I need to get over my addiction to alliteration. Not that it’s likely to happen…
When school gets rough, I like to hit the bars. (I should also stop with my bad jokes, but that’s okay). And by bars, I mean granola bars, because I have no time to make fun snacks when I have two midterms and a presentation to work on…
So, without further ado/Sudafed-addled babbling (yes, I’m sick too! Joy), some reviews I’ve been holding up on for awhile.
This came in that fabulous package from my mom and was the first thing I tore into before my test. Oh my gosh. So good.
Not too sweet (though I could do with even less sweetness, but it’s not at all cloying) and with just the right amount of crunch from almonds and grains. Made with whole ingredients, and only 200 calories/pop (not GREAT but not half bad… 10 grams of all-natural protein too!)
2) A million Gnu Bars
I love Gnu bars… They’re sweet and chewy, albeit highly fibery (so people without a health-food-tooth like me might be slightly averse at first) and pack 13 grams of fiber into each little bar with only 130-140 calories, plus they’re fruit-juice sweetened!
I was sent these almost two months ago, and kept putting off eating the second of any given flavor so that I could take pictures of the innards… well, that didn’t happen. So you’ll have to deal with the outside packaging. To be honest they all look fairly similar…
a. Not pictured: Banana Walnut
I actually bought a box of these independently, before receiving the products for review… and they were awesome. Banana-y but not in a fake way, and of course filled with fiber. I definitely would buy this flavor again, it’s kind of like a healthified, easy banana bread bar!
b. Lemon Ginger
I had heard good things about this flavor and while it was definitely a somewhat different and new combination for me, it was good. It wasn’t quite as “comforting” tasting as the banana or some of the chocolate ones, but the little kick from the ginger livened it up and balanced it out nicely.
c. Peanut Butter Bar
I had high hopes for this one… I LOVE peanut butter. Unfortunately it didn’t really taste like peanut butter to me… It tasted pretty fake. I probably wouldn’t purchase this flavor again.
d. Espresso Chip
I heard some people say they didn’t like this flavor so I didn’t exactly have high hopes, but I rather liked it! I didn’t think it was substantially different than the chocolate one, though the coffee kind of added a little bit of depth. But I just love anything with coffee, so I’m fairly easy to please.
e. Brownie (Not pictured… Oops)
Um, chocolate + fiber = love. Again, this is still really fibrous, but it’s a great snack or a guilt-free dessert. Particularly good slathered with some peanut butter (or peanut flour paste). But then again, what isn’t? Now I’m thinking I should’ve microwaved one and maybe even put ice cream on top… Maybe I’ll just have to buy more! ;)
f. Cinnamon Raisin Bar
They actually sell these at my school, so I eat them somewhat regularly. I like ’em. I probably prefer the chocolatey ones, but still. The raisins are plump and add just enough moisture… I might even like MORE cinnamon but that’s probably just me. A pretty good choice if some of the crazier flavors are freaking you out (and the cinnamon-raisin lends itself well to the fibery texture, since it kind of has a “healthy” connotation anyways).
g. Cranberry Orange
I actually like these, though apparently a lot of people think they taste a little fake. They also sell these at my school. While I will say they’re not quite as pungent and real-tasting as their Pure Bar counterpart, they are lower in calories and easier for me to obtain so I still eat them regularly. And a little of that citrussy taste always brightens up my day. :)
3. A non-review… but a discovery!
Um, the crazy-awesome people over at The ProBar have created heaven in a package: HALO BARS.
I have yet to try one but I’m absolutely dying do. Just listen to the description of the “s’mores” flavor: Outdoor enthusiasts at their core, S’mores are most content when they are actively exploring nature with friends and family. S’mores can really take the heat and work extremely well under pressure. Despite their hard exterior, they are almost always soft and gooey on the inside making them great life long companions to most any flavor.
I am SO all over anything vaguely marshmallow-flavored (they also have Rocky Road! and Nutty Marshmallow! I wouldn’t even know how to pick…) that’s good for me. And we’re all in luck because if you go to their shop and place an order, and write “BLOGGER” in the box at the checkout, you can get 40% off your first order! I REALLY want to try these. Really.
Okay, that’s enough babbling. I’m getting delirious and dreaming of s’mores…
What’s your favorite granola bar, and why? Do you eat granola-bar-type-things regularly? What’s your favorite Gnu bar, if you’ve tried one? What do you eat when you’re super-busy?