Thursday, April 27, 2017

WholeMe - Cinnamon Banana Chip Clusters - April 27, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Cinnamon Banana Chip Clusters
Good ++
Weight: 2 oz. (56.6 g.) / 8 oz. (226 g.) in total package
Calories: 260 calories in 2 servings
Cost: $7.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: Draeger's, Los Altos, CA

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Banana Theme Week.

I'm tempted to say that today's grain-free Cinnamon Banana Chip Clusters from WholeMe (Minneapolis, MN) were similar to a granola or cereal, but even the words granola and cereal are associated with grain-based food items.

These paleo clusters looked a bit like natural "cookie" pieces and were made with bananas (chips, dried), coconut ("meat" and oil), honey, nuts (pecans, almonds), sunflower seeds, pure maple syrup, cocoa nibs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and maca.

One or two handfuls of this mix could serve as a breakfast, snack, dessert, or meal on the go.

There was no added processed sugar, preservatives, soy or gluten in this Non GMO offering. The chocolate was also in less processed form. The cocoa came from pieces of cocoa beans or nibs. One could add a few more cocoa nibs to this blend if you wanted to add more cocoa flavor and crunchy texture.

Bare Foods - Cocoa Banana Chips - April 26, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Bare Foods Co.
Baked Crunchy Cocoa Banana Chips
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.35 oz. (38.5 g.) / 2.7 oz. (77 g.) in total package
Calories: 150 calories (per label) in 1/2 package
Cost: $3.00 (sale price) for 1 package
Purchased from: Safeway, Palo Alto, CA

Fruits blend so successfully with chocolate that most fruits merit their own chocolate theme week.* And bananas certainly deserve to be near the top of the list as they are, by many estimates, the most popular fruit in the world.

Welcome to the first day of Chocolate and Banana Theme Week.

Naturally Bare Co. (San Francisco, CA) offers a large lineup of healthy, simple snacks, including three flavors of banana chips. Today's two-ingredient Cocoa Banana Chips (bananas, organic unsweetened cocoa) had no added sugar and were, light, baked, crunchy, fat free and gluten free.

When I lightly shook the unopened bag, these cocoa-colored chips made a sound like impossibly weightless, other-worldly glass shards in the package. However, they were very edible and tasty.

The chips were refreshingly natural and light, with light cocoa flavor. The primary taste and texture, once gently reconstituted in your mouth, was one of natural banana.

*Over the last 10+ years Chocolate Banquet has featured many chocolate theme weeks dedicated to chocolate and...cherries, oranges, berries, pomegranates, limes, strawberries, lemons, raspberries, blueberries, figs, bananas, mangos, grapes/raisins, goji berries, and a few fruit salad and fruit cocktail theme weeks.

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