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Oct
2
2013
Oct 2, 2013

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You know I’m not a big chocolate fan. At this point in time, my kid actually likes chocolate more than I do which says a lot considering at one point she only liked vanilla ice cream, vanilla cake, and frowned at the sheer sight of chocolate.

Well, I finally found something with chocolate that I find worth eating that isn’t completely over the top disgusting after the first bite (which is generally my impression of chocolate after the first bite unless I’m seriously in the mood for chocolate).

Have you met the Enjoy Life Chocolate SunButter Soft Baked Bar? Thanks to Enjoy Life, I received a sample box and was able to test them out. If you love a touch of savory to your sweet, you may just fall in love with the Enjoy Life Chocolate SunButter Soft Baked Bar.

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Sep
24
2013
Sep 24, 2013

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From time to time, ThingsThatWeDo.com gets products from different companies to try. Look what came in the mail!

Allow me to introduce you to the Enjoy Life Decadent Soft Baked Bars! I first made a connection with the folks at Enjoy Life because of their Enjoy Life Mini chocolate chips. I’ve seen these Enjoy Life Decadent Soft Baked Bars in stores but just haven’t gotten around to testing them out yet.

Thank you Enjoy Life for sending these Enjoy Life Decadent Soft Baked Bars my way. There are 4 different bars: Cinnamon Bun, S’mores, Chocolate Sunbutter, and Cherry Cobbler. They all look really yummy and based on names alone, they certainly seem decadent too.

Now, we’re always excited and grateful to companies for sending us new products to sample but does it sway our opinion of the product? Nope.

Reason: because I think that would be an injustice to show a product blanket love or approval simply because it was free. To do so would mean I didn’t have enough faith in the products or the company to give them a fair and honest opinion. I highly doubt Enjoy Life has anything to worry about given my past experiences with their goodies (if you haven’t tried them yet, you have got to try the Enjoy Life Plentils – so good!).

Anyhoo…can’t wait to start testing out these Enjoy Life Decadent Soft Baked Bars. My daughter and I are currently eyeballing the Chocolate Sunbutter bars and she’s got first dibs to test out the S’mores bars. I’ll also need to round up feedback from others so stay tuned!

In the meantime, you may want to read my earlier post on the Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips. Click here to read my original review of their Mini Chocolate Chips

Oh and of course, their Plentils…I reviewed them a while back too. Have a read when you get a chance!

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May
21
2013
May 21, 2013

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Have you seen these Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars? It seems like every time I turn a corner at my local health food store I see a new product by Nature’s Path.

Recently, I spotted these Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars and decided to pick them up for a product review on ThingsThatWeDo.com. I don’t know why but chances are I got suckered into it because I saw the words peanut butter. Wait a second, it’s not even Peanut Butter. It says peanut BUDDY. Gosh, see what my brain did?

You’d think because I make my own no bake granola bars now that I wouldn’t be enticed. Well, you’re wrong! This box of Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars doesn’t even SAY see peanut butter and my brain says, “Oh yay! Let’s buy it and try it! It’s on SALE!” Well, let’s just see how these Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars stand up to my passion for PB because one thing I know for sure, I don’t put up with substandard PB even if it’s not PB, it better be some seriously awesome peanut!

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Apr
11
2013
Apr 11, 2013

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You all know how much I hate to turn on the oven so I’ve been milking this no bake granola bar recipe for the past eternity. I don’t want it to get boring so we try changing up the ingredients a bit. This time, my daughter decided to add Nature’s Path millet puffs to the mix. I don’t know why she decided on the Nature’s Path millet puffs but we were at the grocery store and something about them caught her eye. Given that the Nature’s Path millet puffs are a healthy breakfast option, why not add them to these no bake granola bars and see how they turn out?


Recipe: No Bake Granola Bars with Nature’s Path millet puffs – Ingredients Needed

For this puffy no bake granola bar recipe using Nature’s Path millet puffs the ingredients you’ll need are as follows:

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups quick cooking oats (not rolled oats)
1 cup Cheerios crushed with Nature’s Path millet puffs (not quite sure of the amounts, maybe half and half. We just eyeballed it this time)


Recipe: How to Make No Bake Granola Bars with Nature’s Path millet puffs

The process is the same but of course, the only difference is the use of the Nature’s Path millet puffs. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how these Nature’s Path millet puffs would hold up in the no bake granola bar recipe since they are softer and puffier. Everything I’ve used up to this point (the Cheerios, flax and almonds) have all been on the crunchier side.

As always, I crushed the Cheerios, mixed it with the oats and this time, I added in the Nature’s Path millet puffs. Set all that dry stuff to the side while the butter, honey and brown sugar were in the pot happily mixing together. Let that go on the stove top on low for about 2 minutes, give or take, mix in the vanilla and then dump the dry mix into the pot. Stir until everything is coated and get ready to dump the mixture into the tin pan that I’ve already lined with parchment paper.

As always, the key to success is to squish the mixture down on to the pan and make sure I don’t leave any empty pockets or it’ll crumble when you try to pick it up. I let it sit for a few hours and tada, they are done.


No Bake Granola Bars with Nature’s Path millet puffs – how do they taste?

Compared to the other versions of the no bake granola bars that we’ve made, I think this one with the Nature’s Path millet puffs is a bit on the sweeter side. Most likely, the Nature’s Path millet puffs are so basic (it’s only organic millet, after all) that they just don’t carry any saltiness to counteract the sweetness from the honey and brown sugar mix. So, note to self, if I make this again with the Nature’s Path millet puffs, I’ll be sure to go easier on the honey and brown sugar.

These no bake granola bars with the Nature’s Path millet puffs taste good but they are on the softer side. I expected as much given that they don’t exactly have the same crunch factor as almonds or flax seeds do. The bars still taste good but I’d say that I still like the bars I made with the flax seeds and almonds more.

