Thursday, 9 October 2014

Frank Bars - Review

Disclaimer - The Recipe Resource were sent five Frank Bars for the purpose of an independent review. The views expressed are entirely my own - or rather those of my fussy, hard to please taste-testers!




About the Frank Food Company

"FRANK bars are a deliciously indulgent snack bar made with 100% natural ingredients such as wholegrain oats, dates & dried plums and topped with a delicious dairy free Coconut Cream chocolate. FRANK bars are gluten, nut, & dairy free and are a source of protein, with each bar containing almost 4g of protein per 35g bar. FRANK bars also contain ENERGYSMART®, which is a patented, all-natural combination of carbohydrates from select fruits (apple, grape & pear) plus specially developed natural dextrins from grain which together provide longer-lasting energy. ENERGYSMART® is a registered trademark of Advanced Ingredients Inc. (USA)"


There are currently five Frank Bars available - Oat and Chocolate, Blueberry and Chocolate, Strawberry and Chocolate, Orange and Chocolate and plain Chocolate. They are more cocoa flavoured than "chocolate" and a wonderful chewy-but-not-too-sticky texture.

We were particularly keen to get hold of these because our current favourite bars contain cashew nuts. Whilst this is wonderful for my children's protein intake on their very restricted diet, they were not allowed in school because for some nut allergic children even cashew nuts are dangerous due to processing methods. Frank bars are nut free so this is not an issue.

Another major issue for us is soya avoidance. Too many foods replace dairy with soya and my twins - particularly our daughter are extremely sensitive to soya. The last accidental ingestion caused two days of considerable acute ill health and a month's recovery time.  Frank bars are soya free too!


Frank bars also have a sustained energy release so are ideal to carry in bags for energy dips. For us, this is more than a potential unpleasant energy lull, as we have low blood sugars to manage in one child and these can actively help as part of a balanced diet.

So - what did we think?

The twins loved all except (bizarrely?) the plain chocolate bar. Blueberry and Strawberry were a real hit, orange was "good" and the oat one "nice".  All round a massive thumbs up!


Our daughter really struggles with foods that are too sticky or chewy so these are fantastic. They are both quite suspicious of new foods, previously associating many foods with pain and discomfort so to spontaneously give a new food a positive endorsement is a huge compliment.

Which were their favourites?



As a parent I'm really pleased to have discovered Frank Bars. They certainly tick all my boxes and I'm delighted that Asda now stock them which makes it a little easier to source them - although I notice you can purchase directly from the Frank website. It's not often this little chap embraces a new food so enthusiastically - hats off to Frank!


17 comments:

  1. I've tried the strawberry and chocolate and it was delicious! great that they are nut and soya free too

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  2. I'm so pleased that you've found another treat friendly for your family! My girls love these bars :-)

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  3. Yum these looks great. My OH has a dairy intolerance and I think he would love the coconut cream topping so going to forward it to him - thank you!

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  4. It sounds and looks as though these have been a big hit x

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  5. My two have loved these since we discovered them at the 2013 Allergy show. Funnily enough, the plain chocolate is the one they like the least too - G loves the oat and chocolate and both love the blueberry flavour. Our go-to snacks for the nut-free lunch-boxes too :)

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  6. They do look and sound lovely. Strawberry and chocolate especially.

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  7. I didn't know Asda were stocking them now, that's good to know. I've only found them in a proper health food shop before. My favourite's the blueberry :)

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  8. I have never heard of these before....They sound very tasty x

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  9. I'm going to Asda on Monday so will grab some. They look yummy!

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  10. I've not heard of those before but they sound lovely

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  11. ooo I've not tried these before. We currently have Nakd bars but I'm always worried my son may develop a nut allergy as he is already allergic to dairy and egg. I will definitely give these a try!

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  12. These sound like they'll be a good healthy snack for your family

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  13. Never heard of them before but will look out for them

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  14. These look great, I'll be adding some to my next Asda order xx

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  15. Not heard of these before, great if you do have intolerances

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  16. I've never heard of these but they sound fantastic! Definite one for our shopping basket (chocolate in particular :) ) Thamks for linking to PoCoLo :) x

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  17. Looks like these have gone down a 'treat', great review Kate

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