Stop Eating So Much Sugar! I Did, So Can You

One of the best things I have done for my body lately is reducing my sugar intake. When I first decided to do this, it seemed scary and overwhelmingly restrictive. Desserts are my jam. The good news I discovered: I don’t have to give them up.

By no means have I achieved a completely low sugar diet by now, but I’m certainly much better than I was before.

If you’re thinking about reducing sugar in your diet, too, here are 8 tips and things I learned so far that might help you on your journey. Let’s start with the benefits so you feel encouraged:

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Check out this Amazing Vegan GF Lemon Date Bar Recipe!

I have been making these gluten-free, plant-based treats for years. Kids & adults love them equally. One of my favorite cookbook series is the Moosewood Collective. The recipe is a riff on a lemon date bar from Moosewood Cooks At Home, which I highly recommend. I recently found out about a great source for used vegan cookbooks, Thriftbooks. Many books are $4 and below. Shipping is free after $10 in books. The site is a little dangerous for someone who is obsessed with books like me. 🙂 -Liz

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Healthy Holiday No-Bake Maca Cookies

Holiday cookies are unapologetically my favorite part of the holiday season! Growing up, I would start making cookies with my mom about mid-December. We baked anywhere from five to eight different kinds. We gave them as gifts to anyone we visited, we left them on neighbor’s doorsteps, and of course, we kept covered platefuls in the kitchen so anytime during the day I could float over and grab a little something to feed my sugary festive appetite.

But ever since I began working at BumbleBar, I’ve admitted just how unhealthful and harmful all of that refined sugar and gluten-filled flour can be. My sweet tooth can’t be stopped, though. That’s the truth. So now I just try to make my sweets with natural sugars—and a little less of it—and ingredients that actually provide some nutrients. [Read more…]

Our New Machine Increases Co-Packing Production

A new metal beast has arrived on BumbleBar’s production floor!

To increase production numbers and eliminate waste, BumbleBar brought in a Vemag dough portioner. The new machine extrudes mixtures at fast speeds and exceptionally accurate weights.

“We want to create the highest quality product, and we think this is what will produce it,” says Glenn Ward, co-CEO and co-owner. [Read more…]

BumbleBar’s Copacking Abilities: Our Research and Development Department

As a company, we wear many hats. We produce our own private label BumbleBars and JunoBars and we also function as a copacker. We have processed a variety of products, from granola to snack puffs, and perhaps most importantly we research and develop products for clients with a variety of needs.

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May is Celiac Awareness Month. What’s it like to Live with Celiac Disease?

May is celiac awareness month. As a gluten-free energy bar company, pretty much every month is celiac awareness month here, but we want to help spread the word.  

Celiac disease is an immune reaction to consuming gluten, a protein found in wheat. Check out our blog post specifically on gluten to learn more about it. Consuming gluten triggers a response in people with this disease. It damages their small intestine’s lining over time and prevents the body from absorbing nutrients. Celiac disease can manifest itself in many ways. The intestinal damage that occurs when eating gluten can cause an individual with this disease to experience anything from fatigue and irritability to weight loss and infertility as well as a variety of other uncomfortable and painful side effects.

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Tempeh Time: Vegan Bolognese Pasta

Calling all pasta lovers! If you’ve been enjoying our other tempeh recipes, you’re going to love this one. It’s one of the easiest and fastest recipes we’ve done yet and it’s a perfect weekday meal that’s delicious to boot!

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BumbleBar COO Glenn Ward Appointed to The Oregon Tilth Board of Directors

We’re pleased to announce that our Chief Operations Officer, Glenn Ward, was appointed to the Oregon Tilth board of Directors in January 2018. Oregon Tilth is an organization dedicated to supporting organic agriculture and products through nonprofit education, advocacy, and certification. They strive to make their food system and agriculture biologically sound as well as socially equitable. Like us, Oregon Tilth is concerned with the needs of people and the planet and has been since 1974. They balance those needs through a, “focus on core areas of certification, conservation, social equity, policy, and the marketplace.” 

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It’s Jim’s Ninth-iversary!

Today is a big day for the BumbleBar team. Yes, we love St. Patrick’s Day and are offering a big sale in honor of the festivities, but that’s not what we came here to talk about today. Right now we want to talk about our Operations Manager, Jim! Today marks Jim’s ninth anniversary with BumbleBar, and we couldn’t be happier to have him.

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10 Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and there are so many ways to tell all of the dear people in our lives that we love them. Depending on our loves languages, we might communicate this in different ways. Some people enjoy taking their special ones out to celebrate by spending time together. Some people like to write long letters of appreciation and express their affection through words. Others like to show their love on this holiday by making something sweet for their something sweet. If you’re the last one and aren’t sure where to begin, check out these gluten-free Valentine’s Day dessert recipes that will help you communicate to anyone in your life that you care about them.

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