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I tend to take some form of cereal bar to work with me daily as it is a quick, easy way to eat breakfast. I have tried so many different ones and although some are quite nice many seem to be overly sweet and sickly. But I recently discovered the Jordans Frusli wholegrain oat cereal bars which are available in most larger supermarkets and come in a variety of flavours with me opting to try the raisin and hazelnut ones.
I purchased a multi-pack of the raisin and hazelnut Frusil bars from my local Tesco store where they were on special offer at £1.09 for a box of 6 30g bars.
The bars come individually packed in a plastic wrapper which has a clear panel on the front allowing you to be able to see the bar. On the back of the wrapper you can view all the product information including ingredients listings and nutritional information. It also states that the bars are suitable for vegetarians and contain no artificial flavourings, colourings, preservatives or GM ingredients.
I love the taste of these bars they actually taste rather natural and not just full of sugar. There is also a good distribution of raisins and hazelnuts throughout the bar and it has a nice moist and slightly chewy texture. Also although these bars appear rather small they are quite filling and one for breakfast with a little fruit will easily last me until lunch time before I begin to feel hungry again.
Overall I have been very impressed with these cereal bars they make a change from the normal extra sweet ones and are tasty and nutritious. Also each 30g bar only contains 117 calories making them perfect for anyone who is trying to be good.
Jordans Frusli cereal bars are brilliant for eating on the go, for adding to a lunch box, and - especially in my case - for when I can't face the prospect of eating breakfast. As I often don't have much of an appetite in the morning, I can struggle to get through a bowl of cereal. I have just had to take a week's course of steroid tablets to help deal with the symptoms of a lung infection, and so of course needed to eat something before taking them. My trusted Frusli bars came to my rescue, and have been ideal. I also make sure that I always carry one in my handbag, as they are perfect for providing me with some sustenance if my energy levels flag (as they do all too often) when I'm out and about.
Frusli bars are part of Jordans' range of cereals and cereal bars. They are available in a variety of enticing flavours:
Cranberry & Apple
Raisin & Hazelnut
Apple, Cinnamon & Sultana
Truly Tropical - I'm really looking forward to trying this one, as I love the flavour of tropical fruits.
The basic ingredient in Frusli bars are oat flakes, which are then baked with different fruits and nuts. They are deliciously moist and chewy.
You can buy individual, 30g bars, but I find it much more economical to buy a 6-bar box. They are sold widely, and are available at Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys for £1.78. Sainsburys currently (12th May) have an offer where you can buy 2 boxes for £3.00.
For me, one of the best things about these yummy bars is that they are oat based, and contain no dairy produce. They are suitable for vegetarians but not vegans, and contain no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or Genetically Modified Organisms. Detailed Allergen information for each type of bar can be found on Jordans' website. I tend to eat the Raisin & Hazelnut variety, and the packaging states that the bars contain Hazelnuts and Oats. They may contain Wheat, Barley, Rye, Other Nuts and Sesame Seeds.
According to the website, the oats used in these bars are 'grown by Conservation Grade farmers who are paid a premium to create nature-friendly habitats'. So as well as enjoying a deliciously chewy cereal bar, you are also doing your bit for bees, birds, butterflies and other species!
The bars come in a recycleable cardboard box (the individual wrappers are also recycleable). The boxes have a white bar at the top, and the rest of the box is coloured according to the different varieties. The Raisin and Hazelnut variety is coloured purple.
Ingredients of the Rasin and Hazelnut bar:
Dried Fruit & Nuts (38%), Raisins (28%), Roasted Chopped Hazelnuts (10%), British Conservation Grade Wholegrain Oat Flakes (24%), Glucose Syrup, Conservation Grade Wholegrain Oat Flour, Raw Cane Sugar, Honey, Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed Oil, Palm Oil), Rice Flour.
Nutritional Information per 30g bar:
Carbohydrate 19.3g, of which Sugars 9.6g
Fats 3.7g, of which Saturates 0.5g
As well as listing the ingredients and nutritional information, I do feel duty-bound to tell you that these cereal bars are absolutely delicious. They have become a standard addition to our shopping list, and it's great to have a box in the cupboard for when I'm in a hurry, can't face a 'proper' meal, or know that I am going out and will need some sustenance en route.
