We asked, and our readers have spoken. Our third annual ‘Best of’ showcases the best Paleo treats and snacks the Paleo community had to offer in 2014.
Best Paleo Bar: EPIC Bars
Protein bars, the way nature intended. EPIC Bars are a meat-based protein bar packed with large amounts of protein and no gluten. Created with grass-fed humanely raised meat, these bars are reminiscent of jerky. EPIC Bars are low in sugar and packed with other yummy add-ons like nuts and a variety of different spices. We love these all-natural meaty bars as a solution for breakfast, meal replacements or even just for a delicious protein-filled snack. EPIC Bars come in four different flavors, Bison, Turkey, Beef and Lamb. If you’re looking for a convenient protein-filled snack that is low in sugar and high in nutrients, we recommend the EPIC Bar.
Second Place: The Paleo Diet Bar
The Paleo Diet Bars are endorsed by the one and only Dr. Loren Cordain, and encourage you to “nosh naturally”. Packed with seventeen grams of egg white protein and seven grams of apple fiber, The Paleo Diet Bar is truly nutritious. These bars contain nine essential amino acids, are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, non-GMO and preservative free. These bars are an efficient source of protein for a convenient snack. They come in two different flavors, Cinnamon Raisin and Cranberry Almond.
Third Place: Simple Squares
Simple Squares Snack Bars are truly simple, but in a good way. Made with only five ingredients, these un-processed snack bars contain no wheat, gluten, dairy, corn or soy. They are low in sodium and contain no refined sugars, brown rice syrup or agave. Ingredients aside, these Simple Squares are healthy and perfect for those on the go. Simple Squares are packed with delicious whole nuts, herbs and spices creating a sweet and savory taste that is quite addictive. We like these snack bars because they are perfectly portioned for a nice pick-me-up and they come in fun flavors, Sage, Rosemary, Ginger, Coffee, Coconut and Cinnamon.
Honorable Mention: Rx Bars
Rx Bars are advertised as “prescribed by nature” and contain high quality pure egg white and almond protein. Each bar touts twelve grams of protein and delicious real food ingredients all individually chosen for health benefits. Dates were chosen as the main ingredient for the Rx Bars due to their natural sugars and fibers. Figs were also chosen as an important ingredient in each Rx Bar because of their high amounts of potassium and iron. We love Rx Bars for their chewy flavorful taste. They are extremely satisfying and we like that there is a fair amount of protein along with a great variety of real fruits and nuts that are in these bars. They come in a variety of flavors, Apple Cinnamon, Coffee Cacao, Blueberry, Peanut Butter and Coconut Cacao.
Honorable Mention: AMRAP Bars
For those familiar with Crossfit, the acronym AMRAP “As Many Reps As Possible” might be familiar to you. AMRAP bars have the perfect balance of sweet and salty and are an excellent choice of snack food bar whether you’re an avid athlete or just need a reliable source of nutrients. We like these AMRAP bars because of their nutrient-dense ingredients, taste, and their convenience. AMRAP bars come in three different flavors, Almond & Honey, Cashew & Vanilla, and Fig & Cacao. You can’t go wrong with any of these flavors for a mid-day refuel on energy.
Best Paleo Snack: Steve’s Paleo Goods
Besides the fact that we can’t get over how delicious these snack packs are, we love the fact that Steve’s Paleo Goods’ Paleo Kits support owner and creator Steve’s mission of training at-risk kids in CrossFit. PaleoKits are a vacuum sealed pack of yummy nitrate-free, free-range beef jerky, a variety of different nuts like raw macadamias, pecans and almonds, and some dried fruit like strawberries and cranberries. They are a great mid-day snack or addition to a delicious meal. We like this blend of healthy fat, carbs and natural protein. Not to mention, Steve’s beef jerky is juicy and full of flavor.
Second Place: Paleo Valley Grassfed Beef Sticks
Paleo Valley Grassfed Beef Sticks is what beef jerky wishes it was. Created with 100% Grass Fed Beef that has never been given grain, antibiotics or hormones, these Beef Sticks are an excellent source of Omega 3. They are also gluten free, soy free and sugar free for those who are worried about adding too much sugar in their diet. These beef sticks are smoked at a temperature of 105 degrees, and then allowed to naturally ferment just like in Paleolithic times. We love that these Paleo Valley Grassfed Beef Sticks were created with the plain and simple goal of making the best quality snack from healthy grass fed cows. Smoked Beef Sticks are ready to be enjoyed whenever, and wherever hunger strikes you.
