“ Type: Cereal Bars „
As one of Sainsbury's "be good to yourself" range these cereal bars boast a whole host of healthy info on the box. They are high in fibre, fortified with vitamins and contain prebiotics. In addition to this, each bar is only 75 calories and contains less than 3% fat. So they fit the bill in terms of healthiness but do they pass the taste test?
Rather surprisingly, the answer to that question is a resounding 'yes'. The bars have a rich, mapley flavour with a strong hint of demarerra sugar. This comes from the maple syrup fudge pieces which make up a hefty 6% of the ingredients, and are delicious. The bars also contain roughly a quarter of your Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, Niacin, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid and Iron. All of which is good to know because while you are enjoying the gorgeous taste of these bars, you know that they are doing you some good (that's my justification anyway!).
They are priced at a very reasonable £1.39 for a pack of 6, which I think represents great value for money. Sainsbury's also regularly include these in their 3 for 2 promotion, which makes them even cheaper.
The packaging lists all the nutritional info that I have made reference to in this review. It is clearly presented and very accessible and straight forward. The packaging is also made from 80% recycled board, which is a bonus for the eco-conscious amongst us.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these for lunch boxes or as a mid-afternoon snack. They are pretty good for you, and won't let you down in the taste department either.
Here is yet another cereal bar review from me. I think I've probably worked my way through the majority of cereal bars on sale, but the varieties I've reviewed so far tend to be the bars that are favourites in my family.
These cereal bars hail from the Sainsbury's 'Be Good To Yourself' range of products. Overall, I have found the 'be good to yourself' options to be of extremely good quality and not lacking in any way when compared to the normal range.
The multigrain maple flavour cereal bars are packed in a box of 6. The outer box is decorated in the distinctive 'be good to yourself' lime green and white colouring, making it easily noticeable for people looking specifically for products in the range.
On the face of it, these bars have a lot going for them. Not only does the flavour sound tempting 'maple' but they also contain prebiotic, are high in fibre, have less than 3% fat and are fortified with vitamins and iron. Even better, each bar has only 71 calories.
The bars are wrapped individually inside a plain wrapper, coloured lime green and white and stating the contents. On opening the packet a deliciously rich maple flavour greets you, promising a very tasty treat is in store.
They have a lovely golden colour and look similar to a flapjack with oats as the main ingredient and little pieces of maple flavour fudge. They have quite a sticky feel to them but when you eat them, they don't taste enormously sugary like many similar bars. They are quite light and slightly chewy but don't crumble and leave a mess everywhere.
Each bar weighs 25 grams but does have 5g of sugar which is about 1 teaspoon. Fibre content is very high with 5.7g in each bar and only 0.7g of fat.
If you're on a calorie controlled diet, then these are a real treat because they don't taste like 'diet' food. If you love the taste of maple syrup, then you'd like these bars.
I feel quite happy giving these to my kids for their lunch boxes and they are more than happy eating them.
They're naturally only available in Sainsbury's and are priced very reasonably at £1.39 for 6 bars.
Onto the ingredients. The list is scarily long but I've included everything listed.
Prebiotic Oligofructose Syrup (31%); Rice; Oat Flakes; Whole Wheat; Maple Flavour Fudge Pieces (6%); Concentrated Apple Juice; Sugar; Humectant: Glycerol;; Wheat Gluten; Skimmed Milk Powder*; Flavouring; Vegetable Oil (contains Antioxidant: DL-Alpha-Tocopherol); Malted Barley Extract; Salt; Whey Powder*; Defatted Wheat Germ; Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin;; Niacin; Iron; Pantothenic Acid (B5); Vitamin B6; Thiamin (B1); Riboflavin (B2); Folic Acid; Vitamin B12.*from Cows' Milk Maple Flavour Fudge Pieces contains: Sugar, Sweetened Condensed Milk*, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Butter Oil*, Stabiliser: Cellulose; Flavouring, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin.*from Cows' Milk
Dietary Information: Contains milk, wheat gluten, barley gluten, oat gluten & soya
Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.