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Dig In: The DoughChicks’ KaraComet cookie bar is more than just a treat

12202569-largeKALAMAZOO, MI – A weekend bicycling trip and an intolerance to soy protein sparked the creation of the KaraComet cookie bars, The DoughChicks’ most popular product, designed to fuel the body.


Don’t let the “cookie” part fool you, a KaraComet bar may taste sweet but it has enough nutrients to replace a meal, owner Denise Steely says.


“We started thinking about something that we wanted to have on our bicycle trip that was healthy, nutritious and satisfying if we didn’t have time to eat,” Steely, 50, said. “My husband is allergic to soy and I know a couple people who are allergic to wheat with celiac disease and I thought we should make something without those things in it to see how it works.”


The result was a KaraComet energy bar. The high-protein, naturally sweetened no-bake cookie was created to meet the needs of people with food allergies, who want a healthy snack, the owners said. The 260-calorie cookie contains whole oats, raw nuts, flax seeds, figs, coconut and bittersweet chocolate.


The energy bar usually costs about $3.

The DoughChicks – Denise and her 29-year-old daughter, Kara – opened their small business in 2007 in Algoma, Wis. They relocated to Richland in 2008 and now are mixing and mashing granola and other local foods at the Can-Do Kitchen at the People’s Food Co-op of Kalamazoo.

“I heard a customer say it’s complex with lots of flavor, like a party on the palette,” Denise said. “It was inspired by the Cliff Bar but we made a version we like better. We tried making a small amount to see how they would go. People loved it and right now it’s our most popular item.”

The Steelys are all about active and healthy lifestyles and often take weekend bicycling and motorcycling trips and participate in marathons. Denise said their passion for healthy eating drives their small business, KaraBread LLC.

The DoughChicks also make agave nectar-sweetened Chia Crunch cereal and raw chocolate truffles called RawKet Bites, with the same healthy principals in mind. Denise said they are cooking up more gluten-free ideas for future products.

The DoughChicks products can be found at People’s Food Co-op, Bronson Cafés, Sawall Natural Foods, Alfred E Bike, Natural Health Center, Beer and Skittles, Tudor House Tea & Spice, Tiffany’s Wine & Spirits and at Something Better Natural Foods and Apple Valley Natural Foods in Battle Creek.

“We’re passionate about healthy eating,” Denise said. “We have to start watching where things come from and how it’s made.”

By Ursula Zerilli | 
on February 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM, updated February 18, 2013 at 11:20 AM

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Hello “Foodies”!

Kara and I (the DoughChicks) have not only been baking our usual fare (i.e., KaraComets, Rawket Bites and Chia Crunch), we are making and baking other foods as well.  February is the perfect time to bake in our home kitchen.  Breads and sweets have been in abundance in our home.  This means extra calories need to be burned, so Kara and I are training for the Borgess Run for the Health of It half marathon in May! Kara is also going to run the firstPortage Winter Blast Run on February 17!  The DoughChicks are sponsors for this event.  There are still spots available for the 5k event, so come on out and run!

We love being involved in any type of event that promotes health and wellness.  We have been asked to make several lunches for the vendors that are participating in the Kzoo Baby & Family Expo.  This means we are making the focaccia bread, chocolate chunk cookies, and Greek hummus.  We get to cook up some bacon also—oops, maybe not so healthy…but everything else will make up for it, right?

We are also participating in the Bronson Winter Farmers Market held in the hospital café the first Friday of every month.  We have all our products available plus our Orange-Cranberry Biscotti and Vanilla Cookies (with pure cane juice crystals).  The biscotti are Italian cookies, traditionally complemented with coffee or tea.  But these treats melt in your mouth, so a hot beverage isn’t required to enjoy them!  The Vanilla Cookies have an amazing texture and taste.  Eating the whole bag of them is not out of the question!  Our use of organic flours, sugars, and non-hydrogenated shortening make these cookies one of a kind.  And as a bonus: both cookies just happen to be gluten free…but don’t let that stop you from enjoying these special treats!

The Orange Cranberry Biscotti and Vanilla Cookies are now available at Beer and Skittles.  Check out this fun shop!

Tiffany’s Wine & Spirits, the Kalamazoo Nature Centerand Tudor House: Tea & Spice (located on the mall downtown) now all carry our products.  At Tudor House, be sure to try the Orange Chili Tea with our RawKet Bites—the best winter-afternoon treats combination ever!

As usual, we have our products available at Sawall Health Foods, the Natural Health Center, the People’s Food Co-OpApple Valley Natural Foods, and at Something Better Natural Foods.

One more thing:  check out our new website.  Let us know what you think!

We wish you all a very healthy Michigan (or wherever you may be) winter!

Happy Eating!