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. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
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.
Why Barnana is so good for you
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.
Here are some of the amazing nutrients in Barnana Bananas:
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.
How to consume your Barnanas
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:
- At your desk
- In your school cafeteria
- Walking to yoga class, or back from yoga class
- Waiting at the airport
- Sitting around a campfire
- In your car, on a long commute, or a short one
And . . . wait for it . . .
- In a barn.
About Barnana, in their own words:
Barnana is pioneering the natural foods space as the brand synonymous with banana-based snacks.
The company is on a mission to end food waste on organic banana farms by upcycling the fruit that used to go to waste. About 2 of every 10 bananas that are grown never leave the farm. Barnana turns these "imperfect" bananas into delicious organic snacks.
The idea for Barnana’s very first product was sparked in 1981 when Caue’s father began dehydrating bananas their backyard in Southern Brazil.
The company was founded by Caue Suplicy (CEO), Nik Ingersoll (CMO) and Matt Clifford (COO) on the shores of La Jolla, California in late 2012.
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
Are Barnanas a replacement for a real deal banana?
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!
If I wrap bacon around this with a toothpick and broil it, is it still vegan and raw?
No, and no. But, cool appetizer idea. I'm stealing it.