Review + Recipe: OMG! Maqui Berry Oat Bars

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Review + Recipe: OMG! Maqui Berry Oat Bars

By |March 3rd, 2013|

What started with a group of passionate globe trekkers on the hunt for for organic foods has turned into OMG!, Organic Meets Good.  OMG has created uniquely formulated organic powders that you can add to a variety of foods to give them a nutritional boost.  Everyone likes a nutritional boost, right? We tested out the Pomegranate Powder and the Maqui Berry Powder.

Pomegranate has been around for centuries, I’m sure everyone has heard of how it can help to strengthen our immune system with it’s high quantity of vitamins.  But this powder has been blended with other ingredients like Orgen-Kid (an extract booster that contains Curry, Guava, Lemon, Sesbania, Amla, Holy Basil and Annato Extracts), Camu Camu, and Maqui Berry, which adds even more nutritional benefits like vitamin C, B12, iron, and potassium among others.  What it doesn’t contain is sugar.  Instead, stevia is added for flavor, which I could do without.

So how does it taste?  First, I mixed it in with some almond milk and made enough to share:

Pomegranate Superfood Shake

It’s nice, but it’s quite sweet.  Perhaps it’s the stevia, which I can always taste in things when used and don’t care for.  That said, I’ve never been a fan of sweet drinks anyway so perhaps I’m not a good judge.  My guest was over the moon with the taste, loving it and stating that she could see herself making a shake to take to work with her as a nutritional boost throughout her day.

I also mixed the Pomegranate flavor into my morning oats- which I preferred to the shake.  My old-fashioned rolled oats turned gourmet once I mixed in the powder, plus I got all the nutritional benefits that I could ask for. Again, for me, minus the stevia.

Now lets talk about the Maqui berry. The Maqui berry contains the highest amount of antioxidants of any fruit known. Most of us are familiar with antioxidants in that they fight off free radicals- the pesky particles responsible for abnormal cell growth leading to cancer and premature aging. And to top it off, OMG has added acai powder and green tea extract to the mix. The green tea extract scored more than 10,000 ORAC units per gram, adding more antioxidant power along with the acai. Free radical’s worst nightmare, indeed!

And the taste?  Now this is a berry flavor I could eat over and over again.  It’s not as sweet as the Pomegranate flavor and I don’t taste the stevia at all.  All I taste is rich, blue, berry-liciousness and I like it.  I like it a lot.  I mixed it in a shake.  Loved it.  I mixed it in some soy yogurt.  Loved it.  I made some Maqui Berry Bars.  LOVED it.

There are a few things to note about these products:

  • You can mix them up with just some cold water.
  • There are 16 servings per bag.
  • They have a shelf life of 2 years.
  • They are both vegan, organic, gluten-free, kosher, and non-gmo.

You can buy OMG! Products on OMG! Organic Meets Good on Amazon, online at the OMG! website, where you can also use the store locator to see if they are in your area. 

[Incidentally, the powders are both on sale right now.]

You can also catch OMG! at the Natural Products Expo West, in Anaheim on March 8-10, booth #5261.

Now, go make some bars.  They are SUPERfood good.

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Maqui Berry Oat Bars

  • 3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts – chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 4 tablespoons light agave syrup
  • 4 tablespoons OMG! Maqui Berry Powder

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together adding the applesauce last.  Once fully combined, press into an 8 x 8 glass baking pan (no need to grease).  Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool completely then cut into squares.

Makes 12 exceptionally tasty bars.

Nutritional Info:
Serving Size: 1 bar  Total Fat: 7.3 g  Cholesterol: 0g  Sodium: 2.1g Potassium: 43.4g  Total Carbs: 25.7g [Fiber: 3.5g  Sugar: 10.3g]  Protein: 4.8g  Vitamin A: 10.7%  Vitamin C: 32.6%  Calcium: 1.9%  Iron: 8.4%

Get a printable version of this recipe by clicking here.

Gratitude and thanks to OMG! Organic Meets Good for graciously sending us some of their products to review.

Disclaimer:  Views and opinions expressed here are those of YDV and derived from personal experience.  These opinions are not influenced in any way by the receipt of goods or services.  We will always notify you when a product has been given to us to review, test, use, or talk about.

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3 Comments

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  2. Steve Kent March 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Wow, That looks really good. It’s amazing sometimes to see how creative people can be in making taste and absolutely nutritious foods. I might try this with honey instead of agave syrup and maybe add some coconut.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  3. The Peace Patch March 12, 2013 at 9:20 am - Reply

    That bar looks awesomely yumful! I’d like to try the Pomegranate in vegan yogurt to sweeten it up a bit…maybe mixed into a kiwi smoothie too. The Maqui flavor sounds perfect! Thanks for the info and link and the recipe!

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