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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