This is a few weeks old now, because I picked this up when the coach from Canberra to Eden stopped at the Snowy Mountain town of Cooma. There were a few cafes, a chinese place, and a fish and chip shop. I'm sure I would have been able to find vegan food somewhere. But, I had planned ahead and brought a sandwich. I was left feeling a bit unsatisfied, however, and went to the Cole's to find some fruit. Unfortunately, all the fruit was expensive, and it didn't even look that good. During a quick walk through the "health food" aisle, though, a special caught my eye. Three Leda Bars for $5.
Leda Bars are produced in a gluten and dairy free facility. They are, like, really super good for you. The main ingredients are chickpea flour and dates. I get seriously excited when I see the word 'vegan' on grocery store products, so I didn't really have any doubts about buying these as my post-sandwich snack. According to the back of the package, there are four flavours available--banana, apricot, choc chip and apple. Unfortunately, Cooma only had banana and apricot. And since I hate all things apricot, I got three banana bars.
At first bite, I wasn't too sure about these. They are really super dense and chewy. The flavour was good, if a little bit chalky. After a few bites, though, these bars really grew on me. The texture makes the bar feel filling. Plus, these bars were full of nuts, dried banana, raisins, and some other stuff so there was some variety in each bite.
By the time I finished my first one, I sort of contemplated opening another. I'm glad I didn't--they fill you up pretty well. Plus, I was glad to have something semi-sweet later on in the week for an easy snack. I would definitely buy these again, and especially if the other flavours were available. I don't think I would pay any more than $2 for a single one of these, but then I'm a bit of a tight-ass. But the next time you're stuck for food and there's a grocery store near by, have a look for these. Because if they're stocked in Cooma, chances are good they'll be available anywhere in Australia.