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Barnana Banana Bites

Version:
Original, Chocolate-Covered
Price:
$3.99 to $4.99 (3.5 ounces)

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On May 27, 2013
Last modified:June 1, 2013

Summary:

The intense banana flavor, pure organic ingredients, and thick, tender texture make these a delicious winner for banana lover’s! The Chocolate-Covered had a tasty dark robe, but I preferred the Original.

With an extreme love for bananas – seriously, they really do prevent calf cramps! – I marked the Barnana booth as high priority at a recent expo. I had heard word of their goodness, and couldn’t wait to get a sample. And to my pleasant surprise, they had two varieties: original and chocolate-covered!

Barnana Banana Bites - Dairy-Free

Barnana Original Chewy Banana Bites

Don’t be put off by the natural browning! These chewy, dried banana chunks have an intense, but completely natural banana flavor. Not surprising, since the only ingredient is organic bananas. Unlike other dehydrated bananas, Barnana keeps them thick for a tender bite rather than a flat, overly chewy texture. Once I opened 3.5 ounce package (about 3 dehydrated bananas), I had trouble stopping. Each bite had such an amazing pure taste.

Barnana Chewy Chocolate Banana Bites

These smooth, dark chocolate coated bananas have a thick bittersweet robe with a definite dark aftertaste. Dessert-like, but with a healthy, rich, adult-like flavor. I liked these, but didn’t love them. They use a food glaze to give each bite a polished finish, and though it looks pretty, that’s where they lost my taste buds just a little. The coating had a slightly artificial taste that I had trouble getting past. I just loved the taste of the Original so much, and the chocolate seemed to mask some of that flavor rather than fully complimenting. I’d love to see them dump the glaze and actually make the chocolate layer a touch less hefty. Nonetheless, they were good, and as you can see, they look amazing.

Barnana Banana Bites - Dairy-Free

Overall, Barnana offers a great way to enjoy bananas on the go without worry of bruises or smooshing and a guaranteed level of yummy, ripe sweetness – perfect for a snack or a sweet treat!

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Barnana Banana Bites are dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free and peanut-free. The original (non-coated) are also vegan and soy-free, but they do use soy lecithin in the chocolate-covered variety. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Barnana website at www.barnana.com.

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About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry. Follow me on Google+.

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One Comment

  1. HannahMay 28, 2013 at 6:33 pmReply

    Dried bananas are a favorite treat, no matter how odd they may look. They’re just so sweet and chewy! Add chocolate into the mix and you’ve got yourself and instant winner. I must track these treats down.

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