I’m always on the quest to find good gluten free nutrition bars that I can stash in my car or purse as snacks and I found another gluten free nutrition bar to add to my arsenal: Rise Bars! A couple weeks ago I was contacted by the good folks at Rise Bars to try their new gluten free bars. I had never heard of Rise Bars before but when I went to their website I was immediately drawn in by the picture of a surfer on their website. Great marketing for someone like me. Ha! They even gluten free certified and have a link to their certificate on their website. You can check out the link to their certification here.
I received a box of Rise Bars in the mail filled with a variety of flavors. Check them out:
- Crunchy Perfect Pumpkin
- Apricot Goji
- Blueberry Coconut
- Almond Honey
- Crunchy Honey Walnut
- Raspberry Pomegranate
- Crunchy Carob Chip
- Cherry Almond
- Coconut Acai
- Crunchy Cranberry Apple
Um, can we say yum?
And if you haven’t guessed by their name and flavors, Rise Bars are breakfast bars! But of course they can be eaten at any time of the day whenever you want. Big brother isn’t watching you.
The ingredients in Rise Bar are all pretty simple, which is great. I had the Coconut Acai flavor one night as a snack before my soccer game and I thought it was pretty tasty and had a natural blueberry flavor – not the artificial kind. I also had the Blueberry Coconut and Almond Honey and my husband tried the Crunchy Apple Cranberry. Admittedly, we haven’t tried all the flavors yet but we are planning to bring them with us on our upcoming trip to New Zealand over Thanksgiving.
Here are my Pros and Cons for Rise Bars:
Pros: Unique, Breakfast Style Flavors. Simple Ingredients. Gluten Free. Tastes good (very important)
Cons: Some of the bars have added sweeteners. I am not a huge sweet tooth person anymore (thank you, gluten free diet) and think the bars would probably taste fine to me without the added sweetener.
Even though some of the Rise Bar flavors have added sweetener, the bars still don’t have a ton of sugar even with the added sweetener so that is a good thing. The Raspberry Pomegranate flavor has tapoica syrup and 14g of sugar per bar. Not bad.
Rise Bars are new and growing so you will probably see them pop up in more stores in the future. I have seen them at Nekter Juice
Bar and Sprouts Market. You can check out the store locator on their website here. If you buy on their website, use the code 5OFFRISE to get $5 off your order. Or you can always purchase Rise Bars on Amazon.
So, would I buy Rise Bars again? Heck yes. I will probably try and stick to flavors like Almond Honey because I like it and it has only three
ingredients – almonds, honey, and whey protein isolate. But I did have a thing for the Blueberry Coconut and Coconut Acai bars, too. I am looking forward to adding these bars to my gluten free approved nutrition bar list and eating the remainder of the variety pack on our trip to New Zealand!
I’ve teamed up with the kind folks at Rise Bar to give TWO lucky winners a variety pack of Rise Bars just like the one I received. You can enter the contest by filling out the form below. Enjoy!
**Disclosure: I received a free variety pack of Rise Bars to try out as a sample. I liked them a lot and decided to write this review. Enjoy!