Long-time lovers of that sweet hazelnut chocolate spread, pay attention and embrace the deliciousness. I know you love that jar with the sweet brown nectar within, the one from Europe with the sophisticated aura and the fat white lid. The same jar that, nutritionally, is about as healthy as cake frosting. Oops. So follow your gut literally) and embrace a bar that will fuel your mind, your joints, and your taste buds: Chocolate Hazelnut bar from Primal Kitchen. Each nutty plank of primal perfection contains more collagen than a cup of bone broth (!!) and a satisfying chew that will make the afternoon slump slither away. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
My appreciation for Primal Kitchen bars started out pretty high, and has just gotten reinforced—deliciously. Their previously featured coconut cashew bar was a chewy slab of sweet macaroon-ish bliss. But now, just for you, there's hazelnut. Chocolate and hazelnut, to be precise. This is a throwback for all those Nutella fans who are diligently sticking to a whole foods lifestyle but still having a little bit of longing for old favorite flavors. The satisfyingly chewy and crunchy bar packs 15 grams of protein your body can put to good use—no soy or inferior proteins here, just grass-fed collagen for your joints and tendons plus the all-natural nutrition from nuts and seeds.
Putting cocoa and hazelnuts together in this way is satisfying to anyone that adores a toothsome bar but still wants a good punch of chocolate. It's the grown-up and healthy answer to Snickers, with even more satisfying potential from those awesome ingredients and natural flavors.
Just like before with all Primal Kitchen bars, the matrix of this nutty bar is a bendy, chewy, delectable blend of honey, nuts, collagen and coconut that satisfies the mouth as it nourishes the body. This bar is barely sweet—a rarity in chocolate things—yielding to your desire for something almost savory but without the hassle of boiling up some eggs for a snack.
Here's what Primal Kitchen says about their own amazing recipe, "What do you get in a PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Chocolate Hazelnut Bar? Monounsaturated fats for heart health, prebiotic fiber for digestive health, plus antioxidants, minerals and 15 grams of protein from grass-fed collagen. That’s more collagen than a cup of bone broth! Low on carbs, high on protein and sweetened with only honey and monk fruit, our Chocolate Hazelnut Bar is free of gluten, refined sugar, soy, dairy and whey. Hazelnuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds satiate with a nutty crunch, while coconut imbues our bars with a creamy, sweet flavor. Delicious as a pre-workout, post-workout, or after-dinner snack!"
Why Primal Kitchen Chocolate Hazelnut Bars are so good for you
There are many reasons why this bar packs a nutritional punch (pumpkin seeds, coconut!) but my personal favorite, the zinger that makes it unlike all the others, is the collagen. Each one of these chewy delectable bars has more collagen than a cup of bone broth, yet you can pack it in your bag.
Here are just a few of the benefits to collagen:
- Promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails
- Helps keep bones healthy and strong
- Reduces joint pain and helps prevent joint degeneration
- Contributes to a balanced diet and helps to maintain weight
- Natural glycine is anti-inflammatory and can improve sleep quality
What else? How about coconut? What's so great about it?
Coconut has been used by many cultures worldwide for thousands of years, and is well known for its many amazing properties. Coconut is so nutritious, its list of benefits reads like a patent medicine bottle. Many people eat several tablespoons of coconut oil daily, for the incredible host of benefits it confers. It’s full of health-boosting lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides, and it’s been shown to:
Help with weight loss
Boost energy and athletic performance
Help with Alzheimer’s and cognitive function
Have antimicrobial and anti-viral qualities
Nourish the thyroid
Help prevent candida overgrowth
Boost the metabolism
Make skin and hair softer
About Primal Kitchen, in their own words
Ok, seriously, who HASN'T heard of Mark Sisson in the paleosphere by now? Mark's Daily Apple? Sorry, it's just that his influence is vast and his values in the nutritional world are strong and well-known.
"My name is Mark Sisson, and I’m a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness my life’s work. Since trading in my professional running shoes 26 years ago, I’ve written a series of best-selling health and fitness books, I’ve designed natural state-of-the-art, health-enhancing nutritional supplements and educational diet and exercise systems, and I’ve published MarksDailyApple.com. My mission is to empower more people to take responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness. Primal Kitchen expands this mission, bringing uncompromisingly delicious, high quality, nutrient dense sauces and dressings to kitchens everywhere. In the world of real food, it’s often what you put on your food that keeps it interesting."
How to enjoy this bar
It's not so much the "how" you enjoy these bars (just unwrap and enjoy), it's the where and why: anywhere, anytime. Before a workout, after a workout, before your meeting, after your workday before a party full of off-roading treats. You name it, this bar will go to work for you.
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
What is monk fruit and why is it in this bar?
Also called Luo Han Goa, monk fruit is a Chinese herb cultivated for centuries by Buddhist monks. Much like stevia, it’s a delicious and natural way to sweeten without all the calories of sugar.
Are there GMOs?
Nope! Primal Kitchen is working on the Non-GMO certification right now.