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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!


Product Review: what are the ingredients in the Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars?

Well, what exactly are these Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars made with? Here’s the list of ingredients: organic granola (organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic soy oil), organic tapioca syrup, organic roasted peanuts, organic brown rice flour, organic invert cane syrup, organic peanut butter, organic acacia gum, sea salt, organic granulated sugar cane juice, organic molasses, and tocopherols.

Hm…I’m on the fence about this list of ingredients.The idea of organic granola is good except it’s made with mostly a sweet substance and oil. Then, you add the tapioca syrup and more cane syrup and some acacia gum and yet more cane juice and even some molasses. Is it just me or is the sweetness just piling up? I know I bought this Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars without using much of my brain but this does not look promising.


Product Review: how does the Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars taste?

Open the package and now I’m staring at the Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bar and I’m thinking, “Will I like eating this?” On the plus side, you can actually see the rolled oats so it doesn’t look like a processed mess. The Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bar smells okay but I can’t say it smells very nutty. Hm..this does not bode well.

Fine fine, I gear myself and take a bite. The Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bar is certainly NOT crunchy. It has a soft chewy texture and kind of separates into its individual pieces in your mouth as you chomp. There’s no snap so this is certainly not for those of you that like the crunchy bars.

How does the Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bar taste? Well, the first word that comes to mind is sweet. The second word is also: sweet. Maybe word 10 or 12 would be peanut because that’s how long I think it takes me before I realize I can taste the peanut component past all that sugar. If I were working at Nature’s Path, I’d knock down the sugar content, WAY down, and then kick up the peanut and peanut butter quotient.

For me, I found the peanuts in the Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bar a little lack luster. I wanted more crunch and snap for the peanuts but that didn’t happen at all. When I read organic roasted peanuts, I expect some kind of snap but nope, it didn’t happen.

Did I finish the whole Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bar? Yeah, I did but I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as I wanted to.


Verdict:

These Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars aren’t as horrendous since I know plenty of other bars have ingredients that are much worse. Having said that, each bar does hold 10g of sugar and that’s nothing to ignore.

Maybe I’d think differently if I didn’t know how to now make my own no-bake granola bars. It’s easy and I get to control the sugar and the taste. Maybe, our family’s taste buds have changed since we’ve made a more concentrated effort to watch our sodium and sugar intake. Who knows? I just wished the Nature’s Path Peanut Buddy Chewy granola bars tasted better. The flavor profile, for me, was just a little too one dimensional – all sweet and not much more.

 

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