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-- Where I purchased it from and my first thoughts -
I was after something healthy to snack on throughout the day. I found these on offer in my local supermarket. I didn't realise until I got home that they were dairy / gluten free, 100% made for vegans, etc.
The last time I purchased something that was gluten free, I had stomach aches for the rest of the day. So I was contemplating whether these were the worth the effort in eating.
But, I was pleasantly surprised how good they actually tasted! It had a pretty unique taste to it. I picked up the berry flavour. But I noticed they had other flavours to. Such as, Banana, Cocoa and many more. Must admit they aren't has good as other chocolate bars. Such as Cadburys, Nestle, Etc. But then again, they aren't chocolate bars! They are something called wholefood natural bars. They have a mixture of dates, raisins, nuts and berries all mixed together. It says on the packet that they are cold pressed and have your recommended 1 of 5 a day in one bar.
-- What's the taste / texture like --
The bars are firm but very soft to bite into and the chopped up nuts and raisins add a bit of texture. From the initial appearance of the bar, you'd think it's your standard run of the mill cereal bar. But this is so far from the truth when you bite into it. It has a bitter, sweet taste to it. Hard to explain, but other bars I ate before, I used to be able to finish quite quickly. But with this bar, I take my time as the taste is quite rich. My advice would be to try one before buying a full pack of them. I can imagine it has a marmite saying about it. You either love it or hate it.
-- Are they healthy? --
Yes, extremely healthy. Looking at the ingredients the only unhealthy thing about it is the sugars. Then again, that's only the natural sugars in the berries!
On the back of the box, there are a few Nutritional facts about each bar. These are as follows:
Wheat and gluten free
Low in saturated fats
Free from added sugar
One of your 5 a day!
Made with Dates (49%), Cashews (31%), Raisins (17%), Raspberries (3%), natural flavour.
They are around 100 calories per bar, so a great healthy substitute from your usual sweet bar.
I always take one with me to work and they are quite filling and fix any sweet cravings I may have.
-- Where can I buy them from? --
I purchased mine from Tesco, but I've had a look online and they are for sale on Amazon for a lot cheaper than the shops. They are about 40p per bar if you purchase a pack of 18. In Tesco you can buy them singular at around 70p per bar. I would keep away from the health shops such as Holland and Barratt. I saw them on sale for £1 per bar! Way too expensive.
But, like I said before buy one to try first. Or, if you can, print off a voucher on the nakd foods website where you can redeem this in certain stores for a free bar.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my review
I love love love these. I like the taste, the texture, the natural, ethical persuasion of the company, I love that it is actually one of your five a day - and I love how long it keeps you full for! I put this down to it being raw, cold pressed food; the nutrients haven't been frazzled by baking or diluted much by processing so, even though it's small, there's a lot more goodness in it that other snack bars. It feels like that eating them anyway! Honestly, it's been a revelation. I'm a student and swapping these for my normal 'convenience' foods when I haven't left enough time to cook has given me so much more energy in my day to day life. Even though they're small-ish, they feel rich, give you energy and cure an empty stomach for a good wee while!
Overselling it a bit? Maybe. I would guess if you have a healthier lifestyle already you wouldn't notice so much difference (my eating habits are really chaotic), but these are by far and away the best snack bars in my view. They are expensive, but for me they're such good value. I'm now spending much less on junk food, put it that way! (perhaps another reason you feel so much better is that these bars don't contain the weird chemicals/saturated fats/fructose syrups that other companies include to suppress that hormone that lets you know you're full. no pringles-style addiction here!)
There's probably also something to be said for evening out your blood-sugar levels, like the theory behind grazebox snacks (now those ARE too expensive for what they are :/ )
My favourites are the Cocoa Orange and Cashew Cookie bars (the berry one is a bit weird). Check them out!
How I got Nakd!
*Nakd bar tested was Pecan Pie*
Fancied a bit of pie!
It was during a shopping trip with my mum that I decided to get Nakd. The urge came upon me whilst I was in Holland and Barrett. With many flavours and options to choose from, by Natural Balance Foods (who make Nakd bars), I was browsing the temptations for a while. Pecan Pie stood out to me as it is a vibrant orange packet - not impressive in length but I was only after a little bite to eat. Price wise the bars can seem a little expensive at 99p but they were on a special offer so I made my decision to give Pecan Pie a try.
