Thursday, September 15, 2011

CaveWoman Bars Review


 
I got to try something new and different this past weekend that I have not blogged on and that is 100% Vegan bars. I must admit from the start I am not considered a true 100% Vegan so this was really something I had never tried before and this was my first "real" vegan food item. The company is called CaveWoman Bars.

They sent me the following:

1. Blueberry Pancake
2. Peanut Butter & Jelly
3. Banana Nut Bread
4. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
5. Baklava

This company makes their bars all vegan 100% natural, gluten free and no sugar added along with being raw and made from organic ingredients. They also try to use as much local products as they can. They are full of Vitamins, Protein and Fiber and provide 1 serving of Fruit per bar. The best part is that they are shelf stable for months but do taste better if stored in the fridge or freezer during warm weather.

You know, I like just about anything and it is hard for me to find much that I just absolutely do not like and when I first opened one of these bars I was so afraid I was not going to like them. I tried the Baklava one first and it was a good thing I did. Yes, it is different and I had to get used to the chewy, chewy feeling and how much time I had to spend getting it broke down but it wasn't too bad.

Now, remember, I don't eat these kinds of food often enough to know what is considered good or not but it really wasn't that bad considering I had nothing to compare it to. I am not a 100% Vegan although meat does tear up my stomach and I tend to stay away from meat products because they hurt my stomach. But I do eat eggs and chicken so I really don't think that counts as being 100% Vegan.

I tried the Banana Nut Bread next and it did taste like bananas and I thought maybe I had found another one that I could get used to but then the lemony taste hit me and I had to back away from it. I know my regular readers know I have IC (chronic bladder pain) and I am not allowed to eat or drink anything that contains potassium or citrus like products.

And I have IBS (with constipation) so I have to be careful about real heavy foods especially foods with alot of fiber. I did not know this when I asked to review Cavewoman Bars so it is not their fault this happened. I should have been better prepared but I was on another site and this person was raving about how good these bars were and I just took off from there. So, if you don't have my problems like the ones I have, IC or IBS, then you would have loved this bar.

Now, I got a little afraid to try the other three so I enlisted the help of my best friend, Lynette because she loves all this kind of stuff. She is into all that herbal, vitamins, minerals and alternative kinda stuff along with cutting this and that out of your diet so I knew she would be the one that needed to try the rest of these so that I could save this review from heading south.

Sure enough, Lynette thought they were great! I had not eaten all of the Banana Nut Bread or the Baklava so she had enough of those also to try and give me her opinion of all five bars. She said they were all very good and she understood how the idea of them being raw and so chunky had me a little concerned.

But she was raving on about them and said it was too bad I had all the issues that I have or I would have really wanted to keep them for myself. She said it was a good thing I did not attempt to eat the Pineapple Upside Down bar because it might have set my IC going but she thought it was one of the better ones. She's not too much on Peanut Butter and Jelly but she said it was good.

She had to eat so much of it growing up that it kinda turned her against it so it wasn't that the bar wasn't good she just wasn't into the flavor but if you are then this is your dream bar she said.

This is a better picture of what the Baklava looks like.

I had already taken a few bites of it when I thought I had better take a picture so you could see what they look like outside of the wrapper.

I found out from Cavewoman's site that they have a recipe blog that you can go to that has some of Alyssa's great recipes on.

I checked out a few and the one I liked best was Creamy, Dreamy Dude Ranch Dressing!

I love Ranch Dressing and I can say I have used fat free before and I do like it so I think I might try this recipe and see what my family thinks. We are all Ranch lovers around here.

Okay, we all know I am into the history thing and I like to quote directly from their site so nothing gets lost in the transition so here is how Cavewoman Bars became what it is today:

Alyssa Boyle grew up in the tiny town of Cathey's Valley, CA (population 362), just outside of Mariposa, gateway to Yosemite. She was known for three things: her pet rooster, Penrod; her love of the dramatic arts; and her prize-winning lemon bars. Upon graduation from Mariposa High, Alyssa packed her bags and moved down to Southern California with the goal of becoming a famous actress. After graduation from U.C. Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama she moved to Hollywood.

Alyssa pounded the pavement in Tinsel Town for years, appearing primarily in theatre productions, commercials, and the occasional gig on a soap opera. She was also a hand and foot model for print and television advertising. The whole time, however, Alyssa’s love of cooking was never far behind. She was featured cooking in many commercials and once ambitiously made 300 gingerbread men for a large Beverly Hills hotel’s corporate gift baskets.

The popularity of the Food Network got Alyssa’s creative juices flowing and she changed course with the goal of creating her own cooking show. She and her show, The Unidentified Food Objects Show, were chosen out of 10,000 applicants as a semi-finalist for the very first season of the Food Network’s hit series The Next Food Network Star. Although she didn’t get her own show through that effort she and her annual Jolly Gingerbread Holiday Party were featured in the Food Network Holiday Magazine. All the while, she continued experimenting in the kitchen, creating unique and exciting recipes. A year later, she would become the Cavewoman.

Although Alyssa had always loved desserts and was famous for making cookies and bars, she had adopted a healthier lifestyle over the years and was determined to cut back on the amount of sugar and processed foods she allowed into her body. One day she was eating an organic energy bar and, while enjoying it, she wished she were eating one of her homemade desserts. Vowing to stay junk-food-free, she decided then and there to create a bar that tasted like a decadent treat, but without the sugar, flour, milk and eggs. Two days later, the first Cavewoman Bar was being taste-tested by her friends. Two weeks later, the name Cavewoman Bars® was adopted. She chose Cavewoman Bars® because her bars are made with only Fruit, Nuts, and Spices, like our ancient cave-dwelling ancestors used to gather. (And the name makes people laugh and laughter is the best medicine!)

Here is how you can get in touch with this great 100% Vegan company:

Mailing Address: 3727 W. Magnolia Blvd., #208 Burbank, CA 91505
Telephone: 818-321-1703
Email address: info@cavewomanbars.com

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and my sometimes cranky camera but it was all me with no copied pictures.

1 comments:

Jordan Marie @ hottlt.com said...

These look awesome! Let me know if you have a giveaway. Lol.

<3xojo