Almonds and cashews get a little too much love, in my opinion. What about the forgotten yet still wonderful nuts like pecans and pistachios? They have not been left behind in this kick-butt bar by Thunderbird. There's the pecan punch, the pistachio pull, and some magical dried fruits like goji and goldenberry. So much flavor is going on here that no additional spices are needed: just a touch of sea salt finishes off the recipe and all that is needed is your eager hands to tear the wrapper open.
Like a pecan pie only in the shape of a bar. That's what I'm supposed to say, right? How else would someone get interested in this compact little bundle of fruit and nuts when there are so many other bars out there? Ok, so it does not taste like a pecan pie. However, it does taste like something even better: real ingredients. You can taste the dates. And the pecans. And the dried fruit. And the pistachios. With complicated recipes all over the place, just tasting a food for what it is is a pretty awesome thing.
The trio of dried berries in here—mulberries, golden berries, goji berries—add some oomph and antioxidants to the richness of the nuts. Dates hold it all together and add enough sweetness to balance the tart berries and the Himalayan salt. I dare say this is a rather Epic kind of fruit/nut bar.
Thunderbird is the brainchild of Taylor and Katie, the same folks behind EPIC. Yes, really! This is their first company, created when they were in the thick of veganism and looking for something awesome as portable fuel. Cut to today, where EPIC is thriving but Thunderbird bars are still evolving and serving up the perfect snack that goes with you and your busy day.
There's no junk here. Nothing but nuts, seeds, fruit, spices. All combined into the tastiest combinations you can imagine. All packed up into a perfect bar. You can snarf it all at once, or savor it throughout your day.
Frequently lauded for their natural sweetness, dates are easily digested making them a quick source of fuel. The dense health benefits of dates are due to their high fiber content, vitamin A and B complexes, and their abundance of potassium. Dates are vitamin and mineral-rich — they’re particularly high in iron and vitamin K.
Pecan nuts contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B, and E, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. USDA research also shows that pecans are the most antioxidant rich tree nut and rank among the top 15 foods with the highest levels of antioxidants.
Pistachios contain fewer calories and more potassium and vitamin K per serving than any other nut.
About Thunderbird Energetics, in their own words
"Founded and still made in Austin, TX by endurance athletes who wanted real food for pure energy, but made for anyone looking for a great tasting and truly healthy alternative to “energy” bars. We start by making sure our bars taste great by using only 100% all-natural, simple and certified ingredients and then ensure we stand out by not adding a drop of sugar to provide clean, pure, real food energy for life.
Thunderbird Real Food Bars specializes in creating epic tasting whole food energy bars. Containing uniquely pure and highly powerful ingredients, Thunderbird bars provide consumers with conveniently packaged, nutrient dense, plant-based goodness. Each bar is made using the finest and freshest available whole foods that earth has to offer."
Most definitely not. That's the other product line, another company name. (*cough*EPIC*cough) Don't worry, there's no sharing of animal ingredients into this Thunderbird side of things. These bars are Vegan and proud of it.