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Review & giveaway: Cavewoman Bars

August 6, 2010

It was only recently that I first heard of Cavewoman Bars, and I had the pleasure of corresponding with their creator, Alyssa Boyle. Cavewoman Bars are made of only whole, unprocessed nuts, berries, fruit, and spices, are a good source of fiber, and provide 1½ Servings of fruit per bar. They contain NO dairy, soy, wheat, gluten, animal products, GMOs, or added sugar. Most of the ingredients are raw, and many are organic. Alyssa was kind enough to send me a sampler pack of her bars. As soon as I saw the flavors, I couldn’t wait to dig in.

Unwrapped, the bars look like exactly what they are—high-quality ingredients smooshed together in portable bar form, no frills necessary. They’re also shelf-stable for two months unrefrigerated!

I ate the Peanut Butter & Jelly bar first. It’s made of dates, cherries, blueberries, organic strawberries, cashews, and organic peanut butter—that’s it! It was uncanny just how much this tasted like a PB&J sandwich; it was one of my two favorites of the bunch.

I ate the raw Banana Bread bar (dates, bananas, walnuts, cashews, organic lemon flavor, and spices) on my way back from Oklahoma City last month. It made an excellent road trip snack.

The raw Pineapple Upside-Down Cake bar was great, especially considering how few ingredients it contained—just dates, organic pineapple, cherries, pecans, and almonds.

I thought the Blueberry Pancake bar (dates, blueberries, almonds, pecans, cashews, organic flaxseeds, and natural maple flavor) might taste a little like my raw flaxseed pancakes, and it kind of did! The bar, though, was sweeter and more moist, perfect for eating out-of-hand.

I saved for last what I anticipated to be my favorite—the raw Baklava bar! I really wish I’d gotten a better picture of it, because it was AMAZING. With only dates, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, and spices, it was incredible just how well this emulated the flavors of real baklava (one of my fave desserts of all time).

Alyssa, the Cavewoman herself, has offered to send one winner a sampler pack of all five of the flavors you’ve seen here! You will win: one bar each of Peanut Butter & Jelly, Banana Bread (raw), Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (raw), Blueberry Pancake, and Baklava (raw).

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment below telling me which of the Cavewoman Bars sounds yummiest to you.
For extra entries (leave an additional, separate comment for each one):
–“Like” Cavewoman Bars on Facebook
–Link to this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
–Add me to your blogroll (or let me know I’m already on there)
–Subscribe to my blog by email, RSS, Google reader, etc.

The deadline for entries is Friday morning, August 13th, at 9:00am CST. Unfortunately, Alyssa can only ship within the U.S. at this time, so international entries can’t be accepted. :[ I’m sorry!
I’ll be choosing the winner at random. Good luck!

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76 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2010 11:51 am

    Ooh, the Baklava intrigues me the most! I would love to try a raw, vegan version of that.

    I think you might be on my blog roll…?

    I already subscribe to your posts.

    And now I “like” Cavewoman bars. Look how productive I am!

  2. MsDrPepperr permalink
    August 6, 2010 12:01 pm

    Ummm I just want to try all of them. As they say in Dallas Cowboys history “Both, Coach!” except here it would be all 5 of them. Doesn’t sound like any of them are bad at all – no soy, no gluten, what’s there not to like? But I *LOVE* Baklava and never seen any of the other fruity nutty bar companies offer anything remotely pretending to be a Baklava flavor, so that’s gotta be something to check out!!

  3. MsDrPepperr permalink
    August 6, 2010 12:02 pm

    And I just friended Cavewoman Bars on Facebook …. is “friended” a verb?? somehow I think Scrabble players would challenge me on this.

  4. MsDrPepper permalink
    August 6, 2010 12:03 pm

    And I also added “Almost Vegan” to my Google Reader. Does this count as an extra entry???

    Baklava. I’m getting hungry… or maybe I really just need a drink of cooooool refreshing water.

  5. MsDrPepper permalink
    August 6, 2010 12:11 pm

    Oy yea I also posted “Like” Cavewoman Bars on Facebook (check)
    –Link to this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (check – Facebook) (check – Twitter)
    –Add me to your blogroll (or let me know I’m already on there) (check – google reader)
    –Subscribe to my blog by email, RSS, Google reader, etc. (check – google reader and check – by email).

  6. Marina permalink
    August 6, 2010 12:17 pm


  7. Marina permalink
    August 6, 2010 12:18 pm

    you’re in my google reader =]

  8. Jordan P permalink
    August 6, 2010 1:39 pm

    I’d love to try the pineapple upside down cake bar!

