Hands up and three cheers for two moms IN THE RAW!
Shari (founder) started making raw foods after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004. She found that a natural path to wellness (including a raw food diet) worked best for her. The treats she made for herself became so popular with friends and family that she decided to share the goodness even further with the help of her own mother. After lots of sales from the back of her car to parents of her childrens’ classmates in the school parking lot and a few years selling at the Boulder County Farmers Market…Two Moms had its start. Today Shari runs the business with her mother, father, husband and in-laws from the same commercial kitchen 5 minutes from her home. It is a true family affair.
Way to go Shari and mom~ I love the idea of a mom-daughter team, any day.
Years ago I undertook a mission to eat only raw and organic for a variety of reasons.
Raw food or living food is food that has not been cooked or exposed to temperatures over 118*F. When food is heated above 118*F there is a risk that the enzymes essential for all the chemical processes in our bodies are damaged.
In addition to not cooking our food, we rinse, long soak and germinate most of our ingredients so that each bite is full of the maximum nutrition and enzymes necessary for your body.
Our products are 100% organic, raw, vegan, free of wheat, dairy, soy, refined sugars and gluten free. With so many compromised immune systems and potential health risks, Two Moms is a great solution.
NOTE: Antioxidants are well represented in most of our ingredients. Antioxidants protect cells from damage by unstable molecules called free radicals.
However, owning a business and working more than full time, this extremely tasty and health-boosting way of eating became just entirely too time-consuming. Way too time consuming…
Raw food is amazing, it’s so tasty, and can be considered a “cure-all,” by some.
But it’s a lot of work.
And that’s why we have help – from our “moms.”
And all of their hard work pays off.
Their products are downright delicious!
So, I first dove into the Nut Butter Truffles. Why not, right? Dessert should always come first.
I had the opportunity to sample both the Green Tea Vanilla and the Cayenne Cacao varieties. I just knew – KNEW – in my mind that the Green Tea Vanilla would be my favorite. I’m a vanilla girl, after all.
I sunk my teeth into the bite-sized delights. Immediately I sensed the bitter green tea and slightly grassy matcha flavors. But, those were quickly balanced by the natural sweetness of raw, sprouted almonds and a hint of agave, cacao, and vanilla, of course. I swore I sensed the deliciousness of dates – but not so. It was just my mind playing tricks on me with the vanilla madness of the truffles.
I then moved on to the Cayenne Cacao. Whoa…
These little puppies had almost an overwhelmingly intense cinnamon scent and flavor right from the get go, and the very distinctive sweet taste of agave nectar. Again, the nutty almond taste came next, pairing well and complementing the super sweet of the agave. And, just when you think you’re all done – you’re hit with a huge kick of cayenne pepper. It’s fabulous. Truly fabulous.
And much to my surprise, I now seem to be a Cayenne Cacao girl…drifting a little bit from my go-to vanilla white.
I loved these 🙂
My next few bites involved the yumminess of the Nut Bars.
I must admit, I was a bit skeptical of these granola-bar-like looking treats.
I’ve never been a fan of nutty, chewy, sticky, traditional “granola bars.” I like crunch! Things that pull apart with the sticky ooze and goos of sweet honey syrups are simply not my style.
I was pleasantly surprised.
Definitely crunchy…only slightly chewy, the Charming Cherry Chocolate and Cranberry Crush bars were perfectly satisfying.
These snacks are loaded with nuts. Loaded – they say you are what you eat, and I must be nuts. I adore them.
Lots and lots of crunch without any overpowering flavor – just a nice mix of tastes and textures. The cranberry was just right and the chocolate cherry reminded me a tad of a truffle in taste, but definitely a nutty crunch bar more than anything else.
Then, the crackers. Other than the herby amazingness of the Gard Herb Sea Crackers, I have not much else to report. They’re simply great. Strong herbs exude from the crisps in every way. They’re thin, insanely salty – just what I need – made entirely from flax (bonus there), delicate, and just delightful. I must say I enjoyed these cracked and crumbled over a lovely avocado salad.
One of the best lunches I’ve enjoyed in a while.
My next little delve into deliciousness was what I was most looking forward to.
You see, I adore graham crackers. Adore them. Yet, in my gluten-free, grain-free lifestyle, these sweet little treats have not really been an option over the last decade or so. I’ve tried a few local gluten-free varieties. They are simply not the same. And making the grain-free sweet crackers at home…I just can’t seem to master that plan. They are either way to sweet, too hard, or just too crumbly. I’m a texture girl, and I just cannot get it right.
Well, attempt no more. My two moms have got it down! Oh my gosh – I loved these new Sweet on you Graham Almond Protein Crackers.
Obviously the cute little name made me smile right away – but the taste – simply pick me up off the floor as I enter into dreamland.
This cracker has all of the crunchy, sweet, cinnamon-y goodness with oodles of nutritional benefits. It’ll be your new go-to for dunking in tea, downing with a glass of almond milk, or packing into your kids’ lunches. Make sure to stash a few where only you can find them! Yum!
I don’t know how they do it.
I ate the ENTIRE bag all in one sitting. I hope there’s nothing wrong with that… (I also smothered them in my favorite almond butter – cashew butter – coconut butter melted mix). I digress. These are the BEST!!!!
Look at the ingredients: (* = organic – double score!)
- Coconut Crystals*
- Sprouted Almonds*
- Coconut Flour*
- Coconut Oil*
- Hemp Seeds*
- Golden Flax Seeds*
- Sea Salt
All great – but nothing really “graham” about each item. Thus, I do declare, these high protein, high fiber, over the top delicious crackers to be magic. Magic.
The texture – not too crumbly – not too hard –
I would dare to equate these yummy bites of joy to very slightly milk-soaked Golden Grahams. You know what I mean. But, they are just perfectly sweet – nothing like the commercial kid’s cereal.
You MUST try these TODAY.
I’m going to have figure out a way to get my hands on a couple of cases – oh wait, that could be entirely too dangerous for me…
Anyway, the final taste test came in the way of a bowl of cereal.
First I enjoyed the bites dry – without any cereal softness additions…aka unsweetened almond milk.
Again, I was a little apprehensive, considering the ingredients involved a high amount of coconut and banana, in addition to the nutty goodness of this cereal. I was also nervous it might just be TOO crunchy and chewy, resulting in one tired jaw.
You see, I’m pretty picky. I detest tropical fruits – so coconut and banana together sounded like a piña colada…yuck – and having to chew all that together made me tired just thinking about it.
However, I was not disappointed and my trepidation proved to be falsely felt.
The little flakes and banana “chips” really only added texture and a hint of flavor. In fact, I sensed really no banana at all. Phew. And, I do enjoy coconut, along with all the other nutrient-packed and antioxidant rich ingredients: sunflower seeds, apples, dates, figs, chia seeds, almonds walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon. Yum.
Again, not too sweet – just perfect from the natural succor of dried fruit, I’ll give you an additional texture comparison. Remember Cracklin’ Oat Bran? Yes, you ate that, along with Golden Grahams as a kid, I know you did. The cereal is like that – having been soaked in milk for just a few minutes – BUT MUCH better tasting. It’s great.
Thank you, ladies, “moms” IN THE RAW.
You are not only life-savers for those of us who don’t always have the time to mix and match and dehydrate our goodies, but you are also magicians.
Well done. Well done.