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No Nuttin’ Foods Inc. makes snacks that can be enjoyed by almost everyone, as they made products that are gluten free, nut free, egg free, dairy free, and are also all natural and healthy, too! These snack range from granola bars, to trail mixes, to granola clusters, and come in several yummy flavors.

The company sent me a few snacks to try, so I decided to try the Vanilla Caramel Granola Clusters and the Apple Cinnamon Granola Bar. Those sounded most appealing to me. Vanilla Caramel? Count me in. Apple Cinnamon? We all know I love apple anything!

First up- Vanilla Caramel Granola Clusters. They came in an individually sized bag, with about a large handful of clusters. They smelled pretty good, like a light caramel. I put a few pieces in my mouth and was actually surprised. These weren’t crunchy. I sort of expected at least some kind of crunch, including they were supposed to be granola clusters. They were more chewy and kind of stuck to your teeth a bit as you ate them, almost sticky in texture. Perhaps they would have been better in yogurt rather than straight from the bag, but not too bad. They weren’t too sweet, and they only had 5 grams of sugar per serving. They had a very light vanilla flavor, but mostly a caramel flavor to me. 3 stars

Apple Cinnamon Granola Bar- Well, I opened this up, and half the bar fell off. These bars fall apart super easy! It was a bunch of crisp rice and oats, held together very loosely by brown rice/rice syrup. The texture sort of reminded me of a rice krispie treat- but as if you were making them homemade. However, the flavor saved this bar. It was sweet and had a nice apple & cinnamon taste, that was actually very good. I would have liked it better if the bar had more staying power, but overall not bad. 3 stars

Overall, these aren’t bad. They are a good option if you cannot tolerate gluten, and cannot have peanuts or nuts. I liked how the granola clusters and granola bar were low in sugar, but I just didn’t really care for the texture of either too. Also, they are both kind of low in fiber and protein, but if paired with some fruit or yogurt/protein, they could be good snacks.

1 packet of vanilla caramel granola clusters (30 grams) is 130 calories, 5 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Pure oats, rice syrup, expeller pressed canola oil, brown sugar, organic crisp brown rice (organic brown rice, organic brown rice syrup, sea salt), natural vanilla flavor.

1 apple cinnamon granola bar is 130 calories, 5 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Pure oats, rice syrup, expeller pressed canola oil, organic crisp brown rice (organic brown rice, organic brown rice syrup, sea salt), dried apples, brown sugar, organic cinnamon.

7 Jun 2010, Comments (5)

Sunbutter Natural Sunflower Seed Spread

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ah, nut and seed butters. Nothing’s better than these spreads of fruits, chips, sandwiches, or even straight from the jar. I’ve tried my fair share of peanut and many types of nut butters in my life, but never had sunflower seed butter. In fact, I didn’t even know it existed! Well, that all changed when I was introduced to Sunbutter. This spread is made from sunflower seeds, and is peanut free and gluten free, making it good for those who have allergies. Sunbutter comes in Creamy, Natural,  Natural Crunch,  Natural Omega-3, Organic Unsweetened, and the On-The-Go Snack Pack. The company sent me some jars to try, and I decided to do a review on the Natural flavor.

I’ll be honest, at first I was not a fan. But I think that’s because I was sort of expecting peanut butter. Like I said when I reviewed soy nut butter- you cannot  expect a flavor- you have to just TASTE it for what it is. So, I tried the Sunbutter a few times, and it really grew on me. In fact, I like it now!

Upon opening the jar, you can see it is a very creamy and “liquidy” spread- sort of like my experiences in the past with almond butter, it makes a good “drizzly” spread. As in, you can put a spoon in it, and then it will drip off of the spoon (there are no hydrogenated or palm oils in this spread, so I would imagine that is why it is not as stiff as other nut or seed butters). It’s the same color as peanut butter for the most part, and has a strong sunflower seed smell. The taste is quite good- a mild sunflower seed taste, and has that creamy aftertaste that peanut butter sometimes provides. Not salty, but it has a slight sweetness. It’s quite good! I tried mine straight from the jar, but I think I’m going to try it with jelly for a Sunbutter&Jelly sandwich, or maybe on a toasted english muffin.

Overall, I give it 3 1/2 stars. It’s not my favorite, but it actually is quite good. It reminds me of baseball, actually, and being a little kid. I remember always eating sunflower seeds while watching the game with my brother or father, so this spread brought back good memories! I also like that there are no hydrogenated oils, and that it’s a good source of fiber and protein.

*Have you ever tried sunflower seed butter? How do YOU use it?*

2 Tbsp is 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, 7 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.

Sunflower Seed, Dehydrated Cane Juice, Salt, and Natural Mixed Tocopherols to preserve freshness.

Artisana– a company that makes a bunch of nut butters. BUT- these nut butters offer a little something special. They are all raw, organic, and don’t contain any bad fillers or preservatives.

Artisana sent me a couple of their nut butters to sample (in the CUTEST little jars that have about 1 Tbsp. of each nut butter in the jar!), and I was excited, actually. I haven’t had a lot of raw nut butters- I usually have the flavored nut butters, or the all natural ones.