My kid didn’t say it, but I think she prefers the other no bake granola bars we’ve made more than these ones. How do I know? Well, judging by the number of these no bake granola bars with the Nature’s Path millet puffs that were still left in the fridge after a few days, I think it’s safe to say they’re not her favourite. Now, this is no discredit to the Nature’s Path millet puffs because my kid happily ate bowlfuls of it plain just because she thought they were fun to eat. If I remember correctly, I think she said she liked them because they were  “puffy and fun to eat, like little balls.” but I could be paraphrasing (brain is tired today).


Verdict:

I still love this no bake granola bar recipe and I’m going to continue to play around with it to see if I can find new and better combinations of flavours. I just can’t help myself because it is such an easy recipe and you can make so many different varieties.  The giant bag of Nature’s Path millet puffs won’t go to waste since I’m sure my kid will go through them readily enough and there’s no sugar or salt in them so that’s a very good thing. You also get 15 g of whole grains per 16 g serving and that’s nothing to sneeze at.  As for the granola bars,  right now I’m thinking toasted coconut, sesame seeds, more almonds…yum yum yumm….

 

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Mar
8
2013
Mar 8, 2013

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I don’t always have time to make my own no-bake granola bars so I do browse the aisles at my local grocery store, reading labels, and trying to decipher and determine what might be a semi-decent option for those weeks when I just don’t have time to make my own snacks from scratch.

Enter Nature’s Path Honey Oat Crunch Granola Bar. My daughter and I were at the grocery store and we decided to test them out. She likes honey and the ingredients were okay (hey, they’ve got flax!) and they don’t contain any nuts so she could take them to school as a recess snack too. Let’s see how the Nature’s Path Honey Oat Crunch Flax Plus Granola Bar measure up.

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Jan
13
2013
Jan 13, 2013

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Ah, it’s time for morning breakfast and yes, it’s time for another cereal product review. I mean, I haven’t reviewed a breakfast cereal for the longest time because quite honestly, I couldn’t fathom testing another one. I think I must have suffered from breakfast cereal testing overload (which is also why I haven’t tested a chip in a while either but I think that’s going to change since I know I’m due for a chip review soon).

Enter Enjoy Life and their Perky’s Crunchy Flax cereal. I was at my local grocery store and decided to pick it up because it was on sale for $3.89 and because it has a lot of potential benefits for me and for my readers at ThingsThatWeDo.com. Truth be told, I’m willing to test almost any cereal that I think will be better than those mass marketed subsubstandard cereals in preservative grand central station. Do I really need my cereal to sit on the shelves until the dinosaurs return? NO, thank you.

So, Perky’s Crunchy Flax cereal, please do us a favour and live up to my hopes that you’ll be able to knock out at least a few of those other preservative cereal foes. Made by Enjoy Life, I’m counting on you to make this breakfast world a better place for our stomachs!

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Dec
3
2012
Dec 3, 2012

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Do you ever wonder what you’ll make for breakfast? That comes up a lot at our home. So far, it’s been a rotating mix of pancakes, French toast, rice pudding, cereal and the odd waffle here and there. Right, we do eggs sometimes too and for me, dips and spreads on bread are always an easy fall back.

Well, if you can’t come up with something totally new, I thought I’d go beyond the usual basic flavours and try something new. My daughter and I were grocery shopping together and she decided she’d like to try Nature’s Path Organic Pomegran Plus Waffles. She’s never had them before, they were on sale, and her reason for making that choice, “since I like pomegranates, maybe we should try this one?”

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Nov
23
2012
Nov 23, 2012

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Breakfast, yes breakfast. Should it come as any surprise to you that I am reviewing yet another box of cereal? Ah, but my reasons for featuring Barbara’s Puffins Cinnamon cereal are a little different. Take a good look at this cereal. Does it look a little familiar to you? Like, maybe you’ve seen this shape before?

AHA! But, that’s where the similarity ends because that other brandname cereal uses BHT in its packaging with claims that it helps to maintain freshness. Well folks, I don’t intend for my cereal to sit on the shelf for 200 years so I don’t see a point in having my cereal laced with BHT. After all, what do you think happens when you open and close the cereal packaging over and over again? You can’t tell me little bits of BHT don’t go sprinkling down into the cereal too. Ah, well, I digress. Let’s take a closer look at Barbara’s Puffins Cinnamon cereal and see why you should kick that OTHER cereal to the curb.

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Nov
21
2012
Nov 21, 2012

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I have to give it up to Loblaws and the brains behind the magic that happens there. There always seems to be new products out and about and I am amazed at how they can keep those creative wheels turning.

On a recent trip to my local Loblaws, I came across these PC The Decadent Chocolate Chip Mini Bars with Salted Caramel on sale for $2.49. Now, it’s not a big box and you get only 6 little mini bars but I was intrigued and they were on sale. Considering that each bar would be just shy of 50 cents, I thought it would be worth a product test. Now remember, I’m not a big fan of chocolate so these PC The Decadent Chocolate Chip Mini Bars with Salted Caramel are going to have to do a lot to impress me. Let’s just see what happens, shall we?

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Nov
20
2012
Nov 20, 2012

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Every so often, I like to test out a new cereal because I know many families resort to cereals as a quick breakfast fix for themselves and for their children. We also know that not all cereals are good for you. Some are seriously sugar laden while others are about as empty as a Styrofoam cup. Well, for this post, we’re reviewing Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Vanilla Almond Granola. The cereal box tells me that it’s got a great source of ALA Omega-3, it’s got 5 g of fiber and 6g of protein per 55g serving so that all sounds really promising. The only question is, will Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Vanilla Almond Granola also deliver in taste?

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