There's A New Bar In Town

10 Comments 31 August 2004

All of you booze hounds out there got excited didn’t ya?!
No, we are talking about a healthy kind of bar … LÄRABAR.

One of the biggest dilemmas in Celiac World is to get food on the run. You know the different scenarios – on an airplane, starving while shopping, a good hike where everyone else is downing Power Bars. Gluten-Free Lärabar is finally here for us! They made their debut on the west coast and are finally now available citywide here in NYC! The whole raw food craze has no doubt helped the makers of Lärabar to create a new niche in the mostly bogus "energy bar" market. Made from 100% whole, raw food, each flavor contains no more than 2 to 6 ingredients. You can enjoy them with the comfort of knowing that they are backed by the Celiac Sprue Association with a little gluten-free symbol right on the package! Either order them directly from their website or you’ll also spot them popping up at places like Whole Foods or your local health food store. Oh, and The Gluten Free Trading Company just introduced them to their already excellent catalog of interesting, hard to find GF foodstuffs. (see 6/7/04 blog)

These convenient little packages of nourishment fill you up and each flavor is quite tasty! I can’t even pick a favorite out of the selection of Apple Pie, Banana Cookie, Cashew Cookie, Cherry Pie and Chocolate Coconut Chew. Just more proof that a quick snack doesn’t need added sugars and whey fillers to taste good!

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  1. 1
    Jane Trevett says:

    I love your website. I finally heard it referred to as a “blog”. I spent a few hours listening to C-SPAN hearing a discussion of what political “blogs” are and I was so thrilled that you have the first celiac “blog”.

    Congratulations! I have a new “bar” for you to research. My son picked it up on the Ct/NY border someplace and it was one of the most delicious bars I have ever tasted!

    I wrote to the company and they said I would have to buy them in 24 or 36 bar quanitities, and I am not about to do that, but I would love to see them in every health food store in the country.

    Here is the info:

    The bars are made in Canada. The e-mail address is the only thing they give you on the bar and it is:

    The name of the bar is “TROPIX” and there are several flavors. The one I have before me is “Almond Ginger”, but they are all good. They have several flavors.

    INGREDIENTS: Pumpkin seeds, almonds, crystalized ginger, real lime fruit, chips, brown rice syrup and honey.


    Good luck with getting them in every health food store in the country!

    Jane Trevett, Co-founder
    Greater New Haven Celiac Group
    46 Richard Sweet Drive\
    Woodbridge, CT 06525
    (203) 393-0095

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    Beth says:

    Just so you know, Tropix bars are available at a chain called The Health Nuts in NYC. So if you’re taking a trip you can usually fing them at Health Nuts locations. “Organic Food Bars” (that is the name on the package) are also raw, gluten free, and dairy free. You can find them at Whole Foods and Health Nuts and the Westerly food market in NYC. I am looking forward to trying Larabar.


  3. 3
    Alexandra says:

    Are “whey fillers” gluten free?

    New to the diagnosis.


  4. 4
    Kelly says:


    Whey is from milk. Here is a definition I found:

    (n.) The serum, or watery part, of milk, separated from the more thick or coagulable part, esp. in the process of making cheese.

    So it is not a grain product…however since I have issues with dairy as just an extra allergy…(and a lot of celiacs do not tolerate dairy well)…I steer clear of the stuff and most “health bars” contain whey for its protein qualities.

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    Janet Gross says:

    I work at a health food store called The Green Market in Lisbon, CT. and we have a huge selection of G.F. foods. We got some samples from The Gluten Free Cookie Jar located in Pa. Well, I went crazy over the -get this- Italian Ricotta Cheese Cookies. They taste as good as that sounds. And the chocolate chip cookies were out of sight. They also sell the package mix to make them yourself. or call them at 1-888-GLUTEN-O (That’s a zero not a letter) The order form was 6 pages long and filled with yummy looking things.

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    Debra says:

    Hi everyone!
    I love this web site:-). I’m also noticing that because of the article in TimeOut, I don’t get as many blank stares these days when I tell a waiter I have to interrogate him/her about the food because I have celiac disease. It’s great!
    For some weird reason, though, I had a negative reaction to the Larabars. Got really bloated and constipated…you know the drill. Sounds like everyone else is doing well with them, but I thought I should mention it. I know they contain dates, which are often dusted with oat flour to make them a little drier. The accepted wisdom is that celiacs can handle oats, but I find that although they don’t make me as violently ill as wheat, barley and rye, I do react to them. Any one else have my experience with Larabars? Could there be some oat flour contamination? Or maybe it’s just me;-)
    Btw, the Organic Food Bars Beth mentioned are great, and very hunger-satisfying!! Debra

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    Annie says: This link describes a new group for teenagers with chronic illness. It was initiated by a teenage girl with celiac disease who happens to be my daughter. Please tell your friends & loved ones.

    Aside from being a great outlet for teans weary of chronic illness, it’s a very powerful description of what it’s like to get diagnosed with celiac. Thanks, and be well/eat well.

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    isabel says:

    Just found another new bar I’d like to share: the ANDI bar. It is gluten free and casein free (yay! for the dairy free contigent) and contains approx 15-17 grams of protein and 4g of fiber. These bars are sold by the Autism dietary intervention network and are absolutely delicious (they don’t look too great- knidda like powerbars- but ignore that, the taste and crunch -from flax seeds- is what matters)! I buy them by the caseload. They come in lots of flavors (including a low carb/high protein coconut macadamia flavor) but my favorite is chocolate shake (tastes just like the name implies, really).

    You can get them at for about $2.00 each (they sell cases for less)

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    Molly says:

    Perfect 10 Bars ( have been in Canada for the last two years but now they are available in the US. They’re called “Perfect 10” because of the 3 nuts, 3 fruits, and 4 seeds in them – Nothing else. Totally free of gluten, dairy, and egg, each bar has almonds, ground flaxseed, and other gluten-free nutritious ingredients. 3.5-5.5 grams of fiber in each bar, 4-5 grams of protein, and 8 grams of the heart-healthy fats. No added sugars or syrups either! The rawness comes out in the flavor as you don’t have to chew it forever – It just cleanly breaks up in your mouth.

    They were sampled at the Columbia University Patient Education Day last year where everyone loved them, but we couldn’t purchase them in the US until now. Miss Roben’s sells them for about $2/bar I think – Cheaper than the Perfect 10 Bar website.

    Contact on the website is or 866-800-9930.

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    Stacy says:

    Just wanted everyone to know that I found a great GF bar. It’s called PROTRIA and it’s pretty good. I found them in a health food store in NYC ( A Matter of Health ) but you can buy them on line at

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