What's under the wrapper?
It's simple packaging and that is what the company is all about. Keeping things simple and as much as how nature intended it to be. Well, why not as it is often tastier. It is noticeable to me how very small the bar is and for the price (if paying full price) it seems rather stingy. Full marks for the clear information on the front: Gluten, Wheat and Dairy Free. Clear as a bell. On the back you will find out that it's suitable for vegans and is GM free and also low in saturated fats. It is sounding very ethical and impressive but come on - what is this raw treat going to taste like?
Unleash the beast!
Run for the hills or put a peg on your nose! Well, I didn't need to, nor my mum, but my daughter and husband thought the smell of this was just horrendous. Really? I don't get it as it smells fine to me but they say it smells like sweaty socks.
After the rather dramatic entrance of the bar and speedy exit of my family I get to see what I am about to place in my mouth. It is a little on the short side and rather thin too. Whether it would satisfy me was debatable and to be honest it isn't the most appealing thing to feast your eyes on. Put this alongside a bar of dairy milk and there is no competition as to which will draw the most custom.
So, it smells - should we say 'different' - and it is a rather odd looking dark brown chunk of things that are good for you. Lets hold on to the thought that this has natural goodies inside it. It is brown!
Taste it and see!
With an audience of fascinated on lookers (my amused and disgusted, at the same time, family) I was rather reluctant to put this in my mouth. I have to admit that it doesn't look appealing. I wondered if it would be filling or provide enough energy too. I took a deep breath and a bite - with my eyes firmly closed and to the sound of my family saying 'ugh'.
The texture is a little crumbly but not so much so that I lost half the bar. It has an element of moisture that I was grateful for as I don't like dry stuff in my mouth. At times bits of the bar stuck to my teeth and I developed a slight sensitivity on my back molars whilst chewing - odd?
The brown bar did not taste as bad as it looked (or apparently smelt). Personally I couldn't really detect much pecan but did note the abundance of almonds - that being fine as I really do like that taste. The inclusion of dates is very evident and maybe bordering on too much for me - I like dates but in moderation and it is quite intense in this bar.
Would the brown log satisfy me?
Well. In a word no. I really wanted this bar to be satisfying in its ethical and natural way but in reality it didn't. I needed some energy to sustain me and this bar didn't come anywhere near achieving that. It is eaten in more or less three to four bites depending on the size of your mouth - so for me it is three as I do have a big mouth!
Enjoyment wise the activity of eating is over too soon. I like a snack or energy bar to last a little longer than this does. As it is packed with nuts I thought I would get more from it in terms of ready energy - but I didn't. I think I needed some carbohydrates and indeed that is what my body craved once I had eaten this little log of brown stuff. The packaging states that there is 13g of carbohydrates in the bar but it must have passed my body by.
I suppose it filled a gap but I needed more. Much much more than the little guy could offer. Maybe I need to have the Trek Bar instead which looks a bit more impressive in size - but may also pong a bit and not manage to sate my needs.
Holland and Barrett
99p per bar
£13.99 for 18 bars
The bar is satisfactory at best in my experience but we are all different. I really need a good amount of protein and carbohydrates to boost my energy levels and this puny bar just didn't get anywhere near the mark. As a snack just for the sake of a snack then it is probably okay but it doesn't last long so the enjoyment factor is limited. If you can abide the aroma then you may be tempted but the taste isn't really anything to shout about either. It is okay when you want a healthy snack that has great ethics and is natural. I don't know why but this bar made my teeth feel sensitive? That is probably just an issue with me.
If you are going to give the bar a try just be mindful that some people may find the smell odd. It is short in length and in three to four bites it is history - no prolonged enjoyment. The taste is unique - some like it whilst others definitely don't. The consistency is nice enough and it has enough moisture. The almond inclusion is nice - but a bit heavy on the dates for me. Try it and see.
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(c) Dawnymarie 2013
* This review specifically relates to the Pecan Pie bar.
