Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Enjoy Life's Baked Chewy Bar - Product Review

Two years ago in November of 2011, I reviewed Enjoy Life's Chewy Bars.  Back then they had undergone a major overhaul compared to when I first tasted their bars.  Today, almost two years later, they have again improved their bars, with the inclusion of ancient grains.  Let's see how they did during our taste testing....

Cocoa Loco
Cocoa Loco bars still ranked number one in our house.   I found this time (and this was just me - my kids didn't notice) that it was a little gritty.  That wasn't true before, but overall it still tasted good.

Sunbutter Crunch

Sunbutter Crunch bars were the families second favorite.  This really was a great bar!  Great texture and equally great taste.  We all loved this one!

Mixed Berry

The Mixed Berry Chewy Bar , for me was the biggest improvement.  This one really reminded me of a gluten granola bar.  Before, this bar didn't have much taste.  Now, I can actually taste the berries and it tastes like I imagined it would.  The family gave this one a thumbs up!

Caramel Apple

The Caramel Apple Chewy Bars have improved in taste and texture.  It was far better than its predecessor.  However, it still didn't really work for me.  I am not a big apple fan, so that may be part of it.  But in fairness to the product, it had a great texture, not gritty, and it did taste more like apple this time.  Previously none of my kids liked it and now three out of nine liked it.  So that is improvement!

The Verdict:
You can pick up any of these bars and really can't lose.  The taste is great and it is convenient for lunches, hikes, or to toss in your purse.  This bar really competes with their gluten counter part granola bars.  I love the fact that it contains the ancient grains.  We have been trying to include more of them in our regular diet, so I was pleased to see them in this bar.  I am glad to say that Enjoy Life is keeping up in taste and healthiness.  Another round of winning product by Enjoy Life!

Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

I got this recipe from a friend and just had to make it gluten free.  These are awesome pancakes!  You can make substitutions if you can't have dairy, using a dairy free cream cheese and dairy free milk.  I ran out of regular cream cheese and used strawberry cream cheese and they were heavenly!  For those kids that couldn't eat dairy, I just topped them with syrup.


for the Pancakes:
1-1/2 cups of Better Batter Flour 
(be sure to spoon the flour into your measuring cup)
2 cups of dairy free buttermilk
(add 2 Tbsp of vinegar to your favorite 2 cups of dairy free milk)
*thin more if you like your batter thinner
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil 

for the Cinnamon Filling
1/2 cup coconut oil ( or butter if you can have dairy)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

for the Cream Cheese Glaze
1/2 cup butter
4 oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla


To make the Cinnamon Filling:
Mix the three ingredients together.  When I stirred my ingredients together, the oil and sugar separated.  Don't work you can just drop it onto the pancake.  If you use butter instead you can place the ingredients in a ziploc bag, snip off a corner, and pipe it onto your pancakes if you want to make beautiful swirls.

To make the Pancakes:
Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl. Add wet ingredients to the dry, stirring them together until everything is moistened.

Heat your griddle over medium to low heat. You don't want these too cook too quickly, and you won't want your cinnamon to burn. If you aren't sure, use less heat on your first pancake and adjust from there.

Drop pancake batter on greased griddle and then using a spoon or piping bag add your cinnamon filling.  Create a cinnamon swirl with a fork. Wait until the pancake has lots of bubble before you try to turn it.  The cinnamon filling will melt before you end up turning them.  Plate them when cooked and smother with cream cheese glaze! YUM!!!

To make the Cream Cheese Glaze:
In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter and cream cheese and then stir together. Whisk in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Add a little milk to create desired consistency.