Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Rhythm 108 Vegan Gluten Free Snacks Review

Vegan must be the most popular word right now. Everywhere you turn, food producers, marketers, chefs, you name them, are all developing vegan recipes. Other popular terms are ‘gluten free’ and ‘dairy free’.

So if you’re looking for snacks that fit the above criteria, here is a new selection of chocolate bars and biscuits by Swiss bakers Rhythm 108. While not particularly low in calories, they are all gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegans. They also boast having 47% less sugar than comparable bars and cap each bar at 8g of sugar without compromising taste or quality.

Their range includes Sweet N Salty, Hazelnut Praline, and Super Coconut.

I was sent a selection of Rhythm 108 snacks for review purposes. This included Tea Biscuits and Chocolate bars.

The whole range of Rhythm 108 biscuits, snacks and chocolates
What the company says:
‘Rhythm 108 simply believe it’s the small things in life that make the biggest difference! So, from a small bakery nestled in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, Rhythm 108 use their creativity and their Patisserie skills to reinvent your favourite, most indulgent treats with wholesome and natural ingredients, so you never have to miss out on the fun!
Eat real. Be real.’
There are 3 chocolate bar varieties:

Hazelnut Praline, Sweet ‘n’ Salty and Super Coconut

They’re all high in fibre and are at least 45% less sugar than regular chocolate bars. I received a Hazelnut Praline and a Sweet ‘n’ Salty to try out. My youngest helped me out with sampling these!

Rhythm 108 Sweet n Salty Almond
Rhythm 108 Sweet n Salty Almond
Both bars are covered in a thin layer of dark chocolate with a truffle like consistency inside. The Hazelnut one has quinoa and oats in the middle while the Sweet ‘n’ Salty has almonds and oats which helps boost the fibre content.

sweet n salty almond Vegan bar
Rhythm 108 Sweet n Salty Almond chocolate bar
These chocolate bars are lovely, we particularly liked the truffle inside. You wouldn’t know the chocolate wasn’t made from milk, they’re not too sweet and we both enjoyed these.

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Vegan bar
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Praline bar

The Hazelnut bar I received was a bit off colour on the outside with a white coating which I believe occurs due to moisture. It didn't affect the taste though.

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Vegan bar
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Vegan bar
They are small and can be eaten very quickly! At around 190 calories each, they're not something to choose if you’re trying to lose weight. But if you’re vegan, allergic to dairy or gluten intolerant, then these are a very tasty treat made with natural organic ingredients.

I was also sent a selection of tea biscuits. These included:

Lemon Ginger Chia, Chocolate Hazelnut, Coconut Cookie and Almond Biscotti.

Rhythm108 gluten free dairy free tea biscuits ooh la la

The Lemon, Coconut and Almond were in sharing bags (135g) and the chocolate hazelnut were in a 2 pack serving.

The biscuits are made using oat flour rather than regular wheat, so if you have a problem tolerating oats, these won’t be for you.

From left to right: Almond Biscotti, Coconut Cookie, Lemon Ginger Chia tea biscuits
All the biscuits have a similar consistency. Crunchy but also light and slightly crumbly, easy to bite into. The flavours are all very distinct, with the coconut my overall favourite. The Almond biscotti, adored by my daughter, wasn’t liked by me as it tastes like marzipan, which I don't like. The Lemon Ginger Chia was lovely as well, with the zesty lemon the first flavour coming through but the ginger becomes more apparent after a few chews.

The sharing bag biscuits are a nice size – just 8g each and if you can stop at just one or two, great! If not, start sharing, fast.

The 24g single serve packs contain 2 biscuits. The Chocolate Hazelnut biscuits shown below were popular with everyone in my family. The have a similar texture to the sharing bag biscuits but these have more of a chocolate taste.

ooh la la chocolate hazelnut biscuits



While these snacks may be an option for those with intolerances or who are vegan, they’re not a ‘healthy’ snack. They’re still high in fat, calories, saturated fat and sugar, although less sugar than regular chocolate bars.

They are a source of protein and fibre and as well as having decent organic ingredients, they taste delicious.

