The Edge Food Energy makes vegan “portable nutrition” bars in B.C.

The Edge Food Energy bars

The Edge Food Energy bars are made with organic ingredients. (Stephen Hui)

When I think of delicious food, energy bars don’t come to mind. However, three hours into a seven-hour hike, that formerly unappreciated energy bar often tastes like the best thing in world.

Snacks I like to take on hikes include Vega’s berry-flavour Whole Food Energy Bar and Maca chocolate bar, and Camino’s peanut-butter dark-chocolate bar. Add the Edge Food Energy Company’s line of vegan energy bars to the list of worthy options.

Based in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, the company recently sent us samples of its three “portable nutrition” bars, which contain the ancient grains spelt and Kamut Khorasan wheat. There’s the chocolate almond Fortify, cranberry lime Maintain, and chocolate coconut Replenish (the latter packs 18 grams of protein). Each bar is made with organic ingredients and wrapped in compostable packaging. The Edge Food Energy uses fair trade chocolate and coconut oil.

I found that all three bars were easy to get down and had a pleasant taste and mouthfeel. Both of the chocolate-permeated bars were agreeable, but the cranberry lime was the best tasting, having a nice zing.

Maintain bar

The Maintain bar contains dried cranberries soaked in lime juice. (Stephen Hui)

The Edge Food Energy is the brainchild of Matthew Traynor and Chloe Peake. You can visit the company’s bakery at 692 Bennett Road in Qualicum Beach.

In the Vancouver area, the Fortify, Maintain, and Replenish are sold by a number of retailers, including Kitsilano Natural Foods, Drive Organics on Commercial Drive, Cove Health in North Vancouver, and Root’s Natural in Maple Ridge. They’re also available at stores in Whistler, Victoria, Nanaimo, Parksville, Comox, and Campbell River.