These 3 Gluten (and Diary and Soya) free raw chocolate bars are a great way for chocolate lovers on a gluten free diet to indulge whilst remaining health. Until recently I only saw them at health food shops but when a local supermarket started selling the “Bliss Bar”, “Berry Burst” and the “Raw Choc Brownie” I took the opportunity to buy and try all three.. twice.
As well as being Gluten Free all three bars are made using only natural ingredients and are suitable for people on a raw food diet as none of the ingredients are heated above 40c, the Chocolate is Raw as it is cold pressed instead of being roasted which preserves natural antioxidants that are usually lost during the roasting process.
Raw Choc Brownie.
This was the first one of these I tried and my favourite of the three, the “cake-y” texture of the Raw Chocolate combines really well with the juicy raisins and almonds and the aded vanilla does gave it the taste of a real brownie. As with all Pulsin products its made using 100% natural ingredients and is about as good for you as a Chocolate-y treat can be, It’s high in protein, enriched with raw rice protein powder which will help balance blood sugar, has the anti-oxidants (substances that may help to fight free radicals and are thought to help prevent disease) from the raw cacao and added health benefits from the mineral rich almonds and high fibre raisins. I really like this bar and it’s a handy snack to have a few of in the cupboard as its just as good as a breakfast treat as it is as a dessert.
This bar has a more unusual, exotic flavour than the brownie due to its use of ingredients like whole Goji berries and Raspberries along with the cold pressed cacao that all these bars have. Goji berries contain very high levels of Vitamin C, beta-carotene and other antioxidants as well as being a great source of protein and iron, which are both commonly deficient in vegetarian diets, the bar is also suitable for Vegans dairy free, gluten free and don’t contain any sugar or trans fats. The mixture of the shapr, tart berry flavours and the raw Chocolate give this a more “sophistacted” and “Grown up ” taste and it would probably appeal most to people that enjoy the really high percentage cocoa solid dark chocolates,
This Bar is again made with some interesting choices of ingredients including Maca, Ashgawandha and Green Tea Extract, all three of which are reputed to have immune system strengthening, energy giving and libido enhancing effects.
I can’t think of anything else I’ve eaten with a similar taste to the combination of herbs mixed with the gooey Raw chocolate found here, its quite rich and although it may be placebo I did feel that it worked as a pick me up having a similar effect to a strong cup of coffee.
I didn’t like this quite as much as the Brownie but its defintely a snack I can see myself eating regularly as a dessert or mid afternoon treat..
As well as the three bars here Pulsin do quite a range of other Gluten Free, healthy bars and treats which you can find more detail about on their website – www.pulsin.co.uk. You’ll also find their exciting mission statement on here where they say:
“Pulsin’s Dream is to…
- Give people superpower through health-boosting energy foods –
- Make incredible-tasting products that don’t cost the earth –
- Lead the pack when it comes to product development –
- Contribute to a happy, healthy world filled with happy, healthy people”
Good luck with that.
All of their products are made with using artificial sweeteners, flavourings, preservatives or colourings as well as being low in sugar relying on natural sweeteners like dates, brown rice malt, agave nectarand xylitol. As well as being better for your waistline this should reduce the likelihood sugar crashes, cavities and afternoon cravings.
All Pulsin products are also high in protein so suitable for people looking for a pre- or post-exercise boost, People watching their weight and looking to burn fat without losing muscle or anyone recovering from illness.