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I always try to have a healthy breakfast ? usually either porridge or muesli with yoghurt and fresh fruit. However at least once a week I need to catch an early train for London and I normally don't have time to grab anything. On these days I've got into the not so healthy (and expensive) habit of getting a cappuccino and a muffin at the station. Thinking of both pocket and waistline, when I had to catch an early train earlier this week I took a pack of these bars from the cupboard and popped it in my handbag. I had a stock as I often pop them into the packed lunches that I do for the rest of the family.
~~ Taste ~~ For me the taste is near perfect. I do like this sort of thing - be it a flapjack, or an oaty biscuits (Hob Nobs are the best even without chocolate) - and these bars did not disappoint. They are crunchy with a good bite. They hold together well so any mess is minimal, very useful when eating on the go. They are sweet - perhaps too sweet for some - but with a coffee I found they hit the spot. I sat on the station platform happily munching away and sipping at my cappuccino; yes, I still succumbed but one needs a drink in the morning to help get oneself and one's digestive system going! A pretty good combination I would say which set me up really nicely for the day and I didn't have any hunger pangs until lunchtime.
There are a whole range of flavours - oats and honey, nutty peanut, oats and chocolate, ginger nut, oats and berry, oats and hazelnut, roasted almond, almond, chocolate, cinnamon, coconut, and fruit and nut. Clearly the only thing to do is try them all. Perhaps next time I''ll look out for a variety pack. They come in boxes of five and each pack has two bars.
~~ Ingredients ~~ Whole Grain Rolled OATS (59%), Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Canadian Maple Syrup (2%), Honey, Salt, Molasses, Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin, Raising Agent: Sodium Bicarbonate, Natural Flavouring, Contains Oat Gluten and may contain Peanut, Tree Nuts and Soy Ingredients.
~~ Nutritional info ~~ In two bars (42g) there are 191 calories of which 34% fat, 59% carbs, 7% protein. For those who follow WeighWatchers, a pack comes in a 5 Pro Points which seems pretty good to me.
~~Price ~~ I bought mine at Waitrose where they are currently on offer. 2 for 3.50 GBP. Single packs are 2.39 GBP.
~~ Recommended ~~ I'd say so. They are on my shopping list! 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me.
When I was last at Paddington station, I was given a free Nature Valley Granola bar by representives of the company. I hadn't tried the brand before and was just thinking about getting a snack before I got on my train, so it was a welcome gift! Since then I have discovered I like them a lot, so they have become a regular purchase.
Nature Valley bars come in a variety of flavours, but some are easier to find than others. I was given the maple syrup flavour, which seems to be the easiest to get hold of, along with the oats and honey version. There's also apple, almond and ginger ones. The free pack that I recieved had an rrp of 59p printed on it but sadly I haven't been able to buy them at that price. I last paid 69p in Holland and Barrett, and a bit less in an independent health food shop and Sainsburys. You can also get them in multi packs in most supermarkets which reduces the price per portion.
As you can tell from the name, the bars are based on granola with added flavourings. I do love granola, but I have often steered clear of buying products made from it as they are often high in sugar. The Nature Valley bars come with two thin bars in each 42g pack, and if you eat both you would have consumed 12% of your RDA of sugar. This seems better than other similar products but it is enough to make me prefer to eat only half at a time and balance that out by avoiding other sugary things on the same day. Considering they have both sugar and maple syrup in, they don't actually taste too sweet for me. This makes them much pleasanter to eat.
Each piece looks golden brown and appetising. They also smell fantastic and oaty, a scent that always makes me feel hungry even if I wasn't to start with. However, I expected their texture to be a bit crunchier. They are quite crispy, but I would like them to be a bit firmer. They are also a bit messy to eat because they crumble once you take the first bite. If you try to break a bar in two, for example, you get showered in crumbs. I will put up with that because the taste is fantastic! They are full of the toasty taste of oats whereas the maple flavour is more on the subtle side but it is there. The two do combine beautifully. I think the overall flavour is fresh and natural, rather than blandly sweet as I thought it may be. I like the bars on their own, but I also like to crumble them into yogurt. You can layer granola pieces, and fruit puree or coulis, with the yogurt to make a pretty and quick dessert. The relative crunch of the oaty pieces makes a good contrast to the smooth fruit, and it stays firm for a good while. However I have them, I do find one bar to be filling enough on its own for a quick snack, but not for a lunch replacement!
