Beards are (or, at least, were) often associated with wisdom. While the scientific jury may be out on this one, the facial hair-donning fraternal partnership at Austin's Bearded Brothers might lend a little weight to the adage. The duo creates natural, raw, organic energy bars—that are gluten-free and soy-free to boot—in small batches. Sometimes taste and texture lack in favor of all the health benefits, but Bearded Brothers bars are surprisingly satisfying and delicious. Think of it as a candy bar without the empty calories and synthetic sugars. We tried the Colossal Coconut Mango, which gets its subtle sweetness and never-dry texture from mango and unsweetened coconut. Dates and chia seeds round out the bar's body to make it a great solution to stave off unhealthy snacking or to bring along on a hike for clean burning energy.
Bearded Brothers energy bars are available in five flavors—including a variety aimed at chocolate lovers. For sale at finer food retailers across the US, the bars are also available online in four packs starting at $12.
Photos by Hans Aschim