There really isn’t anything sweet or delicious about energy bars. There are some exceptions (Powerbar’s Cookies & Cream, Clif Bar’s Chocolate Chip) but you would never buy an energy anything that you mistook for a sweet treat. That’s impossible. Well, that happened to us this week. While looking for Halloween goodies to share, we found these little buttons that we thought could have been truffles or some coconut something but they were Echo Park Be Goods Living. They aren’t “energy food,” per se but they are healthy macarons that are totally energy related because they’re sold at places like yoga studios.
We found two flavors of Be Goods hanging in an aisle at a market and plucked them up because they looked pretty delicious. They were these semi-unkempt looking coconut balls that we were very excited about. Very Vanilla Almond and Charismatic Carob were the flavors we grabbed and they were not at all what we expected. We tried the Vanilla Almond to find it densely salty with butter notes and the vanilla coming at the end while the Carob was a berry and coconutty bite when we were anticipating a chocolate something. The fact is that these are sweet treats, yes, but they are “eat good feel good” treats according to the brand. Moreover, carob is a chocolate substitute which makes sense that the appearing-to-be-chocolate bite was only kind of like chocolate.
They were OK but contextualizing them as an energy food or bite or whatever made sense of them: they’re totally energy sweets. These are in no way what you’d want to hand out during Halloween because they are not traditionally sweet. They’re healthy and all that jazz but they are totally that post hardcore yoga pick-me-up. The brand is fairly mysterious but we do know that they are Echo Park based from their packaging and that they’re sold at Yoga Echo Park. Be on the lookout for them and, if you’re looking for a good health bar alternative, try these bites out.