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Don’t Call This Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Bar A Granola Bar

Nothin' But founder Jerri Graham is completely committed to making snack bars a step above every other – and whatever you do, don’t call them granola bars!

She was always frustrated with those bland, sticky granola bars that dominate the market, so she set out to create a one that would satisfy her craving (and ours).

With super-nutritious, whole organic oats as the blank slate, she jumped into the kitchen and got cooking. She created recipes loaded with raw nuts, dried cherries, cranberries, lemon zest, ginger, lemon oil and anything else you might imagine. “I just kept playing around in my kitchen, sometimes through the night. At one point I had 69 different flavors of bars.” Clearly she found her medium, but needed a little help streamlining. 

Steven Laitmon, a fellow Westportian, tasted the bars at a cafe one day and immediately offered to help her grow the company. Since then, they’ve pared the collection down to seven (give or take, there’s always wiggle room for seasonality and creativity!). 

The Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Bar is basically chocolate chip banana bread in portable form, with the oh-so-brilliant addition of crunchy peanut butter.  Loaded with sunflower seeds, roasted peanuts, organic oats and oat flour, the perfect hint of vanilla and cinnamon, it’s one of the best we’ve tried. We are totally, hands-down, no-shame hooked.

Here’s a tip: One of these makes a great breakfast, alone or crumbled into yogurt. And don’t go on a hike without one (okay, two) in your backpack.

An energy bar that actually tastes good? Totally bananas.