Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Snact Fruit Jerky and Banana Bars Review

Snact Banana BarsIf you’re looking for ‘healthier’ type snack bars, it’s not hard to find them these days. From bliss balls to protein bars, there is no shortage of alternatives to chocolate bars.

Many of the latest snack bars are made mainly from dates with other fruit and /or nuts mashed together. For example NAKD bars and Deliciously Ella.

But here is a new type of snack bar, called ‘waste-fighting banana bars’ which can really make you feel good about eating them. And they’re not made from dates!

These bars are made by a company called Snact. What’s so interesting about this company is their mission to reduce food waste and make environmentally friendly snacks.

Here’s a small snippet from their website:

We save surplus fruit to turn it into tasty snacks, packed with all the nutrition of flawless fruit. Every snack saves one apple or banana from going to waste!’ and ‘We rescue fruit in the UK, make our snacks locally, and use highly innovative home compostable packaging to reduce packaging waste too.’

Snact Banana Bars

How fantastic!

I couldn’t decide which variety to buy as they all sounded so tasty, so I bought one of each.

The bars are made mainly from bananas with other fruit added to create a range of different bars. At the time of writing the Snact range of bars includes:

Snact Banana Bar

Apple & Cinnamon Banana Bar (120 calories); Beetroot & Cacao Banana Blast Bar (121 calories), Carrot & Spice Boost Banana Bar (128 calories). Each snack bar is 35g.

The texture for all three is similar, chewy, squashy and oaty and the Beetroot & Cacao had added crunch from the cacao nibs.

Snact Banana Bar

While all three tasted predominantly of banana, I thought the Beetroot & Cacao had an odd flavour and there wasn’t enough spice coming through the Carrot & Spice which tasted a bit, erm, musty is the word springing to mind.

Although I’d fully expected to prefer the Carrot & Spice, it was the Apple & Cinnamon that was my favourite. This had a stronger taste of spice with a slight undercurrent of apple.


Also in the Snact range of snacks are their Jerky fruit packs. These are more calorie friendly in that the 20g packs have around 50 calories. There are three varieties: Apple & Raspberry, Apple & Mango and Apple, Blueberry & Banana

Jerky range:

Apple & Raspberry, Apple, Blueberry & Banana Fruit Jerky, Apple & Mango Fruit Jerky.

Snact Fruit Jerky

Each pack of dried fruit has just two ingredients and consists of cut strips of dried fruit. These are 100% fruit, gluten free and vegan. You can eat them straight from the pack as a snack or use them in baking. They’re very sweet and chewy and if you like eating things like wine gums, you’d probably enjoy these.

Snact Fruit Jerky

As these snacks are made from dried fruit, they are all high in sugar. The jerky packs in particular are more than 50% sugar. Although this is naturally occurring sugars from the fruit, it’s still sugar, so it all gets broken down in the same way. Something to keep in mind if you’re watching your sugar intake.

At the time of writing, you can purchase Snact snacks are the following outlets:

Amazon.com; Ocado, Planet Organic, As Nature Intended, Selfridges, Sourced Market, Farmdrop

Each bar saves one banana from going to waste

✔ Vegan
✔ Gluten free
✔ Part of your 5 a day
✔ No added sugar
✔ No additives or preservatives
✔ In home compostable packaging
✔ Definitely no dates!

£5.99 for 5 bars from their website (www.snact.co.uk)
£3.99 for 5 packs of jerky from their website
£4.99 for 6 packs of mix n match fruit jerky
£7.49 mix & Match Banana Bars
£25.50 30 packs fruit jerky subscription
£14.00 15 packs fruit jerky subscription


Snact Banana Bars Nutrition and Ingredients:

Nutrition per 35g bar (Apple & Cinnamon): 119 Calories, 2.8g fat, 0.4g saturated fat, 19.5g carbs, 13.9g sugars*, 2.7g fibre, 2.6g protein, less than 0.01g salt. *Naturally occurring sugars.






Nutrition per 35g bar (Beetroot & Cacao): 121 Calories, 3.1g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 18.9g carbs, 13.4g sugars*, 2.5g fibre, 3.1g protein, less than 0.01g salt. *Naturally occurring sugars.






Nutrition per 35g bar (Carrot & Spice): 121 Calories, 3.1g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 18.9g carbs, 13.4g sugars*, 2.5g fibre, 3.1g protein, less than 0.01g salt. *Naturally occurring sugars.











Ingredients: (Apple & Cinnamon): Dried banana (60%), gluten free wholegrain oat flakes, pumpkin seeds, dried apple powder (7%), pecan nuts, apple fibre, ground cinnamon (0.5%)

Ingredients: (Beetroot & Cacao): Dried banana (65%), gluten free wholegrain oat flakes, quinoa flakes, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cacao powder (3%), cacao nibs (2%), beetroot powder (1%)

Ingredients: (Carrot & Spice): Dried banana (58%), gluten free wholegrain oat flakes, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, carrot powder (5%), dessicated coconut, spices (0.6%), (Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger).

Snact Fruit Jerky Nutrition and Ingredients:

Nutrition per 20g bag (Apple & Mango): 53 Calories, 0.1g fat, 0.4g saturated fat, 11.6g carbs, 11g sugars*, 2g fibre, 0.3g protein, 0g salt. *Naturally occurring sugars.






Nutrition per 20g bag (Apple & Raspberry): 52 Calories, 0.1g fat, 0.04g saturated fat, 11.3g carbs, 10.6g sugars*, 2.5g fibre, 0.3g protein, 0g salt. *Naturally occurring sugars.






Nutrition per 20g bag (Apple, Blueberry & Banana): 53 Calories, 0.1g fat, 0.03g saturated fat, 11.7g carbs, 11.2g sugars*, 2.3g fibre, 0.3g protein, 0g salt. *Naturally occurring sugars.






Ingredients: (Apple & Mango): Whole apples (80%), Mango puree (20%)
Ingredients: (Apple & Raspberry): Whole apples (80%), Raspberry puree (20%)
Ingredients: (Apple, Blueberry & Banana): Whole apples (70%), Blueberry puree (20%), Bananas (10%).




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