When The Primal Pantry offered to send me over some of their raw paleo bars to try out, I was intrigued because it was a brand I'd never heard of. I went to investigate and liked what I read - they were created by nutritionist and mum Suzie Walker who wanted a healthy snack for her daughter, they contain only natural raw ingredients and the ingredients are picked for their nutritional content as well as their taste. Ahh but would they taste nice ?!
The first bar that we tried was the Coconut & Macadamia Raw Paleo Bar.
They look quite stodgy and heavy but they actually taste really nice and have quite a light texture, thanks to the airiness of the coconut. The macadamia nuts give it a lovely crunchy, chewy texture too which is very satisfying and makes a change to the gooey, dense raw bars that I've tried in the past. The ingredients list is incredibly short and absolutely devoid of hidden nasties : Dates, Cashew Nuts, Coconut, Macadamia Nuts, Almond Oil, that's it ! No added sugars or artificial additives, nothing in fact that you wouldn't find in any regular kitchen. I loved it but the kids weren't too keen.
The second bar was the Hazelnut & Cocoa Raw Paleo Bar.
It has an equally short ingredients list : Dates, Hazelnuts, Almonds, Cocoa Powder, Vanilla Powder, Almond Oil. Again, the texture and taste got a thumbs up from me and I love the fact that you have a totally clear conscience when you're eating them. Sadly, the kids weren't overly impressed by this one either, eating a small piece each but not coming back for more.
Calorie wise, each bar contains about 200 calories (192 for the hazelnut and cocoa, 221 for coconut and macadamia) but these aren't empty calories from sugar, as with most other snack bars. All the bars are gluten, grain, refined sugar, soya, dairy, GMO and vegetable oil free and the website says they are suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans (and Cavemen) !
They're quite pricey but if you want a healthy, guilt-free snack that is tasty and filling, they're a good option.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £1.49 per 45g bar
available from Tesco, Superdrug, Ocado and health stores
for more information : www.theprimalkitchen.co.uk
Disclosure : We received the bars in order to write an honest review.