I heartily recommend these cereal bars, and am happy to give them five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
Jordan's Frusli Raisin & Hazelnut is a cereal bar containing... well, the name says it all really. The main bulk of the bars is oats, oat flour and rice flour. Along with the chopped nuts and raisins it is held together with glucose syrup, sugar, honey and vegetable oil. There don't appear to be any artificial ingredients, e numbers or other preservatives. This product is obviously unsuitable for those with a nut allergy and the oats as well as the possibility that it may contain wheat (this isn't listed in the ingredients but there is a warning on the wrapper so I would assume that this product is made in a factory that also makes products which contain wheat) make it unsuitable for coeliac disease sufferers.
The product comes in a plastic wrapper which is mostly purple with a transparent pane in the middle. I much prefer this to the old packaging (as shown in the picture accompanying this product) as you can see what the bar itself looks like now which is what made me choose this bar over a similar bar when shopping - there's nothing more disappointing than finding that the fruity oat bar you've bought is all oat and no fruit!
The bar itself is actually really tasty. It is nice and oaty rather than being made up with other (less tasty) grains which other companies often do presumably to save money. It has a nice soft texture but still has a bit of crunch to it from the hazelnuts. There was plenty of fruit in the bar I had although I assume this may vary from bar to bar. It was just sweet enough for my taste.
The best thing about this bar was the price: I got it for just 10p at my local Home Bargains shop. I'm not sure how much these usually retail for as I don't recall having seen them sold separately anywhere else but a quick Google search tells me that these usually retail at £1.82 for a box of 6 which is more than three times the price they are currently selling for at Home Bargains!
I really like these bars and they make a nice healthy-ish snack for a tea break. They would also be a good alternative to a chocolate bar for a child's lunchbox.
I have a terrible memory and one of the things I keep forgetting is to get up early enough to have breakfast before work. And then there's the knock on effect of getting hungry mid morning. I thought I'd see if I could solve these problems by investing in some cereal bars which I could eat quickly (or even in work).
After a little browsing of the shelves(!) of cereal bars I decided on these Frusli Raisin and Hazlenut bars. They were £1.38 for a box of 6 in ASDA. I believed Jordans to e a good quality brand and with only 117cals and 0.5g of sat fat I thought they'd be worth a try.
So the next morning I forgot my breakfast I grabbed one of these before I left home. I was a bit dubious whether these would be worth the (relatively cheap) pice as I have tried various cereal type bars recently and hated most of them. Each bar is about an inch wide and about 5 inches long, visibly sprinklined with raisins, nuts oats and puffed rice. On biting into the bar I was pleasantly surprised by the chewiness and the subtly sweet taste just as I like my cereal bars. I finished the bar and this is where I encountered a slight problem - they're very moreish. I managed to resist the lure of a second bar and went off to work. Now I haven't got a huge appetite and generally last till lunch on just a couple of slices of toast but I expected to need a biscuit top up to get me through to lunch...well another surprise form these Frusli bars I didn't feel peckish till lunch. Now I'm not saying these will keep everyone satisfied till lunch but I have now eaten a few of them at breakfast and find one keeps me from snacking between meals.
On top of being extremely tasty these bars advertise the fact they are made from nature friendly cereals (grown and nature friendly farms where 10% of the land is dedicated to nature) and the fact the bars contain 38% fruit and nuts. And on that note for those with allergies these bars contain hazlenuts and oats and may also contain wheat, barley, rye, other nuts and sesame seeds.
I really like these Frusli bars, I went for the Raisin and Hazlenut flavour as it was the lowest cal option but I will definitely be trying some of the other flavours in the range...chocolate and cherry anyone?
I recently took part in a survey on Lightspeed.co.uk in which I opted to test some cereal bas (they didn't state which). When they arrived in the post a few days later, they had sent a pack of six! I was impressed by this. We tend to buy these for lunches anyway, but I hadn't tried this flavour!
This cereal bar comes in a plastic wrapper either on its own or in a multi pack. The design has changed from the picture above it is now more abstract and it has become more popular! It still has a purple theme which raisins and hazelnuts on it!
