Once upon a time, the words “raw food” were synonymous with tree nuts. People with nut allergies would slowly turn to avoid churning up any nutty dust and walk briskly away anytime they spotted a food that donned the raw label. But thanks to companies like Go Raw, times are changing. They are certified vegan, certified gluten-free and boast their own allergy-friendly facility – free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and gluten (of course, always check to ensure something hasn’t changed when severe food allergies are a concern!).
So what are these Go Raw Snacks? A fun variety of flavored seedy mini-rounds that are incredibly wholesome, so popable, and perfect for on-the-go (think lunch boxes, purses, errands). They come in a slew of Flax Snax, “Cookies”, and “Chips” varieties – I put cookies and chips in quotes, as they are quite distant cousins of what the Western palate might relate to these terms, but still sweet and salty, respectively. I sampled about half of the flavors; read on for my tasting notes…
Go Raw Organic Flax Snax
The Flax Snax are little round gatherings of organic sprouted seeds, herbs and spices that have been baked up to crispy perfection. I trialed the Pizza and Spicy flavors.
Pizza Flax Snax – I absolutely loved these. They really do have a mellow pizza vibe that is warm, inviting, and addicting. The mini round shape makes it that much more fun. These do taste healthy (and looked too healthy for my niece Kylie – sadly she turned up her nose and refused a sample), but the earthy flavors are darn good.
Spicy Flax Snax – Pleasant, with a mild “green” taste, and surprisingly not very spicy. Some jalapeno heat sneaks up at times, but it is more warm than raging. Overall, I enjoyed the savory almost lightly cheesy pungent flavor.
Go Raw Organic Super Cookies
Though they look somewhat similar in size and shape, the Super Cookies are one in their own. The Flax Snax are crunchy and hearty while the Super Cookies are more crisp and wafer-like. They also use tahini rather than chunky flax, giving a completely different flavor undertone. And of course, these are sweet, very pleasantly sweet.
Carrot Cake Super Cookies – Lighter and crispier than the flax snax, I adored the texture of these wafer-like healthy rounds. The flavor from the sesame seeds made them a bit sharp for my taste buds (not a tahini fan) – I think I would have preferred them with sunflower seeds / sunflower butter – but the other flavors, coconut, carrots, dates, and nutmeg, were delightful.
Ginger Snap Super Cookies – Same issue with the sesame for me, but loved the underlying ingredients. The ginger makes them extra warm and spicy!
Lemon Super Cookies – The potent lemon oil gives these almost a rich lemon flavor. I liked that the lemon competed with and almost conquered the sesame flavor. I actually adored the complimentary taste – an easy favorite.
Masala Chai Super Cookies – Wonderfully fragrant, crunchier and heartier than the other cookies, and even a touch more savory. Loved the unique flavor and the more complimentary taste. I’m beginning to think that citrus oil (these have orange oil) is an ideal combo with sesame seeds. I couldn’t stop eating these.
Spirulina Super Chips – Though it was the only “chip” flavor that I trialed, this was a standout with surprising sweet and delicious banana flavor. Not as seedy as the flax snax and like a cross between the snax and cookies in crispy-crunchiness. Though the deep green hue may seem off-putting to some, banana lovers will adore the addictive taste of this wholesome snack. The sesame flavor did pop up a little in the end, but it works overall.
As you can see from the Go Raw Facebook image below, they have many more flavors and other varieties of raw goodies. And, they are very well-distributed in natural food stores and conventional grocers throughout the U.S. and Canada (at last check).
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Go Raw Organic Snacks are vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and tree nut-free. 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 Go Raw website at www.goraw.com.