It’s hard to find paleo desserts that are 1) actually paleo (more on that later) and 2) taste good. That’s why I was super psyched when Paleo Treats® hooked me up with some yummy freebies in exchange for honest feedback about their stuff. (The FTC requires me to spout off that spiel any time I receive cash and/or swag from a company, but I pinky promise you that I only blog about products I actually like. I give the rest away to unsuspecting friends and family members after informing the company that they probably don’t want my honest opinion posted online.)
Now that I’ve got everything covered on the legal front, it’s time kick off my Paleo Treats review. If you have any questions that aren’t answered during my rambling, please post them below so I can help.
I knew I was going to love Paleo Treats as soon as I saw this sentence on their website:
“Nope, those chocolate chips that everyone says are Paleo…aren’t (psst, check the ingredients!”
I was like, Yesssssssssss!!!!! Finally someone gets it!!!!!
FYI, my #1 baking/cooking pet peeve is when I find a mouthwatering paleo recipe on Pinterest or wherever and then realize that regular chocolate chips are one of the main ingredients. Grrrrr. I feel so deceived when fellow food bloggers do that to me. NOT COOL, GUYS.
But enough of my ranting.
I’m that annoying person who plans everything months in advance and likes to know exactly what to expect before I do anything, so I’m going to show you a ton of pics from my treat-tasting bonanza. I want to help you make an educated decision about whether Paleo Treats are something you’ll like as much as I do.
Let’s start with the package. I opened the door, and there it was:
I didn’t have to sign for it or anything, but FedEx knocked to let me know it was there. I also received a tracking link from Paleo Treats after they shipped my order, so I knew approximately when it was coming.
The box was awesome. Let’s zoom in so you can see what I mean:
Wait, I haven’t even shown you the best part yet. Here we go:
I enjoyed reading the whole “Circle of Life” thing. Keep in mind I also read shampoo bottles and potato chip bags, so you might not enjoy this box as much as I did.
I excitedly ripped open the box and found this sweet note on top. Thanks, PT Crew – I totally enjoyed the treats and goodies! Plus I’m a sucker for handwritten notes. They remind me that I’m dealing with actual human beings.
Are you ready to see what’s inside of my box?
Is the suspense killing you yet? Fine, fine…I’ll stop.
I flipped open the insulated bag and found these air packs (parenting hack: you can entertain toddlers for hours with these):
While my toddlers played with the air packs (don’t worry, I was a foot away and my boys weren’t unsupervised), I explored the rest of the contents. My kiddos loved the packing bubbles shown below just as much as the air packs.
I removed the shirt, and it felt like Christmas. How cute is that pink and black bow wrapped around it?!
I’ve got some weird lighting issues going on with the pic above. Just pretend we’re hanging out on Instagram right now or something.
I took a pic of the unwrapped shirt but decided not to use it. The shirt says “I’m Into Spiritual Sh*t” (but there isn’t an asterisk – the word is spelled out). It’s super cute and comfy, but I know some of my kids’ friends read my blog. I don’t want any hate mail from their parents.
A reusable ice pack kept everything cool during transit:
I tossed it aside and started devouring the treats inside immediately. Seriously.
I told myself I was going to wait, but this Mac Attack! was begging me to eat it:
More on this delicious dessert later. Let’s stay focused here.
There was also a mug in the package, and it’s definitely my new favorite. Real food really IS my boo. That explains why I have 3 kids and no husband.
I cropped out my eyes and unbrushed, unwashed hair so we can pretend I wasn’t running on 3 hours of sleep that day. Also, if you’re a mom and you regularly manage to shower before noon, you’re my hero. I showered at 10:30 a.m. today, but that’s only because I had a parent-teacher conference scheduled around lunchtime.
But enough about my bathing habits.
I decided to eat a bite of each paleo dessert shortly after they arrived. I stuck the rest in my freezer for about a week, then removed them and sliced them in half. I like to know what’s inside of my desserts before I eat them because I have trust issues or something.
Here’s a pic of 4 of the 5 Paleo Treats products I sampled. I’m not sure why I didn’t bother to put the 5th treat on this plate, but I think it’s because my toddler snuck away with it. He loved the Cacao Now treats.
I expected the Mac Attack! to be my favorite (and it was really good), but I actually ended up liking another Paleo Treat product better. I’m going to break each one down and give you my thoughts.
Here we go…
I’m starting with the Mac Attack! since it was the first dessert I sampled. These paleo macaroons taste kinda like the Samoas that Girl Scouts sell, except they aren’t packed with funky preservatives and artificial flavors. Like the other desserts referenced in this review, they’re gluten free, dairy free, and refined-sugar free.