Over the last few months I have started eating quite a lot of snack bars to fill me up as I was eating far too much fruit and worried about how much natural sugar I was over consuming. After starting with the more well-known ones in the supermarket, I started to get a little bit more adventurous and look elsewhere online. I've now tried so many brands I can't even remember, but one that stands out for me is the Nakd range.
Originally trying the Nakd range, I was impressed by the range of flavours they had on offer and so I opted for a 'Find your Favourite' box. The box contained 9 bars, each a different flavour for £7.99. At 89 pence each, they are expensive in comparison to other more well-known brands, but if you consider how much you would spend on say a chocolate bar, then this is an average price and much much healthier.
The main selling point of these bars is they are Gluten, Wheat and Dairy free. While I don't have any intolerances myself, I was happy with the natural benefits that this bar had to offer me and the fact that it is low in saturated fats and GM free made me a happy bunny.
As snack bars go, it gave me a much needed boost during the late afternoon lull which I often seem to find myself in. After running around all day I'm sure I don't eat enough, but often find that if I'm in the car I need something to nibble on, so these bars are handy to keep in the glovebox or in my handbag to tide me over. I couldn't solely survive on them and they don't 'fill' you up, but they do sufficiently boost you to your next meal, without gorging on sugary sweets / crisps, etc.
The Pecan Pie flavour isn't one of my favourites, but this is solely because the range of flavours is so nice, with the Cocoa Orange and Cashew Cookie being particular favourites. The small 35 gram bar offers 156 calories per serving, and with 100% natural ingredients isn't sticky or gooey like some other snack bars I have tried previously. The nutty taste and texture make it tasty without being over powering, however the dates just don't do it for me I'm afraid. I would have preferred it just to have been made with the almonds and pecans.
I would recommend these bars to everyone, but you simply have to find the right flavour for you. As a nutritious and healthy snack, they are brilliant for people who have intolerances to Gluten, Wheat and Dairy. They are made with the right amount of essential vitamins so they support a strong immune system, combat stress and even ageing! The high amount of fibre means blood sugar levels are balanced, it helps to control appetitie and aid digestion! Who would have thought one little bar could do so much?!
After initially seeing them online, I have noticed them for sale in high street chains such as Holland & Barrett, Tesco (only the larger stores) and Waitrose.
** If you try this range, look out for the lemon infused raisins, they are delicious!!
Completely vegan and comprised of healthy ingredients with dates as the core ingredient for most of the bars. I'm pleased to see that these bars are more widely available now and at a much lower price than they used to be. You can get them from around 70p a bar from major supermarkets. You can also buy in multi packs although these tend to be rather expensive at more than £2 a box. My favourite bars are the Cocoa Orange which is extremely rich and moist. I find the Apple Pie one very dry. These bars are really great for kick-starting a healthy diet!
If you are into improving your health and eating well then these 100% RAW natural snack bars are for you! They have an irresistible texture, chewy and full of flavours. My favourites are apple pie and pecan pie and their latest banana bread. The cocoa Loco bars are very rich and certainly deliver that rich chocolate hit we so often crave without all the refined sugar and other added nasties - perfect! They are full of fibre and natural ingredients. They are made in Wales, suitable for vegetarians, vegans and chocoholics!
They are sold in most supermarkets and health stores for between 71p and 99p and occasionally sold in packs of 4 where you can find them. Very handy for a snack in your bag, ideal for picnics, to keep in the car, a breakfast or to stop those little ones hunger pangs whilst out and about! A good family all rounder!
I have tried the Berry cheeky flavour and the cocoa loco flavour.
Both flavours had a very nice chewy texture with fragments of oats and nuts that gave you something to crunch as well as chew. I really liked that.
The flavour left a lot to be desired. Both bars had a cardboard-like flavour. The berry cheeky flavour was the least unpleasant but still reminded me of cheap 1p false-flavour gummy sweets I used to get from the ice-cream van as a child, didn't taste at all natural despite what it says on the packet.
The cocoa loco had the least flavour. I assume it was supposed to be chocolatey but I can't be sure, maybe it was supposed to be dates. If it was chocolate then it really doesn't go well with the fruit in the bar, the balance between the two seems to be off. Plus it doesn't exactly taste of chocolate either, it's just bitter like raw coffee. In fact had they made it with coffee and not chocolate I might not have noticed any difference. Both the chocolate and fruit flavours were overwhelmed by this woody cardboard taste. I had difficulty finishing the cocoa loco one as I began to feel a bit woozy from the bitterness.
