There has been a lot of buzz on the Twittervine lately about Lara Bar recipes and how to make your own Lara Bar-style trail bars. A few months ago I posted a simple recipe for making this type of trail bar at home with minimal ingredients and fuss. Sarah Kirkconnell (Trail Cooking Blog) has also posted several trail bar recipes that are very similar to Lara Bars - moist and chock full of nuts.
There must be something about this type of bar that makes them so delicious and a favorite among backpackers. I was recently sent some samples of a new organic bar by Skout Natural Foods. The bars are similar in consistency to Lara Bars and also based mostly on chopped dates.
I hadn't heard of Skout Natural Food so I checked out their website.
Skout Natural Foods are made in Portland, Oregon, with a carefully chosen handful of organic ingredients. Our Trailbars provide a delicious source of naturally occurring protein, fiber and vitamins. Skout Trailbars are vegan, 100% organic and include a full serving of fruit sourced from local Northwest orchards when available.
The Skout Trailbars are our first products to hit the shelves. Stay tuned for the introduction of an organic granola snack in the near future.
I haven't tried all of the different flavors yet, but I will say that the Cherry Vanilla trail bar was delicious. The Skout bars seem to have more texture or nuts in them than Lara Bars which would be perfect for a trail bar, or at least the Cherry one did.
I haven't seen these in any of the stores I frequent yet, but they are readily available online via the Skout Store. If I see them anywhere I'll be sure to point them out, but definitely be on the look out for these. I predict these will be very popular if they aren't already.
Disclosure: Skout Natural Foods provided Brian's Backpacking Blog with a mixture of complementary snack bars to review.