“ Brand: Eat Natural / Type: Yoghurt „
Eat Natural Almond & Apricot Bar
A few months ago I took part in an organised 10k run, and in the goody bag all runners receive at the end was one of these bars. Because it was free I devoured it without really paying much attention to what it was. It was so tasty however, I dug out the empty wrapper from in the car with the intention of buying some more next time I went shopping.
My local Asda stocks a multipack box containing four 35g bars for £1.80 - which works out at 45p per bar - and it's these that I'll be focusing on in this review.
> Overview and Taste
These bars taste great and are quite substantial. I feel like I've had a treat after eating one of these, and they also fill me up. The bars are covered in a smooth yoghurt coating, which is quite crumbly, and at first I thought it was milk chocolate - it's that luxuriant! Eat Natural don't skimp on filling either. This product is packed full of almonds, coconut and juicy apricots. I can't really taste the coconut because the almonds and apricot pieces are that big and flavoursome - which is no bad thing since I don't really like coconut. These are way better than any other cereal bars I've tried, and whilst not as indulgent as a bar of chocolate they come pretty close - and they're a lot healthier too! The nutritional information is provided on the 35g bars and I've summarised this below.
> Nutritional Information (per 35g bar)
Fat 9.1g of which saturates 6.1g
I would wholeheartedly recommend these bars, I can't rate them highly enough! I've also tried the brazil & sultana with peanuts and almonds variety. These are good too, but don't come close to these - it's the chocolate-like yoghurt coating and juicy apricots that I really like about this bar.
Five out of five stars.
I love cereal bars for breakfast when I am on the go or a mid morning snack and one of my favourites at the moment is the almond, apricots and yogurt coating bar from the Eat Natural range. What I love about the bar is that it is really thick and big and full of goodness. Often times with cereal bars they are so thin and boring but this one has lots of texture and bite in it that it's basically a whole meal in a bar.
The Eat Natural company say this bar contains loads of good wholesome stuff with no artificial flavours or colours and no preservatives. They go on to say that, "down here at the Eat Natural Makery when we say 'natural,' what exactly do we mean? Well, clearly it would be wrong of us to claim that everything in this bar is 100% natural - yogurt coating, glucose and crisped rice simply don't grown on trees. Obviously, everything needs to be cleaned, dried and roasted too, and therefore, to some extent processed. It's just that we believe, the less we mess with it, the better it tastes, and why we will never, ever add any dodgy stuff. That means, no artificial flavours or colours and no preservatives."
They are some many ingredients in this bar that make it very fun to eat. They are crispy bits in the middle of the bar which are held together with a lovely thick sweet honey. You will then find whole almonds dotted throughout the bar which are nice and crunchy and sweet bits of dried apricots that give this bar a lovely fruity flavour. There is some shredded coconut too which also give it a nice sweet taste, all topped off with a lovely yogurt coating which provides more sweetness and texture.
The packaging is quite unique in that the wrapper is see through. Eat Natural say this is done so you can see exactly what you are getting and that they've got nothing to hide. Each bar is 50g, costs just 80p and has 228 calories which is not too bad in my opinion and a lovely breakfast or snack option
When I was in the airport in Trondheim, my plane was delayed. To keep us all quiet they gave us all a £20 meal voucher to spend (which doesn't get you very far in a Norwegian airport!) One of the things I bought with my voucher was this 'Eat Natural Almonds, Apricots and Yoghurt Coating'. I have tried other Eat Natural bars before and really liked them, so I was very excited about trying this one!
The bar comes in a plastic wrapper which is see-through at either end so you can see what you will be eating, and with a solid block of orange colour in the middle with 'Eat Natural' written in large letters over the length of the wrapper. Underneath that is what type of bar it is (in this case almonds, apricots and yoghurt coating). I really like the packaging, the orange colour and font used does seem to make the bar stand out from others on the shelf.
As soon as you see the large letters on the wrapper saying 'Eat Natural', you can't help but thinking this is a healthy bar! On the wrapper it also states that there are no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives in the bar, which I think is really good.. and a nice change!
The bar weighs 50g and is around 12cm in length and is nice and thick at around 2cm.
The bar is absolutely delicious. As soon as you bite into it is quite nice and soft and the yoghurt is the first thing you taste and is lovely and sweet. The bar is chewy, but crunchy at the same time with the nuts in it. I can really taste the coconut in the bar and I think it really compliments the apricots and yoghurt. You get such a wonderful array of flavours in the bar and I really like it. I think this is my favourite Eat Natural bar I have tried and I will definitely be buying it again (though not at Norwegian airport prices!)
