PowerBar Performance Energy Blends

09 Aug

I am always on the lookout for new cycling-related products and on a recent trip to the grocery store I ran across PowerBar Performance Energy Blends. This product is a fruit-based energy food that is aimed at endurance athletes (runners, swimmers, cyclists) who are seeking quick energy from natural ingredients. The package has an easy-open twist top and you can reseal the package if you don’t want to consume it all at the same time. At five inches tall by three inches wide the package is rather bulky, but you should be about to put a couple of these in your jersey pocket. This product is available in two flavors: Banana Blueberry and Apple Mango Strawberry.

PowerBar Performance Energy BlendsPowerBar Performance Energy Blends

PowerBar Performance Energy Blends

The good news is that the PowerBar Performance Energy Blends are perfect for health-conscience athletes. One package has 80 calories with 21 grams of carbohydrates and one gram of dietary fiber. This product is gluten-free has no artificial colors or flavors. The ingredients list for the Apple Mango Strawberry flavor includes: Dual Source Energy Blend (Apples, Mango Puree [Mango Puree Concentrate, Water], Dextrose, Strawberry Puree), and less than 2% of: Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol Acetate).

The bad news is that the texture of this product makes it impossible for me to consume them. Anyone who has ever met my wife will tell you that she treats me far better than I deserve! Not only does she keep my bike clothing washed and in perfect condition, but she also makes most of our meals entirely from scratch—she even makes her own applesauce! Unfortunately, the PowerBar Performance Energy Blends do not taste like natural applesauce or anything even close—they taste like baby food! If you can get over the whole “baby food” thing then you might enjoy this product, but I just can’t cut it.

PowerBar Performance Energy Blends retail for under $2 per package and if you can’t find them at your local bike shop try Wal-Mart or


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20 responses to “PowerBar Performance Energy Blends

  1. kirisyko

    August 9, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Reblogged this on Sykose.

  2. meganjanicke

    August 9, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    I had the same baby food experience with them. Yuck.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Great idea, poor execution. Maybe when I am 90 and all of my teeth have fallen out I’ll try them again.

  3. chaseitorbchased

    August 9, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Too bad, I was tempted. I used to eat powerbar bars for long time and I like it. Thanks for the info

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      I am not really a fan of PowerBar products to begin with, but these were just to much for me to take.

  4. April

    August 9, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    I am betting your wife makes everything better than you can find in a package.
    I recommend actual baby food they come in similar pouches and I have had several teammates and clients have great success on endurance rides and runs with meeting nutritional requirements.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      I’ve known of other cyclists to use baby food, but I just can’t handle the texture (and it tastes like BABY FOOD).

  5. kellydomara

    August 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I’ve had one of these on my counter for months to try and just never do, because it’s just such a weird size too. I’m not going to stick it in my pocket. So awkward!

  6. MichelleK

    August 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I saw those, but are they really worth the extra expense compared to something like ?

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      I’ve not tried the “GoGo Squeez Applesauce”, but the price looks great ($31 for 48 packs plus free shipping).

      • MichelleK

        August 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        I tried the Trader Joe’s kind at a SAG stop during a ride last weekend. Pretty good.

        • All Seasons Cyclist

          August 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM

          Thanks for the tip — I will have to look for them the next time I am at Trader Joe’s

  7. Frank Burns

    August 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I always distrust so-called “scientifically researched” sports energy products. Nothing wrong with bananas and the occasional handful of jelly babies (candied sugar) to lift you out of the energy hole.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Bananas are great for cycling — but I would have to take 18 bananas with me on a Century ride just to get the 300 calories per hour I need. However, since they have 422 mg of potassium per banana I am afraid that would do damage to my heart (the preferred sodium/potassium ratio in food for endurance athletes is about 3.5 to 1).

      • Frank Burns

        August 10, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        This must be a non-stop ride you’re referring to. A sportive perhaps. I would never contemplate doing century rides solely on energy food from my back pockets. I have been recently doing at least one century ride per week, but always with at least one or two stops, to eat real food….that includes some complex carbs.

        • All Seasons Cyclist

          August 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

          Frank, because if where I live I usually have to travel “self contained” with all of my food for a Century ride either in my jersey pockets or in a top tube bag. On some routes I can stop at a convenience store, but not all the time.

  8. imarunner2012

    August 12, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    I like the apple one, but the bananna one is gross. They are bulky but they taste better than GUs. They are also expensive compared to GUs and similar products. Whenever I’m at a race andthey are handing them out, I’m all over them!

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 12, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Personally, I wasn’t able to finish either one of them — I just can’t get past the baby food texture. Are you are also right about them being bulky and more expensive than similar products.

  9. MikeW

    August 16, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Good tips on the goopy workout petroleum food. Wonder if green smoothies (homemade) could just be packaged or sipped from a portable package.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 16, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      The only problem I can see with taking smoothies is that I like mine to be served VERY cold — plus the fact that mine are too thick to drink out of the nozzle of my water bottles.


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