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.

Ananda Food’s Round Up (free from Wagon Wheels!)

Ingredients – Biscuit: Gluten free flour, sugar, Non hydrogenated vegetable fat, soya milk, organic cocoa, cornflour, salt, organic Madagascan Vanilla extract, bicarbonate of soda, xanthine gum.
Marshmallow: British sugar, water, glucose-fructose syrup, modified starch, rice starch, vegetable glycerine, agar, plant derived emulsifiers, organic Madagascan vanilla, locust bean gum, organic sea salt. Chocolate: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, natural vanilla flavouring. Jam: strawberries, sugar, cane sugar, concentrated lemon juice, gelling agent (fruit pectin), tapioca starch.

The packaging describes these as gelatine, wheat and dairy free wagon wheels. Well, Rounds Ups are to Wagon Wheels what a Heston Blumenthal burger is to McDonald’s. These biscuits were absolutely delicious. I think they are my all time favourite gluten free/vegan treat.

The biscuit had a good texture, which is fairly miraculous for a gluten free product. The marshmallow was chewy in the right way. The quantity of jam was just right. The dark chocolate was good quality. The only minus point I can think of is that the first ingredient (gluten free flour) was a bit vague. With the Allergy Brothers’ extensive range of obscure allergies, we need to know exactly what we are getting. Although, this is slightly academic in our case as they would be allergic to several other ingredients. I, however, am not so I will be ordering more of these to hide in my secret “boys are in bed” stash.

Thanks to The Den Vegan Cafe, Colchester for stocking them in the first place.