Fear the Beard

Bearded Brothers' gluten-free, all-natural energy bars

Don't fault Bearded Brothers on a technicality.

The Austin, Texas-based all-natural energy bar company is actually run by two brothers-in-law sporting, yes, dramatic facial hair.

The pair make their vegan, gluten-free bars ($14 for 4; $42 for 12) from start to finish by hand, save for a machine that helps to form them. They even go so far as to fresh-press ginger and pick through blueberries from East Texas. And, with the exception of the cocoa they use, the bars are made with organic ingredients.

The four flavors–Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla, Fabulous Ginger Peach, Colossal Coconut Mango and Mighty Maca Chocolate–are pleasantly chewy and almost brownie-like in texture. Our favorite, the Colossal Coconut Mango, could pass for a dessert, minus the sugar hangover; a specially made date paste gives the bars their sweetness.

Even the labels and packaging are done by hand; you might find a personal note included in your shipment.

Talk about brotherly love.