Friday, August 8, 2014

Bare Snacks Make Coconut FUN and Healthy! (Product Review and Giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products, free of charge, from bare snacks, via RK PR, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them.


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Are you looking for a great tasting snack to put in the kids' lunches when they go back to school?

Concerned about what is actually IN your kids' snacks?

I have a solution for you!

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Bare snacks are crafted using only real, whole-food ingredients and are motivated by a founding philosophy of creating delicious snacks with seven ingredients or less, that you can actually pronounce and nothing artificial ever. 

We were sent a sample pack of their new products to check out:

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That's right! The new bare snacks are a new line of mouthwatering Crunchy Coconut Chips ! Yippee!
We LOVE coconut!

Like all the bare snacks products, they are gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified, kosher, a good source of dietary fiber, and are free of refined sugar, preservatives, cholesterol and trans fats. Plus they are made at a seed, dairy, soy, egg  and nut-free facility! So they are safe for everybody!

Now THAT is something every parent can be thrilled about!

There are 5 flavors to choose from- we were sent Simply Baked, Show Me the Honey and Sweet Heat (jalepeno). The other two flavors are Chocolate Bliss and Sea Salt Caramel! 

As you can see you get really good size chips:

bare snacks simply baked coconut chips

Miss Grace just about ran off with the first bag that was opened- she loves coconut SO much! But I was able to rescue some of the bag for a quick recipe- involving bacon, coconut and chocolate, because they just go together. LOL. In fact Miss Grace wanted to suggest to bare snacks they make a bacon flavored coconut! 

bare snacks bacon coconut chocolate chocolate cupakes

Yes, you know you want one!

They were beyond yummy- a perfect mix of flavors!

Here's the recipes we used:

Bacon Coconut Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes:

Ingredients: 
Cupcakes:
1-1/2 cups unbleached white or organic pastry flour
1/3 cup organic cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup cane sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil (can also use olive or vegetable oil)
1 cup cold coffee (you can also use water or a stout Irish beer!)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (you can use lemon juice, if you don't have it)

Frosting:
1/4 cup butter
2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped (you can also use dark chocolate chips)
2 tbsp. organic cocoa powder
1 cup confectioners’ sugar (you can try using cane sugar, if wanting to keep organic, but you don't get the same taste or consistency)
2 tbsp. cream (or milk)
1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Prepare muffin/cupcake pans- recipe should make 20-24, depending on how much batter you put in cups
3. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and sugar in a large shallow bowl.
4. In small mixing bowl (or large measuring cup), mix oil, coffee and vanilla. Pour mic into your flour mixture, and whisk until smooth. Stir in vinegar gently,  just until evenly distributed.
5. Pour batter into prepared pans, about 2/3 full for each cup. NOTE: I also chopped some dark chocolate chips that I had left over and added them to the top of the cupcake batter in each cup, for more added punch! Bake cupcakes for 10-15 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to rest in pan for 3-5 minutes, then put on wire cooling rack to cool.
6. Make your praline bacon while oven is still hot (see recipe below).
7. While cupcakes are cooling, and bacon is cooking, make your frosting: 
In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt together butter and dark chocolate,  in 30-45 second intervals, stirring frequently, until mixture is smooth. Cool for about 5 minutes, or until almost room temperature.Put into a larger mixing bowl, and beat in cocoa powder, 1 cup of the sugar, cream, and vanilla, beating until frosting is smooth and slightly fluffy. Add additional confectioners’ sugar to thicken, if needed.
8. Frost cupcakes, then add drumbled praline bacon and chopped bare snacks Coconut Chips.
9. Enjoy the love you receive when everyone eats your cupcakes!

Brown Sugar/ Praline Bacon

Ingredients
4-5 slices of smoked style bacon, uncooked
Demerara sugar or brown sugar 
Pecans, chopped- optional

Directions:Position rack in top third of oven and preheat to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil (go over the edge for easier cleanup). Then place large wire rack on the lined baking sheet and arrange bacon slices in single layer on it. Sprinkle Demerara/brown sugar evenly over the bacon, giving it a good coating. IF you want the full effect, you can add chopped pecans and cover with more sugar!  Bake until bacon is crisp and glazed, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool 5 minutes and crumble into preferred size pieces.

bare snacks bacon coconut chocolate chocolate cupakes ingredients

Miss Grace also experimented with the bare chips on her morning cereal and on a peanut butter sandwich. The first got raves, the second, not as much, but I thought Honey Coconut chips on PB was pretty great!

As you can see bare snacks coconut chips are more than just a snack out of the bag, you can also add them to your favorite meal, or recipe, for more added goodness and flavor! We LOVE them! And as a parent, I love that they keep for 15 months in the sealed bag, so I can buy them in bulk and not worry about them going bad before we can eat them!

The Bare Snacks Product lines also includes Natural Crunchy Apple Chips, dried fruit and organic apple chips. They use Fuji and Granny Smith apples, for great taste, and their special slow-baking oven caramelize the natural apple sugars, creating a sweet, naturally crunchy snack  Check out their store locator page, for a retailer near you, or you can order online!

And FYI, bare snacks is also a proud sponor of the US Olympic Water Polo Team!


bare snacks sweet heat coconut chips

They also have a great new contest, I wanted to share with you!
dare to bare runs through October and allows you to share the good, the honest and the funny, unedited moments in your lives for a chance to win a trip to Hawaii, bare product and much more!

It’s so easy to enter through the dare to bare app on their Facebook page:
1.      Watch the dare to bare video
2.      Check out some “bare” moment examples
3.      And then enter your “bare” moment with a photo or video!
4.      Make sure to vote for your favorite moment starting August 30.

Be sure to check out their Facebook page too, for some dare to bare, comment giveaways too!


Giveaway:
I've also got a giveaway for you!
None of us could quite bare to open the Sweet Heat bag- we're sorta funny on tastes,
so I thought one of you might love the challenge!

So I have one bag of 

and some swag for ya!



Thanks for reading this post and entering the giveaway!



20 comments:

  1. Dried Fruit snacks.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I would really like to try their apple chips.

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  3. I would be interested in the SEA SALT CARAMEL APPLE CHIPS and also the BAKE-DRIED MANGO CHUNKS.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  4. I would like to try the Bare Fruit Organic Cinnamon Apple Chips, Gluten-Free + Baked

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  5. I absolutely love apple chips, so I would love to try those and anything Salted Caramel flavor.

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  6. I want to try the bare toasted coconut chips!

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  7. I'd also like to try their Mango Chunks and the Apple Medley.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  8. Sea salt caramel apple crisps and the mango chunks sound really yummy!

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  9. Mango chunks and the sea salt caramel apple chips look yummy

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  10. The baked dried mango chunks sound awesome!!

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  11. I'd love to try the Sea Salt Caramel Apple Chips.

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  12. I want to try the Bake Dried Mango Chunks

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  13. The Mango Chunks sound great!

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  14. I would like to try the BAKE-DRIED MANGO CHUNKS

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  15. I'd like to try the Crunchy Apple Chips. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  16. The Crunchy Apple Chips sound awesome!

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  17. The dried mango chunks sound good to me.

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  18. http://www.baresnacks.com/products/sea-salt-caramel-apple-chips YUM!

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  19. I'd like to try the Fuji Apple Chips

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