It isn’t often that an almond wows my taste buds, but the quality of Sunbiotics probiotic almonds is truly unsurpassed. Each package is filled with organic, sprouted, raw almonds that are boisterous and have a wonderful fresh crispness that you just won’t find in bulk bins.
As mentioned, these are probiotic almonds, and have a blend that includes L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, B. lactis, and B. longum (each package has 8 billion probiotics at the time of manufacture). But have no fear, the probiotics don’t seem to alter the taste in the slightest and they are shelf stable. Here are my sampling notes for the four gourmet flavors:
Original – Very BIG, fresh-tasting probiotic almonds. They have no added salt, but surprisingly, none is really needed. Who knew sprouted almonds could be so amazing without anything added?!
Cheesy – Mild, with pleasant cheesiness. The nutritional yeast is subtle and flavorful, but not overpowering. The ingredients include just nutritional yeast, salt, and sprouted probiotic almonds, but again, the Sunbiotics style of simplicity works.
Chocolate – Like hot cocoa-coated almonds! These probiotic almonds are just lightly, lightly sweet from the gentle notes of coconut sugar. Interestingly enough, much of the cocoa mixture sluffs off, but the almonds still have plenty on them, leaving some amazing raw cocoa powder to dust on cereal, fruit and smoothies. Bonus!
Truffle (pictured below) – Mmmm, savory, a little salty, addictive! These are nothing more than the Original sprouted probiotic almonds with truffle sea salt added – simply amazing what one quality ingredient can do.
Since the ingredients are so simple and pure, there are no additives, top allergens (beyond the almonds themselves), gluten, GMO’s or other unwanted things in these probiotic almonds. In fact, they are so, so, SO close to perfect … my only wish: that Sunbiotics would make the packages for their probiotic almonds resealable. Each bag contains 1.5 servings, and I’m someone who nibbles at almonds rather than eating whole servings at a time/
Certifications: Sunbiotics Probiotic Almonds are Certified Organic. They are labeled as gluten-free, but did not show a certification at our time of review.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Sunbiotics Probiotic Almonds are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. 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.