I'll finish the boxes over the week to allow my taste buds to adjust to it, perhaps my palette simply isn't used to this kind of thing. After all, I used to think olives tasted like death, and now I'm addicted to them. So don't take my review at face value, try them for yourself, can't do you any harm because they are a very healthy snack.
Raw Bars, to me, are like bars of sheer heaven. I honestly like them a lot.
I first tasted these wonder bars (see what I did there? ha!) around Christmas 2010 when my husband stuffed a few into my Christmas stocking (never too old for a stocking at Christmas I say) and well, stocking fillers for peeps on a vegan diet can be interesting and sparse at the best of times.
Since then we haven't been able to get enough of them and guess what? My son loves them, too. I break off a little piece for him and he will happily sit and munch it down. I'm happy to feed them to him as a treat because I know they're made from nothing but natural vitamins and minerals. They're also 100% dairy free, high in fibre and are a very tasty whole food treat - for the whole family! My husband likes them too and doesn't have a sweet tooth in the slightest.
My favourite flavour has to be cocoa orange. I've sworn off chocolate for a while now so these are a great alternative. The orange flavour is rich, doesn't taste un-natural like most orange flavoured products and it has a nice, almost nutty texture. These bars come in a brown packet with orange writing.
I also liked the ginger bread raw bar (um, yum!) which actually tasted like ginger bread, minus the bread, dairy and processed sugars of course ;).
For the first time I tried the cocoa delight bar a few months ago and wow...it was great. It tasted exactly like a brownie. But without the calories, sugar and fat of a brownie.
Each flavour comes in at a different price but the cocoa orange bar is around 62p and the other flavours come in at 67p. For a while Tesco were doing packs of 4 bars for £2 but I haven't seen these around recently. If you're in the UK you can buy them at the 'free from' section in most major supermarkets.
I can say hand on heart that when you eat these bars you don't feel like you're missing out on the riches of chocolate (which I have abandoned for a while now) or other 'treats' that aren't too much on the healthy side. I honestly think our supermarkets should replace the unhealthy, over processed chocolate bars they sell and put Raw Bars in their place.
For Raw Bars I would honestly and sincerely give them a 5 star product rating. Their packaging is superb; high quality and in attractive colours. Their product is of course supreme - and very, very tasty!
This review was posted to my personal blog, too. Thanks for reading xx.
Made from 100% natural ingredients, made in Wales, very vegan and quite filling. No added sugars, only sugar in them are the ones found naturally in fruit. These are 100% fruit, nut or fruit juice, nothing tampered with and nothing added. Free from gluten, wheat and dairy. Incredibly low in fat. One of the bars that you know exactly what goes in them. My personal favourite is Cashew Cookie.
Nakd bars by Natural Balance Foods, these are perfect for on the go, just before and/or after exercise to get some energy up without feeling like you've just wasted your workout.
I discovered these when I first went vegan when I was having a gander at the free from shelf (which is where you will always find these in supermarkets). I was a bit skeptical about the price for something I immediately knew I would not like in the first place but I grabbed one of them as my Dad always told me to try food I was iffy about at least once, because you never know. Plus vegan on the go foods are quite hard to come by if there is not a Holland and Barret around so I was willing to try anything in the hope it would broaden what vegan foods were easy to get hold of as regards to locality.
The range of 35g Nakd bars include:
Cashew Cookie - 51% Raw cashews, 49% Raw dates
Ginger Bread - Raw Dates (48%), Raw Almonds (32%), Raw Pecans (18%) Raw Ginger, Cloves & Cinnamon.
Pecan Pie - Dates (52%), Pecans (28%) & Almonds (20%)
Cocoa Orange - Dates (40%), Raw Cashews (40%), Raisins (14%) & Cocoa (5%)
If you leave these in the cupboard until you want them they will be all sticky when you chew them and moist and filling. The exception to this in my opinion is Cocoa Orange which, the majority of the time, can be quite dry because of the cocoa.
