Review: Gluten Free Rise Bars & Giveaway
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!
I always love trying new snacks/bars!
Me too. Adding them to the list!
Those look tasty!
Did going Gluten-Free really cure your sweet tooth? I struggle like crazy with sugar and sweets and haven’t found a way around it. Eating more healthy fats does nothing in that department for me.
Hey Rob! Good to hear from you. Question for you. Are you still eating a lot of sugar in your diet? For me my sugar cravings come back when I eat stuff like Halloween candy, chocolate, gluten free baked goods, pasta, etc. But when I stick to a naturally gluten free and mainly paleo diet, I start to become highly sensitive to sugar. And this is coming from the queen of sweets! It takes some time but if you’re willing to work at it, it will go away (and it will come back just as quickly once you eat it again). Darn sugar.
These look interesting.. I’m glad to read your review.. I’m always a bit leery of trying new protein bars because most have weird ingredients and don’t actually fill me up or fuel me!
Stacey- I agree with you! I’ve reviewed several different gluten free bars now and these are made with pretty simple ingredients which is great. Id compare them to in between a Larabar and Larabar Uber.
I am constantly running late and any breakfast bar would be fab – especially one with all-natural ingredients!
Margaret, you and me both! These bars are great to stash in your purse or car.
I’ve also recently heard of Rise bars! I love simple, healthy foods and am looking forward to trying them soon!
Enter the giveaway and try and win some for free!
I got these in a stridebox once. Must try them out. The blueberry coconut sounds amazing. Heck. All of these do. Perfect for marathon training when I’m out n about and don want to eat poorly. I also have an issue w wheat so these are perfecto.
Yay, when you try them out you must report back and let us know how you like them!
I love these bars! The breakfast bars are great and perfect for on the go and I love the protein bars after a run instead of having to make a smoothie.
Nice! Yes they are definitely good when you want snack but don’t want to prepare food.
Looking forward to trying new bars that don’t taste like bricks…. eg. Powerbars… 😀
I love to try new bars and these look great!
Jeremy Pepper says
How was the Apricot Goji?
Debra Lee says
I love trying new gluten free items and bars are a staple in my diet!
Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com says
These Rise bars seem like the perfect go to snack. I like that they have minimal ingredients and super yummy tasting flavors! Thanks for your review.
I put healthy breakfast bars in my fitness bag for my university students who come to class without having eaten breakfast. It helps prevent them from fainting. Silly kids.
I have been g-f about a year now and am continually looking for take-along healthy snack/meal options. These look very good.
I always love trying new bars–gf especially. I find them to be more natural usually
These are really good! I think you will enjoy them if you like more natural ingredients.
Laurel C says
Yum!!! These look SO good!
I enjoy trying snacks made of all natural ingredients.
Alma Bosek says
I enjoy a bar for a morning snack and then an afternoon snack too. I would really love to try these yummy looking bars.
Lynda @MommyPowers says
We are always looking for healthy alternatives to junk food snacks.
Us too. It’s amazing how much junk is in food, isn’t it?
I like that the ingredients list is even shorter than for Quest bars.
Lindsay, would you mind leaving a rating for Rise Bars on my site as well? I’m trying to get more honest user reviews, rather than (often) fabricated reviews on the shopping sites.
Sure thing! Send me a link 🙂