I came across this gluten-free granola bar by CauliQueen at Spar the other day. It was a new product and unfortunately didn’t have a price sticker. But how expensive could it be, really? I mean it’s basically a crunchie?
It’s a bit on the expensive side
Well, it was R32. That was a bit of a shocker.
It’s 10cm long, 4cm wide and 1cm thick. So that’s not really a lot of bar for the price of a slab of Godiva or a McDonald’s meal. But I’m used to gluten-free food being expensive, especially when it’s got the word “banting” on it, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s also grain-free, sugar-free and dairy-free.
The bar smells amazing when you open it. It contains almonds, pecan nuts, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, coconut, coconut oil, honey.
However, when you bite into it you realise immediately that coconut should have been first on that list. It’s essentially a slab of coconut ice with some muesli mixed in. So if you try out this treat, you’d better be a big coconut fan.
It’s also really messy to eat. A lot of gluten-free food struggles with this – there seem to be no binding agents in this but the honey so it falls apart pretty much immediately. I was going to dip it in tea but that would have been a very bad idea.
Is the CauliQueen Banting Granola Bar worth it?
I probably won’t buy this again – for a few Rand more I can get a whole 100g packet of roasted almonds and cashews from Pick n Pay which smells just as good and is easier to eat. But it’s always great to see new gluten-free food on the market and I hope the CauliQueen sticks around.