There are 68g bars which come in the following flavours:
Apple Pie - Dates (38%), Oats, Mixed Nuts (12%) Raisins (13%) Apples (8%) Apple Essence, Cinnamon, Nutmeg Flavour.
Coco Loco - Dates (38%), Oats, Mixed Nuts (15%) Raisins (13%) Apple Juice, Cocoa (5%) Natural Flavourings.
Berry Cheeky - Dates (39%), Oats, Mixed Nuts (14%) Raisins (13%) Apple Juice, Raspberries (2%) Strawberries (1%), Natural Flavourings
They are crushed and squashed fruit (NOT baked), pressed together in a bar and as such they look like it too. They hold together very well and don't break to pieces in your hands. The packaging of all these products are colourful and pretty with ingredients in simple terms & many languages, including Norwegian! I would not describe all of these bars as sweet, except the ones that contain chocolate and the Berry Cheeky one, they are very filling and contain nuts!
35g bars, depending on where you shop, supermarket or online are usually priced between 65p-80p, the 68g bars are priced between 80p-£1
Supermarkets, Holland and Barret, direct from the Natural Balance Foods website that offers big prezzie boxes of them and mixed boxes for very reasonable prices.
100% natural, no added sugar and nothing artificial, these little gems are made purely from raw fruit, nuts and oats. No cooking involved, the raw ingredients are "smooshed" together and then packaged in what could possibly be described as 'funky' wrappers (different from the pictures above), and sold to you to enjoy as a lovely, healthy snack.
Each 30g bar contains 1 portion of raw fruit - helping you to achieve your recommended 'five a day'. As would be expected, the 60g bars contain 2 portions of raw fruit. This is an excellent way to boost your daily fruit intake, making it much easier to reach your 'five a day'. Especially ideal for people who, like me, aren't that inspired when it comes to eating fruit, or who struggle to make it up to 5 a day.
The 30g bar is relatively small and could be ideal for lunchboxes. A nice little snack inbetween meals, or an addition to any meal (for dessert, for example, or as a replacement for a chocolate or cereal bar). For those with big appetites, this bar may be a little too small to have just on its own.
The 60g bars are very filling, and can be eaten on their own or as part of a meal. I've often found with the 60g bars that I couldn't manage the whole bar in one go, saving half for later, so if like me you have a relatively small appetitive, the 30g bars are best.
Nakd bars are ideal for replacing unhealthy snacks such as crisps and chocolate bars in your every day life.. BUT, the fact that these bars are made purely from raw fruit, nuts and oats mean that, although they are a good alternative health-wise, taste-wise you're probably going to have to make a bit of a sacrifice. There's no point in lying about it, they don't taste anywhere near as scrummy as a choccy bar!! They do taste ok though, and once you get used to them they're actually quite nice. They come in a range of different flavours with fun names like Apple Pie, Berry Cheeky and Cocoa Loco (I personally recommend the Berry Cheeky bars).
So, if you like to snack but you want to do it healthily, look no further than Nakd raw fruit, nut and oat bars. Only 100 calories per bar, bursting with goodness and counts as one (or two) of your 'five a day'.
*Small note for parents* : Putting a Nakd bar in your child's lunch box is, in theory, a brilliant idea, but if they're used to tasty treats it might be a bit hard convincing them they want to eat these bars instead. However, still a good alternative if your child refuses to eat fruit, and is very much worth a try to see what they think.
**Contains peanuts and nuts**
In a market awash with health bars, Nakd bars stand out instantly with their modern fun packaging (revamped since the pictures shown).
And although they're vegan & free from sugar, wheat & GM ingredients they're not dull & worthy but fresh-tasting & fruity.
My favourite is the 'berry cheeky' flavour. In this one about fifty percent is dates & raisins - so it's good & sweet - & there's plenty of oats & peanuts which give it a bit of firmness to get your teeth into.
There's raspberries & strawberries in this one which you can really taste, & almonds & walnuts too.
These bars are cold-pressed, not baked, so they keep their maximum goodness - & presumably are suitable for those on a raw-food diet. One bar gives you an impressive two of your five-a-day.
Some fruit bars are a bit insubstantial & leave you hungry but these are a good size - 68g - & properly filling, though with 228 calories per bar they're a lot less fattening than a similar-sized flapjack.
