FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ARE KOALA PICKS PRODUCTS REALLY HEALTHY?

Yes! Koala Picks products are developed to be among the healthiest snacks available!

  • Handmade with love and care in our special Koala Picks kitchen
  • No refined sugar
  • Free of trans-fats and oils
  • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives

To ensure our products are deliciously nutritious, our nutritionist advises us on the best natural ingredients available so we can deliver on the promises above. We choose only wholesome, quality ingredients from the UAE and surrounding GCC countries whenever possible. Occasionally we need to look to other countries to ensure our products meet our Koala’s highest standards to get his paw-print of approval.

 

NO REFINED SUGARS?

That’s right! We use NO REFINED SUGARS in any of our products, and we only use natural sweeteners when needed. We also use the absolute minimum required to keep kids (and moms) happy.

We use a low Glycemic Index homemade apple puree in our muffins and Australian Honey as the next best option. Our cookies and beetroot brownies are the only products that use unrefined natural date sugar as their sweetening ingredient. This allows us to keep the typical cookie shape and texture but provide a healthier option for the little people.

If you would like more information about our sweeteners or any of the Koala Picks products, please get in touch with the Koala Picks Nutritionist by using our contact form.

 

FLOURS

During our product development, we trialed many flours to find the balance between what kids will eat and the healthiest options possible. We use nut, coconut and organic unbleached wheat flour from the UK in our products, often using a combination for the best possible texture.

 

GLUTEN FREE?

Each snack box contains at least one gluten free option. We are also able to offer a small range of entirely gluten free products upon request. Although we use naturally gluten-free oats, during planting, growing, harvesting and processing, some cross-contamination can occur.

Since all our products are hand baked daily in the Koala Picks kitchen some cross-contamination can occur, our products are not suitable for celiacs, or those with nut or dairy allergies.

If you would like more information regarding our flours or any of the Koala Picks products, please get in touch with the Koala Picks Nutritionist by using our contact form.

 

MILKS AND DAIRY

We use naturally lactose and dairy free coconut milk in our recipes.

Our delicious Koala Cheesy Crackers, contain uncolored, cheddar cheese from Taunton, Somerset, U.K. where the milk is sourced from independent local grass-fed farms in the area, near the town of Cheddar. Our butter is sourced from either Ireland or New Zealand depending on availability, where the cows are predominately grass-fed.

Grass-fed dairy has a better butyric-acid profile than grain-fed dairy. Butyric acid helps promote good gut microbiome bacteria to help with digestion and happy tummies!

Since all our products are hand baked daily in the Koala Picks kitchen some cross-contamination can occur, our products are not suitable for celiacs, or those with nut or dairy allergies.

If you would like more information on our milk and dairy choices, or any of the Koala Picks products, please get in touch with the Koala Picks Nutritionist by using our contact form.

 

YOU HAVE SOME ADDITIVES IN YOUR INGREDIENTS. WHY?

Good question! The only additives found in our products, are naturally derived products that are included to help maintain the freshness of the Koala Picks products. These are certainly not the bad E numbers that you would want to avoid.

Our additives:

E 440 Pectin – this is a natural gelling agent (normally sourced from apples) to make jams and glazes.

Tocopherol 30 P – this is a form of Vitamin E, which is used to keep our scones, muffins and cheese crackers fresh and full of flavor.

E 500 is Sodium bicarbonate or Baking Soda, a mineral salt that is a raising aid.

We also use freshly squeezed lemon juice to prevent our apple crisp slices from discoloring!

 

HOW DO I STORE YOUR PRODUCTS TO KEEP THEM FRESH?

Please store the Koala Picks products in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. If the pack is opened, reseal it, or place what is left in a dry, airtight container to ensure it retains its flavor and freshness. All our products have production and expiry dates so you can be assured of freshness and quality with each bite.

 

WHAT DOES ‘MAY CONTAIN NUTS, DAIRY etc.’ ACTUALLY MEAN?

We use the same equipment in our kitchen to make all of our Koala Picks products. We follow the highest standards of cleaning and HACCAP procedures between different batches and products to minimize any cross-contamination risk, but as allergies and sensitivities vary from each person and child, it is important that we label this so that caregivers can make the best choices possible.

 

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