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I'd really love it if my child ate nothing processed and happily ate all the fresh whole foods I offered her on a daily basis but sadly she prefers things that come out of a brightly coloured packet. As processed foods go, you could do worse than the Organix brand because they don't contain too many horrible ingredients. Also they are widely available which makes it easy to find a snack for your toddler when you're caught out with no food if you're as disorganised as I sometimes (usually) am.
My toddler likes many items from the Organix range but her total favourite is the carrot cake oaty bar, or as she calls them, 'flapjacks'.
The ingredients are:
Wholegrain Oats 46%, Raisins 32%, Sunflower Oil 12%, Carrot Juice Concentrate 7%, Apple Juice Concentrate 2%, Cinnamon
Pretty much all of the toddlers I know are also fans of these bars, so they are obviously popular. I find them to be quite an expensive food product at around £2.50 for a box of six bars but Tesco often have them on special offer at two boxes for £4 which is a little better.
The packaging is nice a bright and the individual wrappers make it convenient to carry one in your bag for a handy snack for your child. They are a substantial snack for a small person and seem to fill my little girl up for quite a while. She really does enjoy them and I think they are quite tasty too.
Well what can I say about these? I'm sure I'll think of something!
As the name suggests these are 'goodies' and they're organic which is a bonus!
The following nutritional info is from the Ocado website (never bought from here, just the first that came up with the info I needed!)
Organic Oats 44%, Organic Raisins 33%, Organic Carrot Juice Concentrate 11%, Organic Sunflower Oil 10%, Organic Cinnamon Less than 1%, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate Less than 1%, Junk 0%, TOTAL 100%.
Suitable for Vegetarians
No Added Sugar
Contains Cereals containing Gluten
Free From Lactose
May Contain Nuts
Typical values per 100g per 30g bar provides
Energy 1496kj 454kj
Energy 360kcal 108kcal
Protein 6.6g 1.9g
Carbohydrate 59.2g 17.5g
of which sugars 26.1g 8.1g
Fat 13.2g 4.3g
of which saturates 3.5g 1.4g
Fibre 6.7g 2g
Sodium Trace Trace
The reason I gave this 3 stars is because although it passed my son's taste test (he always tries to get 'just one more' out of me!) it didn't pass mine. At all. It's supposed to taste like carrot cake. As with most baby food, it doesn't come close. It smells like carrot cake though so I guess that is a plus? But it is definitely not one to share with your toddler. However the big bonus for me is the fact he likes them so much, it means that when I get my lovely carrot cake, I get to eat it in peace! Or in fact eat anything I want in peace!
For those of you who have kids you'll know that food is never safe, and is generally expected to be open to all and if it isn't they manage to steal it anyway! I generally try to keep him to one bar in a day though, if that so he doesn't overindulge. The other downside is that sometimes it can be a bit crumbly if not eaten straight away (though I think that may have been an odd batch), however mostly we find it is quite moist and doesn't dry out very easily, though to be honest, it doesn't really often last long enough to dry out! 'Carrot bar' is a firm favourite with my son, and he usually asks for one after his breakfast as a snack (all hell breaks loose if we run out!). Although I'm not keen personally, I love these because there's no hidden nasties and they're really healthy for little tummies.
There is an option of 4 flavours: Carrot cake, apple and orange, date and apple, blackcurrant and, apple and raspberry. It does seem to be fairly limited though and would be nice to have more options to choose from with a fussy toddler.
Value for money?
We get these from Tesco's for £2.19 for a 6x30g box. They are a tad expensive though and you can get normal cereal bars for much cheaper, however they won't be as healthy as these and will probably have added sugar at the very least. I would say they are worth it, however with food prices I would probably stock up if they are ever on offer (or try and learn how to make similar cereal bars myself...at some point....maybe....in the distant future....ah who am I kidding? It's not likely).
Bottom line? I would recommend, though if cheaper versions come along at any point and have similar ingredients I would be more likely to recommend those.
** Also posted on ciao under the same name **
I have been buying Organix products for my three children for the last five years.
Organix are a well respected organic baby food company that produce cereals, fruit purees, bars, biscuits and other healthy snack foods.
Most of their products are suitable starting between 6-12months.
They have won the Mother & Baby gold award.
They have a "no junk promise" i.e nothing nasty in here at all.
****Carrot Cake Bars****
In the cardboard box you get six 30g individually wrapped bars made from wholegrain oats, no added sugar, raisins, carrot and apple juice, coconut, cinnamon, lemon juice concentrate and orange oil - ALL ORGANIC.
copied from the box.
Each bar is made 33% fruit and contains 108Kcals, 1.9g protein, 4.3g fat, 2.0g fibre
Around £1.99 and available from Waitrose, Tesco and Asda as well as major Boots stores.
If you think these are going to taste like a lush piece of carrot cake you are wrong! They are wholefood products which are made up of wholegrains. They are produced with raw products and therefore taste natural.
Only one out of my three children liked them but they are certainly an excellent snack food for children over 12 months.
They do other types of snack bars including blackberry and orange.
Probably an aquired taste to be honest but overall I cannot fault them!
A blend of oats, raisins and carrot juice.