I’m constantly finding excuses to sneak shredded coconut into my recipes, so I love that the primary ingredient for these Mac Attack! treats is…you guessed it…shredded coconut. They also contain egg whites, honey, cacao powder, cacao nibs, and vanilla extract.
The cacao nibs and cacao powder lend a subtle richness (I guess “subtle richness” is almost like an oxymoron, but oh well) to these paleo macaroons. I hate when cacao flavor overtakes my paleo desserts, but that wasn’t an issue with these treats.
Where have these paleo snacks been all my life?! The Mustang Bar was hands down the tastiest thing I’ve eaten in months, but here’s the weird part: I have no clue how to describe the flavor. Apparently my conundrum isn’t unique since Paleo Treats states that “while they’re hardest to explain taste-wise they’re our best selling product for a reason.”
I guess the Mustang Bar reminds me of a non-chocolate granola bar – like maybe one of those yogurt-covered bars. I used to love granola bars until the day I contacted my doctor, choking and gasping for air, after eating one. He was like, “You are allergic to wheat. STOP EATING GRANOLA BARS.” (that’s basically the condensed version of the story, but you get the idea)
Almond butter is the primary ingredient in the Mustang Bar. Honestly, sometimes I get sooooo sick of almond butter now that I primarily eat paleo food, but this treat didn’t taste like almond butter. It was creamy and smooth like almond butter, but it tasted so much better. Argh. I wish I had better words to describe the best-tasting paleo snack I’ve ever had.
The Bandito is another one of my favorite gluten free desserts from Paleo Treats. I think it’s tied for second place with the Mac Attack! snack.
I cut this treat into 8 tiny slivers and told my kids that they were mini pie slices. We all thought they tasted a lot like peanut butter cups. I kept checking the ingredients to figure out how Paleo Treats nailed the flavor of the filling. It tastes like peanut butter, but it also has a nice texture. I’m guessing it’s a combination of the almond flour and flax meal. The sea salt helps pull everything together into a circle of deliciousness.
I don’t really like chocolate that much, but I liked the Brownie Bomb. I already promised my kids I’d buy them some Brownie Bombs next time we stock up on paleo desserts.
The texture of these paleo brownies…wow…just wow. It’s just like a regular brownie. Super fudgy. I’m not sure how Paleo Treats pulled off the luscious texture with just 6 ingredients, but somehow they made it happen.
If you’re slowly migrating toward a paleo lifestyle or want to buy a healthy(ish) dessert for someone special, I recommend this Brownie Bomb over the other treats in this review. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was pretty much everyone else’s (except my super-smart youngest, who agrees that we need more Mustang Bars ASAP). It doesn’t taste paleo or gluten free, so folks who follow traditional diets will probably love it.
If you love the taste of homemade paleo chocolate or bark, then the Cacao Now is the treat you should choose. I often make paleo chocolate bars out of coconut oil, cacao powder, and nuts. The Cacao Now reminds me of those, except it’s loaded with more goodies than I’ve ever thought to include. I mean, who would have realized pistachios pair so well with goji berries? Not me, but apparently Lee (one of the founders of Paleo Treats) was ahead of the game.
And when I say the Cacao Now is loaded with goodies, I’m not exaggerating. It’s packed with nuts and fruit, which is awesome since I enjoy a hearty crunch while I’m snacking. This is why it’s been such a struggle for me to kick my potato chip habit.
Paleo Treats said it was okay for me to share this pic on my food blog:
Their photos are so bright and pretty. #FoodBloggerGoals
I’m impressed that the paleo desserts I received actually looked just like the ones in the pic above. Usually that’s not the case when I order food online.
There are no secrets when it comes to what’s inside each Paleo Treats product. I can’t stand vague ingredient lists or nutrition info that leaves out pertinent details, and I refuse to buy products from companies that seem sneaky. I like that Paleo Treats is so open about what each snack contains.
Paleo Treats sells sampler packs if you can’t decide which product to try. I’ve seen some specials for free shipping on the website recently, which is nice. I always hate paying shipping when I buy stuff online even though I understand that companies typically can’t deliver stuff for free. I think I’ve been spoiled by years of Amazon Prime.
If you don’t want to buy any paleo desserts at the moment, you might still find the company’s website helpful. They do a great job explaining the paleo lifestyle, and you can find tons of helpful tips and recipes on their blog.
I visit the site frequently, and I plan to buy products from Paleo Treats regularly for my family. If you have any questions, please post them below so I can help.