Product Review: California Suncakes and Heart Thrives

31st August 2012

California Suncakes and Heart Thrives

California Suncakes™ and Heart Thrives® are made with soy protein concentrate and soy flour, and high in protein and fiber. Plus they are wheat-free, but may contain trace amounts of gluten.

California Suncakes and Heart Thrives★ PRODUCT NAME: California Suncakes™ and Heart Thrives®
★ WEBSITE: www.suncakes.com
★ ABOUT: Adele Gronner started “Joy of Cookies” in northern California in 1982 and later created the fruit & juice flavoured “A Better Oatcake”, a soy & oat-based health bar in 1994. In 1999, “A Better Oatcake” was renamed “California Suncakes” with the use of vacuum packing to extend shelf stable quality and freshly baked taste. Adele also created another vegan energy bar, “Heart Thrive” with fewer calories for anyone and ones with diabetes. A Heart Thrives are 2-oz heart-shaped pieces that come in two per package. A Suncake is a 4-oz “hockey-puck” shaped cake that comes in one per package. All products have a shelf life of approximately 30 days.

 

Heart Thrives come in seven flavors: Apricot, Cranberry, Apple, Date, Lemon Poppy Seed, Chocolate Chip and Raisin.

Suncakes come in six flavors: Apricot, Cranberry, Apple, Date, Lemon Poppy Seed, and Chocolate/Orange.

 

Heart Thrives

I absolutely love the freshly baked heart-shaped cakes that are filled with wholesome ingredients. They are filling, hearty, wholesome and a bit dry to the taste. However, they are a better alternative to a sweet muffin or guilty snacks, knowing you will have a healthy stomach and heart to eat. Generally I find fruit-based cakes more sticky (i.e., apple and apricot) and they fall apart easily when taken apart. The rest retain shape and tend to be drier (with a glass of coconut milk is lovely). Keep in mind the California Suncakes (reviewed in the next section) equals about two heart pieces.

★ POPPYSEED ★
Heart Thrives

My first taste was the orange peel flavour and lemon extract, and poppy seeds for texture. I thought it was a lemon-orange poppyseed flavour, without looking at the package. It was a dense, thick and drier energy bar shaped in a heart. I like to eat it with wet syrup or raw nut butter or with a glass of coconut milk. The Poppy was the driest of all flavours I’d tried.

★ INGREDIENTS: OATS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY FLOUR INULIN (CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT), DRIED PLUMS, DRIED APPLES, DRIED PEARS, POPPY SEEDS, NATURAL FRUIT JUICE, ORANGE PEEL, CALCIUM CITRATE, LEMON EXTRACT

★ APRICOT ★
Heart Thrives

As I’d mentioned, fruit-based cakes tend to be sticky and moist and fall apart easily. Apricot was one of them. I could taste the dried apples for the most part, but not so much from apricot.

★ INGREDIENTS: OATS, UNSULFURED APRICOTS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY FLOUR, INULIN (CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT), RICE BRAN, NATURAL FRUIT JUICE, DRIED PLUMS, DRIED APPLES, DRIED PEARS, ORANGE PEEL, CALCIUM CITRATE, ALMOND EXTRACT

★ CHOCOLATE CHIP ★
Heart Thrives

This was our favourite flavour. As much as I love chocolate chips, it was already a delicious and enjoyable dessert. I ended up topping it with raw cinnamon nut butter, which tasted spectacular. I could see the chocolate chips in the heart cake very well. It’s not VERY sweet, which makes it convenient to add your favourite toppings from whipped cream to syrup to nut butter.

★ INGREDIENTS: OATS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, CHOCOLATE CHIPS, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY FLOUR, INULIN (CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT), RICE BRAN, NATURAL FRUIT JUICE, DRIED PLUMS, DRIED APPLES, DRIED PEARS, CALCIUM CITRATE, VANILLA EXTRACT

★ RAISIN ★
Heart Thrives

This is a healthy alternative to a cinnamon raisin bread, one of the most guilty desserts I would snack on with vegan soy-free butter or loads of sugar. I love the use of raisins in the cake. The spices cinnamon and nutmeg are easily identified by taste.

