Did you know Bobo's production facility is located in Boulder, Colorado? I had no idea until I took a tour through their corporate office. Just this week, I discovered that below their second floor is an entire production facility.
JUST 4 INGREDIENTS:
I love Bobo's because its gluten free, vegan, non-gmo, soy free, and overall delicious. I was shocked to find out that Bobo's base is just 4 simple ingredients. The measurement amounts are estimated based on my baking, the recipe is of course highly coveted by Bobo's.
2 1/2 cups Organic Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Brown Rice Syrup
1/4 cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread (yes, its vegan)
1 tsp salt (optional)
Love (secret ingredient or whatever toppings you want to add in)
After the base, each bar has additional toppings for flavor variety such as Banana Chocolate Chip, Apple Pie, Peach, Gingerbread, and many more. They offer over 10 varieties plus seasonal flavors.
JUST 5 STEPS TO SMALL-BATCH BAKE:
The first step is the mixing of the ingredients in a giant electric mixing bowl. If the ingredients seem too dry, add a bit of water (add by the Tbsp).
Leveling the bars into the mini loaf-pans and placing the pans onto a rotating baking rack
Baking the Bars in an oven that rotates the rack 360 degrees for about 20 minutes
Bars cool under a fan for about 20-30 mins
Bars are sorted on the assembly line and packaged
SPROUTS BLOGGERS CREATE:
I had the pleasure of joining 7 other Sprouts Farmers Market bloggers to give oat bar making a shot. I made 3 types of bars and while the first ones didn't taste as well, I nailed it with the Pumpkin Chocolate Oat Bar I made. I combined the Bobo's base with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice seasoning, and chocolate chips. I hope they take my recipe and make it a bar one day. I am also curious how the other bloggers bars turned out.
BAKED FROM THE HEART:
Bobo's are all baked from the heart! Beryl Stafford and her daughter Bobo (that's just her nickname) founded Bobo's in 2003 while experimenting with oat bar recipes. They made the bars in small-batches and this mother-daughter tradition lives on at Bobo's production facility. They never make bars in bulk. Each flavor gets its own shift of production where all they make is that one bar until the next shift of people come in.
From the operations to the corporate team, the "Baked from the Heart" slogan holds true for each team member. They are enthusiastic about their role within the company and they make sure that every bar is carefully crafted for success. A big shout out to everyone I met along my tour at Bobo's HQ.
**The views and opinions of this blog post and all of Bites with Bre blog are my own.**