I once knew someone who loved to eat a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of a freshly grilled burger patty. This is true. You don't have to rush out and try that particular combo, but consider the love for sweet/savory mergers: bacon and maple, kettle corn, even pineapple draped roast ham. When you bite into this bar, you'll know it's just right. The cherries are tart and a little sweet. The beef is perfectly meaty without overpowering the cacao nibs' complexity. This recipe is the most daring of the DNX lineup and it might just be the most successful. The Dark Chocolate Cherry Coconut Beef bar will blow your gourmet-weary mind.
Now is truly the era of the meat bar. Not stiff jerky or overly greasy snack sticks. Real, decadent, perfectly spiced meat bars that will have you swearing off those "energy bars" of years past, or even your artisanal jerky of late. And to think I actually used to LIKE things like Powerbars and Clif bars and their brethren.... yikes.
In this brave new meat bar era, you get to enjoy things like this, from a company called Daily Nutrition, Excellent Taste (or, DNX for short). Long-winded name aside, they have made the protein-heavy paleo-friendly bar of animal into a treat to be enjoyed every single day. They start with grass-fed and pastured meats, then add nuts, spices, and even fruit to the recipe to make each flavor a wondrous gourmet delight.
Admit it. You saw the "dark chocolate" in the name and stopped to investigate. And then, cherry? Cool. Coconut? Awesome. And . . . beef? What the heck. Hear me out. This bar will blow your gourmet-weary mind. Each bite is at once tender, barely sweet, and oh-so-savory. For the record, all of the flavors by DNX hit the right notes. Not too sweet, not too salty, not too savory or even too "meaty", if there is such a thing.
But this flavor is bold and worth the exploration. Backing up the cherries and cacao nibs are sweet potato powder, egg whites for chew, and slow-smoked beef that is ever so tender. You'll love this bar.
Sourcing. Sustainability. Love. Yes, all of these things are in each bar, each deliciously delightful bar.
Here's what they say about what goes into their bars: "Most bars make you choose. You can get quick energy and a candy bar flavor – if you give up total nutrition and don’t worry about whether your food is organic. Other bars achieve high protein content using highly processed whey and soy isolates, and they just don’t taste good."
Grass-Fed Beef is lower in fat than grain fed animals: about the same fat content as skinless chicken. “Grass-Fed Beef” denotes that no grain finishing, antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products were ever used in the care and raising of the cattle.
The reason that grass-fed animals have more Omega-3s than grain-fed animals is that Omega-3s are formed in the green leaves (specifically the chloroplasts) of plants. Sixty percent of the fat content of grass is a type of Omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic or LNA. This beef also contains a rich source of another type of good fat called “conjugated linoleic acid” or CLA. When cattle are raised on fresh pasture alone, their meat can contain as much as five times more CLA than products from animals fed conventional diets.
Goji Berries are included for their abundance of nutrients and the hundreds of years of proven medicinal use. Also, they are super tart and tasty.
Inulin gets included in this healthy recipe for its prebiotic value of feeding the intestines good bacteria to safely aid in digestion.
Grass Fed Beef, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Powdered Egg Whites, Organic Amber Honey, Organic Tart Dried Cherries, Organic Inulin (blue agave), Organic Ghee, Organic Coconut Chips, Organic Dried Goji Berries, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Sweet Potato Powder, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Spices, Organic Moringa Oliefera Powder, Organic Sacha Inchi Powder, Celery Juice Powder (celery powder, sea salt).
Firstly, what the heck is DNX? It's a bit of a playful acronym for "Daily Nutrition, eXcellent taste". I like the subtle reference to R(x) in the name - that food should be your medicine, especially if it has great ingredients and real nutrition.
Here's what they say about their beginnings, "DNX Foods founder, John Rooney, made the conscious decision to change his unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle and embark on a fitness and wellness journey. While adopting a regular exercise and clean-eating routine, he noticed a lack of portable, nutritious food options; there seemed to be only an endless array of processed, artificial, low-quality snack bars with unpronounceable ingredients and misleading labels. Sadly, the few legitimately healthy bars that he found tasted like dirt. It was then that Rooney assembled a team of fitness and culinary experts and became laser focused on creating an honest snack that would never compromise taste or nutrition. Hence, the DNX Bar – standing for “Daily Nutrition, Excellent Taste” – was born. It’s a 100% clean, nutrient-rich bar made with wholesome and organic ingredients that doesn’t sacrifice taste."
Easy! It's real food. Now, it might be real food smooshed together and shaped into a bar that doesn't look unlike a regular energy bar, but it is still FOOD. No processed grains, no refined sugars, no stabilizers or wacky added vitamins.