★ INGREDIENTS: OATS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, RAISINS, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY FLOUR, RICE BRAN, INULIN (CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT), NATURAL FRUIT JUICE, DRIED PLUMS, DRIED APPLES, DRIED PEARS, CALCIUM CITRATE, CINNAMON, NUTMEG

★ CRANBERRY ★
Heart Thrives

I was a bit confused with the flavour because it contained a strong orange zest flavour yet maintained a good balance with the dried cranberries. I liked the fact that it didn’t have to be entirely cranberry, but with a hint of citrus zest.

★ INGREDIENTS: OATS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, DRIED CRANBERRIES, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY FLOUR, INULIN (CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT), RICE BRAN, NATURAL FRUIT JUICE, DRIED PLUMS, DRIED APPLES, DRIED PEARS, CALCIUM CITRATE, ORANGE PEEL, ALLSPICE

★ APPLE ★
Heart Thrives

The texture and flavour is almost the same as Apricot one, except there are more dried apple chunks. It’s very tasty and moist. It’s definitely an apple Heart Thrive cake for sure!

★ INGREDIENTS: OATS, UNSULFURED APRICOTS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY FLOUR, INULIN (CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT), RICE BRAN, NATURAL FRUIT JUICE, DRIED PLUMS, DRIED APPLES, DRIED PEARS, ORANGE PEEL, CALCIUM CITRATE, ALMOND EXTRACT

California Suncakes

★ DATE SUNCAKE ★
California Suncakes

I am a massive fan of dates and any sorts of dates. This is also a personal favourite of mine. This described the flavour well: Dates! It is a blend of cinnamon and date suncake. What a filling breakfast for sure with raw nut butter!

★ INGREDIENTS: OATS, DATES, BROWN RICE SYRUP, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY FLOUR, RICE BRAN, NATURAL FRUIT JUICE, DRIED PLUMS, GINGER, CINNAMON

★ CHOCOLATE ORANGE SUNCAKE ★
California Suncakes

This is a bit different than the Chocolate Chip Heart Thrive cake because it contained orange peel. Expect infused orange chocolate chip suncake! What a lovely combination: citrus and chocolate. It’s a healthy alternative to chocolate chip cookie.

★ INGREDIENTS: OATS, SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY FLOUR, RICE BRAN, NATURAL FRUIT JUICE, DRIED PLUMS, ORANGE PEEL

★ APPLE SUNCAKE ★
California Suncakes

The ingredients for Apple suncake are less than Heart Thrive’s Apple, but same texture and flavour. Loads of chunky dried apples and wholesome ingredients, makes a delectable apple dessert.

★ INGREDIENTS: OATS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, NATURAL APPLES, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY FLOUR, RICE BRAN, APPLE JUICE, DRIED PLUMS, CINNAMON

★ APRICOT SUNCAKE ★
California Suncakes

The Apricot suncake has visible dried plums. I am a bit confused with the flavour since I could not taste the apricot very well, but overall it was a fruity and well-balanced suncake with plenty of dried fruits.

★ INGREDIENTS: OATS, UNSULPHERED APRICOTS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY FLOUR, RICE BRAN, NATURAL FRUIT JUICE, DRIED PLUMS, ORANGE PEEL, ALMOND EXTRACT

 

DISCLAIMER
This item(s) was kindly sent to me to review by The Healthy Baking Company. All products that are mentioned and reviewed here on my vegan blog are of my own personal opinions and I am not being compensated to review them, only just to share my thoughts. Any products mentioned here should be used at your own discretion and with caution. I only review cruelty-free and vegan products. I will not review any products that I don’t love. If I receive a product complimentary of the company, it will be stated so in the post, otherwise, all products are purchased myself for my own personal use.

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