  9. sean anton permalink
    August 6, 2010 2:17 pm


  10. August 6, 2010 3:33 pm

    I would love to taste the Baklava flavor. It sounds amazing!

  11. August 6, 2010 3:34 pm

    You are already on my blogroll!

  12. August 6, 2010 3:35 pm

    I already subscribe to your blog by email and love it!

  13. August 6, 2010 3:39 pm

    The bakalava sounds Woh! delicious!

  14. linze anderson permalink
    August 6, 2010 3:56 pm

    Oh the Baklava (raw) sounds really tasty. Would love to try those.

  15. linze anderson permalink
    August 6, 2010 3:57 pm

    like cavewoman bars on facebook.

  16. linze anderson permalink
    August 6, 2010 3:58 pm

    new email subscriber to your site.

  17. Molly permalink
    August 6, 2010 6:41 pm

    I’ve seen Cavewoman Bars grow since the inception and I cannot begin to tell you how passionately Alyssa feels in delivering quality vegan products. I have been lucky enough to be a taste tester for all her fantastic creations, and they continually blow me away (a non Vegan / non vegetarian) how delicious and satisfying they are. Please try them for yourself, enjoy, and spread the Cavewoman love!

  18. August 6, 2010 6:44 pm

    Wow, the baklava bar sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. August 6, 2010 7:05 pm

    The pineapple upside down bar sounds so orangutan tasty. As a matter of fact, all the bars, with their fruity goodness would make any orangutan a happy camper. FYI, orangutans-endangered throughout their habitat on Borneo & Sumatra- are the world’s largest fruit-eaters. But I hope to try these wonderful bars to taste for myself how Cavewoman Bars stack up to the orangutan challenge.

  20. Rockobono permalink
    August 6, 2010 7:53 pm

    Raw Baklava sounds scrumdilliumptious!

  21. August 6, 2010 8:28 pm

    Can I enter, and have these go in the bloggie swap if I win? 🙂 Because I’m desperate to try the baklava bar! 🙂

  22. August 6, 2010 8:29 pm

    You’re already on my blogroll….

  23. August 6, 2010 8:30 pm

    And I subscribe to you through google reader 🙂

  24. Teresa permalink
    August 6, 2010 11:53 pm

    Thanks for reviewing all of the yummy looking Cavewoman Bars. The flavor that I’d most like to try is the Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

  25. Susie permalink
    August 7, 2010 2:34 am

    It’s nice to find a good and healthy product you can trust. I love these bars and cannot wait to see them everywhere!

  26. Michele permalink
    August 7, 2010 3:33 am

    They all look so wonderful! I think I am looking forward to Baklava the most!

  27. August 7, 2010 5:22 am

    I’m most intrigued by the Baklava flavor for sure!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      August 13, 2010 9:57 am

      YOU WON! Send me your mailing info and we’ll get your prize pack out to you ASAP :]

  28. August 7, 2010 5:23 am

    I liked Cavewoman Bars on facebook!

  29. August 7, 2010 5:24 am

    Im already subscribed to your blog via googlereader!

  30. August 7, 2010 5:26 am

    Tweeted the giveaway! (@discoveringraw)

  31. August 7, 2010 5:28 am

    Added you to my blogroll! (

  32. August 7, 2010 5:40 am

    Oh yum! I want to try ALL the flavors, but I’m extra excited about the blueberry pancake bar, as I’ve not seen one like that before.

  33. August 7, 2010 5:41 am

    I also just added you to my google reader.

  34. August 7, 2010 5:44 am

    I tweeted it too – but haven’t been able to figure out if you’re on twitter or what your twitter name is, because the almostvegan on there isn’t you….

  35. Todd Zerin permalink
    August 7, 2010 9:07 am

    I was lucky to purchase a few of your bars when you were selling them at the Whole Foods in Sherman Oaks. I loved the Blueberry Pancake and also the PB&J. There is an extremely popular health foods store near where I live in MN that would certainly be interested in your product. Check out Valley Natural Foods in Foods in Burnsville, MN. Keep up the great work. And thanks!!!

  36. *Andrea* permalink
    August 7, 2010 11:49 am

    These look great! I think Baklava sounds amazing! My grandmother makes the best paklava (Armenian version of the tasty pastry)

  37. Cindi Dixon permalink
    August 7, 2010 1:16 pm

    Absolutely love the Pineapply Upside Down bar. Tastes exactly like the cake without the guilt. A great alternative for gluten-free snacking. I am adding you to my Facebook for friends and family to explore these delectible treats!

