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Bar None

August 12, 2014
These bars do save lives ... literally.

We love a good, wholesome meal made from unprocessed foods, but last night’s supper doesn’t translate well to on-the-go snacktime.

So when we’re hiking in the Great Outdoors or enduring a long-haul flight, we need a stable, portable snack bar that is still delicious. Below, two new-to-us energy bars that check all of our boxes:

Austin-based Bearded Brothers makes bars that are organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly and non-GMO. We can barely comprehend how one bar could be all of these things and still taste great, but what we can comprehend are the fantastically simple ingredients and the adorable compostable packaging. Take the six elements in the Colossal Coconut Mango: organic dates, almonds, dried mango, coconut flakes, chia seeds and sea salt (4 for $12, 12 for $36).

This Bar Saves Lives was dreamed up by a trio who witnessed extreme childhood hunger while traveling in Liberia, and were struck by the preventable nature of the problem. For each bar sold, a life-saving packet of food is delivered to a child suffering from severe acute malnutrition. It’s easy to follow through on the purchase when bee-friendly almonds from California, wild blueberries from Maine and Omega-3 rich flax seeds make nubbily non-GMO gluten free bars (9 for $20) that are completely anti-Gumby in texture.

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