One of the jars I was sent is the Cacao Bliss Chocolate Coconut Butter. Yum. This sounds liek a mix of tropical and chocolatey delight. According to the website, “Finally! A  vegan and sugar cane free, rich, creamy chocolaty coconut spreadable nectar.  Indulge guiltlessly with pure Organic, raw ingredients of the highest quality. Artisana™ – Chocolate Is a dreamy and delicious delight – melts in your mouth in sweet celebration while also giving you real energy and nutrition.
Spread on Fruit, bread, cakes, cookies, crepes and more! Excellent in smoothies, energy bars, and anything you want to turn into sweet succulence.”

Sounds good to me!

I opened up my mini jar, and was actually a little surprise. This nut butter was kind of, err, stiff. It reccommends NOT to refrigerate it, actually. I wonder why it’s so stiff, as I’m used to very supple and smooth nut butters.  Anyway- I tasted a little bit of it- not bad! You can definitely taste the coconut, which is nice, with a mild blend of chocolate/cocoa flavor. It was almost a “melt in your mouth” consistensy- and almost “cool” in flavor. Bizarre- but quite good! It’s not that sweet, so if you are used to sugary spreads, you might be a little shocked with this one. However, I liked it. I think it would be great mixed in with oatmeal, on toast, or even with a banana (or maybe just a mini spoon and my mini jar!!).

Overall, I give it 3 1/2 stars. It lacks protein, which is one of the reasons I eat nut butters, but I think it’s quite good for a “dessert” spread- and you can reap up some benefits of coconut as well! It wasn’t as sweet as I had hoped, but, sometimes less is better! This one is also gluten, peanut, and dairy free!

1 Tbsp is 89 calories, 8 grams of fat (7 saturated), 4 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

Artisana™ Organic  Raw Coconut Butter, Organic Raw Coconut Oil, Organic Raw Agave Syrup,  Organic Raw Cacao,  Organic Raw Cacao Butter.

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26 Feb 2010, Comments (2)

Simple Food Inc. Soy Nut Butters

Author: Healthnuttxo

Before you click off the page and say “ewww. SOY nut butter? I’ll stick to PEANUT butter” HEAR ME OUT!

I, too, was one of those. I would stick up my nose to anything soy. I tried soy nuts once and HATED them. So how could I like Tofu? Soy beans? Edamame? But (of course) I tried them, and I LOVE THEM ALL! Tofu is so versatile, soy milk rocks, and edamame might as well be the healthiest “junk food tasting” food out there. So, I figured, if I like these other soy products, why not try Soynut Butter?

Here is where Simple Foods Inc. comes in. They make organic soynut butters made in a tree-nut and peanut free environment.  The company makes 5 flavors, No Sugar-No Salt, Sea Salted, Cinnamon Sugar, Slightly Sweet, and Chocolate.  Simple Foods Inc. was nice enough to send me the Cinnamon Sugar, Slightly Sweet and Chocolate varieties.

Of course I was skeptical at first. But I told myself to give it a shot. It turned out that I liked these soy nut butters a lot. There was really no separation of oil, like most natural nut butters, and after a day in the fridge, they all had a very thick and creamy texture. Perfect for out of the jar, or on some bread or crackers. Here’s the breakdown of each…

Chocolate- can we say, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in a jar? That was the EXACT thing I thought of upon opening and tasting this flavor. Literally, this one is SO delicious, and even reminded me of chocolate frosting. It had a sweet and almost buttery taste to it as well, with a strong cocoa and a mild soynut flavor. I reccommend this flavor if you don’t like the taste of soynuts, because you can’t tell at ALL.

Slightly Sweet- yum. This one, at first I will admit, I wasn’t ccrazy about. But, it really grew on me. To the point where I was craving it and would walk by the fridge and just take a little taste here and there (okay, more like a little spoonful… 😀 ). It has a slightly salty taste to it, and almost had a walnut flavor to it. It’s creamy as well, and has just a tang of sweetness to it. It was really good on my double chocolate chip muffin 🙂

Cinnamon Sugar– ooh. I liked this one too. At first, all you taste is the cinnamon. Then, as you let it move around in your mouth a little, you taste the sweetness and a little bit of soy. It’s really good, and was really delicious on whole wheat toast. It wans’t too sweet, and it’s more “cinnamon-y” than “sugar-y”. As with the others, it’s perfect straight out of the jar 🙂

Overall, these get 4 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed them, and was pretty surprised at how well they tasted, given the fact that I really don’t care for plain ol’ soy nuts. They are a really good source of protein, at 10 grams per serving, and provide some healthy fats and fiber. The only thing bring it down 1/2 of a star from 5 is that there is refined sugar, and the sugar content is actually quite high in the chocolate variety (8 grams out of the 10 carbohydrates). Otherwise, these ROCK!

Chocolate- 1 serving is 190 calories, 12 grams of fat, 10 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.