This is a relatively chewy cereal bar and it has raisins and hazelnuts spread out amongst the delicious tasting oats! The raisins are quite sweet but not too sweet to put you off. The hazelnuts are also quite sweet too! There are 23% Raisins and 10% roasted hazelnuts!
I would regard this bar as relatively healthy. This is because 117 kcal per bar, just as good as cereal bars such as Chewee etc.. There is also 3.7g of Fat, so it is not fat free but there isn't much fat in it and there is 9.6g of sugar. This is not great because it takes up nearly 10% of your daily allowance and it is only a snack!
How does it taste, smell etc.?
Upon opening the packaging, a sweet aroma will infuse the air which is caused by the tasty rolled oats, the sweet raisins and the lovely hazelnuts. When you bite off a bit of this bar, it is quite hard but not too hard like a toffee! I found that it did make my jaw ache slightly but this may be different for everyone!
Price and Place
As I said before, these were sent out to me on trial but, as we do buy them every week almost I can inform you on this information. They are sold in multi packs in supermarkets such as Co-Op, Tesco and Asda for around £2.00 but some weeks they can be on offer, to attract attention to the consumer. The single bars are available in off licences and petrol stations.
When is the best time to eat these?
I find that I eat mine mid-morning but this may be different for everyone. They can be used as a replacement for breakfast, a pudding, a quick snack whilst travelling or on-the-go or before bed. As I said, it is totally up to you where you eat your bar.
The good points about these bars are:
*Jordan's have a great reputation
*Smell is amazing
*Easy to eat wherever you are
The bad points about these bars are:
*A little too sugary
*Can get stuck in your teeth!
The reason why I like these bars are because I can eat them when I am feeling a little hungry and they give you a boost and I feel as if I can get up an boogie!
4/5 From me.
I normally prefer my cereal bars to be chewy and chocolatey. However, for reasons I can't remember (it was all a bit of a blur) I bought a packet of these just before or after my baby was born and got hooked.
The bars are very chewy and very fruity and they have a very natural taste like you could make them yourself at home if you were that way inclined. They are quite thin and flat and they taste really nice but also like they're really good for you, just the thing to keep you going when you're having to get up for night feeds, or up at 6am with a newborn baby.
They are really easy to eat and although they seem quite a small size are very satisfying and good as a healthy snack at any time of day. Jordan's do a number of other flavours too and I think I've tried them all now, they are all nice but these are definitely my favourite.
I have never been a morning person. The thought of adding a big bowl of breakfast to my already tired out stomach just seems like a waste of food. As a result of this I never gave that much attention to the most important meal of the day and often leave the house without a glance at the fruit bowl or stacks of cereal boxes. This all changed when I discovered Jordan's frusli bars.
Juicy raisins and crunchy hazelnut bars are the new tasty recipe from Jordan's. I have never been satisfied by the taste of breakfast bars before but when finishing the last bite of Jordan's it was very difficult for me not to go for more! It has just the right amount of juice and crunch to get you addicted after one bite with a sweet, yet not sickly, taste.
I did originally purchase these bar as, for the millionth time, I am on a diet and the thing that always makes my already large stomach larger is my persistent snacking. I wanted something to nibble on while watching TV that would stop me from returning time after time to the fridge. Unfortunately, they never seem to fill me up. Whether it due to its tastiness or my greed, my stomach is never fully satisfied with just the one bar.
There are 4 other flavoured bars in the shops. These are red berry, blueberry, tropical papaya and pineapple and tasty cranberry and apple. Although I have only tried 2 (and found them delicious) I wouldn't be surprised if they were all as tasty as hazelnut.
So I would recommend these bars to anyone with a sweet tooth who is looking for something that is a more healthy choice. I don't think they are a good dieting bar but for a quick breakfast on the rush you should definitely consider them.
Of which sugars 9.6g
Of which saturates 0.5g
Contains: hazelnuts, oats
May contain: wheat, barley, rye, other nuts, sesame seeds.
Thanks for reading!
I generally find that healthy snacks are never tasty snacks but Jordans Frusli Raisin and Hazelnut is different, it is both healthier than other snacks and also very tasty. It is a lovely wholegrain oat cereal bar with raisins and hazelnuts; it is very crunchy and very satisfying.
