I dare you to say, "goonie goo goo" while chomping on a gooey chewy Barnana banana bite, the rich juicy fruit getting all over your taste buds and putting them into overdrive like no crunchy banana chip ever can. (Heck, I dare you to say, "Barnana banana" five times fast no matter what you're chewing.) Each little morsel packs the flavor of ten times its size without too much sweetness and just enough joy. Go on, try it; I won't have to dare you to smile.
Cute name: Barnana. Is it a barnyard joke? Is it meant to say that their stuff is the best banana product our there, "bar none"? I honestly don't know, but I do know that nothing else is like it, not the ubiquitous coconut oil fried banana chips, not the weird dehydrated planks from that tropical-themed grocery store, not even real freaking bananas. Barnana must be tried to believe. The package holds 5 bananas' worth of sweetness, chopped up into perfect bite sizes about an inch long. Not too-big bite sizes like the ones seen in sushi rolls. Rather, these are about the size of a perfect grape, looking like a little brown sweet nugget almost like those date pieces coated in oat flour - know those things? Yep, these are adorably brown like those dates and even chewier, dusted with banana flour. It's all banana, all the time.
Honestly, be careful with this bag. Five bananas all at once might give you a bit of euphoria along with a big dose of *ahem* healthy fiber. But they're so delicious . . . have a friend around to share the pleasure.
What's great about Barnana? First, they are raw! That means Barnana is grown in soil alive with nutrients and free of chemicals, the way nature intended. They dehydrate bananas under 40 °C (104 °F). By using this technique, it allows the nutrition density and natural enzymes to remain intact which are critical in building proteins and rebuilding the body. Raw bananas also harness beneficial micro-organisms that aid in digestion.
What else? Well, remember those date pieces with oat flour? None of that here: only bananas, both dehydrated and ground up. Barnana has no wheat, no oats, and no forms of gluten. Barnana is gluten free because there is no treatment for those with celiac disease besides following a gluten-free diet.
Barnana only uses whole, organic ingredients. When you eat Barnana, you are getting the pure wholesome nutrition that your body needs with no chemicals and no preservatives. The healthiest, best tasting food on earth comes in its organic form. Aside from helping you be healthy, growing organically also helps our planet stay healthy too, allowing our ecosystems to flourish with all kinds of life.
What can't potassium do? It helps regulate blood pressure, contributes to electrolyte balance, might help with pain mitigation, can boost your brain power, and even works behind the scenes to build muscle and bone to keep you strong. It's a pretty cool and vital nutrient, and bananas are seriously packed with potassium.
Now it sounds weird to be talking about the fat content of bananas, but they do have a little bit, and those little bits are sterols: super healthy for you. Some of the sterols are: sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol. As these sterols look structurally similar to cholesterol, they can block the absorption of dietary cholesterol. By blocking absorption, they help us keep our blood cholesterol levels in check.
Ah yes, fiber. That thing we all know is good for the gut, good for the butt. Two thirds of a banana's fiber is the insoluble kind that helps with water absorption and sweeping out your system, while one third is water soluble and that's great for keeping blood sugars low and your cardiovascular health. Pectins are one of the kinds of fiber in bananas, as well as FOS which is a prebiotic fiber that goes straight to your lower intestine to help with good bacterial growth. Boy, bananas sound even more amazing with every minute.
While the ways in which you can eat your Barnanas might seem limited (out of the bag seems pretty common and easy to do), there are lots of places you could eat them, too:
Their story might be a bit on the long side, but it's pretty cool and a little bit cute:
"On a hot summer day in 1981, architect Joao Suplicy took home a large broken skylight from a construction project in the hills of Curitiba, Brasil. Suplicy woke the next morning and discovered that all the grass beneath the skylight had died. This simple, unintentional experiment sparked an idea that started as a personal hobby and continued on as a family tradition.
From this simple revelation, Joao constructed a natural dehydrator and tested it with fresh, peeled bananas. After just five days he had raw, organic, dehydrated bananas that tasted sweet and lasted for months. To their delight, Joao shared the organic bananas with his family and friends, but perhaps the biggest fan of all was his eldest son, Caue."
The story continues: "In 2001, Caue relocated to Southern California to commence his career as a professional triathlete. The Suplicy family tradition of creating organic chewy bananas carried on, as Caue shared the banana superfood with his friends and fellow athletes across the country. After ten years of competing at an elite level, Caue retired from his professional racing career. In 2010, he decided to share the Super Potassium Snack ® with the world and embark on a journey that would soon become Barnana ®.
We began our journey in Serra Do Mar Brasil to find the best organic bananas. Our Journey continued throughout South America until we found farmers who shared our belief of sustainable, organic whole foods. Equipped with the family secret, we set out to change the way the world snacks, one banana at a time. From humble beginnings in Southern Brasil to the headquarters in La Jolla, California, As the journey continues, Join us as we write our next chapter."
Depends who you ask. A person with room to store a banana without it getting squished or brown or mangled, maybe not. But, everyone else? Sure!
No, and no. But, cool appetizer idea. I'm stealing it.