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Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar Review

Nature's Bakery Fig Bar Review

Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar Review

Product Review

For this Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar review I ate an entire box of fig bars! Nature’s Bakery fig bars are 100% natural, made in the USA with stone ground whole wheat, non-GMO verified, and delicious!

I purchased a box containing 24 twin packs (8 fig, 8 raspberry, and 8 blueberry) at Costco for $8.59.

A Natural Alternative to

Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars are a natural alternative to Nabisco Fig Newtons. The classic Nabisco Fig Newtons contain artificial flavor, high fructose corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil.

To learn more about which ingredients to avoid and how to choose healthy snacks, see my Review of Unjunk Your Junk Food.

Ingredients in Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars

Fig Flavor

  • Stone ground whole wheat flour, Dried cane syrup, Brown rice syrup, Fig paste, Canola oil, Rolled oats, Caramel color (Ammonia-free), Sea salt, Citric acid, Oat fiber, Baking soda, Baking powder.

Blueberry Flavor

  • Stone ground whole wheat flour, Dried cane syrup, Brown rice syrup, Fig paste, Canola oil, Blueberry paste (Organic dried cane syrup, Naturally milled sugar, Modified food starch, Blueberries, Apple powder, Glycerin, Natural flavors, Pectin, Citric acid, Locust bean gum, Red cabbage extract for color), Rolled oats, Oat fiber, Caramel color (ammonia-free), Sea salt, Citric acid, Natural flavors, Baking soda, Baking powder.

Raspberry Flavor

  • Stone ground whole wheat flour, Dried cane syrup, Brown rice syrup, Fig paste, Canola oil, Raspberry paste (Naturally milled sugar, Organic dried cane syrup, Glycerin, Modified food starch, Raspberries, Apple powder, Natural flavors, Pectin, Citric acid, Locust bean gum, Red cabbage extract for color), Rolled oats, Oat fiber, Caramel color (ammonia-free), Sea salt, Citric acid, Natural flavors, Baking soda, Baking powder.

These tasty snacks do contain sugar, in the form of dried cane syrup and brown rice syrup. There are 10 grams of sugar per individual bar.

Packaging

The bars sold at Costco come in a thick cardboard box, with each pair of fig bars individually wrapped.

Promises

At Nature’s Bakery, our goal is simple: To give you the all natural, kosher, cholesterol-free fuel you need to help power life’s great journeys. Oh yeah, and to make it-and your journeys-jam-packed with flavor. With Mother Nature’s blessing, we’ve created perfect harmony among some of her very best handiwork, holding freshness ever sacred.

Health and Beauty Benefits of Figs

Each individual fig bar contains 2g of dietary fiber and 2g of protein. Dried figs contain more fiber per serving than any other fruit.1 The health benefits of fiber include lowering “your risk for high cholesterol, heart disease and constipation.”2

Figs can also be applied topically as an exfoliating body wash or face mask for glowing skin.3 I will have to try making a fig face mask sometime!

Observations

I love these fig bars! The twin packs are convenient to carry with me, for on-the-go snacks. I always bring them along in my yoga bag, to eat while walking home from yoga class. They are substantial enough  to hold me over for a bit.

My favorite flavors in this pack are the plain fig and raspberry. I like that the bars in the Costco pack are made with stone ground whole wheat. There are other yummy-sounding flavors listed on the Nature’s Bakery website, like Peach Apricot, Apple Cinnamon, Vanilla Fig, and Vanilla Raspberry.

Rating 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Nature’s Bakery fig bars earn their first star for containing all natural ingredients.

They miss out on one star for not using environmentally friendly packaging. Although the twin packs are convenient, they do create extra packaging, which will end up in a landfill.

These fig bars earn another star for effectively satisfying my craving for a snack.

Another star is awarded for being a good value for your money. The 24 pack at Costco sells for $8.59, which breaks down to 36 cents per twin pack (containing two fig bars).

A final star is awarded for being a pleasure to eat. These natural fig bars are my favorite snack right now!

Overall, Nature’s Bakery fig bars earn 4 out of 5 stars and are highly recommended!

Where to Buy Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars

You can help support Natural Beauty Lifestyle by purchasing through one of my affiliate links. There will be no extra cost to you, and I will earn a small commission. Thank you for your support.

You can purchase Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars online from Amazon or at Costco.

 Have you tried Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars? What’s your favorite snack?

Show 3 footnotes

  1. Health Benefits of Dried Figs, SFGate, http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-dried-figs-4181.html, viewed 9/16/13
  2. Health Benefits of Dried Figs, SFGate, http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-dried-figs-4181.html, viewed 9/16/13
  3. Figs for Skin Care, Type F, http://www.typef.com/article/figs-skin-care/

About the Author:

Heidi Avelino is constantly searching for ways to live a natural and eco friendly lifestyle. From switching to safe natural beauty products to embracing natural parenting methods. Follow along for the latest on natural products, DIY recipes, natural foods, and natural parenting. Aloha!

9 Comments on "Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar Review"

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  1. O.J. Miller says:

    Just the other day in Costco we looked at a box of Fig bars. The box is covered with info like “cholesterol free, Dairy free, 0 trans fat, etc., so we bought it for a snack for our grand children. But when at home we opened it and unwrapped it for the kids, we noticed to our dismay, that you use a CARAMEL colour. Earlier this week it was on TV, that the caramel colour is a dangerous carcinogen, and Coca-Cola and Pepsi,who used it also, already stopped using it and I can’t believe, that you do use it in your product. Because of companies like you we have now big numbers of small children having cancer and I think you should be ashamed of yourselves. The color in food is not needed at all, and when you use a carcinogens just to sell it, is disgusting. Whole box is now in garbage.
    O.J. Muller, MSc. M.Eng.
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    • Hi O.J. Miller,
      Thank you for expressing your concern over the caramel coloring used in the fig bars. On the box I purchased the caramel color is listed as ammonia-free. I believe it is caramel color processed with ammonia that poses a health concern. Either way, it would be best to contact Nature’s Bakery directly regarding your concern.

  2. Jana says:

    Very tasty, but I’m not going to buy them again until they remove the caramel coloring. I don’t understand why any coloring is needed, let alone the bad type.

  3. I contacted Nature’s Bakery to ask what type of caramel color they use in their fig bars. This is their response:

    “Thank you for contacting us. We appreciate and respect your readers concerns in regards to the use of caramel coloring in our fig bars. Please know that we use all natural Non-GMO Class 1 caramel coloring, which is ammonia-free, contains NO sulfite compounds, and carries the European designation of W150a. The caramel color we use is simply heated sucrose sugar until caramelized. If you have any other questions please let me know. Have a great day!”

    So there is no need to worry about the natural caramel color in the fig bars, which is made from heated sugar.

  4. jay says:

    How is it you can be Non Gmo Project verified but have modified corn starch in your ingredients????

    • jay says:

      Sorry modified food starch*

      • Hi Jay,
        This question would be best addressed directly to Nature’s Bakery. When looking on the ingredients list, I see “Modified food starch,” but it does not specify if it is corn starch. And, as far as I know, “modified” does not necessarily mean genetically modified, but that the properties of the starch have been modified.

Comments are welcome!