Boku Bars: A Review

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Hola everyone! So, I’ve noticed that every time I think my life couldn’t be busier, it gets… you guessed it… busier. Perhaps it’s something about my personality that thrives on the fast pace or maybe I’m just a product of my American culture. Whatever it is, the past few weeks have been quite “strenuous” in Tiffany-land.

I decided to give up the word “stressful” for Lent, so I’ll just say “strenuous.” ๐Ÿ™‚ Not so strenuous that I have completely abandoned showering, meditating, and being kind to strangers ;). But strenuous enough to leave me eating crackers, sea salt brownies, and red wine for dinner tonight. I deserve a night of ‘bad eating,’ I told myself. And besides, if I eat badly, but am mindful about it, it’s ok, right? Right!

Well, in the words of sages that have come along way before my time, I’ll say to you, what my mom used to say to me–“do as I say, not as I do.” I’ll modify it a bit though. “Do as I say, not as I am doing tonight.” ๐Ÿ˜€ And I say, eat Boku!

I am always on the look out for ‘good’ protein bars to tie me over between meals, to replace meals, or to keep in my purse while I am traveling and do not want to eat yucky airport food. The problem is that many bars have a ton of sugar, fat, and calories in them.

So, you can probably imagine how excited I was when I encountered Boku Superfood products in my quest for nutrient-rich foods to highlight for super foods month on Como Water. And when I tasted them?!?!? Oh, mamma mia! I was in love at first bite. Actually, to be accurate, I was in love at first read–of the nutritional information that is. The first ingredient is almond butter, which means that these bars pack a lot of protein. With strawberries for sweetness and texture, agave, sprouted quinoa, and their uber-potent super foods blend, you can feel good about indulging. And that’s exactly what it felt like eating this bar–an indulgence.

To be truly transparent, I will say that the Boku Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bar has raisins in it and I’m not the biggest raisins fan, but, it also has chocolate, which made me forget alllllllll about the raisins. Another caveat: each bar contains 290 calories. BUT, I would argue (and disclaimer… I am no dietician), that these are ‘good’ calories. Calories from fiber and protein sure to keep you full rather than leave you wanting for another snack right after eating it.

So, with that, hopefully I’ve convinced you to give them a try. And while you’re at it, check out their super protein and superfood powders; I mixed mine in smoothies!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DCโ€™s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantraโ€”love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. I need something fun for breakfast time or snacking and these look great. I love that you gave up the word “stress” for Lent!! If I did that I would have to give my hubby and my kids up for Lent too because they are the main cause of it for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your life slows down so you can “smell the roses”!! ~ Ramona

  2. Love chocolate. Love nuts. I even love raisins. I’m looking for this bar!

  3. Wow, what an interesting product – never seen a bar with these ingredients! I wish the calories were lower, but I’d be tempted to try these for a meal replacement on the run. Do they keep you feeling full for a while?

    • They DO keep me full for awhile! I took them on my trip from DC to NM and was super glad I did!

  4. I know that busier and busier feeling! Our busy season at work is ramping up and is it about to get nuts! I need like 50 of these bars. ๐Ÿ™‚ What is the sugar content?

    • Sweetened with agave. 30g carbs, 11g fiber, 15g sugars. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thanks for reviewing the product. We always need healthy snack! The chocolate, nuts, and strawberries on the package is very tempting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Chocolate, nuts and berries do make for a perfect snack! Thanks for the review T! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Looks like a great and healthy snack and I will also go for it though my diet is most of the almost, I mean not that perfect but still watch what I eat.

  8. I will be looking for these. Most protein bars that I’ve tried are either glorified candy bars or dry as a chip and leave me gagging. Thanks for doing the research on this one.

  9. There are so many foods out there that taste good but they never seem to fill you up. By your review these bars do have all the qualities of a good snack. Healthy, tasty and definitely one that will keep you going for awhile. I do not normally eat protein bars, but I will be on the look out for these. Thanks for reveiwing these.

  10. Ooh chocolate fudge brownie!? Yes please! I love that so many nutrition bars are finding ways to make the sweeter flavors we crave better for us to actually eat!

  11. I’m not a big raisin fan either but these do look good! Great option to have when I just don’t have a second to stop for lunch and they would make a great on-the-breakfast.

  12. I love chocolates and nuts…so this sounds like a perfect snack for me!

  13. My trainer would say that for a meal replacement bar, 290 calories isn’t too bad if it really is most of the meal. Thanks for the review–I’m always on the lookout for good protein bars.

  14. I have to be distracted in order to eat raisins too. ๐Ÿ™‚ But good snacks like this are hard to find. I’m glad you are finding ways to take care of yourself during this strenuous time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope you are having a good week my friend!

  15. i have never tried these bars but i will definitely keep an eye out for them ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Thanks for the comments everyone!

  17. These sound really great!