Review: Urban Raccoons Gluten-Free Granola Bars
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Nov 3 2012

Review: Urban Raccoons Gluten-Free Granola Bars

A few weeks back I headed out for a special day with my mom.  We headed over to Whole Foods to get some groceries, as she doesn’t have a Whole Foods close to her in Dayton.  We planned on having lunch at Whole foods and then doing some grocery shopping there when we were finished.  One of the things I love about Whole Foods is discovering new products each and every time I walk through the doors.  On this specific trip I discovered Urban Raccoons Gluten-Free Granola Bars.

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I love the name of the company – it was the first thing that caught my eye and drew me over to the product.  Urban Raccoons was founded by Brad Indoe as he discovered he had a gluten intolerance after a series of unexplained illness and health conditions.  A little more about Urban Raccoons:

Forced to give up favorite cereals and granola bars I felt unsatisfied with most of the gluten free products on the market. Determined to make a positive change to the situation I begin experimenting how to develop better gluten free food while living and working in Southern California.

After identifying a lot of the missing voids in gluten free products I began focusing on how to incorporate protein, fiber, omega-3 and other desired nutrients back into my diet. The end result produced an assortment of gluten free snack foods with a personal favorite being granola bars.

Before I knew it I had packed my bags, left behind my corporate job and the L.A. fast lane to follow my entrepreneurial dreams. My bold moves lead me back to my native Ohio where I formed the unique brand name Urban Raccoons. Origins of the name refer to past humor (and frustration) from the notorious pack of mischief raccoons that routinely stole growing produce and other patio items outside my California home.

The main purpose of Urban Raccoons is to be a dedicated gluten free company that provides customers with better options and choices. We focus on quality and natural ingredients in each of our products. We proudly support local Ohio producers by purchasing honey and pure maple syrup. We strictly avoid the use of artificial preservatives and high fructose corn syrup. It’s my goal and core company principle to provide quality gluten free food products that offer better flavor and nutrition to daily lives.

The company makes gluten-free granola bars and cookies, though I only found and purchased the bars.  There are three varieties of the gluten-free granola bars:

All of the bars are made from certified gluten-free grains, nuts, dried fruits and chocolate chips.  They are sweetened using all natural honey and maple syrup made by local Ohio producers.  I really enjoyed both of the bars that I purchased and look forward to trying the Peanut Chocolate Chip next in addition to the cookies.  I love that I can feel good about eating these bars with quality ingredients.

Urban Raccoons granola bars can be purchased in health food stores in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana or onlineHave you heard of or tried any of the products made by Urban Raccoons?  What do you look for in a gluten-free granola bar?

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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