Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Back to Eden (Part 2)

(Original Review -- February 2012)

While attending Last Thursday on NE Alberta St. (Portland, OR) at the end of August, I stopped at Back to Eden Bakery again to get a treat. I liked their vegan cinnamon roll last time and was eager to try another menu item I previously saw in the display case.

While the prices may have slightly increased over the last few months, that didn't stop me from trying the Peanut Butter Amaranth bar ($3), one of Back to Eden's bestsellers. A wonderful vegan choice that also happens to be gluten-free, sugar-free, and soy-free.

The peanuts are front and center in each bite. It's quite sticky, and while I feasted on some other food vendors during Last Thursday, that didn't stop me from completely devouring this bar. I tried to save some for later...I really tried. No damn willpower. Bad panda.

Amaranth is a grain the Aztecs had as part of their staple diet, similar to rice. I personally find it ideal for an energy bar.

Peanut Butter Amaranth Bar
(Back to Eden)

The display case these bars sit in is slightly cool because you'll also see some delicious-looking desserts in there. I personally liked this PB amaranth bar in its chilled state. I'm sure it would be even better slightly heated, with a scoop or two of their vegan ice creams on top. Happy panda dance!

Perhaps it was also a good thing that I opted for this particular item; it filled whatever space I comfortably had left and got me out of NE Alberta St. without a significant hit to the wallet.

For the record, I don't adhere to any special dietary restrictions. But I usually feel a lot better when I gorge on gluten-free and dairy-free items. With the panda having an insatiable sweet tooth, I'll turn to places like Back to Eden to try and quell the cravings (good luck with taming that one).

Maybe one day, I'll get through more of the menu. For right now, thumbs up for the PB Amaranth! 8/10

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