The gorgeous pixies at Gourmet Raw sent me a delightful pack of their raw brownies and crisps to devour. Oh, how I suffer for my art 🙂
Normally, I’m not overly drawn to pre-packaged raw foods because they can be quite heavy. For example, when I was in Wholefoods a few weeks ago, out the corner of my eye I spotted a new raw brownie. Oooh! So I picked it up and let me tell you it was hard. Rock hard. In all honesty I could’ve actually killed someone with it… Not that I’d ever do that, of course. Butttt if I was looking for a weapon of choice to smash over someone’s head, that brownie would be it.
If I couldn’t squeeze it with my fingers, and by Neptune I tried (without making a dent), what the hell is it gonna be doing in my stomach? Answer: not very much. Probably making a wee home for itself for the next few weeks, picking out fabric furnishings and deciding on wallpaper…
Back to the actual Gourmet Raw review. These brownies are a world away from murder weapon material. In fact, the only damage you could do to another person with one of these, is make them fall in love with you. Why? Because they are so.damn.tasty. Note to potential boyfriend reading this and wondering what to buy me for Valentine’s day: THESE!
The first thing I did was give ’em a squeeze and was delighted to discover they are super squishy and moist. Result! When I opened up the packet to try a bit, it bent beautifully in my hand, like a beautiful brownie ballet dancer. Wow, did I just write that simile? Yes I did. Higher English wasn’t a total waste of time it seems…
Not only are the brownies super tasty but I found them light on my digestion. Perhaps because these brownies use buckwheat as well as cashews in the base they feel lighter?
There are five flavours: Cacao Cashew, Cacao Cocobanana, Cacao Mint, Carob Hazelnut and Carob Orange. It’s great that they have two flavours that are cacao free if you’re one of those
weird people that like to lay off the cacao now and again.
My favourites were the cacao mint and the carob orange; I always love those flavours in anything sweet. I also love the sprinkled toppings on top. More bang for your buck, right?
I also really loved the Cocobanana one too, it uses banana powder and has a really bananananay taste. What? You spell it then.
All five were really lovely, if you’re going for a more plain brownie then the cacao cashew one is for you. Nowt wrong with being a bit plain now and again but I prefer the more flavoursome brownies.
Worthy of a mention, the sweetener they use is coconut nectar and not agave *holds up placard reading ‘Down with Agave’ on it*. That’s a WIN!
In summing up, I do really love these. Moist and squishy, light and flavoursome and very satisfying. If you’re a sucker for sweet naughty things and something you can grab on the go without resorting to a chocolate eclair, then these are for you. The only suggestion I would make to Gourmet Raw is to consider alternatives to cashews, just because I know some people prefer to avoid them.
OFFER OF THE CENTURY – get 10% off these incredible brownies when you order from the Gourmet Raw Website quoting the promotional code GR002. There is no expiry date to this amazing offer. How awesome?
Review of the crisps including a fabulous tasting video to follow…
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/