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Kate’s Real Food Meal Bars

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Gear 2022 Issue.

Kate Schade started her own energy bar company back in 2010 to feed her active lifestyle in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and her Tram Bar became an instant hit on the slopes. Today, tantalizing flavors such as Dark Chocolate Mint, Mango Coconut, Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond, and Lemon Coconut woo consumers—along with the promise of being organic and sweetened with honey instead of the ever-prevalent dates used in the industry.

My first taste was not on the trail, but after a long day of work in front of the screen; I’d skipped dinner and needed something small. My initial bite of the Dark Chocolate Mint tasted deliciously like ice cream, with the perfect combo of mint and sweetness to override the peanuts (I’m generally not a big fan). Each DCM bar has two servings, which together total approximately 16 grams of sugar, 32 grams of carbs, 6 grams of protein, 5 grams fat, and 320 calories.

The texture was a little crumbly (I lost a precious morsel to the floor), but it seems to vary from batch to batch and even by flavor. Lemon Coconut was my second fave, reminding me of the crunch and texture of a homemade Rice Krispie treat. The blend of lemon, coconut, and almond butter is sublime, with honey being the perfect complement. Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond followed par for course on the yum scale. Kate’s bars pack and store well, even in heat, which avoids the melty or oily mess of some other bars. Next time I’m packing for the trail, these pick-me-up gems are coming along.

$2.50 | katesrealfood.com

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