Bruce and Marsha Weinstein started Awesome Foods in 2005, when they realized that many raw foods are made with dates, honey, and other very sweet foods. Both have hypoglycemia, so they wanted to be careful about foods that cause strong insulin reactions - and so Awesome Foods was born!
I'm a big fan of "underdog" type food companies. Somehow, a parfait from a local cafe tastes better than a Starbuck's one. :P
Anyway, sweets-lover that I am, the first things that I had to try were sweet!
So basically its an almond and apricot based Larabar-type thing without dates? I'm not a huge fan of dates, so I was pretty excited!
Don't get me wrong - I like Larabars. But they can be a bit cloyingly sweet (I find that I always have to eat them with a slice of bread, or it's just too much).
First of all, pretty bar! You can see everything in it and I love that.
And flavor? YUM! The flavors of the dried fruits mesh nicely with the almonds and you can *actually* taste the apricot. Is it just me, or does apricot flavor usually get lost in multi-fruit bars?
The almond fig bar was just as good, but less sticky - which is cleaner for eating on the go, but also messier since it crumbled a bit!
It was deliciously sweet (amazing crumbled on greek yogurt with raw oats, in place of the usual granola topping), however, so it was worth it. :)
Next up were the Sweet Potato Delights with Cashew Nut Butter:
The ingredients look great to me! And these are rich little bites - one is quite enough for a dessert. The cashew butter filling is delightfully creamy and the "cookies" are dense and sweet and full of sweet yam flavor. Think sweet potato or pumpkin pie and then healthify it.
I enjoyed them a lot, but my parents were *crazy* about them. I guess they're for a more sophisticated, adult palate?
They're like healthified whoopie pies. Score.
Oh, and neither of these resulted in a sugar high/crash, so that's always a plus. ;)
Awesome Foods also makes savory stuff, like these Vegetable Tempuraw Chips:
All vegan ingredients (and gluten-free), these are a pretty healthy snack!
Since they're dehydrated, not fried/baked like potato chips, they're not crispy - more like hard with a little bit of a chew.
But the cashew paste and seasoning paired with the dehydrated raw vegetables is quite tasty. I liked them and my dad loved them. He's a fan of garlic. :P
The Kale Chips were really good, but half the bag crumbled.
It's okay. I ate it with a spoon. :P My mom kept asking if there was parmesan in it. 'No, but there is parmesan in this.' No, mom. It's vegan.
Do you like whoopie pies?
What's your favorite underdog food company?
Do you like dates?