Find them in Planet Organic, Marks & Spencer, Health foods stores, Amazon, Boots, Ocado, WH Smith, Costa Coffee, Revital, Fortnum & Mason, Barrecore, as Nature Intended, Coop, BP, and other outlets.

Ingredients Sweet ‘N’ Salty chocolate bar:
Organic almonds (28%), organic raw cane sugar, organic cacao butter, organic gluten free oat flour (7%), organic agave fibre, organic dried rice malt, organic cacao mass, organic hazelnuts, sea salt, organic sunflower oil, organic sunflower lecithin, organic vanilla pods.

Ingredients Hazelnut Praline chocolate bar:
Raw Cane Sugar*, Hazelnuts* (24%), Cacao Butter*, Cacao Mass*, Gluten free Oat Flour* (8%), Agave Fiber*, Quinoa* (1.2%), Sunflower Oil*, Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin*), *Organic

Ingredients Rhythm108 Ooh La La Tea Biscuits Almond Biscotti 135g:
Gluten-Free Oat Flour* (28%), Coconut Oil* (28%), Almonds* (26%), Coconut Flower Sugar*, Baking Powder (Cream of Tartar, Sodium Bicarbonate), Bitter Almond Oil, *Organic

Ingredients Ooh La La Tea Biscuits Lemon Ginger Chia 135g:
Gluten-free oat flour* (33%), coconut oil* (24%), coconut flower sugar*, almonds*, chia seeds* (5%), lemon zest* (1.3%), lemon oil,* ginger powder* (0.4%), baking powder (cream of tartar, sodium bicarbonate)

Ingredients Ooh La La Tea Biscuits Coconut Cookie 135g:
Gluten-free oat flour* (28%), coconut oil* (25%), coconut flakes* (25%), coconut flower sugar*, baking powder (cream of tartar, sodium bicarbonate).

Ingredients Ooh La La Tea Biscuits Chocolate Hazelnut 24g (2 x 12g):
Gluten-Free Oat Flour* (29%), Coconut Oil* (24%), Coconut Flower Sugar*, Dark Chocolate* (13%) (Cocoa Mass*, Coconut Flower Sugar*, Cocoa Butter*), Hazelnuts* (8%), Cacao Powder*, Baking Powder (Cream of Tartar, Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, *Organic

Nutrition Information per 33g bar (Sweet ‘N’ Salty):
188 Calories, 14g fat, 5g saturated fat, 12g carbs, 8g sugars, 3g protein, 4g fibre, 0.14g salt.






Nutrition Information per 33g bar (Hazelnut Praline):
191 Calories, 14g fat, 5g saturated fat, 12g carbs, 8g sugars, 2g protein, 4g fibre, 0.01g salt.






Nutrition Information per 4 biscuits (Almond Biscotti) – 18 per bag:
158 Calories, 9.6g fat, 6.3g saturated fat, 15.7g carbs, 4.8g sugars, 2.2g protein, 1.0g fibre, 0.02g salt.






Nutrition Information per 4 biscuits (Lemon Ginger Chia) – 18 per bag:
145 Calories, 8.4g fat, 5.8g saturated fat, 15.2g carbs, 6.3g sugars, 2.2g protein, 1.5g fibre, 0.03g salt.






Nutrition Information per 4 biscuits (Coconut Cookie) – 18 per bag:
174 Calories, 12.2g fat, 10.8g saturated fat, 14.5g carbs, 5.74g sugars, 1.7g protein, 1.3g fibre, 0.26g salt.






Nutrition Information per 2 biscuits (Chocolate Hazelnut):
122 Calories, 7.1g fat, 5.0g saturated fat, 12.9g carbs, 5.6g sugars, 1.6g protein, 1.0g fibre, 0.24g salt.







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1 comment :

  1. God above imIalreaI'm sick to death of this stupid bloody faddy diet. The worst part is that they're using it as some kind of legitimate weight loss fix, whilst also being the same lot preaching diet advice, namely the "don't follow far diets" line.

    Or maybe it's that they call sometimes not consuming animal products "being/going vegan".

    Like the ones calling an omnivorous diet "flexitarian", so they can be differentiated from the rest of the human bastard species.

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