Cake
  • Log In
  • Sign Up
    • Taste notes:

      - Hints of chocolate 

      - Sweetness from Dates

      - Tartness from Goji berries. 

      I like having it with black coffee. The bitterness of coffee balances out the sweetness of dates and chocolate.

      What’s your favorite healthy snack on the go? Something sweet, something delicious...

    • I think I have bad news for you. It appears that you have the previous formulation, which I have loved for years. But yesterday's haul from Costco tastes different and got my hands all sticky melty, so I looked closer and checked the ingredients.

      Mine look like this with big chunks of supposedly dark chocolate (doesn't look very dark to me) and sorghum (stealth sugar) high in the ingredients list. This is a quick iPhone snappy but the big light brown chunks are the chocolate:

    • MacAskill's law of food companies:

      All health bars eventually become candy bars.

      Navitas was tricksy: they combined ingredients like chia seeds, goji powder, and cacao powder (+ other powders) into one ingredient they call Superfood Blend. The combined ingredients brought that blend higher in the ingredients list than sorghum (cough, sugar) and not-so-dark chocolate.

      Sticky melty. Sweet.

    • There is hope, however. I've been buying variants of these from the bulk bins at Whole Foods and they have not yet followed MacAskill's law. They have a couple variants: one has figs and coconut instead of dates and gojis. Pretty good.

      I just jetted out on me skateboard to check my local supermarket and they have carob bars. The only thing is the #1 ingredient is honey, so you have to be okay with that as a sweetener and a lot of it.

    • Huh. Your package lists the same ingredients as mine. Maybe I'm wrong and they have always had sorghum and chocolate chunks? Now I need to go to Whole Foods and see if they don't, and it's just that I got used to them.

    • My big sweet snack is halavah which is just ground up sesame seeds, sugar, and any flavorings. A tiny bit will keep you going and nutritionally it's in the same range as what's been posted.

      Halva
      Amount Per 1 oz (28.4 g)
      Calories 133
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat 6 g9%
      Saturated fat 1.2 g6%
      Polyunsaturated fat 2.4 g
      Monounsaturated fat 2.3 g
      Cholesterol 0 mg0%
      Sodium 55 mg2%
      Potassium 53 mg1%
      Total Carbohydrate 17 g5%
      Dietary fiber 1.3 g5%
      Protein 3.5 g7%

    • Trail mix is a standby around here (dried fruit + nuts), but I like making my own version of what you posted. We call them pop'ems and we love this recipe especially:

      I roll them into balls instead of doing bars. No sugar. Just simple ingredients.

      I made these the other day and stuck lots in the freezer. Tasty and filling, and since I ground up dates to sub for the honey, no added sugar:

      "Cookie" is a bit of a stretch, but we love them.

    • I stopped by Whole Foods today. The Navitas Naturals from Costco cost $11.99 for a 1 pound package, but Whole Foods has these in the bulk food section for $9.99/pound and they don’t have sorghum syrup to make them sticky sweet.

      If you Google Dancing Star Chunks of Energy, they sell various kinds on their website including Carob Spirulina.

    • These were my go-to mountain fuel pouches for years but eventually I became too concerned about all the packaging and the impact on the environment, and stopped buying them. It's too bad because they are really good. I don't miss carrying them out from wherever we are and sending them to landfill.

    • I didn't have a favorite healthy snack for when traveling, but now thanks to this, I will!