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February 19, 2013


Bobo’s Oat Bars

by Anne Paddock

Bobo’s Oat Bars was created and founded by Beryl Stafford in 2005 in Boulder, Colorado where the company remains headquartered today. The bars are named after Beryl’s oldest daughter, who she affectionately calls “Bobo” and who serves as the inspiration for the bars. The Bobo Oat Bar was created out of Beryl’s desire to provide a nutritious but delicious snack food for her children and other like-minded people who enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle.

Bobo’s Oat Bars are notable for their natural ingredients and for what is not in them, namely artificial sweeteners, colors, and additives.  Free of wheat and dairy products, these vegan snack bars come in ten regular flavors which contain organic rolled oats, brown rice syrup, Earth Balance Natural Oil Blend, filtered water, salt, natural flavor (derived from corn), sunflower lecithin, lactic acid derived from red beets, organic sucanat (non-refined cane sugar), and xanthan gum.


The Original flavor contains no other ingredients while the flavored varieties contain the natural flavor of the bar. The Coconut Bar contains organic dried coconut and natural coconut flavor while the Cinnamon Raisin bar contains organic raisins and organic cinnamon.  The Peanut Butter bar contains organic peanut butter and the Cranberry Orange contains organic dried cranberries and natural orange extract. The Chocolate Bobo also contains organic dark chocolate chips and natural chocolate extract while the Almond bar contains dry roasted almonds and almond extract. The Banana Bobo contains added organic dried banana chips and the Strawberry contains dried strawberries. And, the Apricot Bobo contains organic dried apricots.

Sometimes there are traces of gluten in rolled oats so Bobo’s uses organic gluten-free oats to create four guaranteed gluten-free Bobo bars. The Peach flavor also contains dried peaches and natural peach extract while the Maple Pecan flavor contains pecans and natural maple extract. The Lemon Poppyseed Bobo also has poppy seeds and natural lemon extract while the Chocolate Almond Gluten-Free Bobo has organic dark chocolate chips, dry roasted almonds, natural chocolate extract, and almond extract.

110051-1Each 3 ounce bar comes individually wrapped in sealed plastic and can be easily stored in a backpack, purse, or briefcase. Packed with protein (6 grams) and fiber (4-6 grams), each bar contains approximately 340-390 calories with 12-14 grams of fat (except for the Chocolate Almond which contains 16 grams) and minimal sodium. The bar is large and great to have on a hike or when meal choices are limited but a Bobo bar can also be enjoyed as a snack by eating half and saving the remainder for later in the day.

Bobo’s Oat Bars are carried nationwide at fine food stores (see the company website below for a complete list) and can also be purchased on-line directly from the company by the dozen for $28.80 plus shipping, from Abe’s Market by the dozen for $34 plus shipping ($4.99 on all orders up to $49; free shipping on all orders of $49 and over) or from Lucky Vitamin for $2.19 each or a dozen for $25.08 ($2.09 each) plus shipping (standard $5.95 on all orders; free shipping on all orders of $100 and over).

Bobo’s Oat Bars
4725 Nautillus Crt. South, Suite 1
Boulder, Colorado 80301

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