“ Brand: Granovita/ Type: Cake / Food quality: Organic food „
I always enjoy a good cereal or muesli bar and have tried most of them, so was attracted to a new range when I was preparing an order for a firm I use called Ethical Superstore. They are basically a fair-trade company who sell just that- fair-trade and ethical goods. You can find them at www.ethicalsuperstore.co.uk. I thought I would try a bar they had on there called "Organic Flapjack with Linusprout And Chocolate Chips" as it sounded utterly delicious. Made by a firm called Granovita. This company was formed in 1991 in the UK and initially was a firm marketing products made by their sister company in Germany, but has now expanded to include some products manufactured here. The bar was 69p and is a substantial snack containing just over 400 calories and a whopping 24g of fat. It is vegan too. It contains Oats(41%),Vegetable Margarine (Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Sunflower Oil, Water, Emulsifier: Soya lecithin, Citric Acid), Golden Syrup(18%), Chocolate Chips(7%) (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin), Sugar, Sprouted Golden Flaxseed Powder(5%). A Word about the ingredients. Sprouted golden flaxseed powder is rich in omega three fats and fibre, and omega three fats are very important for many reasons, especially for vegetarians as the main source for these is in fish oils which as veggies we avoid. The really important benefits of flaxseed are that it is heart protective as it has been shown to lower levels of bad cholesterol, it helps digestive transit and is thought to reduce the risk of colon cancer. There are many more claims which make it a good food item to include in your diet. The Bar Itself. It is part of a new range of 8 flapjacks, and is packaged in a rather attractive coffee coloured wrapper with a small clear window so you can look inside. It is organic and has the soil association mark to prove it. I poured myself a lovely mug of Earl Grey and settled down to try this bar. Now at over 400 calories I decided to share this with hubby so at least then we could pool opinions and keep our waistlines from expanding. As the bar is 41% oats I was expecting it to have quite an oaty taste, but due to the promise of the title I was looking forward to munching quite a few chocolate chips which I expected to be liberally dotted throughout. The Verdict. Oh dear- I am not sure what happened to the 7% chocolate chips but they were hiding somewhere. There was very little evidence of them in the bar -just a light sprinkling and the overwhelming thing was the taste of very dry and really rather boring oats. I wish it was not the case because I love supporting organic producers and would love to be able to suggest to you that you should look out for these in your local health food store, but alas no. They have to be tasty and these were just oats with a chocolate chip appearing momentarily having no moisturising effect or flavour enhancing properties at all. The bar was dry, boring, and hubby thought so too. You needed two mugs of Earl Grey to wash it down and despite the inclusion of the healthy flax I would prefer to source this in something else as these were in my opinion a waste of calories. They were also very crumbly and fell apart easily so you would need a plate for sure. To be honest it was like eating oats and not much else. I think for something to be healthy it has to be tasty and enjoyable and sadly this was just too many oats. I will try the other 7 varieties over the next few months to see if moisture lies in them, otherwise I will have to leave these on the shelves I'm afraid. You can have too many oats!