So, I couldn’t pass up a chance to taste test some of the new Larabar ALT bar flavors, which are an amped up version of the original. They are the first of the Larabar line to include protein, and it is made from peas, no less! Larabar ALT comes in four flavors: Cinnamon Apple Crisp, Lemon Pound Cake, Peanut Butter Cookie and Pumpkin Pie. I tried the first three but am intrigued by anything pumpkin-flavored.
Official Description: ALT®, the Alternative Protein Bar™, is the first-ever bar with added protein from LÄRABAR! Many bar brands use soy or whey protein, but ALT uses an alternative protein source: peas. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and non-GMO, ALT also uses a wrapper that is 31% renewable.
Price: $1.25 (but check out the Larabar website for a coupon!)
Review: One of my favorite parts about the regular Larabars is the chewy texture. Although the ALT bars are larger and more substantial, they manage to maintain that consistency with the added crunch of what I’m assuming is pea protein balls, which remind me of rice krispies.
I typically love citrus-based desserts but Lemon Pound Cake just didn’t do much for me. Maybe it is the mental connection of dates and lemon but…ick. The Cinnamon Apple Crisp, however was much better and the protein crunch reminded me of an apple cobber. I’m a sucker for cinnamon, though and there’s not a lot of things I wouldn’t eat were they doused in a healthy sprinkle of cinnamon. I also love all things peanut butter but have found that they can be hit-or-miss in manufactured products. Labeling this as a Peanut Butter COOKIE was really spot on for Larabar, here. The dates and chewy texture with little crunches of protein and peanuts actually did remind me of a peanut butter cookie.
Verdict: I probably won’t be buying any more of the Lemon Pound Cake flavor, but Cinnamon Apple Crunch and Peanut Butter Cookie were a win!