I would recommend you give these a try if you like oats or granola. They are quite reasonably priced if you can shop around, bearing in mind you get two thin bars in each packet. If you don't want to eat both at once, you can't re-seal the pack but the unused piece seems to keep fresh anyway at least until the next day. I had to pick a fault I would like a bit more maple flavouring, but I do think they taste nice as they are.
I always try and eat breakfast as not only is it the most important meal of the day I am always hungry in the mornings and do really enjoy eating breakfast. At the moment due to me starting work quite early in the mornings I have been opting for quick easy breakfast's such as cereal bars and one that I have discovered recently is the Nature Valley Granola Bars which come in a variety of flavours including Canadian Maple Syrup.
These Granola bars can be purchased in larger supermarkets and my last purchase was off a multi-pack containing 6 individually wrapped packs of the bars from Asda for £2.59. The multi-pack that I chose to purchase contains three different varieties, honey, maple syrup and ginger. I personally thought this was a great idea as it is nice to have a change to prevent getting bored from eating the same thing although this review will focus on the Canadian Maple Syrup flavoured bar. It is also possible to purchase these bars individually from some shops but they do work out more expensive to purchase in this way.
The granola bars come packed in green and brown foil wrapper which contains two of the granola bars in each pack. On the front of the wrapper is the Nature Valley logo with a picture of the granola bars. It also states on the front that the pack contains two bars weighing 42g and that the pack contains 191 calories. On the back of the wrapper you can find ingredients listings, storage instructions and full nutritional information.
When you open the wrapper you will find the two granola bars inside, they are rectangular in shape and are quite flat. At first I didn't think the bars looked that appealing as they are a brown colour and look a little boring. But I proceeded to try them and was very pleasantly surprised. The bars are mainly made up of wholegrain rolled oats which are flavoured with maple syrup and baked. The bars have a lovely crunchy texture and have a nice slightly caramelised, sweet taste. They taste quite similar to a oaty biscuits, obviously this made them much tastier than I had originally anticipated them to taste like. For anyone that does not like maple syrup I would not say that the taste of the syrup is not particularly noticeable as it just gives the bars a nice sweetness and is not in any way overpowering.
With the granola bars containing wholegrain oats they are designed to release energy slowly to enable u to feel fuller for longer. I tend to eat these around 9.00am for my breakfast and do find that they help keep my hunger at bay until lunch time so in my opinion they provide a tasty and adequate breakfast.
Overall I think these are great tasting granola bars that are perfect to eat on the go or if in a rush. They also make a great snack for any time of the day and with you getting two bars in a pack you can always eat one and save the other for later. I would certainly recommend these bars to anyone who has not yet tried them.
I very rarely ever eat breakfast, but when it came time for my daughter to start nursery I found that being up earlier I was starting to feel a little hungry mid-morning so I tried out one or two of the cereal bars but wasn't really keen at all. One afternoon my mum came home from shopping and handed me a granola bar to try, which I did and absoutely loved!
The bar was one of the Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars which come in a range of flavours. The bars come in a green box which shows a large picture of the granola bars along with some of the ingredients pictured at the side. At the bottom of the box there is a small nutritional guide which shows the content of each bar. The reverse of the packaging tells us a little about the granola bars and the flavours available: Roasted Almonds, Canadian Maple Syrup, Oats and Honey or Fruit And Nut. You can also purchase a box with all three flavours in should you prefer to do that rather than just one flavour. On the side of the box there is some information written in a foreign language (maybe urdu I am not sure) which is a good idea for non English people wishing to buy the product.
There are six snack bars per box, and each pack contains two bars. The price of a box of granola bars seems to vary depending on where you purchase them from, I bought a box of the Roasted Almond from Tesco on offer for a pound but the regular price seems to be around £2.00 - £2.50. Opening the snack bar for the first time, quite a few bits of oats fell out which had become loose inside the wrapper - this is something I made a mental note of and now open the packet over a surface and not just on my knee! Looking at the bar itself it just looks like an oaty bar and they are relatively thin, maybe a centimetre or two thick (I haven't measured). Biting the bar for the first time a few little bits did fall down onto my lap and so I have found it much better to break a little of the bar off in the wrapper to minimise the mess! I can't really describe the taste of the bars as they are quite distinctive, but they are really delicious and the almond taste in the bar really enhances the flavour.
