Two Moms in the Raw was generous enough to send me a box of products to do a review of. Now this company started from the ground up. The founder Shari decided to start making raw foods after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004. Eventually after making them for her friends and family and seeing the rise in popularity, she started selling at the Boulder County Farmers Market. It really is truly a family run business they she works with her mother out of the same commercial kitchen 5 minutes from her home.
All their products are 100% organic, raw, vegan, free of wheat, dairy, soy, refined sugars and even gluten free. What Raw food is is food that has not been cooked or exposed to temperatures over 118*F.
Right now they are making 17 products in 5 different categories; granola, nut bars, sea crackers, truffles, and cereal.
Here is all the goodies I received and reviews of them all below. I was fortunate enough that these bars are pretty decent size so my dad and sister also got to try some of everything and give their input.
Cranberry Nut Bar:
This was the first bar we tried. For me I immediately could tell it was raw and very nutty. I was surprised that it was not very sweet at all or salty. It was just to bland for me. This bar though according to the Two Mom's in the Raw website won Top Healthy Travel Snack in 2014, but you can definitely taste the healthiness of it. It has only 60mg of sodium total in the entire bar, I usually like my nuts salted so this was quite different for me. My dad felt this bar did not have a whole lot of flavor, because the flavor of the nuts overpowers the flavor of the fruit. Even though their is no bitterness from the nuts it still ends up being a little bland.
Gojiberry Nut Bar:
We tried this bar second and I was definitely a fan of the goji berry flavor. I love goji berries and could distinctly recognize the flavor in this bar. The sweetness I felt was more prominent then in the cranberry bar, even though they have the same amount of sugar. Again this bar has only 60mg of sodium, but I felt with the goji berries it didn't even need anymore salt, it was perfect just the way it was. The only thing I wish these nut bars had was more protein. When I'm eating a substantial bar like this I'd hope it have more than 4g of protein. My dad felt you could taste the fruit more in this bar than in the Cranberry one, it was softer than the Cranberry one as well. This I feel was both our preference for the nut bars since the fruit flavor lingered in this one.
When I first saw this product I assumed it would be like a bag of granola, but it is actually 4 granola bars in a box. They are made with a base of gluten free organic oat groats. This is different than any other bar or granola I have had before since I rarely see oat groats in the ingredients of what I am eating. Upon looking at the bar you can see some blueberries throughout it. When I took my first bite I immediately noticed the prominent taste of cinnamon, which I loved. My dad tried this granola as well and felt that it had first a blueberry flavor and then second the cinnamon, but the cinnamon ended up being the prominent flavor. It was very seedy with a slight stickiness. It appears hard and firm, but it is not as hard to chew as you imagine and didn't fall apart in your hand. Overall a very pleasant flavor.
Almond Butter Cacao Truffles:
This truffle my dad and I really agreed on the taste. It felt like a firm brownie, and tastes exactly like the bars, but more pulverized. The raw cacao was not overpowering like we thought it would be, but you don't really taste much chocolate at all. Overall pretty similar tasting to the nut bars.
Green Tea Vanilla Truffles:
This was almond exactly like the other truffle, just a little less chocolatey and maybe a touch of the matcha green tea flavor. We could not really taste the vanilla in these truffles, but we did enjoy the portion size of the truffles a lot more. One truffle was perfect!
**Two Moms in the Raw was kind enough to offer samples of their products in return for an honest review. I was not paid for this review, and all the ideas and opinions within it are my own.**
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