  38. August 7, 2010 6:46 pm

    These sound great! I would love to try them all but to me the PB&J sounds like the best. I’ve never had Baklava before, so I’m unsure as to how that would taste…sounds good though!
    You are already on my blog roll, and I am def. going to “like” them on facebook. I am also going to subcribe to your blog via email. Maybe I will be the lucky winner. :o)

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      August 9, 2010 11:28 am

      Michelle—be sure to leave each of those “extra entries” as new, separate comments—that’s how you’ll get more chances to win! 🙂

  39. August 7, 2010 11:08 pm

    Blueberry pancake sounds good to me!

  40. August 7, 2010 11:08 pm

    I “liked” Cavewoman Bars on FB.

  41. August 7, 2010 11:09 pm

    You’re already on my blogroll 😉

  42. August 7, 2010 11:10 pm

    anddd I’m already subscribed via Reader. Yay. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Karissa Johnson permalink
    August 8, 2010 12:16 pm

    The Baklava bars sound delicious! I love just about anything Greek 🙂

  44. August 8, 2010 2:25 pm

    Ooo!! They all sound wonderful, but I’m pretty interested in the Pineapple Upside-down cake bar!

  45. August 8, 2010 2:28 pm

    I have linked this giveaway to my Facebook! 😀

  46. fitandfortysomething permalink
    August 8, 2010 4:26 pm

    yay you are on twitter!!!! this look so tasty…..i have never heard of them either. i think i would like the peanut butter and jelly. thanks for the giveaway amber!

  47. August 8, 2010 4:38 pm

    I’ve never won a giveaway :< but would love to win this one! That blueberry pancake bar sounds divine!! These bars have definitely piqued (sp) my interest!

  48. August 8, 2010 4:39 pm

    Ok, I “liked” them on facebook 🙂

  49. August 8, 2010 4:40 pm

    …and you’re already on my blogroll!

  50. Katie permalink
    August 8, 2010 5:16 pm

    OMG the baklava one sounds a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!

  51. Katie permalink
    August 8, 2010 5:17 pm

    subscribed to you via email! 🙂

  52. Katie permalink
    August 8, 2010 5:18 pm

    “Like” Cavewoman Bars on Facebook

  53. Katie permalink
    August 8, 2010 5:22 pm

    linked giveaway on facebook 🙂

  54. Kim permalink
    August 8, 2010 6:00 pm

    I think they all look great but would like to try to PB&J one. I liked cavewoman bars on FB too!

  55. August 8, 2010 8:41 pm

    Oh, a bar I haven’t heard of yet, how exciting! I would love to try the baklava flavor… I’m so curious to taste how you would translate that into a raw food bar.

  56. melanie permalink
    August 8, 2010 9:23 pm

    they all sound good, but baklava especially! yum!

  57. August 9, 2010 2:52 am

    baklava is a dessert i LOVE and never think i will eat again..til this bar!! omg please!

  58. August 9, 2010 2:52 am

    liked them on FB

  59. August 9, 2010 2:52 am

    on blogroll and yes i will update it with your new url soon 🙂

  60. August 9, 2010 2:53 am

    RSS googlereader

  61. August 9, 2010 4:23 am

    The baklava sounds amazing! I’m already subscribed via email….heading over to “Like” Cavewoman Bars now.

  62. August 9, 2010 4:25 am

    ….so let it be written, so let it be “Liked”….done!

  63. Amy H permalink
    August 9, 2010 2:17 pm

    Officially “LIKED” on Facebook!

  64. Amy H permalink
    August 9, 2010 2:18 pm

    THe PB&J looks AWESOME!! I live for that combo 🙂

  65. August 10, 2010 11:11 am

    Never heard of a cavewomen bar before but they sound great.

    Id go with a blueberry pancake though.

  66. Brett permalink
    August 10, 2010 11:53 am

    I have to go with the PB & J. Call me old-fashioned, but nothing beats a PB & J, regardless of if it’s sandwiched or not.

  67. Brett permalink
    August 10, 2010 11:54 am

    I’m a subscriber to this blog.

  68. August 11, 2010 7:17 pm

    I would love to try the Peanut Butter & Jelly bar.

  69. August 11, 2010 7:19 pm

    I “Like” Cavewoman Bars on Facebook.

  70. August 11, 2010 7:24 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway:

  71. August 11, 2010 7:25 pm

    I subscribe to your blog via e-mail.

  72. August 12, 2010 11:45 am

    the blueberry bar looks like a must try!

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