Review: Nakd Bakewell Tart
The humble Bakewell tart is an old favourite in my family. My dad will often swing by the small village from which they hail to pick up a couple from the local bakery, and we have it that night with warm custard and a drizzle of single cream. They taste of a traditional english pudding, but the guys over at Nakd have given them a not so traditional twist, making them wheat, gluten and dairy free, and free from refined sugar. I couldn’t wait to try them!
Made by “Natural Balance Foods“, Nakd bars contain 100% natural ingredients. Nakd has taken the nation by storm, as has their sister brand, Trek bars. A risqué name, fabulous branding and a loyal following, they’ve achieved levels of success few others can match. Their products are stocked in most major supermarkets, and they provide healthy treats to pop in your handbag or your lunchbox.
It was their new Bakewell Tart flavour bar that I was most excited to try, however. I was slightly nervous about tasting it – could a sugar free, raw, vegan, gluten free version of the pudding I love so much match up to my high expectations? How can something made solely from dates, cashew nuts and raisins taste as a good as the real deal? I reluctantly unwrapped the packaging. It was a deep brown, lumpy mould of sticky fruits. It didn’t look the most appetising, despite the beautiful packaging on the outside, but I tried it nonetheless.
I was blown away. It tasted delicious, a melange of cherry and almond, sweet without being sickly. The texture was quite gritty, and the bar itself was chewy, but the taste was out-of-this-world. I had them for my breakfast two days in a row, as they were filling and easy to eat on the go (Bakewell tart for breakfast – who can complain about that?!). They were only quite small, though, but would be a great, healthy substitute for chocolate in a child’s lunchbox, or even as a late afternoon snack with a brew.