It's very hard to find a cereal or cereal bar that isn't packed full of sugar and additives. As I try to be healthy and at the moment I'm on a low-carb diet, I wanted to find a cereal bar that would provide a quick breakfast, keep me going until lunchtime, wouldn't be full of sugar (and therefore carbs) or any other rubbish but was still tasty. I didn't think I would find such a thing - until I found these.
These are really low in sugar for what they are, so much so that I can eat them on my diet. I have one of these for breakfast and they keep me full until lunchtime. They're nice and chocolatey but they're not sickly-sweet, and they have a good amount of fibre in them. These would be great to give to kids as they are quite healthy compared to similar products out there, they have a nice crunchy texture and they're good for filling a corner when you just need a snack. The other flavours are equally good - would recommend.
I make no secret I am a Weetabix lover, especially Weetabix minis with chocolate. Living just down the road from the Weetabix factory only strengthens my love for them. Which is why then I really wished I had decided not to try these cereal bars. I blame it on Sainsburys as they were offering two boxes of the bars for £2.00 so it seemed rude not to. Their usual selling price is around £1.37 for a box of five 23 gram bars.
The yellow and brown box and wrappers are very much in keeping with the Weetabix look so they are very much recognisable with the brand. The box features a picture of one of the bars with the addition of a face and arms, which makes it all seem very friendly and my nephew certainly liked the picture. Once opened from it's individual wrapper the bar does seem rather small at approximately just over 3 inches, infact it almost seems suitable more as a snack for a child as opposed to a hungry adult. Having said that the bar does have a substantial feel to it, probably because of the weight of the oats. I was expecting the bar to have a vague whiff of Weetabix about it but really the bars don't smell of much at all.
These oat snacks are sold by Weetabix as delicious chewy bars which contains wholegrain oats as well as crunchy rice and wheat flakes. On top of the brown coloured bar sits a drizzle of milk chocolate. And when I say drizzle that really is your lot. It really doesn't add much chocolate taste to the bar at all. I would go as far as to say it adds nothing. Really I think it has just been added to give you the illusion that this bar will be tastier than it actually is. I think a bar should either have chocolate on it or not all. I must admit I was disappointed as I do like a chocolate topping on my cereal bar. The bars are fairly chewy too eat, this makes the eating experience last slightly longer. Whilst, this is a good thing for bars which are tasty not so good for bars that are not. These really don't taste of much at all and are quite dry, there is nothing distinctive about the flavour even the oats fail to stand out. This was a real let down as the bars looked so appetising on the box.
On a slightly more positive note, the bar does quite a good job of filling a small gap, so if that's your priority over taste then these might be up your street. They may also be good if you are watching your waistline as each bar has only 1.5 grams of fat and 67 calories. The bars are suitable for Vegetarians but as they contain wheat, milk, potentially nuts and soya they are not suitable for those with allergies to these things. They are free from artificial colours and flavours.
For me, they are just too bland and have left me with the feeling that Weetabix should stick to making Weetabix.
I have been eating a lot healthier over the last few weeks and like to have a few nice snack bars around the house in case I have to dash out without any breakfast or lunch for whatever reason.
These bars are provided, individually wrapped, in a cardboard box and there are 5 cereal bars in each box. I paid £1.37 for these from Sainsburys and so far these are the cheapest that I have found by almost £1 which is fantastic.
Each bar is 23g in size so these are not the biggest bar ever but they are substantial enough to fill a hole for a couple of hours. These bars are made using wholegrain oats, rice & wheat flakes which is all pushed together in to a long rectangle that is quite small but weighty. There is a drizzle of chocolate along the top (literally as it appears in the picture above - a tiny dribble) which is really not adding anything to the bar apart from sugar. I thought these bars would have more chocolate on them but I would actually rather they had none than the paltry amount that they do have.
The bars are compact and when you bite in to them each mouthful is crammed full of oats, rice & wheat. There is something quite filling about this bar considering the small size of it. The bar has a lovely chewy quality to it and it takes me a good minute or two to devour the whole bar although I have to have a lot of willpower to make it last this long. I do get a slight sugar hit when I eat one of these bars and while it's not something that I would want to eat every single day I enjoy the quality of them.
Each bar contains 67 calories, 1.6g protein, 11.8g carbohydrates (of which 3.1g sugars), 1.5g fat (of which 0.5g saturates), 6.2g fibre & 0.05g salt.
