I was recently sent a box of Bobo's oat bars, with the promise they are "cycling fuel." I don't know about that, but they are pretty tasty.
When we got the box, I first allowed the family's chief nutritionist to inspect them. She's a generally tough audience, but she gave them a cautious thumbs up meaning they aren't laden with sugar or things she can't identify.
The kids on the other hand were not as excited. They wouldn't eat them as snack bars - too dry, and would only grudgingly eat them if we broke them up and poured milk on them. They'd probably love them as part of one of these concoctions, but a lot of those involve adding chocolate or marshmallows or some other item that the family nutritionist frowns upon.
No worries. More for me. While these aren't protein bars, two of them – Almond Butter and Peanut Butter – have 6 grams of protein or more per bar (each bar is two servings, for those of you counting calories). Whether that's enough to be "Cycling fuel", I'll let you decide.
What I do know is that I liked the bars, and since my snacks are usually limited to fruit, nuts or yogurt, it was a nice change. They are a little bit dry, and they won't ever me mistaken for a dessert, but if you break them up and mix them with berries and they're a pretty good mid-afternoon snack. About as close to a "treat" as I'm supposed to have (but I do know where the vending machine at work is located).
They're vegan, non-GMO, kosher, dairy-free and gluten-free. Some are nut free, and others are not, so be cautious if you have nut allergies.