Yes, it's more energy bars here at Enlightened Cooking, but this time it's courtesy of Nature's Path. I rarely write about particular brands, but I have written about Nature's Path, because I love their organic, all-natural products. Flax Plus continues to be my very favorite cereal, and now the Nickster munches on it, too (I mix it into my homemade trail mix blends).
When they asked me to review their new granola bars, I did not hesitate.
I'm pretty picky about pre-made granola bars. Most of the options made by major manufacturer taste far too sweet to me, more like particle board bars disguised in sugar and corn syrup that are neither satisfying nor nutritious. The one exception is Nature Valley original granola bars (the crunchy one), but I've been waiting for a good soft and chewy bar to come along.
My search is over. The newly revamped Nature's Path bars are terrific. It all starts with the basics, and for Nature's Path, that means wholesome, natural, organic ingredients. No high fructose corn syrup, not multi-syllabic mystery additives, just good, clean food. The also boast the following:
*No synthetic pesticides
*No synthetic herbicides
*No artificial preservatives or additives
*No genetically engineered seeds or ingredients &
Now, the flavor: that's just it, they have flavor, great flavor! The fruit bars were my favorite, especially the apricot-almond, which is loaded with big chunks of moist apricots and crunchy almonds. Second for me (and first for Nick) is the strawberry bar. It's rare to find a packaged product that tastes like real strawberries; these raise the bar. Delicious! Nick couldn't stop saying "umm umm umm!"
Kevin surprised me by announcing that he was going to try the Sunny Hemp bar; I thought he was joking, but apparently he's been reading about the health benefits of eating hemp in one's of his men's fitness magazines. Equally surprising, he loved the bar, saying it was not too sweet, really filling, and unique ("in a good way"). I bought a box so I could try, too, and agree wholeheartedly.
My one gentle criticism is that I still think the bars could be less sweet (and I have a big sweet tooth). Most of the bars have a drizzle of icing, and I think they could further revamp and leave that off altogether. They are plenty sweet as is! But they are still excellent, and I give the bars high marks.
Now you have the chance to taste how good Nature's Path Granola Bars are, too.
One (1) lucky winner will receive a month's supply of Nature's Path Granola Bars, courtesy of the folks at Nature's Path.
It's easy to enter:
Starting from the time of this post until next Tuesday (March 23), post a comment to this post that answers the following question. I'll randomly select the winner and announce on the blog next Wednesday (March 24):
What is your favorite portable, high-energy snack, and where do you stow it on the go?
(Mine is--surprise surprise--my homemade LARA-style bars, and I have been known to tie them--well-wrapped--into the laces of my running shoes for long runs)