If you hands are quite warm the yoghurt coating can start melting a bit like chocolate, so it might be best to munch it out of the wrapper to save getting sticky hands!
There are not many ingredients in the bar, only yoghurt coating, dried apricots, almonds, shredded coconut, glucose syrup, puffed rice and honey which I think it is good as it seems like a no nonsense sort of bar.
The only thing that annoyed me a little about my individual bar is that it didn't have any nutritional information on it so I wasn't too sure how many calories or fat was in the bar.
You can buy these from most supermarkets in packs of three for around £1.90, or you can also buy them individually for around 70p each. They are suitable for vegetarians and gluten free, but they contain nuts and milk so are not suitable for everyone.
I think these bars were delicious, and at 50g they are quite filling and perfect for a snack to keep you going until lunch or dinner. The flavour of this bar is delicious and I would highly recommend them.
These are brilliant for when you get a bit peckish during the day or need something to have with your cup of tea or coffee. I have an intolerence to wheat and try to avoid it in order to keep a flatter stomach. These bars are great as they do not contain wheat or in fact gluten, so these are great for anyone on a gluten free diet. The ingredients are:
Yoghurt coating 30% (vegetable fat, sugar, milk whey, yoghurt, emulsifier: sunflower lecithin), dried apricots 17%, almonds 12%, shredded coconut 12%, glucose syrup, puffed rice (rice, raw can sugar), honey.
If you are counting the calories you are looking at 228kcals per bar, so don't go overboard with them!
I love these because they are sweet and don't taste like your usual fruit and nut bar, but they also have a lot of goodness in them due to the almonds - as just a few contain tons of essential nutrients and some experts say that we should eat four almonds per day. They also do not contain any artificial flavours or preservatives.
I was in the supermarket this week, trying to find items which are less fatty and lower GI to snack on at my desk during the day. I find that I need something to graze on mid morning and afternoon just to break the day up and ensure I am spreading my weight watchers points across the day as I should be.
I saw these triple pack boxes of bars that I have sometimes purchased loose from shops like Holland & Barrett and while I hadnt tried this particular version before I thought it would be worth giving it a go while they were on special offer in Sainsbury's (£1.50 for the box of 3 where usually I pay 75p per bar).
I bought one into work with me today for the first time, now one thing which does annoy me about these bars and seems as true for the multipack variety as for the loose ones, is a distinct lack of any actual nutritional info on the bar itself, it tells you the per 100g weight fat (but not sat fat) and does not have the weight of the bar on it anywhere or a per bar breakdown, I always end up checking on their website to figure out the actual values and I can tell you that this particular variety is not on the website either.
A rough calculation based on the limited info I have would suggest that this bar is around 3.5 ww points which is quite high for a snack but means it will definitely fill me up til my teatime.
One thing I really do like is the taste, despite the fact I dont much like fresh yoghurt, the coating on this tastes quite creamy and has a consistency much like white chocolate, it does tend to crumble so careful if you are eating on the run. The almond and apricot bits are substantial and the overwhelming flavour is the apricot. Very tasty indeed.
Holding together all the relative bits, there is like a standard cereal mix of rice and flakes which is fairly dry, the bar is quite chewy but a pleasent texture, not sticky at all. I think they have been very generous with the apricots.
Having eaten it I am now completely stuffed and will be able to resist temptation in my next meeting and stay away from the biscuits in there (this was strategic snacking you see!). The nice thing is that I feel like I have had a proper treat but I know that I have eaten a naturally made and sourced product and not a load of processed junk.
I will certainly be buying these againg for work snacks, I just wish I could get a clearer picture of the per bar nutritional values!
These bars by Eat Natural are available in a box, as shown above, or individually. I doubt there is any difference, but for clarity I am reviewing one that I bought individually.
Firstly I want to say that this product contains nuts.
Why did I buy this bar?
I bought this bar in Holland & Barrett for about 75p. I was browsing and I fnacied a little treat. There were lots of cereal bars to choose from, and about seven in the Eat Natural range. I like the name and the suggestion that the product is good for you (there is sugar in it but there are also natural ingredients like dried apricots and almonds) and I liked the fact that you can see the bar through the packaging. At 50g, the bar is quite substantial. I also thought that I would like the flavour, so I chose this one over the other available bars.
Where can you get this bar?
I have also seen this bar available in Sainsbury's and in Tesco's. I think that it will be available in most large supermarkets.
