Typically I’m not one to snack.
I like big, hearty meals – to keep me super satisfied.
To each her own, I suppose.
So, no snacking for me…until now ~ Simply Daratree nut based portable pops of power.”

I’ll take little raw energy bites that taste THIS AMAZING any day.

I think I’m hooked.

These little bites of joy by Dara, the “Ball Blazer” are truly heavenly and just about perfect in every way.

  • unique taste – truly marvelous
  • unique texture – another big plus
    ♥ Tree Nut Based Product with a Taste and Texture like Cookie Dough
    ♥ Nutrient Dense w/ over 90% Truly Raw Ingredients
    ♥ Four CRAVEABLE Flavors: Apricot Oat, Cranberry Almond, Dark Chocolate Chile, and Original Cacao
  • size – pop in your mouth perfection
  • aroma – intoxicating
  • healthy benefits – the list goes on…raw, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free (for the most part), macrobiotic, all natural, no processed sugars, etc…
    ♥ USDA Organic Certified
    ♥ Non-GMO Project Verified
    ♥ No Refined Sugars, Additives, Preservatives, or Oils
    ♥ Gluten-free, Peanut-free, Soy-free, Vegan
    ♥ Made in a Facility Free of Gluten, Peanuts, and Soy
  • packaging – individually wrapped (brilliant) AND compostable – good for the earth- I’m a fan and a believer
    ♥ Individual RAW BALLS® Wrappers are Compostable
    ♥ Retail Boxes are RecyclablePaperboard Printed in a Zero-waste Facility using Vegetable Ink

And best of all – they are REAL food! We all know how much that pleases me.

These balls are blazin’ amazing. I guess we can say “amazeballs!”

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Our mission is to make foods that make sense. To make you question your foods before you ingest them. And of course, to enjoy the foods like ours that you carefully selected! We want to help you recognize the connection between your food, your body, and your environment. If we can inspire people to become more curious about what real food means, then we’ve made a difference. We want to give you honest, helpful information on our foods and ingredients so you can learn to dissect the messages and products that big business has been selling us for generations.

Our vision is to help create a world where responsible eating and responsible living coexist. We want to help educate and inspire individuals to become educated and aware of the food chain and how food relates to our bodies and the impact on the environment. And ideally, to create a world where raw food from Simply Dara® becomes a permanent line item on your grocery list.

I began my taste test with the Apricot Oat flavor.
Dara warns us to proceed with caution…these little bites may become addictive.
Oh boy is she right.
These balls are a combination of apricots, creamy cashew butter (my favorite, ahem), sea salt, and vanilla. The chewiest ball of the bunch, Dara describes these as reminiscent of salted caramel. Indeed, that was precisely my impression.
The intricate scent of creamy cashew with just enough vanilla and salt, alongside a hint of orange and almond reminded me exactly of salted caramel cookie dough. I loved it. The “chew” factor was just perfect for me as well. I’m highly critical of not only taste, but texture, “chew,” and crunch. Well done!

My next adventure in the fruity “cookie dough” ball variety was the Cranberry Almond. The scent of this one made me believe I was noshing on little bites of spiced oatmeal raisin cookie dough just before baking them in the oven. (Remember doing that as a little kid?) This time, though, I didn’t have that awful sick feeling I continued to replicate during each childhood baking experience…hmmm…I don’t ever really remember baking – just eating the dough. Anyway, all that aside, these were great.
I picked up the cranberry scent – ever so slightly – as it mingled just so pleasantly with orange zest and apricot. The combination and harmony of the three fruits results, truly, in flawless flavor. I quite enjoyed these bites.

Third up on the docket was the Dark Chocolate Chile flavor. I was pretty darn excited to try these, I must say. The impeccably pleasing combination of bittersweet dark chocolate and spicy chile has really been appealing to me as of late. Dara (by the way, she pronounces her name “Day-rah”) describes these as “A sassy combination that unfolds slowly. First the rich, creamy chocolate, then the sea salt will unveil itself with the crunchy texture of the almonds and walnuts. Then, when you’re thinking “there’s no chile in there,” you’ll get the slight tingle of the back of your tongue.”
That is it precisely – my experience exactly! The spice sort of creeps up on you, with delight, surprise, and an amicable “pop!” It’s so great. I just love it. And, it lingers just a hint longer than expected.
That makes me smile.

Finally, I dove into the Original Cacao Raw Balls. These guys are not entirely different from the Dark Chocolate Chile (of course they do lack the little zing on the finish). They too are rich, creamy, and super chocolatey, with just a hint of coconut pizzazz.
The flavor, though, reminded me of something…you’re going to think I’m crazy…but I always have this sensation when smelling and consuming a combination of almond, coconut, vanilla, and cacao. I sense…amaretto. I know, it’s strange. But, it’s somewhat delightful. So, when you pop this portable present inside your mouth, see if you’re not pleasantly posed with a similar sense.

Thus, these Raw Balls are a true winner.

the balls to treat yourself right. to feel good every day. to satisfy your craving with REAL FOOD. to treat your body and mind well. to love. to be an eco-badassador. to make a healthier you!

Have a Ball, Try ’em all!

Thanks, Dara, my friendly Ball Blazer.
I love these little things in each and every way.

And now, I’m truly hooked!

P.S. ~ you absolutely must buy these balls and check out all the cuteness of the packaging. Dara is quite a little fireball and quite crafty with her words. She’s a gem.

One thought on “Simply Dara – Raw Balls – Product Review

  1. Thank you for the review, Ashley!
    RAW BALLS® will be on Sale in June at all Natural Grocers (aka Vitamin Cottage). Go get some BALLS!! You won’t regret it.

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