Rumor has it that cowboys like their coffee so strong you can chew it. Cowboys and cowladies, meet your match in this paleo bar with chunky cacao and crunchy nuts, all held together (barely) by nuts and honey and a bit of cocoa powder. It's a breakfast that will start the day with a jolt: WB Kitchen's Mocha Java Ona Bar. Heck, the company is based in Fort Collins, Colorado – just the kind of place one pictures in western scenes involving cattle and posses. Giddyup and enjoy the best "cup" of chewy coffee you've ever had.
Meal bars: we love them. Okay, okay. I love them. I used to really, really love them and consume them with alarming regularity. There was even a time (many years ago, thankfully) when, in order to fuel myself during a time of high workload and little cooking time, I ate a prescribed and measured out 7 bars per day. The exact same bar, 7 times. That's a little, um, obsessive. Things are better now and meal bars to me are both useful and nutrient-dense because I don't choose those crazy preservative-laden muscle building bars of the 90s. No, I choose something like WB Kitchen's Ona bar.
With sweetness, heft, chewiness, and fat, how could you not like a bar that packs both chocolatey flavor and enough coffee taste to turn away the non-believers? The Mocha Java bar is not a dense cement-brick of a bar like Powerbars of cycling yore, but a packed chunky brownie-like mass that breaks rather than bends. Little nubbins of the bar will fall off and you'll scramble to catch them on the plate or in your lap so as to lose not one little bit.
It took the masterful chef at WB Kitchen to make these bars both tasty and paleo. When WB Kitchen decided to branch out from cookies and go into meal bars, they started in the same place as always: real ingredients, real organic goodness.
The bar starts with nut flour, chunky nuts, and honey, then adds the key flavors of cocoa and coffee with just a touch of salt. Organic ingredients are used for the entire bar, ensuring that nutrition standards are high and sustainability is supported.
Meal replacement bars are not actually a dime a dozen. If they were I'd have a hard time eating much else (well, at least until a proper steak or brussels sprout appeared). The variety of meal bars is staggering, even in the paleo world. That's why it is great to find the uniquely delicious examples, made with real food and sweetened naturally. The Ona bar is Paleo, GAPS, and SCD friendly.
Made with high-quality ingredients, masterfully sourced, totally gluten-free, these are nutritionally impeccable. Here’s what’s going on inside:
Almonds are naturally delicious and extremely nourishing. Healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium, manganese, tryptophan and vitamin E are just a handful of the key nutrients that make almonds so nutritious. Almonds are so nutritious — their list of benefits reads like a patent medicine bottle. They’re full of health-giving fats, like oleic acid and linoleic acid, powerful antioxidants that can protect against many forms of cancer (oleic acid can protect women against breast cancer specifically), and can also significantly lower the amount of LDL in your blood, and reduce your risk for heart disease. Almonds can effectively improve your complexion, slow down your aging process, help improve your blood profile by reducing your LDL, build a strong immune system, prevent the onset of high blood pressure and protect you from other diseases like ADHD, asthma and osteoporosis. They can also help speed up your metabolism, and work well in weight control. A wonderful natural sweetness and impressive variety of nutrients makes almonds one of nature’s most perfect foods.
Cacao beans: chock-full of health-giving and beautifying fatty acids and minerals, as well as antioxidants, and nutrients that support mood and the immune system. Cacao is one of the most powerful known superfoods, and had been used for thousands of years to boost health and energy levels. Raw cacao is one of the most phytochemically complex foods on Earth. Many of its constituents have yet to even be discovered! We could write a dissertation on the health benefits of raw cacao, but here are just a few compounds found in raw cacao beans,: neurotransmitter anandamide (the "bliss" chemical), neurotransmitter phenethylamine (also known as PEA, the "love molecule"), neurotransmitter serotonin (a brain chemical that acts to shield against stress, increasing ones sense of wellbeing) neurotransmitter dopamine (increases ones sense of pleasure and elevates the mood), phytochemical coumarin (suppresses appetite, and also has anti-tumor properties and helps with blood circulation) enzyme asparaginase (a special enzyme with anti-cancer properties) ergosterol (a necessary chemical for Vitamin D assimilation), sitosterol (helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels), and magnesium (helps combat osteoporosis and weak bones/teeth, heart disease, migraines, muscle spasms, painful menstrual periods, and even diabetes.)
Walnuts are a low-carb, high-antioxidant food, loaded with nourishing protein, fiber, and ultra-high levels of healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids to fuel your brain and heart. Shaped like a mini-brain, people have been eating walnuts for thousands of years as a “brain food” super-nut.
Sunflower seeds are one of those superfoods that was super-popular in the 1970s, and used in countless badly executed health recipes. But there’s a reason why sunflower seeds were so popular — they’ve got an amazing nutritional profile. Sunflower seeds are high in protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Here are some of the superpowers of sunflower seeds. They may help to:
WB Kitchen is dedicated to creating whole food treats and meal bars with the highest quality ingredients possible.
In their own words: "What White Buffalo offers is not just all natural honey sweets, it represents a state of mind. As humans our food choices directly reﬂect the level of conscious awareness we bring into the rest of our lives. Choosing to nourish our bodies with real and harmonious foods brings us more in balance with our community and our planet. Eating the foods mother nature intended allows you to feel and be healthier, happier and more vibrant. This is how we choose foods for our own bodies and wish only the same for YOU!
At White Buffalo Kitchen we believe in real food for real people. Our honey sweets are hand crafted using local Colorado honey and all natural ingredients. Preservatives, artiﬁcial colors and ﬂavors have no place in our products and are never used."
From their packaging: "The White Buffalo serves as a sacred symbol for the restoration of harmony and balance between humanity and nature. From our own desire to find balance and nourishment in our lives White Buffalo Kitchen was inspired. Food is one of our most basic needs and your daily food choices are one of the most effective ways to impact the plant. Look within yourself to realize how the spirit of the White Buffalo will move you towards healing your planet."
Chris started WB Kitchen in 2012 with his wife Anna. Creating is what Chris enjoys best. Whether it be new recipes in the kitchen, making spreadsheets, or fumbling through the finances Chris always enjoys a new challenge to navigate. WB Kitchen is constantly evolving and Chris believes making decisions based upon facts, reasoning, and intuition is the best way to run his business. One of Chris’s goals for WB Kitchen is to impact foodies and entrepreneurs all over. Chris wants to show that businesses can succeed and be profitable while utilizing unconventional methods of operation. Really being clear about what you are doing is a constant idea that Chris is constantly returning to. Always remember why it is you set out upon this particular path and what it is you wish to accomplish. In his limited spare time Chris enjoys playing the violin and spending time out in the woods with his family.
Q: Are Ona bars organic? A: Yes! All of the ingredients are organic, with the exception of the sea salt (which cannot be organic (betcha didn't know that!)).
Q: Does the vanilla extract contain alcohol made from grains? A: No. The vanilla extract used contains an organic alcohol that is made from organic, non-gmo cane sugar.