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. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
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 DNX. 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.
Why real food based meat bars by DNX are so good for you
Sourcing. Sustainability. Love. Yes, all of these things are in each bar, each deliciously delightful bar. Plus, this bar is Whole30 Approved!
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."
Here are some of the amazing ingredients in the Dark Chocolate Cherry Coconut Beef Bar:
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.
Organic Goji Berries
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 from Blue Agave
Inulin gets included in this healthy recipe for its prebiotic value of feeding the intestines good bacteria to safely aid in digestion.
How to eat DNX meat bars:
- Can you say, snack attack?
- In the gym bag, ready for post-workout bliss (and avoiding the snack bar)
- In your desk drawer, perfect for vending machine avoidance
- Crumble or chop up and toss with any salad.
- Sprinkle over scrambled eggs: wow!
- Buried at the bottom of your purse and then discovered accidentally in a hungry state. Yay!
- Tucked into a kid's lunch to soothe their craving for something chewy
About DNX, in their own words
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. It’s a 100% clean, nutrient-rich bar made with wholesome and organic ingredients that doesn’t sacrifice taste."
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
What makes DNX bars so much better than something like, say, a Powerbar?
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.