Not expecting anything exceptional, I appreciated the straightforward ingredients, and the price. (Three big bars, which are easily two servings each, per box. For the price of one raw or macro bar (not naming names).)
As it turns out, these are excellent. Really, quite seriously. Absolutely un-improvable. They are, in my experience, The Best bars of their kind, that I have had yet.
Perfect consistency: the buckwheat groats are individually crunchy while the bar overall is dense and chewy.
Flavor is heaven: it's currently setting my bar (ha) for "best dark chocolate" balance, even though it's not even/at all a bar of chocolate.
And the nutritional profile is pretty nearly perfect: raw, gluten-free, vegan, low GI, high-mineral, alkaline ... My only consideration would be how to replace the agave with something unprocessed - perhaps date syrup?
If you live in New York. Get these. If you don't live in New York, you can still get them because upon learning about my fandom, LifeThyme shared their preparation with us.
The Best Buckwheat Cacao Bars in NYC
Ingredients: (quantities mine)
- 1 C Buckwheat groats
- Agave (just enough to lightly coat all of the buckwheat)
- Raw cacao powder (enough to coat the agave-coated buckwheat)
- 1 Tbsp each:
- dried cherries
- cacao nibs
- sliced almonds
Preparation: compliments of LifeThyme Market
"They are not complex by any means. We simply toss the raw groats with enough agave to provide a cover for the raw cacao powder to stick and then add the dried cherries, a few other ingredients lay the batch in a pan to dehydrate.
For me the trick is agave. It had become the sweetener of choice for so many raw foodists and I never enjoyed it as a sweetener (though i've had some very select sap from Mexico that was outstanding). But, the bitterness of cacao evens out the acute sweetness of agave, while the tartness of the cherries and nutty quality of buckwheat help mellow the flavors."
And, this is not a sponsored post. I don't work for LifeThyme. Yet. :)