You can get other flavours of the bar such as wild berry, apple and cranberry and blueberry burst but for me the raisin and hazelnut is by far the best and as this snack has won Slimming Magazines Best Cereal Bar award for 5 years running, you can eat it safe in the knowledge that it is good for you.
These come in box`s of six and they currently cost £1.58 per box from Asda, Asda do not seem to stock the apple and cranberry but as these are the worst of the flavours anyway it is no big deal.
These bars are great for a quick bite at breakfast for those days when time is against you and they are also very good snacks for throughout the day.
These bars are soft moist and chewy yet very crunchy also due to the large portion of hazelnut, they really are a great all round snack and one that I highly recommend to everyone.
We bought a pack of six of these Frusli raisin and hazelnut cereal bars to go in our packed lunchboxes as a healthy alternative to the chocolate bars we normally have. However, we forgot that our school is a 'nut-free zone' and subsequently had to keep them for our snack after school or as breakfast on the go. A pack of 6 cost between £1.50 and £2 and they can be bought at most supermarkets, in a range of flavours not just this one.
The six bars are individually wrapped, so they can be shoved into bags and boxes when you're in a hurry, and come in a cardboard box that means they can be stacked alongside your cereals-rather than all coming in another plastic wrapper that is annoying when there's only one left.
Each bar has 122 calories, which is more than the chocolate bars we have at lunch time but these bars are more filling, and the main ingredients are dried fruit and nuts. I like the fact that it is cereal bar that actually has healthy ingredients (as some turn out to be mainly sugar) and the wholegrain oat flakes and wholegrain oat flour are British Conservation Grade as well.
I do quite like the taste of the bars because the sweetness tastes natural rather than artificial and the raisins are a nice and juicy contrast to the oats and hazelnuts. The texture is quite tough and you have to work rather hard to chew each bite, but you could see this as good for people on a diet who want to savour each mouthful and take more time over their food. However, if you have braces I would advise you to eat these bars with extreme caution or not at all, you may find that more ends up stuck to your brace than actually in your mouth (not such a great look)!
Jordan Frusli bar have always been a handy snack for me. This fruit bar has accompanied me on long road trips and a quick breakfast meal when I am in a hurry.
Jordan has been making fruit bars and muesli since the 1970s. The company pride itself in using traditional methods of making cereal and their ingredients sourced mainly from local producers. There are altogether 5 different combination of fruit bar in the frusli range. They are: Cranberry and Apple, Raisin and Hazelnut, Wild Berries, Cherry and Cocoa Nib and lastly, blueberry fruit bars.
The main ingredient in the fruit bar is oat which is frown by conservation grade farmers in Britain. Conservation farm are farms with 10% nature friendly habitats, such as bees, birds, butterflies in the farmed land. The fruit bar has no artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and GM ingredients. Frusli provides a good source of fibre and is suitable for vegetarians.
My favourite flavour is Raisin and Hazelnut. The fruit bar is chewy and I like the combining taste of hazelnut and raisin. It is probably the sweetness and moisture content of raisins plus the nutty hazelnut flavour that make me choose this fruit bar from other brands of fruit bar. As it contains natural sugar, it does not cause my sugar level to fluctuate irregularly and one fruit bar will sustained me for a few hours. This is the ideal snack for in between meals and perhaps used as part of my weight loss program.
There are 6 fruit bars in a box and it cost £1.88 per box. Jordan Frusli is available in all major supermarket.
A delicious wholegrain oat cereal bar with raisins and hazelnuts.
Jordans are probably better known for their cereals, eg Jordans Country Crisp.
This bar has won Slimming Magazines Best Cereal Bar award for 5 consecutive years so it is relatively healthy.
Each bar is 30 grams and you get 6 bars in a box.
It is £1.62 for a box from Tesco at the moment.
They also do other flavours:
Apple and Cranberry
I won't patronise you all by telling you what the box looks like etc and what a cereal bar looks like because it just looks like a normal cereal bar!
The flavour is lovely, some cereal bars can be very dry but this one is drizzled with honey so its sweet and chewy.
