Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pamela’s Whenever Bars, A Great Travel Staple

Oh no, I'm waaaay behind. What with being away for the weekend and then being without power and internet for a few days, I haven't been able to hype my blog for the Circle of Moms best food allergy blogs. See that circle in the upper right? Please click on it and vote!

Now, back to regularly scheduled programming:

For the past few weeks I’ve been on the road on the weekends, watching my son play water polo. I hope you get a chance to watch a water polo match sometime – it’s a fascinating game!

But this weekend we managed to get ourselves caught in the storm that hit the Northeast. I was in Boston Saturday night when the storm arrived, then traveling back to the Hudson Valley on Sunday.

The folks at Pamela’s Products had sent me samples of their new Whenever Bars to review, so I brought some along for the trip, and I was very happy that I did. I tried the Oat Blueberry Lemon for breakfast and had the Oat Cranberry Almond for a snack.

We managed to make it home safely, but instead of a warm home we were without power for a couple of days. What to eat? Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut Bars to the rescue!

These bars are aptly named – they work for breakfast, lunch, snack, dessert, whenever. I love the oat base, as oats are a favorite of mine. And of course, these oats are gluten-free. Not quite a cookie and not quite a granola bar, whenever bars are a happy medium. They have the texture of a soft oatmeal cookie with all the goodness of a granola bar.

A note of caution – the bars are gluten-free and dairy-free, but they do contain nuts and eggs. Those allergic to milk may want to avoid the Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut due to the dairy warning on that product. They do also contain soy lecithin (often not a problem for the soy-allergic).

The bars are sweetened with agave and coconut sugar, and they range from 170 to 190 calories per bar. They come five bars to a package; at $4.99 per box that’s about one dollar per bar.

While they aren’t appropriate for my son due to the egg, they work quite nicely for me (with wheat and soy allergies). My favorite is the Oat Blueberry Lemon (pictured above). These are my new take-along-in-case I can’t anything appropriate to eat while on the road staple. Have you tried them yet? What do you think?

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