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    Review: Betty Lou’s Fruit Bars

    A few weeks ago I received some fruit bars from Betty Lou’s to sample & review.  I thought these would be perfect for Jon to have as a snack, but he turned his nose up at them without tasting them the first time I offered them.  I asked him how he could say he didn’t like them if he had never tried them.  He didn’t really have a “good” answer.  His answer was more along the lines of “because I know”, which is standard teenage speak because life can’t just be simple.  I put them in a bowl on the island in our kitchen and planned on working my way through them.

    I came home from picking up Hannah from school a few days later and Jon came downstairs proclaiming that the bars were the best thing he had ever tasted!  I said that I thought he didn’t like them, to which he said “I didn’t say that!”.  Do you see what I go through?  He said they reminded him of cereal bars that he used to eat before starting the gluten-free diet.  The first day he tried them, he worked his way through 4 of them.  I don’t recommend eating them in the quantity that Jon did, though I was just pleased he was interested in a food other than Chipotle & Cool Ranch Doritos.

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    The gluten-free fruit bars come in five different varieties:

    Blueberry – Blueberry Fruit Filling (Fruit Juice Concentrate [Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Apple], Blueberries, Apples, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Apple Powder, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Organic Rice Flour, Red Cabbage Extract for Color), Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Water, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

    Apple cinnamon – Apple Cinnamon Fruit Filling (Fruit Juice Concentrate [Pear, Pineapple, Apple, Peach], Apples, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavors, Apple Powder, Zante Currants, Citric Acid, Pectin, Water, Cinnamon, Locust Bean Gum, Annatto Extract and Turmeric for color), Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

    Apricot – Apricot Filling (Fruit Juice Concentrate [Pear, Pineapple, Apple, Peach], Apricots, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Apple Powder, Natural Flavor, Apricot Juice Concentrate, Water, Turmeric and Annatto Extract for color, Citric Acid, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum), Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Water, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

    Cherry – Cherry Fruit Filling [Fruit Juice Concentrate (Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Apple), Cherries, Apple Powder, Tapioca Starch, Inulin, Natural Flavors, Water, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Citric Acid, Red Cabbage Extract, Red Beet Juice Concentrate and Annatto for color], Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Water, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

    Strawberry – Strawberry Fruit Filling [Fruit Juice Concentrate (Pear, Pineapple, Apple, Peach), Apple Powder, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Strawberries, Natural Flavor, Evaporated Apples, Pectin, Citric Acid, Red Beet Juice Concentrate for color, Locust Bean Gum, Red Cabbage Extract and Annatto for color], Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Water, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

    Each bar has 180 – 190 calories, 3 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.  In addition to being free of gluten, they are also free of corn, soy & dairy.  Betty Lou’s can be purchased in stores across the US and online at Betty Lou’s & Amazon.

    Obviously these were a huge hit in our house.  I am glad that I snuck one before Jon discovered his newfound love.  In fact, he asked me to get him some more as soon as I could.  Have you tried Betty Lou’s fruit bars?  What did you think?

    ***The products reviewed in this post were sent to us free of charge for review purposes.  The opinions posted here are mine (and Jon’s) and have not been influenced in any way.

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