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the epic performance bar

The Epic Performance Bar contains all natural ingredients, but unlike most other products from Epic Provisions, these bars do not contain meat. They’re just fruit, nuts, and egg whites.

Let’s see how Epic stacks up against similar bars like the RX Bar and Larabar, and which one would be best for you.

Epic Bars

You probably think of EPIC Bars as the ones based on meat. The #1 ingredient could be beef, chicken, pork, venison, etc. It’s pretty obvious because the animal is depicted on the packaging!

If you don’t eat meat, you have probably avoided this company entirely.

Now you don’t have to, because the new Epic Performance Bar is entirely meat-free. And unlike the Impossible Whopper, the bars have a simple ingredients list based on nuts and fruit (i.e. they’re not pretending to be meat).

Here’s what Epic says about it:

We wanted to offer something totally different but equally EPIC. Enter the only widely available fruit- and nut-based egg bar made with cage-free egg whites on the market! It’s for people who care about the welfare of animals and wholesome, quality ingredients.

Health & Nutrition

Let’s see if these are healthy and offer nutritional value.

Ingredients (Lemon)

This ingredients list is the complete opposite of epic. It is literally just five ingredients!

dates, almonds, egg whites, sea salt, lemon oil

The quality of the ingredients, however, is certainly epic.

epic performance bar ingredients list

Not only do they use non-GMO ingredients, they use cage-free egg whites. (Out of bars that contain egg whites, it sounds like this is the only one that uses cage-free egg whites.)

Naturally, the bar is gluten-free. It doesn’t contain grains at all!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 210
Total Fat 8g
Total Carbs 25g
Fiber 4g
Sugars 19g
Protein 12g

Now, with bars like this, I normally choose them based on the ingredients rather than the macros. But I like how this bar has a good mix of carbs, fat, and protein.

Heck, it contains as much protein as some “protein bars.” (I don’t consider 12g protein to warrant the “protein bar” moniker, but you’ll see that in some marketing materials!)

Yes, it does skew toward carbs and sugar, but remember, it’s a “performance” bar. It’s meant for athletes who are going to absorb that sugar and use it to fuel their workouts!

Epic Taste Test

I sampled one flavor, lemon, which was the staff favorite recommended by TheFeed.com. Here’s what I thought:

Lemon

The bar looks like a dense, dark slab of date paste with a few almonds tossed in.

close up of the epic performance bar

When you get it near your nose, you notice the light lemon aroma.

That’s followed by a light lemon flavor when you take a bite.

Predominantly, though, there’s a date flavor. It’s like eating dates with a hint of lemon – which sounds strange, but it’s actually very good! It’s sweet and tangy. It’s mostly sweet (dates), but a little tangy (lemon) to make it interesting.

Other flavors include: almond butter chocolate, apple cinnamon, coconut lime, peanut butter chocolate, chocolate cocoa, peanut butter.

The chewiest bar I’ve ever encountered!

This bar is so dense and chewy. The texture is relatively smooth, but so chewy.

The occasional crunch comes from a few chunks of nuts.

It’s like super-compacted date paste. It takes a long time to eat one. A LONG time!

I would suggest that you take small bites! Savor each one.

And it will probably stick to your teeth.

On the plus side, there are no crumbs, and there’s nothing that will melt and make a mess.

Epic Performance Bar vs Larabar

epic performance bar compared to larabar energy bar

The ingredients are very similar. The only real difference is that the Epic Performance Bar contains egg whites, and the Larabar does not.

This bar was much more dense and chewy compared to a Larabar, despite both being date-based.

Most Larabars are softer. Even the more dense Larabar flavors are not this dense nor this chewy.

Epic Performance Bar vs RXBAR

These bars are nearly identical. The main ingredients for both are egg whites, dates, and nuts (but not necessarily in the same order).

The only real difference in the ingredients is that Epic uses cage-free egg whites.

It also seems like RXBAR uses more nuts and less dates, because they’re not quite as dense and chewy as the Epic Performance Bar.

box of epic performance bars

Best for…

This Epic Performance Bar would be a good snack to take hiking or camping.

It’s likely too much work to eat during a bike race, or even for a casual bike ride. You’ll have to breath through your nose while eating it!

Where to Buy

You can buy these bars in store or online.

I’ve seen Epic Bars in quite a few grocery stores.

If you’re ordering online, depending on your flavor preference, you might need to try their official website. A box of 9 is $18.99.

If you want the Lemon flavor, which is what I’d suggest, those do seem to be in stock at Amazon.

My final verdict is…

The ingredients list is great. The flavor is pretty good. And it’s so dang chewy that you’re forced to chew it slowly, mindfully, and really enjoy it.

The problem with the bars is that they are too high in sugar to eat when sedentary, and too chewy to eat during exercise.

Official website: www.EpicProvisions.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com

Product Review Details
Company: Epic Provisions
Product: Epic Performance Bar
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2020-02-13
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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