it spoils you with two day shipping!)
The next day, I received an e-mail saying that my order had been assigned a tracking number, but that my order was delayed and would not be shipping until 5/19 delivering on or before 5/26. When there was no tracking info by the night of 5/24, I emailed them asking for an updated status. They responded that it was further delayed and would not be arriving until 5/31. 5/31 rolls around, and the tracking number is still showing that it hasn’t even been dropped off at the post office. I e-mail again, and get another “it’s been delayed” e-mail.
Almost exactly a month later, 6/9, and my package is finally delivered. I already have a bad taste in my mouth, but opened up the box anyways and eagerly tasted one.
I’ll be honest here – I’m disappointed with the flavor. I tried the Glazed Donut bar first and couldn’t even finish half of it. While the texture is nice, (it’s similar to a taffy consistency), the aftertaste of the sweetener they use (monk fruit) gives off an almost chemical taste that lingers in your mouth.
Now, you may think that this is because these protein bars have no added sugars, and that sometimes it takes a while to let your taste buds adjust to a healthier lifestyle. I totally get that. Except I’ve been cutting out the bulk of fast food, sodas and candy recently with the exception of a square of chocolate each night.
To give you the most well rounded opinion I could, I also shared these bars with my husband and my brother to get their opinions. My husband noted that “they aren’t very flavorful” and couldn’t finish a bar, either. My brother on the other hand, devoured the Vanilla Cake flavor without so much as a second thought. I ended up donating the entire stash of non-chocolate flavors to him – which is perfect, because he’s lactose intolerant and these bars can give him the protein he needs from the egg whites instead of the traditional whey.
For now, I’ll pass on reordering the Paleo protein bars and continue to search for other protein bar options. My favorite bars right now are Lara Bars, though they only have 7 grams of protein compared to the 20 grams in the Paleo bar.
Have you tried Paleo protein bars? What’s your favorite go-to bar? Let me know in the comments below.
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