Where can I buy them?
Hanover Health foods, Hanover Street
New Leaf Co op in Marchmont
All Margiotta stores
Guava Health in Glasgow
Kelso Wholefoods, Kelso
William Shearer, Kirkwall
Scoop Wholefoods, Lerwick
Super Store, Peebles
Ynot food co. online shop
Available through Greencity Wholefoods
or direct - contact
What are they free from?
The oats in the bars are gluten free and there are no other ingredients that naturally contain gluten. They also do not contain any animal products, nuts, soya or sesame as ingredients. However, due to the way the bars are currently produced and some of the ingredients stating 'May contain traces.....' we cannot guarantee 100% that there are no traces of certain Allergens.
Salted Toffee Snackbar - May contain traces of Gluten, Milk, Nuts & Soya
Spice Cocoa Snackbar - May contain traces of Gluten, Milk, Nuts, Sesame & Soya
Why is fibre important?
Fibre isn't sexy but it is essential. It is recommended that we should aim to eat at least 30 grams of fibre a day (most people don't get more than 18g). It is said that many diseases start in the gut and fibre helps you to maintain a healthy gut. Fibre does this by fermenting and providing 'food' for the good bacteria within the gut. If you add more fibre to your daily diet you could have better digestion, feel fuller for longer and control your blood sugar levels. To claim a product is high in fibre, it only needs to contain 6g per 100g. In our bars there is over twice that amount, 14g of fibre per 100g, which means there are over 5 grams of fibre per 40g snackbar.
Why do you not use whole dates, or other dried fruit?
Dates are delicious and there are lots of great snacks out there made with dates or other dried fruit. However, the sugar content of these snacks can be very high due to that dried fruit. Whilst this sugar is from a less refined source, it is still sugar at the end of the day. All sugar, no matter where it comes from, is made up of glucose and fructose. We wanted to focus on reducing the overall sugar content as much as possible as well as using tasty, 'better for you' sugar sources.
Dates also have a very specific taste and texture which is lovely but we were looking for something different.
What's so great about coconut oil?
Coconut oil been touted as a miracle ingredient for a few years now and, while we take some of the more wild claims with a pinch of salt, it really does have many health benefits. It is unlike nearly all fats/oils, particularly other vegetable derived ones.
Coconut oil is made of mostly Medium Chain Fatty acids which, research has shown, can help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke as well as helping brain function and your immune system. It is also anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. The body metabolises coconut oil quickly and easily via the liver which means it is then available as energy and less likely to be stored as fat. We could go on.....
How do they compare to other products?
We have tasted pretty much every 'healthier' sweet treat on the market. Many of them are high in sugar and some are almost 50% sugar.
Most are made with dried fruit and some contain things like rice syrup or agave syrup which we try to avoid.
When compared to the nations favourite healthy snackbar (hint - its name has something to do with not wearing any clothes), ours have less than half the amount of sugar and three times as much fibre.