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Tested: Nutra-Fig Cheetah Bar Energy Bar

cheetah bar lemon

Lately I have been realizing that there is a world outside the Powerbar, and my latest find is the Cheetah Bar.

While “Power” is good, I’d sure like to be as fast as a “Cheetah,” an animal which isn’t exactly lacking in power.

This Cheetah Bar is an organic energy bar retailing at just 75 cents! I don’t know how they can afford it (since organic ingredients aren’t cheap,) but I’m not complaining!

The bar itself is a mix of organic figs and grains, sweetened with cane juice and pieces of fruit. That yields a great mix of carbs, protein, fat, and important nutrients like potassium. They are billed as “an ideal source of nutrition for bike racers and other endurance athletes” and I can’t say I disagree.

cheetah bar strawberry

There’s a picture of the strawberry bar on the left. As you can see, it’s a nice mix of whole food ingredients, kind of like hearty oatmeal in a bar shape. It’s definitely not as processed as a Powerbar.

The texture is nice; kind of like hearty oatmeal with fruit, like I mentioned. It’s surprisingly moist, but not wet. I’d say it’s similar to a Clif Bar in moistness, but tastes even closer to real food.

I was a bit worried about using them while riding, because even though they are moist, they look like they could crumble if you’re not careful. Turns out I was totally wrong, and they are ‘flexible’ enough to eat without losing any pieces alongside the road!

As for flavors, I tried lemon and strawberry.

The lemon was alright, not quite as flavorful as strawberry, but still a pleasant taste. Again, the taste was “real.” It’s not artificially sweet but it’s not too sour either.

The strawberry bar is sooo good though! The aroma is amazing and the taste is really good, plus it tastes real, too. I’m sure the dried strawberry pieces help with that!

Yep, it contains real strawberries. Take a look:

Organic Cane Juice, Organic California Figs, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Oat Bran, Organic Soy Beans (Roasted), Organic Brown Crisp Rice, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Rolled Barley, Organic Oat Flour, Glycerin, Natural Strawberry Flavor, Organic Dried Strawberries, Baking Soda, Non-GMO Lecithin, Citric Acid, Ammonium Bicarbonate

All that yields about 210 calories per bar, with 43g carbs. That’s right on par with a Powerbar, so you get all the energy, but skip the high fructose corn syrup and other crap!* And these are way cheaper!

(So head to their site soon, you can get a free sample pack – 2 bars for free and just $1 for shipping. Great deal, no catch.)

cheetah bar strawberry close up

My final verdict is…

You’d have to be stupid to pass up on the $1 deal. These bars rule!

I’ll definitely get some more and do some more on-bike tests. Even if they don’t replace my Powerbars in race situations, I could make them a staple on my training rides. (But this could very well become my go-to bar for racing.)

Complaints? The fact that I have to make hard choices between LARA BARS, Chunks of Energy, Cheetah Bars, Kashi granola bars, and even Powerbars and Clif bars now.

Official website: www.CheetahBar.com

*This bar has been discontinued.

* Update: The new Powerbar formula contains healthier ingredients.

Product Review Details
Company: Nutra-Fig
Product: Nutra-Fig Cheetah Bar
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.9 out of 5
Date last updated: 2014-11-11
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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2 Comments
  1. Hey,

    I have a hard time eating bulky foods like this while riding, sometimes I can stomach powerbars if I’m hungry. Are these really bulkier than powerbars or are they lighter?

    Thanks!

  2. I’d say they’re lighter. They’re not dense like Powerbars. Actually they could be similar to Fig Newtons, as in- if you can eat Fig Newtons while riding, these are probably fine.

    The only way to know for sure though is to just eat one while riding 🙂

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