Winners and Losers

The Allergy Brothers are not very well at the moment so there is going to be a reduction in posts until they recover.  In the mean time, here is a photo of our competition winner.  We’re glad she was pleased to receive her hamper!

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A packet of rawkin roons against some flowering honeysuckle.

Rawkin’ Roons by Raw 46

Ingredients: Desiccated Coconut (44%), Coconut sugar, Water, Extra virgin coconut oil, Almonds, Cacao Nibs (6.16%), Vanilla extract, Vanilla beans, Himalayan pink salt.

Produced in a facility that processes tree nuts, soya, sesame seed and mustard.

A packet of rawkin roons against some flowering honeysuckle.

These were surprisingly nice.  Even more surprisingly, Allergy Dad, our resident salad dodger, liked them too.  The macaroons were quite challenging in texture as they were dense and hard.  The macaroons are quite small so the texture was manageable.  Even if your baked goods eating skills aren’t quite as honed as mine,  you should be able to chomp through them.  The cacao nibs were used generously so that the chocolate flavour was definitely tangible.  I probably won’t buy them again as they would be just for Allergy Dad and me.  However, if I was committed to a raw lifestyle then I would probably have a stash of Rawkin’ Roons somewhere.

Photograph of Kale-Os packet

Inspiral Kale-Os (Tomato & Pizza Flavour) & Thanks To All Our Readers

Hello/Bonjour to our readers in the USA, Australia, Canada, France, and here in Blighty!  I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has been reading the blog.  We relaunched the blog just two weeks ago, and since then it has been so exciting logging on every day and seeing how many hundred views we have had.  So thank you; we really doing appreciate you popping by our little corner of the internet.  I had a massive backlog of product reviews I wanted to do and the packaging pile is now at a manageable level of clutter so we might not be blogging quite as regularly!  However, we are hoping to be able to do some more in-depth posts now the Allergy Brothers are back at school and nursery.  Also I will have time to test some new recipes.  Finally, I really want to work on the accessibility and look of the website.  Plus, I need to finalise our big birthday surprise to celebrate the blog’s first birthday.  Busy times, but happy busy!

And now to the product review…

Photograph of Kale-Os packet

Ingredients: Curly kale (73%), Extra virgin olive oil (10%), Sundried tomatoes (6%), Deactivated nutritional yeast, Palmyra blossom nectar, Himalayan crystal salt, Lime juice, Basil, Tomato juice powder, Garlic, Black pepper, Oregano.

I wish the packaging hadn’t said kale crisps because that made me think of crisps!  In comparison with a slice of delicious, greasy, fried potato, these are disappointing.  The kale isn’t even that crisp.  However, if I wasn’t making that comparison then I would have been really happy.  They are flavoursome and tasty, while still being green and leafy.  In fact, I didn’t even use them as crisps.  I used them as a convenience food and mixed them with some rice and vegan cheese to make a quick meal.  A thing the packaging did get right though is that the crisps are packaged in special ecobags that can be composted at home.  So yay to Kale-Os as a superfood ready meal!

Creative Nature “Heavenly Cacao” bar

I am going to have a slight digression to explain why my blogging might not be quite up to standard today.  Suma, the natural food wholesaler, provided me with a sample box of their new products for July and August.  This evening, I thought I would try a tin of Edamame beans (by Geo) as an accompaniment to my main meal shared with the Allergy Brothers.  I was quite surprised when I opened the tin as the beans were surrounded by jelly.  However, this was fairly simple to wash off and then I was left with lots of bright green beans.  I was quite a bit more surprised when I had an allergic reaction after eating them. So I am writing this while high on Piriton.

Anyway, I am not holding this against Suma and, earlier in the day, I was happy to try this raw bar from Creative Nature that was also in the sample box.

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Ingredients : Dried fruit (sultanas, dates, cranberries, goji berries), Oats, Vegetable glycerine, Cacao powder, Cacao nibs, Cacao butter, Maca powder.  Contains sulphur dioxide.

This came with a leaflet that proclaimed that this bar was “healthy chocolate!”  I, cynically, thought that that just means not very nice chocolate.  I was pleased to be proved wrong.  This bar really was very chocolate flavoured, although not chocolatey in texture.  Often with these type of bars, there is a small amount of a superfood and lots of cheaper, filler ingredients, such as oats.  This bar has it the other way round.  As there is so much dried fruit, this bar is also really sweet and it didn’t feel like a chore to eat it.

Right, I think I need to lie down in a darkened room to recover.  Please report any errors in the comments, and I will correct them when I am not in an anti-histamine haze.

The Primal Pantry Hazelnut & Cocoa Raw Paleo Bar

Hazelnut_Bar-500x182Ingredients – dates, hazelnuts, almonds, cocoa powder, vanilla powder, almond oil.

I couldn’t get a photo of this bar (I took the photo from The Primal Pantry website). I ate it as a snack during the break at my first Tai Chi workshop. Obviously, as I was meeting a new group of people, I wanted to be undercover and pass as “normal”. I thought photographing a snack bar might be a bad first impression.

Anyway, moving on from my neuroses, this bar was yummy. Sweet but not cloying; it provided an energy boost to get me through the second half of the session.

Raw Organic Food Bar (Chocolatey Chocolate Chip flavour)

INGREDIENTS: cashews, agave syrup, dark chocolate chips, brown rice protein, BioSprouts.

Little wouldn’t even try this; he said that it smelt too much. I didn’t notice anything so I went ahead and tried it. I was quite impressed as it tasted like healthy, chocolatey fudge. I wasn’t impressed by the presence of a trade marked ingredient, BioSprouts, because I wasn’t really sure what this was and that makes an Allergy Parent nervous.