Third Place: Primal Pacs
These on-the-go high-protein snack packs feature organic grass fed/ grass finished beef jerky, dried cranberries, almonds, raw macadamia nuts and dried mango. We love how satisfied and energized we feel after snacking on one of these. Primal Pacs also taste delicious. The taste and texture of the beef jerky is excellent but the addition of dried mango is what really complements the flavors of the rest of these packs. We like that these snack packs were relatively low-sodium, so all of the different ingredients in these packs had a chance to shine flavor-wise.
Honorable Mention: Wildway Grain-Free Granola
Wildway Grain-Free Granola is familiar in the best way. For those who crave granola, Wildway Grain-Free Granola is a perfect answer to your desires. Besides being grain-free (and delicious), Wildway Grain-Free Granola is gluten free, soy free, dairy free, oil free, raw, and has no added sugars, preservatives, colors, artificial flavors or sweeteners. The sweetness this granola touts comes straight from its dried fruit and great choice of spices. We love all three flavors: Banana Nut, Apple Spice, and Coconut Cashew Grain. We also love the fact that they use dates and sunflower seeds in their granola, offering a unique texture and a nice array of flavors.
Honorable Mention: Keep It Real Food Co.
Keep It Real Food Co has a variety of snacks made from naturally healthy ingredients. All of their products are low glycemic, grain free, soy free, dairy free and gluten free. They have No-Grain Granola, Seedy Crackers, Seed + Nut Bars, MightyMeals, Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies and Flourless Cocoa Nib Cookies. We really like their Mighty Meals, a flax, coconut, and chia seed hot (or cold) cereal that is perfect for a quick and healthy breakfast. Their Seed + Nut Bars are reminiscent of their No-Grain Granola, but we love both due to the delicious variety of organic seeds (sesame, pumpkin, flax, sunflower) and other healthy ingredients (almonds, vanilla, organic coconut oil, honey, cinnamon, salt) these different snacks provide.
Best Paleo Sweet Treat: Paleo Treats
Everyone’s favorite paleo treats to indulge in! With a variety of different treats, from the Bandito to the Brownie Bomb, we just can’t get enough of Paleo Treats. We love these pre-packaged, whole food desserts that leave us not having to feel guilty about a thing. Made with ingredients like raw cacao, honey, coconut oil and almond flour these desserts are definitely paleo-approved. If you’re craving some fudge we recommend the Brownie Bomb, or if you’re more into almond butter give the Mustang Bar a try. We promise you won’t regret it.
Second Place: eatingEvolved Chocolate
eatingEVOLVED considers its chocolate food not candy. Free of gluten, soy, dairy and refined sugar, this rich dark chocolate is crafted with maple sugar and organic cacao. Each bar of eatingEVOLVED Chocolate contains exciting nutrient dense and sustainably sourced ingredients like figs, coconuts, or almonds. We love eatingEVOLVED because of their commitment to high-quality ingredients making chocolate a superfood full of antioxidants – instead of a sugar filled junk food. eatingEVOLVED’s handmade chocolate comes in seven different flavors, Signature Dark, Almond and Sea salt, Vanilla Bean and Coffee, Crunchy Caramel, Coconut and Almond, Fig and Almond and Midnight Coconut.
Third Place: Hail Merry Miracle Tarts
Hail Merry Miracle Tarts are delicious pint-sized, vegan and grain-free desserts reminiscent of a cream pie. Served cold, these Miracle Tarts come in six different enticing flavors, Chocolate, Persian Lime, Chocolate Raw Almond Butter, Coconut Vanilla Crème, Meyer Lemon and Chocolate Mint. Made with raw oils and pure ingredients, these delicious desserts are a treat for both your sweet tooth and your body.
Honorable Mention: Lovebean Fudge
Smooth and creamy, we are addicted to this fudge. The delicious dark chocolate flavor that this spread provides is perfect for any chocolate lover. We love the fact that this fudge is completely paleo-friendly and made with Raw Virgin Coconut Oil and Coconut Sugar sweetened. We like to spread Love Bean Fudge on fruit for a yummy and healthy treat, but we also occasionally like eating it by the spoonful.
Honorable Mention: Primal Palate Cookies by Cappellos
Still on the hunt for the perfect paleo-friendly chocolate chip cookie dough? Cappellos might have the answer for you. Sold in pre-packaged rolls, this dough can be mixed into your favorite paleo-friendly ice cream recipe, cut and baked, or just eaten raw. This gluten-free, grain-free, nutrient-dense, cookie dough is the perfect low glycemic treat. Each roll makes about thirteen cookies, the perfect amount to share with friends or hoard and eat all by yourself.