Nutritional Guide (per bar)
* 193 calories (10% of your daily guide)
* 10.5g sugar (12%)
* 7.7g fat (11%)
* 0.8g saturates (4%)
* 0.4g salt (6%)
All in all they really aren't the healthiest of snacks, but they are much better than a chocolate bar! I would recommend the snack bars as I do think they are delicious and really quite moreish!
Thank you for reading my review.
I was running through Tesco the other day, with a hungry child and a list of shopping to do, I was in NO mood for tantrums, but sure enough the insistent cries of Im hungry persisted.
I hurriedly scanned the reduced section and was surprised to see several of these bars sitting there with a 10 cent price on each one, instead of the usual 90 cents. Well needless to say after checking the date I preceded to fill my trolley with at least 20 bars. And the little girl soon had one in her mouth as she happily chewed away.
Nature Valley is part of General Mills and produces lots of different types of grain and nut cereals but mainly focuses on the granola bars, and they have an impressive range.
In the UK only four varieties are available:
Canadian Maple Syrup
Oats and Honey
This particular bar, comes in a boxed set or in a single bar form with two slim bars in the packaging. The bar weighs 42 grams, and looks like a slim flapjack.
It is however allot harder then a flapjack and much drier.
When I first tasted it I loved it, it was sweet and you could distinctly taste the maple syrup, the oats were crunchy and it filled me up quite quickly.
After I finished the first bar and started on my second, I was beginning to feel very thirsty and it started to taste too sweet so I couldn't finish it.
My daughter however thought it was marvelous and couldn't stop eating them. Since I don't like eating too much of something sweet this might not be a problem with those who have a sweet tooth, however they are rather dry, and I would recommend you have something to drink with these.
In Tesco in the UK you can buy a six pack for 2.30 pounds, which comes out to about 38 pence each.
Nature Valley granola bars are marketed as trail food, something to bring with you as you are out and about living a healthy lifestyle.
For a quick snack these were good, but I don't know if I would take them on a trek with me. I think that they are too sweet and sugars are fast burning and do not give you the slow released energy you need on a hike. Yes wholegrain oats are good and have the right energy, but I still found these too sweet, besides the maple syrup they also contain sugar, molasses and honey, overload in my opinion. Also they were very dry and made you thirsty afterward.
So my final word would be nice as a snack but I wouldn't recommend you taking them as energy food on a hike.
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars are my snack of choice at the moment. I always have the Canadian Maple Syrup variety.
Nature Valley is part of the General Mills food group.
Granola is usually a snack or breakfast cereal made of rolled wholegrain oats. It can be mixed with honey, nuts or other ingredients and it is baked until it is crunchy. Usually it is served as a loose cereal but the Granola bars are baked into a bar shape making the convenient to eat anywhere.
These bars contain Oats, sugar, sunflower oil canadian maple syrup, honey, salt, various flavourings and molasses. (They also contain traces of nuts).
Each box contains 6 individually wrapped packs that weigh 42g. Each individual pack has two good sized granola bars. Each 2 bar serving contains 185 calories.
I have been following the slimming world programme and have tried to incorporate these yummy bars into my eating plan. For those who wish to know they are worth 9 syns (yeiks I hear you cry!) but do not fret.... I use this as 1 healthy extra and add 3 syns. Apologies to those of you who think I am speaking another language!
As there is no image from Dooyoo, I had better describe the packaging.... The box is green with a large yellow title declaring this to be a NATURE VALLEY product. In smaller lettering underneath are the words Crunchy Granola Bars. A symbol stating that they contain whole grain oats is in red next to a photographic image of two granola bars. On the reverse of the box is a picture of a lady sitting next to a lake. I think, giving you the feeling of the great outdoors. Some of the wording states "..When you want a hearty snack for your active outdoor lifestyle, reach for the great taste of Nature Valley."
Are they worth it?
At about £2.30 for 6 bars these are some of the more expensive 'healthy' bars. However, they really are substantial. Each bar is like eating a piece of flapjack. There is nothing light and airy about them. They are biscuit like in crunchiness, but very oaty. I love the maple syrup flavours that really satisfies my sweet tooth. If i had one criticism it would be that they are a little dry. However that problem is easily overcome by always having a lovely cup of tea to hand!
Other flavours -
Oats and Honey
These bars are not being marketed for those wanting to lose weight, but for those who lead an active and healthy lifestyle. This is the image that I want to portray! Maybe people will believe it if they see me sitting with my walking boots on, map in one hand, granola bar in the other. I guess I need to move from my living room though to make it a reality!!
Most definitely worth it!