Sometimes, you want a snack but you don’t have time to prepare a home baked goodie so you resort to a store bought boxed one. Fingers crossed, you grab a box of granola bars and hope for the best. Maybe it’ll be made with decent ingredients. Maybe it’ll taste good. Sure, the box tells you what the granola bar is called but that doesn’t mean it’ll taste good.
A while back, I received a number of free Nature’s Path Trail Mixer Pure Oats Chewy Granola Bars for me to sample. I probably should have posted this earlier but honestly, I didn’t get around to it until now. Fair warning, by the time this got posted, the expiry date has past but I sampled it a while back. I just didn’t want you to all think I was snacking on an old granola bar which would then lead me to a somewhat biased review.
Alright, enough chatter, let’s take a look at this Nature’s Path Trail Mixer Pure Oats Chewy Granola Bar a little closer, shall we?
Product Review: What ingredients are in the Nature’s Path Trail Mixer Pure Oats Chewy Granola Bars?
Okay, I’m going to try and type out all the ingredients that went in to making the Nature’s Path Trail Mixer Pure Oats Chewy Granola Bar: granola (pure rolled oats*, granulated sugar cane juice*, sunflower oil*, rolled amaranth*, rolled quinoa*), tapioca syrup*, brown rice flour*, brown rice syrup*, sweetened dried cranberries* (cranberries*, evaporated cane juice*, sunflower oil*), invert cane syrup*, roasted almonds*, roasted peanuts*, dried coconut*, flax seeds*, pumpkin seeds* (pumpkin seed kernels*, salt), acacia gum*, sunflower oil*, sea salt, cinnamon*, molasses*. *Organic. Contains peanuts and tree nuts. Produced in a facility that uses soy and dairy.
I’ll also post the link to their site at the end of this post so you can see the ingredient list posted there too.
Well, granola being the first ingredient is great but I wish the words ‘sugar cane’ or ‘syrup’ didn’t appear quite as often on that ingredient list. It would be nice if it was just one basic sweetener like honey. For me, the simpler the better. I appreciate that a lot of the ingredients are organic and that there are seeds and nuts in it although I do wish they appeared higher up on the ingredient list.
So, I guess for me, the question is: could these granola bars have been made more simply with few ingredients?
Product Review: How does Nature’s Path Trail Mixer Pure Oats Chewy Granola Bar taste?
Here’s what the Nature’s Path Trail Mixer Pure Oats Chewy Granola Bar looks like.
It certainly looks appetizing with all those individual grains and nuts. It looks a lot better than some of those other granola bars that look like mashed up mush.
I take a bite and hm…not bad. Sweet, granola, some nuts, I can’t quite taste the cranberries though. Yeah…I guess it tastes okay??
Did I like the Nature’s Path Trail Mixer Pure Oats Chewy Granola Bar? I think so…this review is a little harder for me because I have mixed feelings about this granola bar. One the one hand, I appreciate the choice to use organic ingredients but on the other hand, the Nature’s Path Trail Mixer Pure Oats Chewy Granola Bar seems a little sweeter than the homemade ones I make.
Maybe I would have like the Nature’s Path Trail Mixer Pure Oats Chewy Granola Bars if the flavours were a bit more balanced. I felt like they were just sweet and lacked dimension. I mean, maybe if the cranberries were a little more obvious and tart or maybe if the sweetness was reduced so that the flavours of the nuts and seeds could be more pronounced. It’s great that each bar gives you 12% of your daily intake of fibre but I’m just not sure.
Verdict: if you don’t have time to make your own granola bars, certainly do your homework and read those labels. Pick one that works for your family. The Nature’s Path Trail Mixer Pure Oats Chewy Granola Bars are an option and are better than a lot of other packaged granola bars. I guess it’s all a matter of taste.
p.s. in case you want a recipe to make your own granola bars, see my earlier post by clicking below
For more information about this product, visit their website by clicking here.
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