Yoga Fuel: Everything Bars from Sinfull Bakery

This is the kind of review I hesitate to write. I am a horribly selfish person, so I fear that giving props to this product will result in my having difficulty finding it, which in turn makes me want to keep it a secret. I'm torn! But I will grudgingly share, because you should know about these bites of heaven. My love-affair with the Everything Bars from Sinfull Bakery started about five weeks ago, and they have become my pre-yoga snack obsession ever since.

As a rule I don't like "energy bars" -- the crunchy ones taste like cardboard, and the texture is usually dry and crumbly and dusty. The soft ones taste like artificial fruit flavor, and the texture is often gummy, bordering on sticky. So when I passed by Sinfull Bakery's booth at the Saturday morning Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Eastside, I honestly can't tell you why I picked up the Everything Bar. I paid $6 for two bars and stuck them in my basket, reasoning that if I couldn't stand them my husband would certainly eat them.

And now I'm a full-blown addict.

The Everything Bar is everything that "regular" energy bars are not: satisfying both during and after the eating of them, chewy without being mushy, and sweet, but not in a cloying way. I've started going to the market even earlier than usual to make sure I snag at least a couple of bars; Sinfull recently increased the portion size (and the cost, to $3.50), and two bars lasts my husband and me about a week. I break off one-third to one-half at a time, and combined with a piece of fruit or a cup of milk that makes a filling snack. One-half of a bar over yogurt with fruit is a hearty breakfast or lunch, and is my current favorite pre-yoga meal.

The bars are studded with yummy treats like chocolate chips, local organic pecans, cranberries, seedless raisins, and walnuts, and flavored with agave syrup, maple syrup, rum, and brown sugar which impart a cozy, homemade quality. A little goes a long way and I can power through a 90-minute hot class or a 60-minute vinyasa without a problem after just a few bites.

You can taste a sample of the Everything Bar -- and many other Sinfull Bakery treats -- on Saturday mornings between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market on Eastside, off of Richmond. Everything Bars, like all Sinfull products, are vegan and Sinfull also offers many gluten-free options.

Ingredients (4 oz./100g): Organic AP flour (wheat, barley), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Brown Sugar, Organic Seedless Raisins, Cranberries, Organic Flax Seeds, Chocolate Chips, Local Organic Pecan, Walnuts, Vegan Butter, Rum, Organic Agave Syrup, Maple Syrup, Egg Replacer, Water, Pure Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Salt.

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Christina Uticone