What is the Empower Bar?

The Empower Bar(TM) is a grain-free energy bar that is both paleo- and keto-friendly. It was created by Sara McGlothlin, a holistic nutritionist and cookbook author who specializes in blood sugar management. Given her dissatisfaction with all of the other pre-packaged bars on the market, she took matters into her own hands and created one in her own kitchen. Wanting to share the Empower Bar with a larger audience, she took to the shelves herself in early 2019.

Why is it called the “Empower Bar?”

The recipe for the Empower Bar was developed with blood sugar balance, real food nutrition, and satiation in mind. Whereas other pre-packaged bars on the market are filled with carbohydrates and refined sugar and other sweeteners, thereby resulting in a blood sugar and insulin spike, the Empower Bar is different. With 12g of primarily plant-based protein, healthy fats, and only 3g of net carbs, it has a much more minimal effect on blood sugar levels, leading to a steady and sustainable form of energy and brain clarity. When blood sugar spikes (and then crashes), it can lead to feelings of irritability, lightheadedness, brain fog, and more sugar cravings (a.k.a “hanger). Eating an Empower Bar however works stabilize blood sugar levels to allow one to focus on more important matters than hunger. The name also implies a choice of real food over its processed, sugar-laden counterparts.

What is the shelf life of the Empower Bar?

The shelf life is 3 weeks - 1 month room temperature, 2 months in the refrigerator, 1 year in the freezer. 

Does the Empower Bar have to be refrigerated?

No. The Empower Bar has a shelf life of 3 weeks to 1 month room temperature. This shelf life does extend to 2 months in the refrigerator however, which is why some retailers have chosen to keep it in their cold sections.

What do the two dates mean on the expiration stamp on my Empower Bar/in my box of Empower Bars?

At this time, all of the Empower Bars are still hand-baked by the Gratisfied production team to maintain the integrity of the taste, texture, and ingredients. The top date is the room temperature expiration; the bottom date is the refrigerated expiration. These dates are set 3 weeks and 2 months respectively from the date the bar was baked.

Where can I buy an Empower Bar?

Currently, individual Empower Bars are only sold in various retail locations around Richmond, VA (list below). For purchase outside of Richmond, they are available in 10-count boxes on our online shop page.

In Richmond, you can find Empower Bars in these locations:

Ellwood Thompson’s

Libbie Market

Yellow Umbrella

Stella’s Market (both locations)

Ginger Juice (all locations)

Seasonal Roots

Outpost Richmond


Zing Fit

City Barre

Strawberry Street Market

Shield’s Market

Pulp Fiction

FLOW Cycle Bar

Little House Green Grocery

Good Foods Grocery

Humble Haven Yoga

How can I get Empower Bars in a store near me?

This is where you could help! If you would like to see Empower Bars in a store near you, talk to the manager or buyer and mention Gratisfied Empower Bars, directing them to the website if able. Otherwise, feel free to contact us with the location and we will do our best to reach out.

How many flavors are there?

Right now there is only one flavor, but we have been hard at work in the Gratisfied test kitchen to develop more. Stay tuned!

What makes the nutritional profile of the Empower Bar so unique and healthy?

All ingredients are real food based, which means there are no preservatives, fillers, gums, refined sugars, etc. You can learn more about our ingredients here. The only sweeteners found in the Empower Bar are coconut nectar and monk fruit. Coconut nectar is a very low glycemic sweetener with a GI of 35 (vs. for example 54 for maple syrup and 58 for pure honey). It also contains nutrients, specifically iron and zinc, and therefore comes with its nutritional benefits. Monk fruit has a negligible impact of blood sugar levels, and therefore has been assigned a GI of 0. Furthermore, the Empower Bar contains 12g of primarily plant-based protein, healthy fat from nuts, seeds, coconut, hemp, avocado oil, and only 3g of net carbs.

Are the Empower Bars gluten-free?

Yes! The Empower Bars are free of gluten, grains, dairy, soy, and refined sugar.

Are the Empower Bars vegan?

No as they contain local, organic egg. A vegan bar is currently being tested.

Are the Empower Bars keto?

While the Empower Bars have not officially been designated “keto,” their nutritional profile and net carb count makes them “keto-friendly” should you be on a keto diet. They are paleo.

Can I buy less than 10 bars online if I want to try it first?

Unless you are in Richmond, only the 10-count boxes are available at this time due to shipping constraints. That being said, we have yet to have a customer tell us that was too many or they didn’t like them!