All GFB products are made with simple ingredients. Don’t tell anyone, but if you have the time to go to the store and buy all the ingredients on our label, you could make all of the GFB products at home! No preservatives, no fillers, nothing extra, just honest ingredients to help you feel good and keep you going. GFB bars and bites have a common base of nut and/or seed butters, dates, organic brown rice, and complete protein from organic brown rice and pea protein.
What's in a GFB?
Can you tell me more about your ingredients? Do you have an ingredient philosophy for things you do use or won’t use?
All of our products are Non-GMO verified and about 60% of our ingredients are Organic (that percentage can vary by flavor). We’ve always tried to have a simple philosophy of using ingredients that are wholesome and understandable. We never use highly processed or industrial ingredients that used to artificially boost certain numbers or claims. For example, chicory root fiber is a pretty cheap ingredient that can be used to boost fiber. But, we’re not really sure what it is (without a lot of research) and you certainly can’t buy it at your local store. We will never use sugar alcohols that can wreak havoc on your gut.
How do you make GFB's?
We make them in our certified gluten-free, and dedicated gluten-free facility. It’s a pretty simple process - similar to making cookies at your own home and we are a small batch facility - every batch is 125 lbs. That may sound like a lot, but in the world of food production is quite small, and we do it this way to ensure the best taste and texture. The process is measure, mix, portion, and package.
- Measure: Follow the recipe!
- Mix: Put the ingredients into the mixer for 2-3 minutes depending on product.
- Portion: Thankfully we have a machine that cuts the bars and bites into smaller portions (we used to do this all by hand...which made for a long day)
- Package: Put the product into a package and seal it.
How do you ensure that GFB's are gluten-free?
GFB's are made of only gluten-free ingredients and are manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free facility- no gluten containing ingredients are allowed on-site. Additionally, The GFB is certifed gluten-free which means that the GFCO (gluten-free certification organization) audits all of our ingredients and gluten-free testing records. All batches are tested to ensure <10 ppm gluten content.
What is the shelf life of GFB's?
Shelf life on our Bars is 12 months, Bites and Oatmeal is 10 months. Like many products, they taste best when they are as fresh as possible. Over time, our products tend to dry out, but they do not become unsafe to eat, even past the "best by" date. However, if you are ever disappointed, please let us know!
What sweetners are used in GFB’s?
In our bars and bites, we use Dates, Fruit (depends on flavor - Cranberries, Raisins, etc) Organic InfantSafe Brown Rice Syrup and Organic Agave Nectar. The only addition to this list is 1 gram of organic cane sugar used in our Oatmeal raisin bars. In our power breakfast, we use only dates and maple sugar.
Can you tell me more about Brown Rice Syrup?
We use premium, organic InfantSafe® brown rice syrup, which contains essential nutrients, including potassium, Iron and Calcium.
Brown rice syrup contains both complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates. This means that the it is metabolized and absorbed slowly, over the course of 2-3 hours. The result is a steady and reliable energy supply instead of a spike and crash.
What is InfantSafe® brown rice syrup?
InfantSafe® organic brown rice syrup goes through a process to remove heavy metals, including arsenic, lead and mercury, to undetectable levels. InfantSafe brown rice syrup is verified to contain less than 10 ppb of for arsenic and lead, which is below the FDA standard for drinking water.
Why do you use Agave Nectar?
Agave Nectar is a low glycemic sweetener that is sometimes criticized, but it is important to take everything into context. Agave contains fructose (a type of sugar) and fructose is a naturally occurring sugar also found in fruit. Many experts believe that eating too much fructose can contribute to poor health - in terms of putting this is context, one single can of soda may contain of 30+ grams of fructose - A GFB bite may contain 1 gram of fructose or a bar may contain 2 grams of fructose. In other words, you’d need to consume 15 bars or 30 bites in order to get the same amount of fructose in one can of soda. Our goal is to use simple ingredients to make ridiculously tasty protein-packed snacks, and Agave offers a blend of slow release energy (low glycemic benefits), and great taste, along with being much less processed than many other sweeteners.