One really great thing about the raw snack world is that when I find a product I enjoy, it’s often easy to replicate at home.
That means less money spent on high cost prepared fruit and nut treats and more dollars spent on important things like aloe for my lobster face (which apparently the sun in Denver is identical to the one I knew in Chicago, only hotter, more sinister, and all up in my business on an hourly basis).
So when there’s a bar that I cannot replicate, or in this case, don’t even want to try to imitate the glory that is within, I want share it with everyone.
And these raw bars are straight up amazing.
Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking, “Oh how iiiinteresting that after living in Colorado for only a month, all of a sudden a ‘Rado food company appears on her blog. Pppffftt.”
Um. First of all, when did I decide my readers were so sassy? And second, these darlings have been packed in my purse, stuffed in my desk drawers and have been creating a seed-like texture on my car floor for almost a year.
A month ago, I was in the raw aisle of a grocery store when my silly boyfriend dared question if all six bags of Two Moms in the Raw granola bars piled in my arms were really necessary for our two day road trip. I passionately explained to him that many natural food stores promote local companies so who knows if I would ever see these again once we move out west. I flipped a bag over cringing at the thought of them being a Midwest-based company, but lo and behold they were from the very place we were headed!
So, I apologized to him for my (very slightly) dramatic performance and placed one Goldenberry bag back on the shelf.
Surely five bags were much more realistic for our needs now.
And in my defense, I’ve already had to reload my stash.
These wonderfully portable, rock star treats appear as thick slabs of seeds, grains, nuts and a few subtle pieces of dried fruit all packed together tightly as in rice krispie bar fashion. However, it’s difficult to tell what binds them at first glance as if the Two Moms have healthy superpowers that create a polarity great enough for all the pieces to be attracted to one another.
Upon further investigation, you’ll see specks of cinnamon running through each bar as well as a very inconspicuous binding of organic agave, adding just enough sweetness to make it feel like an indulgent snack, yet not nearly enough that you’ll ever see them being handed out at Halloween.
When sinking your teeth in, you’ll experience a general nuttiness, making it irrelevant your stance on the grains or seeds individually because they are in amazing harmony together.
Pops of dried cranberries, blueberries, raisins, blueberries, gojiberries, goldenberries and blueberries headline the show depending on the flavor you purchase. Did I mention that they also sell a blueberry flavor? Being a proper reporter-reviewer lady-woman, I won’t divulge my favorite flavor.
Soaking and sprouting every batch of ingredients allows the most pleasing texture imaginable in such a nutrient-packed bar creating the best ever chew and crisp. In fact, they are chalk full of “chisp” and are fully deserving of their very own verb. It is the most perfectly pleasant experience as if my mouth would like to survey every seed and grain before giving up the goods to the next stage of digestion. It’s quite the mouth exercise.
Welcome to the gun show.
In my mouth.
(Not recommended you actually say that to anyone. Ever.)
And I really like the fact that they take a while to eat. Most other raw snacks rocket my sugar levels and have me craving more after the quick thirty second love affair we just completed. No, no. The Two Moms spread the passion a long while, taking time to enjoy just one bar with satisfaction.
They have actually inspired me to spend more of my time in the raw.
I now swim in the raw… and I blog in the raw…
And I even go on hikes in the raw…
It really makes you wonder what the dress code is in their offices while working for a company that promotes living in the raw and all.
I’m not sure I ever would have imagined me becoming so smitten with something gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, raw and organic. At the end of the day, none of that matters quite as much as the fact that they are outrageously scrumptious.
And how can two darling mamas who bake in the raw make something so delicious, so irresistible yet something that summons the greedy devourer in us all?
Just taste one!
Oh, and as I surfed by the granola aisle to check in with my raw friends, I noticed they got a makeover. Check ’em out in their new duds: