When shopping for healthy snacks, always check the ingredients. The fewer ingredients, the better! Since dried fruit is typically a simple sweet snack, it's a great choice to reach for, and to travel with too. One of my current favorites is from Barnana, the creators of a line of chewy banana bites made from wholesome organic ingredients.
I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.
Prior to receiving these samples for review, I had already tried the Barnana original and chocolate. So yes, I was thrilled when Barnana recently unveiled their latest flavors, coconut and peanut butter.
My favorite dried fruit is definitely bananas. But texture is so very important! I'm not a hard banana chip fan, but instead I prefer the hard-to-find, soft and chewy dried banana texture so inevitably, Barnana was love at first bite.
These raw, USDA Organic, gluten-free, and Non-GMO Project Verified snacks are not only tasty, but nutritious. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, and also a good source of fiber.
Dried bananas are naturally brown, but don't let the look distract you from the delicious flavor! The original is just bananas and nothing else. They are soft, chewy one to two bite pieces that are naturally sweet. They're so good that I ordered a case of twelve, and they're already half way gone after just a couple weeks. They're hard to resist!
It was over 100 degrees when these arrived, so the peanut butter melted pretty good! We just threw them in the fridge and broke apart the pieces and they still tasted great. Typically they're more rounded with a shiny natural glaze.
The peanut butter is a little on the very sweet side, so if you don't have a sweet tooth like me you may not like this flavor. Combined with the banana it may be a bit much for some, but Buddy and I enjoy it.
The coconut is a perfect blend of just organic bananas and organic coconut. I never thought this combo would be good, but I really, really like it. This flavor creates an even softer, chewier texture and the pieces are sized a bit more consistently too. The coconut also makes these extra high in fiber, with 11 grams per serving, or about 27.5 grams per bag.
Remember how I mentioned the importance of a short ingredients list? All that's in the original is 5 bananas and water. The ingredients mention organic bananas and organic banana powder, which helps the pieces to not stick together, but it's all banana.
Between the four flavors, I definitely reach for the original the most but as a family we enjoy them all at different times. I consider the chocolate and peanut butter flavors to be treats, since they taste more sweet and have added organic dried cane syrup. And although any Barnana flavor is a sweet snack, at least the original and coconut are totally free of added sugars and they're such a simple, wholesome snack.
Take Barnana with you on car rides, camping trips, hikes, or enjoy at your office desk. They're a satisfying snack, a great midday pick up, and the texture is fantastic.
Find Barnana by checking the store locator, or shop online at AbesMarket.com (and use code LIVENATURAL for 15% off your first order!).