Bakalland BA! Energy Bar
I recently discovered this little gem (the Bakalland BA! Energy Bar) at Pick n Pay, and now these bars have become my go-to. They’re a little treat when you’re running off to that morning meeting but you’ve just hit that 10 o’clock slump. I keep them in my bag to curb the cravings between meals.
I absolutely cannot do energy drinks, because they really do give me wings… so I’m flying all over the show until 5 the next morning and then I craaaaaaash. But I’m super pro energy bars because I think they’re the perfect quick snack packed with nutrition and energy. I’ve tried most of the popular choices available in South Africa, and this is by far my best to date. Here is a breakdown:
The BA! packaging
Their packaging is so simple, modern, colourful and fun. It’s easy to distinguish your favourite flavour by the colours. Mine in the olive green one, 5 nuts – it tastes like Ferrero Rocher!
The BA! taste and texture
These are so yum! I already mentioned the 5 nuts option but the fruit options are also a favourite; bursting with fruity flavour. The texture is a good balance between crunchy and smooth; and isn’t sticky. It says ‘Energy Bar’ on the packaging, however I would classify them as cereal bars, as their website does.
The BA! variety
They come in a variety of flavours, which are all quite tasty. I’ve enjoyed every flavour I’ve tried so far. Pictured below are 5 forest fruit, cranberry and orange, 5 dried fruit, 5 tropical fruit, and 5 nuts. However, there are even more options available.
Who is BA! for?
It’s ideal for the professional on the go, the athlete on the move, and the kids’ lunchbox. Along with fruit and other healthy snacks throughout the day, I occasionally treat myself to one of these.
Where can you find them and how much do they cost?
I’ve seen them available at Pick n Pay, Clicks and Makro so far. They are quite affordable at R7 to R10 per bar, if you’re looking at the current competitive landscape. You can also buy them in boxes of 6.
Eating small, healthy snacks throughout the day is supposedly better for our digestive systems than eating only 3 main meals per day. The keyword here is healthy. We all know that it’s hard to say no to a packet of crisps when it’s open in front of you and begging to be eaten. But instead of going out of your way to buy those crisps, reach for a healthier alternative like BA! or any of the items on my 30 Simple Snacks of 100 Calories or Less post. Snacking on fruit is a great healthy alternative when you want something sweet, otherwise there are a variety of other options to choose from if you’re keen to broaden your horizons.
If you’re looking for something way more indulgent, try my Best Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake recipe which is sure to tame that sweet tooth!
Content and photography by Peaches