As I mentioned, I like the fact that the packaging is mostly see-through. This means that you can see what you are buying. The parts of the packaging that are not see-through are the large Eat Natural logo on the front, in black and white, and the orange middle part and ends. The middle part lists the flavour and at the top says 'a bar of nuts and fruit' and under the flavour says '...and nothing dodgy'. On the back of the packaging the ingredients are listed.
The packet is easy to open and I think it is recyclable.
Taste and appearance
When I opened the bar I saw the yoghurt coating, which is quite thin, and the various ingredients through it, such as the almonds and apricots. The bar looked very appetising except for the thin yoghurt coating.
When I tasted the bar, I thought it was delicious! The flavours come through quite well but I think the predominant flavour is the coconut which is quite strong. It complements the almond flavour very well. The yoghurt coating is actually one of the nicest parts of the bar. It adds a sweet taste and also goes well with the other ingredients.
This bar is priced differently in different places, and I daresay that the packet of three will be cheaper. I paid about 75p for this one, but they are slightly cheaper in the supermarkets at about 69p. I think that this is quite expensive compared to other cereal bars. However, for the amount that you get, 50g, it is probably quite reasonable.
I think that this bar was a lovely treat and made a change from a kitkat or something similar! While I think the bar is quite a healthy choice, it does contain sugar. The taste was delicious and the appearance was quite good too. I think it is a bit expensive but would probably replace two cheaper and smaller bars.
I am training for the London Marathon in a few weeks time, and in the build up to it have entered some shorter distance races. At the end of one of these such races last week, I received a goody bag along with my much deserved medal, and in amongst the bits and pieces that the bag contained was a sample size (half size) bar of Eat Natural Almond Apricot and Yoghurt bar. I have to admit, that at that time, due to having just run a good number of miles during the middle of the day, I was really really hungry, and so wolfed down the said cereal bar without taking too much notice of it - I don't think it even had time to touch the sides, but it was sweet and delicious, and didn't require any effort on my part, so that was all that mattered to me then!
A couple of days later, I found myself nipping out of the office to the newsagent opposite for a chocolate fix, and noticed that they sell the full size bars of this. So instead of reaching for a bar of chocolate, I picked up one of these - at 89p for a single bar, it was more expensive, but I wanted to give it another try.
The bar comes in a plastic see-through wrapper, so you are under no illusions about what you are buying. I have bought the "healthy option" cereal bars many times in the past, thinking they will be much better for me than a bar of chocolate, but have generally been disappointed with them once I open the pack to eat them, because they are so small, or the "chocolate coating" is almost non-existant. However, what you see is what you get with this bar - a substantial eat!
The bar is packed with nuts and fruit and is coated with a deliciously sweet yoghurty layer. This version is Almond and Apricot, and there is no danger of not being able to identify these - the almonds are, in some cases, whole, and are certainly in decent chunks, and the apricot pieces again are a good size - deliciously moist and sticky with that lovely orange colour. In fact the almonds make up 12% of the bar, and the apricots a whopping 17%. That, for me, is pretty good. There is also 12% of the bar made up of coconut - now that is quite a lot, and is not apparent from the title. In fact I don't think I really registered the coconut as I ate the bar, I just knew it was packed full of sweetness, and I expect that the coconut has a good part to play in this. The other "filler" is puffed rice. Bind this all together with some good old sugar, and coat it with a deliciously thick (30% of the ingredients) layer of sweet yoghurt, and you have a snack bar that is far more filling and delicious than any Special K bar will EVER be.
I thoroughly enjoyed this "cereal bar" although "cereal bar" doesn't seem to do it justice as a description......it was far more than that - punchy, sweet, delicous, and most importantly satisfying! I didn't sit there looking at the empty packet wondering what I was going to eat next to make up for it.
There are no artificial flavours, or hydrogenated vegetable oils, and they are suitable for those who are vegetarian or following a gluten free diet. Of course, they are not suitable for nut allergy sufferers.
The packet does not, unless I am blind, give you the calories etc, which did bother me a little - perhaps something that professed to be so good was actually so bad, but a peek at the website says that a bar has 228 calories and 8.2 grammes of saturated fats. Now, whilst that is not great, I feel that these calories and fats are coming from ingredients slightly better for me than a mars bar or a tub of pringles, so I will not be bothered.
There are a number of flavours of these bars, and I have since sampled a couple more and a visit to their website www.eatnatural.co.uk will give you all the information you need. (the website is very user friendly too!)
Although at 89p in the newsagent, this was quite expensive, they are cheaper in the supermarkets. At the moment (although not for long) tescos have 2 bars for 99p........