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Fuel Buzz: Baobab Fruit Powder

A powder that's 100 percent fruit and can be added to almost anything.

We’re always looking for ways to sneak nutrients into things we eat almost every day, so naturally we took an interest in baobab fruit powder.

Baobab is a tree native mostly to southern Africa. The pulp inside of the tree’s fruit dehydrates naturally and can effortlessly be grinded into powder. It’s very healthy—a two-tablespoon serving of Baobest Baobab Fruit Powder contains 6g of dietary fiber, 272mg of potassium, loads of Vitamin C, 35 calories and 9 grams of carbohydrate. Plus, Baobest claims it has more antioxidants than acai or blueberries.

The true benefit of this fruit powder, though, is its remarkable versatility. We tried it in yogurt, oatmeal, in smoothies and even put ½ serving in a glass of water. (Baobest also recommends adding it to baked goods, juices and sauces, though we didn’t try that.) The added taste is noticeable in some mixtures and is completely hidden in others, but never was it so invasive that it ruined the experience of a food or drink you normally like. The taste is slightly tangy but not very strong, even if the nutrients are plentiful.

A 7-ounce bag of Baobest—about 16.5 servings—retails for $15.99 at baobabfoods.com.

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