It was only recently that I first heard of Cavewoman Bars, and I had the pleasure of corresponding with their creator, Alyssa Boyle. Cavewoman Bars are made of only whole, unprocessed nuts, berries, fruit, and spices, are a good source of fiber, and provide 1½ Servings of fruit per bar. They contain NO dairy, soy, wheat, gluten, animal products, GMOs, or added sugar. Most of the ingredients are raw, and many are organic. Alyssa was kind enough to send me a sampler pack of her bars. As soon as I saw the flavors, I couldn’t wait to dig in.
Unwrapped, the bars look like exactly what they are—high-quality ingredients smooshed together in portable bar form, no frills necessary. They’re also shelf-stable for two months unrefrigerated!
I ate the Peanut Butter & Jelly bar first. It’s made of dates, cherries, blueberries, organic strawberries, cashews, and organic peanut butter—that’s it! It was uncanny just how much this tasted like a PB&J sandwich; it was one of my two favorites of the bunch.
I ate the raw Banana Bread bar (dates, bananas, walnuts, cashews, organic lemon flavor, and spices) on my way back from Oklahoma City last month. It made an excellent road trip snack.
The raw Pineapple Upside-Down Cake bar was great, especially considering how few ingredients it contained—just dates, organic pineapple, cherries, pecans, and almonds.
I thought the Blueberry Pancake bar (dates, blueberries, almonds, pecans, cashews, organic flaxseeds, and natural maple flavor) might taste a little like my raw flaxseed pancakes, and it kind of did! The bar, though, was sweeter and more moist, perfect for eating out-of-hand.
I saved for last what I anticipated to be my favorite—the raw Baklava bar! I really wish I’d gotten a better picture of it, because it was AMAZING. With only dates, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, and spices, it was incredible just how well this emulated the flavors of real baklava (one of my fave desserts of all time).
ALMOST VEGAN GIVEAWAY #4
Alyssa, the Cavewoman herself, has offered to send one winner a sampler pack of all five of the flavors you’ve seen here! You will win: one bar each of Peanut Butter & Jelly, Banana Bread (raw), Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (raw), Blueberry Pancake, and Baklava (raw).
HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment below telling me which of the Cavewoman Bars sounds yummiest to you.
For extra entries (leave an additional, separate comment for each one):
–“Like” Cavewoman Bars on Facebook
–Link to this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
–Add me to your blogroll (or let me know I’m already on there)
–Subscribe to my blog by email, RSS, Google reader, etc.
The deadline for entries is Friday morning, August 13th, at 9:00am CST. Unfortunately, Alyssa can only ship within the U.S. at this time, so international entries can’t be accepted. :[ I’m sorry!
I’ll be choosing the winner at random. Good luck!