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Barr Hogen

Bar Guru and Product Developer

Creating snack bars as delectable as 2 Degrees bars requires epicurean expertise. For this labor of love, we must tip our hats to Barr Hogen, the esteemed 2 Degrees Chef, who made the first iterations of each gluten free, vegan 2 Degrees bar in her own kitchen. Barr’s very first job was cooking, serving and cleaning after her mom’s dinner parties in New York City in the 70’s. She has since had an exciting food career, living in and traveling the culinary capitals of the world, operating and opening successful restaurants, and developing products as a creative chef at Odwalla. Barr lives with her husband and three kids in Boulder, Colorado, a national hotspot for all-natural food production.

Here’s the skinny on 2 Degrees from the chef herself:

“Malnutrition is a problem all over the globe. So, I selected grains and seeds for the 2 Degrees bars that have an international scope. Millet is a staple of Northern India and Africa, while chia and quinoa are grown and consumed in the Andes of South America. These crops are naturally gluten free, packed with nutrients and commercially available in the United States. I hope to continue scouring the globe for more of these remarkable heritage grains to use in future 2 Degrees products.

Our gluten free, vegan bars have been a real hit with consumers. Apple Pecan has a profile that is almost like apple pie, but also teeming with sunflower seeds, almond butter and figs. Chocolate Peanut is a real American flavor profile, but with dried plums, raisins, sunflower and sesame seeds, it has a new twist. For those who don’t eat nuts, Chocolate Banana is a tasty option which smacks of bright banana tones. My personal favorite is the Cherry Almond which has loads of unsweetened cherries and almonds, as well as creamy almond butter.

My personal philosophy is that food is inherently healthy–as long as you aren’t allergic to any of it, of course. While working at Odwalla, I “overdosed” on synthetically fortified products. So when I created 2 Degrees bars, I wanted to make something not only nutritious, but all-natural. That’s why you see so many fruits, seeds, nuts and grains: I created our bars to be delicious and plentiful in natural, nutrient-dense foods. I hope this culinary integrity comes through in spades when you enjoy your consciously crafted, healthy and nutritious food bar.

Barr in SF for the Fancy Food Show

We are all privileged and lucky to have so much food around us. Unfortunately, the children to whom we’re giving meals do not. Thanks for helping us with our mission to put a serious dent in the number of children who need these meals.”

Sincerely,

more from barr...

Hibiscus Ginger Chia Fresca Recipe

Hibiscus, Ginger Chia Fresca

~Chef Barr Hogen,  2 Degrees Food~

Also known as iskiate, this beverage is popular with runners and other athletes as it’s being touted as a Superfood for endurance.

For its relative size, chia is a great source of protein, fiber and ALA (alpha linolenic acid). Just 1 ounce has11 grams of fiber and 4 gram of protein. Chia is also mildly anti-inflammatory so combined with ginger; this drink is wonderful post work out.

It’s important to use warm water when mixing the seeds in as cold water will cause the chia to clump together. Chia is …

Baked Oatmeal with Chia and Dried Cherries

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We have another winner here from our chef, Barr Hogen. This is a great recipe featuring chia and dried cherries, both of which are in 2 Degrees bars. Learn more about Barr here!

Make this on a weekend and have a slice for breakfast all week long. This recipe (inspired by Nourished Kitchen) is easily doubled. Serves 6 for breakfast.

1/2 lb. rolled oats (steel cut works too)
2 Tbsp. buttermilk or yogurt
1/2 cup whole chia seeds (optional)
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste, or 2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 …

Go Bananas for Cherries: Fresh Cherry Recipe Roundup

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This is the BEST news you’ll hear all week. Delicious, sun-warmed cherries are coming into season in the next few weeks. Eat them sweet; eat them tart; eat them raw. You can’t do wrong with this red ambrosial delight.

Want to know some cherry recipes that will leave your family and friends slobbering for more? Take it away Barr Hogen, 2 Degrees Chef!

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‘Tis cherry season – hooray!  Most grocery store cherries are sweet bing cherries.  If you are lucky, you might find some Rainier cherries, yellow tinted with a bright, peachy red hue.

Now we know that …

Barr’s Secret Three Quinoa Pilaf

Here is a delicious recipe straight from the kitchen of Chef Barr Hogen from 2 Degrees Food. The principal ingredient is nutrient-packed quinoa, which is found in all 2 Degrees bars. Try this recipe yourself and let us know how it goes! We’d love to hear from you.

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With a protein content of 12-14%, (3.5 oz contains 14 grams of protein) quinoa makes a healthy choice for vegetarians and vegans alike and it’s naturally gluten-free. Add this great grain to pilafs for a nutty flavor. You can also add it to soups and salads. Not only does it look beautiful, it adds …

Fancy Food Afterglow

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We are still basking in the afterglow of the Fancy Food Show in SF last week. 2 Degrees made a huge presence on the floor and attracted a lot of interest from all corners of the food world. Above all, people raved about the taste of our bars. There was a palpable buzz around the 2 Degrees brand. People recognized us from the San Francisco Chronicle story from a couple weeks back. It was also very cool to have brand recognition from people who had seen us in Whole Foods.

We were extra lucky to have our Sales Director, Jesse …