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One of the dried fruits I happen to really enjoy is apricots. I think they are tangy and sweet, and have a great chewy yet plump texture. 🙂

I was sent a jar of Suzanne’s Specialties Rice Nectar Spreadable Fruit in Apricot flavor to review. I was excited to try this- I happen to love strawberry and grape jam or jelly, so I imagined this to be like an “apricot jelly”. According to the jar, this product is gluten free and vegan.

I opened up the jar and saw a pale yellow/orange inside. I scooped a little bit out and noticed it was sort of like a gel- it wasn’t very liquidy like jellies can sometimes be, and I didn’t see any pieces of fruit. It was sort of a stiff yet easily moveable gel.

I tasted a little bit, and was actually satisfied. It wasn’t as sweet as I had expected it to be, but was still tasty. It had that dried apricot flavor that I love- mildly sweet with a tangy aftertaste.

Overall, I give this 4 stars. I do wish it was a bit sweeter, but overall I liked it. I liked that it was gluten free, and vegan, as well as being all natural. I can imagine it great on a slice of whole wheat toast, or maybe even with peanut butter in place of grape/strawberry jelly on a sandwich. Yum!

**Question- what’s your favorite dried fruit, and how do you like to eat them?

1 Tbsp is 40 calories, 0 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

18 Apr 2010, Comments (4)

Betty Lou’s Jumbo Fruit Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Betty Lou’s is a company that offers a little something for everyone, while still only using all natural, premium ingredients. The company’s snacks range from being gluten free, wheat free, vegan, dairy free, corn free, and more! No matter what you have to avoid, you will be able to find some snacking comfort with Betty Lou’s products.

Betty Lou’s sent me some of their snacks to try, and today’s review is on the Jumbo Fruit Bars. They come in Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, Cherry, Apricot, and Strawberry, and are gluten free.

Before I start, don’t be fooled by the word “jumbo“- they are not huge. They do have more filling than a usual fruit bar that I would buy in the store (with a crust-like outside), but not a LOT more. They are also square in shape, rather than rectangular like the other bars.

John, from Betty Lou’s wrote to me about the bars- “Taste like a little piece of pie & are only sweetened with fruit”. Did someone say pie?  and only sweetened with fruit?

Cool- no refined sugars, and still tastes like pie. I dig it 8)

I decided to try the Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry,  and Apricot flavors. All of them had a decently thick crust (about the size if you stacked 2-3 quarters), filled with gooey and sweet fruit filling.

Blueberry-  this one was good. It had actual chunks of baby blueberries in it, which made the fruit filling thick and sweet, but not too sweet. It also had a bit of tartness to it. The crust was graham-cracker like (delish!!), and crumbly.

Apricot- well, I would be lying if I said I didn’t like this one. I expected to “sort of” like this flavor- as apricots aren’t my choice of fruit. However, this one was my favorite of the three! Really sweet and delicious. It was light and fruit, worthy of dessert. Ahh, delicious. (did I say delicious already?)

Apple Cinnamon- Irony again- I expected to like this one the best, and it was my least favorite of the three. It seemed to have less filling than the others, but it was still pretty good. A nice blend of cinnamon and apple flavor for the filling, providing a sweet and chewy center. The crust was a bit more crumbly on this bar than the others, But- nothing a little action in the microwave couldn’t handle. Warm it up and voila!  warm apple pie! 8)

Overall, I give these 4 stars. They really are delicious- and I love that they are gluten free and sweetened with fruit instead of sugar. They really hit the spot warmed up, and went good with an ice cold glass of moo juice. However, they are 180-210 calories each, and are a bit too small for my likings. I would say they are about the size of a make-up compact. I could easily eat 3 of these in a sitting, they are so tast

Each bar is 180-210 calories, 3 grams of fat, 39-44 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

Blueberry-Blueberry Fruit Filling (Fruit Juice Concentrate [Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Apple], Blueberries, Apples, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Apple Powder, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Organic Rice Flour, Red Cabbage Extract for Color), Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Water, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

Apricot- Apricot Filling (Fruit Juice Concentrate [Pear, Pineapple, Apple, Peach], Apricots, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Apple Powder, Natural Flavor, Apricot Juice Concentrate, Water, Turmeric and Annatto Extract for color, Citric Acid, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum), Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Water, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

Apple CinnamonApple Cinnamon Fruit Filling (Fruit Juice Concentrate [Pear, Pineapple, Apple, Peach], Apples, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavors, Apple Powder, Zante Currants, Citric Acid, Pectin, Water, Cinnamon, Locust Bean Gum, Annatto Extract and Turmeric for color), Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

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