Run Oregon Test Kitchen: RX Bars

Being an avid runner and hiker, I am quite a sucker for a good protein bar. They’re easy to stash and make for great meal replacements in moments where I may not have time to actually cook or put something together. I kept seeing ads for RX bars pop up on various social media sites. The uniquely simple packaging for their bars is what really caught my eye and piqued my curiosity. Each bar lists its core ingredients: eggs whites, either almonds/pecans/peanuts, cashews, dates, and no B.S. Could a bar with such basic and specific ingredients and zero B.S. really be that good? I had to know.

The makers of RX bars have set out to create a whole food protein bar that’s simple and delicious, without compromising nutrition. The RX site affirms their slogan “no B.S” by promising money back if not fully satisfied:

We back our bars 100% so you can buy with confidence. If for any reason you are not absolutely satisfied with your purchase, please let us know. We are happy to replace the bars or issue you a refund of its original purchase price. It’s that simple, no B.S.

RX bars are dairy free, GMO free, soy free, gluten free, have no added sugar, and most importantly, contain zero B.S. Currently there are 9 flavors: maple sea salt, chocolate sea salt, mint chocolate, blueberry, chocolate coconut, peanut butter, coffee chocolate, apple cinnamon, and pumpkin spice (seasonal flavor).

Impressions:   Since, as mentioned previously, there are 9 different flavors, I will say that my absolute favorite flavor of the bunch is the chocolate sea salt. In general I am a lover of chocolate, however, I particularly enjoyed this flavor because the chocolate is not overpowering as I have experienced with other protein bars. My favorite part is the bits of sea salt, which, mixed with the chocolate, makes for such a yummy treat. It honestly feels like a cheat treat, but it’s not! One complaint other customers have had is their dislike of dates. If you look at the active ingredients of most nutritional bars, you will also see dates. Personally, I love dates and think they are a great substitute as they add sweetness and texture. Speaking of texture, RX bars remind me a bit of Powerbars and Clif Bars rolled into one; firm, but still chewy with bits of nuts. If I absolutely had to say something negative about these bars, it would be that they get stuck in your teeth. Not a deal breaker for me though.

My least favorite flavor of the bunch is probably mint as I felt like the mint flavoring was a bit strong. With that being said, I have never been a huge fan of mint flavored foods or drinks, so I would attribute that to my review of this flavor in particular. Overall, I really enjoy RX bars and am excited to have discovered a great on-the-go treat. These have been the most useful for my early morning workouts when I don’t have time to cook myself breakfast before work. I love that they leave me feeling full and satisfied, and I take comfort in knowing they don’t contain any artificial ingredients.

RX Bars can be purchased online at the RX Bar web-site. A box of 12 (one flavor) is $25.99. A box of 12 (includes all 9 flavors) is $27.00. There are other box options available on their site, as well as an option for their subscription program which enables you to receive regular 30, 45 or 60 day shipments of RX Bar flavors of your choosing at 5% off the retail price. If you refer a friend, you can both get $5 off when your friend purchases RX Bars for the first time. RX Bars can also be purchased on Amazon and at certain retailers.

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