If you are not in the know, Picky Bars hail from our backyard – Bend. They were the brainchild of some bad ass athletes – Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas, along with their friend Steph Bruce – who wanted to create something that was easy to eat at all points preceding and following a workout, and even during. You can read their Founder’s Story, but basically the three of them desired to created a bar that combined real food ingredients with performance qualities, was easily digestible, and, because Steph has Celiac Disease, something gluten-free. Thus, Picky Bars was born.
Picky Bars don’t feel like your typical bar. They are soft to the touch – even through the wrapper – not a hard, dense concoction. There are clearly different ingredients in each of the 9 types of bars, but the primary features are dates and some sort of seed or nut butter which are designed to provide athletes with fast-acting carbs, long-lasting fats, and a bit of protein, to keep you satisfied and fueled at the same time. And at under 200 calories, they are a solid caloric option as well. We were sent three options to check out – All-In Almond, Lauren’s Mega Nuts, and Smooth Caffeinator.
Lauren’s Mega Nuts was the very first flavor that was made in Lauren’s home in Eugene. It’s like a mild take on a PB&J sandwich, and harkening back to comfort food while out on a run is never a bad thing. The taste is not overpowering (it’s not like you just swallowed a glob of creamy peanut butter), but a little light flavoring – combined with cinnamon and chocolate chips – makes this probably my favorite of the trio. Smooth Caffeinator provides a little bit of a kick, combined with hazelnut flavoring to keep the taste more neutral (maybe it tastes like a snack of coffee and Nutella). I found the All-In Almond to be a nice middle ground of sweetness and saltiness which – with a concoction of dates, almond butter, cranberries, apricots, and chocolate chips – that’s quite the feat. It’s almost like a trail mix of sorts in bar form.
Having never really delved into Picky Bars before, I can tell you I will ABSOLUTELY checking out the rest in their catalog – they just sound delicious. And if they are anything like these three, I know I will be loving them.
You should be able to find these with relative ease using their Store Locator.
Items: Picky Bars
- $27.50/carton of 10
- Picky Club = $1.92/bar
Thank you to Picky Bars for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.