Tis the season for lots of holiday treats! For many of us, there are few things more enjoyable than a decadent piece of dark chocolate. So how about chocolate that’s actually good for you! Introducing FlavaNaturals! What separates FlavaNaturals chocolate bars from others on the market is their flavanol content. This new to me chocolate bar has 5 times the amount of cocoa flavanol antioxidants of regular dark chocolate. Sign me up!
When FlavaNaturals reached out to me, I realized this was going to be my first chocolate bar review on the blog. Without giving too much away, let’s just say the “bar” has now been set!
Founded by Alan Frost, FlavaNaturals all began after a playful Sunday morning discussion with his wife over the health benefits of chocolate. Studies show that cocoa flavanols can have many meaningful benefits on brain, heart and skin function. Unfortunately to reap those benefits, it requires a daily consumption of 500-1,000mg of cocoa flavanols which equates to 5-10 average dark chocolate bars. Determined to take this a step further, he began his own quest to develop a decadent chocolate with naturally preserved flavanols proven to be healthy. And a business was born.
The main product offering from FlavaNaturals is the FlavaBar. These dark chocolate bars feature FlavaNaturals premium, high flavanol cocoa beans and natural preparation to maximize what’s good for you in chocolate. So you get all the delicious flavor plus 500mg of cocoa flavanols (plant based antioxidants) per serving. That’s 5 times the flavanol supernutrients of a typical dark chocolate bar! All of FlavaNaturals bars are free from gluten, non-gmo and vegan. Since they are relatively small in size(1.3 ounces), they can be enjoyed just about anywhere and would make a healthy snack or dessert option.
FlavaBars come in six unique flavors:
Blueberry + Green Tea Matcha
In case your wondering why I chose to share pictures of the bars, you’re about to find out. Just look at those chunks of dried blueberry! The magical green specks comes from organic green tea matcha. I used matcha for the first time in this recipe and have been hooked ever since. Don’t let this flavor combination scare you. This is good…. I mean REALLY good! Neither the blueberry or matcha overwhelms the flavor of this chocolate. In fact, the tangy sweetness from the blueberry along with the earthiness from the matcha enhance the chocolate flavor even more!
Crystallized Ginger + Saigon Cinnamon
A daring, yet exotic flavor combination, I love the idea pairing of ginger and cinnamon with chocolate. However, I wasn’t sure how this would taste since ginger can be quite pungent and spicy on it’s own. When I first bit in, my taste buds were surprised, but extremely pleased. The crystallized ginger and cinnamon play nicely with the silky richness of the dark chocolate. I can easily see how this is a favorite of the FlavaNatural Founders.
Espresso Ground Coffee
A light dusting of finely ground espresso pairs beautifully with the silky dark chocolate in this bar. This is everything you love about chocolate and coffee joined together in one bar. Exquisite taste and a great pick-me-up for any time of day! Call me crazy, but I actually took a few bites of this one along with my morning coffee. You can bet the rest of my morning was full of some amazing caffeine induced energy!
Pure Cocoa Nibs
I am still warming up to bars that contain cocoa nibs. Fortunately, this bar was really quite delicious. It was lightly sweet with a pleasant crunch from the nibs. If you’ve never had cocoa nibs before, they are dried bits of cacao beans with a texture very similar to ground roasted coffee beans with a deeper, nuttier dark chocolate flavor. I actually like that none of the bars leave that sweet aftertaste that tends to leave me craving even more sugar. Just a few bites easily satisfied my crazy sweet tooth.
Roasted Almond Himalayan Pink Salt
I love a good dark chocolate almond bar and this is no exception. This bar is generously studded with crunchy roasted almonds and just a sprinkle of Himalayan Pink Salt. Truly a sweet and salty combination that will leave you wishing you ordered 10 more bars! After just one bite, I can understand why this would be one of their best selling bars.
Classic Dark Chocolate Bar
If prefer to savor dark chocolate on it’s own, the Classic Dark Chocolate Bar is your best option. The Classic has no additional flavorings making this perfect for recipes. I used two of the bars to make these Cranberry Orange Cookie Dough Truffles. The sweet citrus from the orange and tart cranberry just flourished in the dark chocolate. Is your mouth watering yet? I’ll be sure to share the recipe next week on Instagram.
If you’re looking for a healthy dark chocolate, you cannot go wrong with any of these flavors. No doubt, that this company takes great pride in what they do from the wrapping down to the taste. I’m looking forward to trying the FlavaMix next (their unsweetened chocolate drinking mix) in either my coffee, oatmeal or as hot cocoa.
To learn more about FlavaNaturals, visit them online. If you’re a nutrition nut like me that loves the science behind the health, you can read more about the clinical studies (performed at Columbia, Harvard and other top research institutions) of cocoa flavanols on brain function, heart health, skin wellness and exercise performance here.
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Do you enjoy dark chocolate? Which FlavaBar flavor would you try first? Please share – I would love to hear from you!
Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.