Regrained Bars Review | Average Hiker
Regrained Bars Review Quest
This Regrained Bars review continues my quest for a “good” food bar. I will qualify this by saying, it is based on both my own, and Lulu's, own personal tastes. Mine are slightly more discriminating.
After thousands of miles backpacking, I have had opportunity to try most every food bar currently available, and there are very few that I can continue to stomach after a few weeks. The exception is of course the Big Sur Bar, but I won't go into detail on the this bar since my gushing over them in prior posts has probably become tiresome.
Regrained Bars Story
The Regrained Bars story can be found here, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I was drawn right in by it's “SuperGrain+” claims. In summary, they use the grain dregs from beer distilling to create a Super Grain flour. It is described as a “functional food” that is “best put to use through edible upcycling.” I'm not sure what this means, but the first picture of brown ropes did make me pause. Fortunately, it was followed up by a second more promising picture.
Nutrition is a fundamental building block of the story. The team at Regrain claims…
- 55% more dietary fiber than wheat flour
- 24% more protein than quinoa
- 26% less calories than wheat flour
A check for everything but less calories. When hiking 15-20 miles per day, I try to cram in as many calories as possible, in as small a package as possible. It is still intriguing to have any food on the same platform as pizza though, so I continued with the review.
Regrained Flavors and Taste
I ordered the Regrain Bars Sample Pack. There are three flavors.
- Chocolate Coffee
- Honey Cinnamon
- Blueberry Sunflower
The bar packaging was plastic with a cartoon type design, and fairly muted colors. The bar itself was what I refer to as a “classic bar,” meaning it was soft and slightly moist due to the syrups used. I prefer a baked bar with some crispness to it. Of all the bars, the flavor profile was strongest in the Coffee bar. I don't like coffee though, so this bar fell to the bottom of my list, but not Lulu's.
The Honey Cinnamon was my favorite flavor. The almonds were not over powering, and the honey was not too sweet. It had a fairly mild taste, and the Cinnamon was a nice compliment to the mild sweetness. This bar had the same moist, chewy texture as the Chocolate.
Blueberry is usually my favorite flavor, as is most any berry flavor, but this was not the case with this bar. The ginger and sunflower combination resulted in an odd slightly tangy taste for me. This bar also had the same moist, chewy texture as the others.
Regrain Bars Summary
- Recycling of waste from another primary process
- Nutritional Value
- Ingredients – natural
- Marketing – story, value
- Texture – not a moist and chewy fan
- Flavors – the combinations were not my favorites, although I like the Honey Cinnamon
- Calories – Primarily eat bars when backpacking, so like more calories
These are probably not bars I would carry backpacking or hiking. The texture and flavor combinations were not my favorite, although I'm sure there are those that will enjoy the flavors.
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