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Nutbar: Toronto, Ontario

Nutbar: Toronto, Ontario

yourName: Nutbar
Address: 1240 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1W5 Canada
Website: Website
Instagram: @nutbar.co
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Rosedale\Summerhill, Toronto
Type: Café/Coffee shop

Nutbar is located in Toronto’s Rosedale neighborhood just a few steps North of Summerhill subway station. It might be easy to miss since it’s underground and takes a set of stairs from the street level down to reach it, but once you find your way you’re instantly rewarded with a clean, bright space with window seating and a large live edged wood communal table.

Nutbar Toronto: Interior + Turmeric Latte
Nutbar Toronto: Interior + Turmeric Latte

Self-described as a “coffee bar with healthy options” Nutbar offers caffeine with the option of three in-house made types of milks including almond, cashew, and coconut with organic dairy also available as an alternative. This isn’t your typical run of the mill coffee shop though. In addition to your standard espresso based beverages,  smoothies and hot specialty drinks like turmeric, ginger bomb, and cranberry are also available.

I try out the Turmeric latte ($6 CDN + tax) which consists of a blend of turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, nutbar nutmilk, and raw honey. It’s understandably slightly on the spicy side, but the raw honey and vanilla go a long way to lightening it up. It’s warm and comforting and makes a nice healthy and caffeine free alternative. The bright yellow hue and pretty artwork lined paper cup also make this one of the prettiest beverages around.

Like their beverage choices their food offerings are not the ones you’d see at most cafés. With a strong focus on health their food and snack options reflect that lifestyle. I try out their Nutbar ($4.50 CDN + tax) which is made up of cacao, cacao butter, cacao nibs, hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, almond meal, hemp seeds, cacao, coconut nectar, vanilla, sea salt, and dates. It’s soft and chewy, and surprisingly quite sweet despite no added sugars.

I also try out their energy balls in flavors like chocolate, cookie dough, key lime, and super super food ($3 CDN + tax each). Like the nutbar they’re chewy and naturally sweetened and make you feel good about indulging without actually indulging.

 

Nutbar Toronto: Nutbar + balls
Nutbar Toronto: Nutbar + balls

What interests me most though is their toast menu which has selections both sweet and savory. There’s everything from a tried and true avocado toast to a sweet almond butter banana drizzled in honey.

I try out the Savoury Toast ($6 CDN + tax), which in my opinion is the most unique of all the toast offerings. The bread is provided by local Prairie Boy Bread and is topped with housemade cashew spread, watermelon radish, black sesame seeds. It’s definitely on the small side but it is fresh tasting and flavorful. The cashew butter is surprisingly a bright yellow and is due in part to the added turmeric. It’s yet another item that just makes you feel plain good inside.

Nutbar Toronto: Savory Toast
Nutbar Toronto: Savoury Toast

Lastly there is their smoothies which range in price from $10-$12 and have typical flavors from berries, to citrus, to the every healthful green smoothie. What they do have that most other smoothie bars don’t is a $16 smoothie that doesn’t even contain a drop of alcohol. Even an alcoholic beverage with a $16 price tag would drop more than a few jaws at any bar or restaurant. So what exactly is a $16 smoothie? Owner Kate describes it as something that “looks like mud, but tastes like health. There are no fillers, only the most pure and nutrient dense ingredients available. It’s geared towards those that would happily eschew taste in favor of health”. A mixture of bee pollen,  ginger moringa,turmeric, almond butter, seasonal greens, blueberries, avocado, carrots, hemp seeds, matcha, vegan protein powder, and E3Live (a blue-green algae) it arrives and has a slight bluish brown hue. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little apprehensive but after the first sip it’s not as intimidating as I had imagined. It’s certainly not sweet like a vanilla or a berry smoothie but it’s not entirely unpalatable either. In fact, it mostly tastes like ginger to me and whether or not it’s psychological I do feel healthier and regenerated with each sip. With it’s hefty price tag it’s certainly not something I would order on the daily but on the odd occasion (maybe after an evening of serious damage done or after an especially joint wrenching workout) it would be something I might consider to right any self-inflicted wrongs committed.

Nutbar Toronto: Sixteen Dollar Smoothie
Nutbar Toronto: $16 Smoothie

Overall the quality of the menu at Nutbar is top notch and given the quality and type of ingredients used the price tags unsurprisingly reflect this. Still, the space is clean and bright and it does offer up healthful, yet flavorful options in a city where the demand for this type of food is as high as it’s nutrient density.

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, however the meal/items were complimentary. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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