Friday, March 31, 2017

Pamela's Products

Another day, another random gluten-free snack bar to try.  As you know, I'm always on a quest for good grab-n-go snacks to have stashed in my bag when I'm out and about.  Bonus points for things that make easy breakfasts, as I dash out of a workout in the morning.

Pamela's makes an assortment of products, including baking mixes of all types (pancakes, breads, brownies, cookies, cakes, cornbread, biscuits, scones, waffles, pizza crust, etc), cookies, fig bars, flavored graham crackers, all gluten-free.  Those items didn't really interest me though, so I only tried the "Whenever Bars":
"Made with gluten-free oats, chia seeds and lightly sweetened with agave and coconut sugar, these bars offer a delightfully filling and great tasting snack whenever you need one."
Whenever Bars come in 6 flavors: Oat Blueberry Lemon, Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut, Oat Double Chocolate, Oat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Oat Raisin Walnut Spice, and Oat Cranberry Almond.  Unfortunately, I was only able to try the least interesting variety, Cranberry Almond.

The bars all use the same oat/chia/flour blend base with agave/coconut sugar, and are a soft style, intended to be perfectly suited for, well, "whenever".  I opted to have it for breakfast.
Oat Cranberry Almond.
"Delicious chunks of cranberries play with savory slivers of almond in Pamela’s Oat Cranberry Almond Whenever Bars."

This is the last of their flavors I'd pick if I had a choice, but, alas, this is the only variety I had (I really don't remember where I got it).

The bar is actually twice as big as what you see here, but, it had broken in half.  Which is an indicator of the texture, it was soft and crumbly, almost like an oatmeal cookie.  In that sense, it did seem pretty suited for "whenever", as claimed.  If you like soft, fairly healthy, oatmeal cookies, this could be a dessert or snack.  The oat content and not-too-sweet nature made it fine for a breakfast bar too.

I'm not a fan of chia, but it wasn't too distracting in this bar.  I'd prefer it not be there, but, it wasn't too strong.  I liked the extra crunch from slivers of almonds.  But what I didn't care for was the cranberries, as anticipated.  Dried cranberries, to me, are just a step up from raisins.  I just don't want them.  I give Pamela's credit though, they weren't dried out and hard, they were plentiful, and nicely tart.  But, you have to like cranberries, and I don't.

Overall, I liked the texture, and I do agree with the "whenever" naming, but, this flavor just wasn't for me.  I'd still be happy to try others.
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