On a rainy afternoon in 2003, Beryl Stafford and her daughter “Bobo” baked oat bars that soon became a Boulder, CO cafe favorite. A simple recipe offered an unassuming oat bar recipe that was the perfect antidote to the grey day… and together they baked the first Oat Bar and the same exact recipe still used by Bobo’s today.
In 2003, when Bobo’s was getting its first footholds throughout the Front Range shelves and shops, the snack bar category was in its earliest days. Most of it then (and still today) offered little in the way of hearty, wholesome and simple. From the very beginning, Bobo’s committed to baking in simple ways with a simple ingredient list with simple language and simple packaging. And while the snack bar category has gone absolutely bonkers, very little with Bobo’s has changed.
Bobo’s Oat Bars are certified gluten free – made in a gluten free facility and testing is done on every batch – dairy free, vegan, Kosher. There are several flavors of Bobo’s that contain tree nuts and/or peanuts. Bobo’s has an allergen program in place to prevent cross contact with these allergens, but it is recommended that those with allergies to these ingredients exercise caution when eating Bobo products.
Bobo’s Oat Bars are available in 15 flavors:
- Cranberry Orange
- Banana Chocolate Chip
- Chocolate Chip
- Cinnamon Raisin
- Peanut Butter
- Almond Butter
- Maple Pecan
- Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip
- Lemon Poppyseed
- Apple Pie
- PB + J
The bars are dense and will keep you full for hours. Each bar is two servings and if you eat the whole thing it’s like eating a small meal. The bar was great for a post-workout breakfast and kept me full until lunch time.
While I found the Original to be somewhat plain in flavor, I loved the coconut! The Coconut bar combines hearty oats and sweet coconut flakes that give it a slight sweetness. I also enjoyed the Banana Chocolate Chip. It was a little chewier than the others with a sweet banana and chocolate chip taste – it tasted like homemade banana bread. The first bite almost tastes like a donut; sweet – but not too sweet – and keeps you coming back for more. Maybe I haven’t had a donut in while…
Bobo’s Oat Bars are available at Whole Foods Markets, Safeway, REI, and hundreds of other locations throughout the US. You can also purchase Bobo’s Oat Bars on Amazon. There currently is a promotion on Amazon to save 15% off any Bobo’s Oat Bars order. Click here to get the coupon.
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.