Free From Artificial Colour, Free From Artificial Flavours, Free From Artificial Preservatives, Free From Genetically Modified Ingredients, Free from Lactose, May Contain Traces of Nuts, No Added Salt, Suitable for Vegetarians. So it suits most special dietary requirements but obviously its not gluten free.
Jordans pride themselves on creating natural foods, and I think it certainly enhances the flavour.
Jordans Raisin and Hazelnut Frusli
Himself came in from work the other day having stopped off in our local Tesco store for a few bits and bobs we needed for tea, and having emptied the bags on the kitchen bench, presented me with two boxes of these bars, one box in Strawberry and something flavour, and these in Raisin and Hazelnut. Now the Strawberry flavoured bars made me feel a little nauseous (something Ive got used to, being 30 weeks pregnant!) but these ones seemed a little more appetising. So when I was feeling a little less like throwing up, I opened a bar and had a nibble. Lovely, chewy, delicious, please can I have another one?! Fortunately, there are 6 in the box, and so we ended up with a box each. Himself got the Strawberry ones for his lunchbox for work, and I have been nibbling on this flavour.
Cereal bars have a bit of a mixed reception in my books, as many of them have more sugar and fat content than a Mars bar, but these cereal bars are really very wholesome and filling, without being over zealous on the sugar/fat content. Made by Jordans, who are known in our house for their porridge oats, amongst other things, they have been awarded Slimming Magazines 2006 Award for the best cereal bar (and this the fifth year in a row!) so they do seem to have a following amongst the dieters of this world. Jordans as a company was founded in 1855, so they have a lot of experience in their trade they are also still and independent family run business, which says a lot for their philosophies, i.e. not selling up for big bucks and letting their ideals float down the Swannie. As a company, they work quite closely with the environment to ensure the food they grow to make their products is grown in a respectful way with regards to nature and the environment. They even have a conservation grade award for farming for wildlife, which I think is highly admirable. There are more details of this on their website: www.jordanscereals.co.uk
The Lovely Cereal Bar
Opening the box that contains the cereal bars, you are immediately hit with a fruity scent. How this is possible, I have no idea, as the bars themselves are packaged in partially see-through plastic wrappers, in purple and cream, with the Jordans logo on the front. Maybe its my super advanced sense of smell (which has developed throughout pregnancy, along with my Ears of a Bat syndrome which Himself is always complaining about as I can now hear him from a half mile radius when he swears to the kitchen taps whilst washing dishes .!) Anyway, I digress.
The bars themselves are maybe 5 inches long, quite wide but rather disappointingly shallow, though packed full of juicy raisins, oaty bits and hazelnuts. They are not overly sweet, and have honey in them, instead of oodles of sugar, which is great news for the bees! (and for our waistlines!) Suitable for those of you who are vegetarians, these bars make a great snack to keep you ticking over, a wonderful addition to your packed lunches (especially good for kids, I think) or even to enjoy with a cup of coffee after a long day at work.
For me, the best thing about these bars is that they feel so wholesome I know that Im getting a good source of fibre, and if I have one of these in the middle of the day, it can keep me feeling fuller for longer than, say, a chocolate biscuit.
A 30g bar contains 122 calories and a miniscule 0.7g saturated fat, which is really good for this type of bar. As far as cost goes, Himself was very proud of the fact that hed got a bargain, as he got the two boxes for just £2.50 on a special offer from Tesco. Buying one box on its own will set you back around £1.60 depending on where you buy them. Not bad considering you get six in the box!
As well as being suitable for vegetarians, the bars are also lactose free, they have no added salt or artificial flavourings, colours or preservatives, and theyre non-GM. Lots of ticks in boxes for me! The box is also recyclable, though it doesnt say whether it was made from recycled materials in the first place, which would be another plus point for me if it was.
All in all, I was quite glad Himself found these bars. Im not sure he would have bought them had they not been on offer, but to be fair, we dont often buy this sort of thing anyway. We will though from now on, as they are not only nutritious, but delicious and not overly expensive either!
Thank you for reading, Kate x
Ingredients: Californian raisins (23%), conservation grade rolled oats, oat flour, honey, roast hazelnuts (10%), blended rape and palm oil, raw cane sugar, glucose syrup, rice flour, malt extract, sea salt.