Organic dry roasted soybeans, organic sunflower oil, organic powdered sugar ( organic cane juice, organic corn starch), organic dutch cocoa, organic palm stearin,  organic vanilla powder, sea salt.

Slightly Sweet- 1 serving is 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, 8 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.

Organic dry roasted soybeans, organic sunflower oil, organic powdered sugar ( organic cane juice, organic corn starch), organic palm stearin, sea salt.

Cinnamon Sugar- 1 serving is 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, 8 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.

Organic dry roasted soybeans, organic sunflower oil, organic powdered sugar ( organic cane juice, organic corn starch),organic cinnamon, organic palm stearin, sea salt.

8 Dec 2009, Comments (4)

Dr. Lucy's Gluten Free Cookies

Author: healthnuttxo

Looking for a delicious, gluten and food allergy free cookie? Well, your searching ends here my friends, I found some DELICIOUS, gluten, milk, egg, peanut and almond free cookies. They are developed by Dr. Lucy, who is an M.D. and a mother of a child who has very bad allergies. She says, “I know how difficult it can be to find high-quality foods that taste great. That’s why I started my own line of cookies”.

The cookies come in 4 flavors, Cinnamon Thin, Sugar, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal, and are all natural and mostly organic. They come in individual pouches with 4 cookies in each, or in box format. Each cookie is about the size of a Nabisco Chips Ahoy cookie, and is crispy. They have a light, airy, crunchy feel to them, and are the opposite of soft-baked/chewy cookies. Still delicious, none the less. Read on!

Cinnamon Thin– yum! These reminded me of snickerdoodles. It has a nice melt-in-your mouth consistency and had lots of cinnamon flavor.

Sugar– soo good. Tasted just like Mom’s homemade sugar cookies during Christmas season. You could totally decorate these with some icing and pass them off as homemade 😉 . They are covered with sugar crystals and have a buttery flavor. The vanilla also added a nice touch.

Chocolate Chip– This one tasted like the sugar cookie, but with some chocolate chips. I really enjoyed the chocolate chips though, they were perfect in the cookie, I just wish there were more! There was also a nice mixture of a vanilla/brown sugar taste in these. Very enjoyable and different from the standard chewy chocolate chip.

Oatmeal– oatmeal? AH, how can this be gluten free?! Don’t worry- Dr. Lucy ensured that these  oats are gluten free! And, also delicious. This one wasn’t as sweet as the others, but still very good. Had a nice oaty taste to it, but not overpowering at all. I spread some peanut butter on these and it was just heavenly. 🙂

Overall, I’m giving these 4 1/2 stars. Not only are they gluten and allergy free, they are all natural, do not use refined sugars, are relatively low in fat, have a good portion size and taste EXCELLENT. They pair well with milk or by themselves. Why didn’t they receive 5 stars you ask? Well, my only complaints are 1. They lack fiber (but most gluten free and cookies in general do) and 2. The individual pouches have four cookies per pouch but a serving is three cookies. And with cookies that taste THIS GOOD, who in their right mind would be able to resist the 4th cookie in the bag?? Certainly not me, so i just pretend a serving size is 4 cookies 😀

Dr. Lucy, your cookies rock. I hope you come out with more products or another flavor. Chocolate brownie? Caramel?? 🙂

1 serving (3 cookies) ranges from 120-130 calories, 4.5-5 grams of fat, 18-21 grams of carbohydates, 1-2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

*indicates organic
Cinnamon Thin-Evaporated cane juice*, Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (garbanzo, potato starch, gluten-free oat, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), soy milk*, palm fruit oil*, soybean oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, cinnamon, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

SugarEvaporated cane juice*, Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (garbanzo, potato starch, gluten-free oat, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), soy milk*, palm fruit oil*, soybean oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

Chocolate Chip-Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (gluten-free oat, garbanzo, potato starch, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), evaporated cane juice*, vegan chocolate chips, gluten-free rolled oats, soy milk*, brown sugar*, soybean oil*, palm fruit oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract*, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

Oatmeal-Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (gluten-free oat, garbanzo, potato starch, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), evaporated cane juice*, gluten-free rolled oats, soy milk*, brown sugar*, soybean oil*, palm fruit oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract*, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

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I’m always curious about cookies (who isn’t?) so i got a box of the Vanilla Graham mini cookies (because if cookie wasn’t enough, they are MINI!! Who doesn’t love mini cookies!) in the mail from Cherrybrook Kitchen. Aside from being cute and gluten free, they are also peanut, dairy, egg and nut free.
YEP!
They are certainly yummy. They are about the size of a half dollar each, and they have swirls on top. It resembles the top of a snail shell to me. They have a very strong vanilla flavor, but are not overly sweet. They sort of taste like a better Vanilla  Wafer (and they don’t contain any trans FATS!). They are crispy and very “light” tasting.

So overall, there good! I’m giving them 4 stars.

6 cookies are 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
My only complaint is the low fiber content

Evaporated cane juice, brown rice flour, corn flour, palm oil, cornstarch, low fat soy flour, corn syrup, vanilla and natural flavors, salt, sodium bicarbonate, soy lecitin, xanthan gum, cinnamon.

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