One of the nicest snack bars I've come across.
I don't usually go for all that natural sourced wholefoods rubbish but these are really tasty, filling and have much fewer calories than a chocolate bar. Yum!!!
Are you looking for a healthy portable snack to eat between meals or perhaps like me you are finding it difficult to get up in time for work now these dark November days are looming? Well I think I can recommend something healthy which may put those cereal bars out of commission for a while.
My daughter became a vegan at the age of fifteen which I have to say was tricky. Although we are all veggies in our house the idea of cutting out Canadian cheddar and goats milk was really hard and I was dreading cooking all the meals and making sure she was going to be healthy. Luckily she is a great cook and I was not really needed. I have learnt so much from her in the last four years including all about Nakd bars and how good they are for you!
The first thing to tell you is that they are made by a company called Natural Balance foods. If you visit their website which can be found at
www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk you will see that they are in spirit a company much like Innocent who have a fun ethic and their website reflects this with happy cheerful messages! Produced in Wales these are a treat!
So what are Naked Bars? Firstly they are completely natural and are low GI which means that they help to keep your blood sugar levels stable to reduce snacking on high calorie fat laden goodies. They are made from a blend of fruit, rolled oats, nuts and spices and not only do they have no added sugar but they are not even cooked.
They come at the moment in four flavours:
They are rich in super foods and are a source of B vitamins, iron, potassium, vitamin c calcium and magnesium.
They come in different sizes but to give you an idea of the smallest size 30g which I buy most of the time it is 98 calories. They are also vegan, wheat and dairy free and have no transfats.
I'll tell you in detail about the cocoa version as it is my favourite and I find it satisfies that need for chocolate which if you are me comes every few hours! This is made from raw dates, wholegrain oats, raw raisins, raw peanuts, apple juice, cocoa, raw almonds, and raw walnuts.
You can buy the bars in Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrison's, Boots, Holland and Barrett and in most health food stores across Britain. They are also now available in Ireland, Holland, Sweden and Norway as they have broken into the international market. There are also plans to begin production in America and Australia and to diversify into savoury products too.
I want to talk a little bit about cost here and if you see these bars on the shelves I have to warn you they are not cheap. In Boots the 68g size is I believe well over £1. The cheapest I have found this size is in Tesco where it retails at 88p. However you don't need to buy the larger size as the 30g one is perfectly adequate and I think they have just started to stock some flavours of these in Holland and Barratt. The cheapest way to purchase the smaller bars I have found is direct from www.goodnessdirect.co.uk where you can buy them in bulk. This is a great mail order whole food cooperative and I have written about them in detail in another review. If you purchase the 30g size from them in packs of 36 it works out at 44p each which I think is pretty good value for a healthy snack.
If you visit the manufacturer's website you can order a taster selection of their products as they also make Trek bars and flavoured raisins. You can also order all their ranges from them.
Another thing I am delighted to tell you about these bars is that the company has teamed up with The British Athletes Commission to provide Britain's athletes with their products at cost price. I think this is a wonderful gesture to help British sport and well done to them!
Another thing I like about their website is that it has become a forum for other issues to be covered. There are links to charities they feel strongly about and there are also reviews of magazines which may appeal to those interested in healthy living.
If you sign up to their newsletter you may even receive a freebie in the post and there are competitions to enter as well.
If you are trying to lose weight I notice that a new company called Diet Chef who send out a weeks supply of food are supplying these bars as part of their calorie controlled eating plan. So if you are interested in them have a look at www.dietchef.co.uk.
So next time you reach out for that cereal bar or chocolate biscuit have a change and try with one of these bars. You might find they fill you up for longer and they might be helping your health.
If I have wetted your appetite I think you will enjoy watching this video on the link below which is to an interview with the founder of the company which was conducted at The Bristol Vegan fayre
I have to say I still love the odd cream cake and fatty things in moderation but by having these bars to hand I find that I am sometimes prefering them. For a lass born in Lancashire but now living in Essex I still have a love of pies and Eccles cakes but I am enjoying these bars and I think my waistline is too!
All natural unsweetened fruit bar, high in fibre and nutrition.