These bars are very low in terms of general cereal bars which was my main reason for buying these initially and now I will continue to do so because I find that these are ideal for my tea break at work when I want to have something a little bit sweet without going over the top and eating a chocolate bar or drinking a sugary cup of tea.
The quality of these bars is very good and besides the absence of a decent amount of chocolate (the packet says milk chocolate) these are fantastic and I'm going to continue buying these again in the future. I love the chewy texture of the bars and how they keep me feeling fuller for longer when compared to other cereal bars of a similar size which are often laden with sugar and just give you a quick energy release before leaving you feeling worse.
I would recommend these to anybody who is looking for something a little different as a cereal bar and doesn't want lots of sugar in their diet all the time. These are individually wrapped which is nice and simple for throwing one in to my handbag so I have no excuses for raiding the chocolate machine at work!
I bought a box of these during my last weekly shop as a product which I can snack on at work which won't push my weight watchers plan off the track. A packet of 5 Oaty Bars in the milk chocolate variety were on special offer in my local ASDA last week at £1 a packet.
Made by Weetabix, these bars contain just 67 calories and 0.5g of saturated fat each and this equates to just 1 weight watchers point per bar which is a good amount for a snack.
Each bar is individually wrapped and I tried my first one at around 11 o'clock this morning when I always get a bit of a hunger pang. The first thing I noticed was that the actual bar was smaller inside the wrapper than I expected, about an inch shorted than the wrapper would suggest in fact. This is a pretty small bar, about 4 bites for me!
However, the actual bar itself is very enjoyable, it is not dry and crunchy (as I expected) but is soft and chewy, with milk chocolate zig zagged across the top of it in a quite generous amount. I could taste the chocolate in each mouthful which was nice.
The oats make this feel and taste sort of like a flapjack and I really did enjoy it, its quite sweet and tasty. The only thing which irked me is the size of it, although to be fair it did the job and took the edge off the hunger pang for me, it also kept me feeling satisfied until lunch which is likely to be the slow release of the oats, a great idea for this kind of snack.
I am not sure I would eat these as a breakfast (which I think they are intended as?) because it would not feel substantial enough, however, as a mid morning snack or an emergency handbag snack they are a great idea and taste very good.
*** Summary ***
These are healthy cereal bars aimed at children (although I think adults would enjoy them as well!). It includes wholegrain oats, crunchy rice and wheatflakes - with a (small) amount of milk chocolate drizzled on the top. They are high in fibre and claim that they contain alomst half the sugar in a typical children's cereal bar.
They also come in white chocolate and strawberry flavour as well.
*** Packaging ***
They come in a small box of five - found alongside other cereal bars in the supermarket. Each bar is individually wrapped and the box cost £1.42 in Sainsbury's but I have seemed them in deals 2 for 1.
*** Nutritional Information ***
They are free from articificial colours and flavouring and all of the bars in the range contain less then 85 calories. The milk chocolate ones contain just 67 per bar which is very low compared to most cereal bars. It also contains 6.2g of fibre, 1.5 g of fat (just 0.5g of saturated fat) and 3.1g of Sugar.
For anyone following the Weight Watchers plan - these are just one point each so are great for a quick breakfast or for a healthy snack in between meals.
*** Taste ***
They are quite chewy due to oats but I liked this as it made them last longer! They are sweet and the added chocolate on top made it feel more like a treat. Some may find them a little dry but I didn't really mind this as usually have tea with them. I prefer them to other cereal bars due to the slightly sticky, chewy feel to them, but were actually less calories then others I had previously been buying (such as the Special K ones)
I felt like I was having a healthy snack but considering they are quite small, they were filling and with some tea and fruit, I found I didn't need anything else until lunch-time.
*** Overall ***
I think for children (perhaps as a healthy substitute for a chocolate bar in lunchboxes) or for people following a low calorie diet plan then these are fantastic. However, others may find them a bit dry and not satisfying enough.
My vain attempts to eat more healthily continue and so I have been attempting to make my lunches healthier. For a few months now I have been having rubbish cereal bars or 'snaps' from a brand that market themselves as a product that is low in fat, naturally this makes them more expensive. SO, when I went shopping this week I decided to look PROPERLY at the different cereal bar products on offer and to my surprise the majority of the cheaper, taster looking products are actually lower in calories so that's how I came across these Oaty Bars.
Firstly Oaty Bars are less than 85 calories that is less than every single 'weight-loss' brand I have tried. On that alone I was sold then I noticed the price, normally around £1.40 for a box of 5 they were on offer at Sainsbury's- 2 boxes for £2! Brilliant. Even when they are not on offer they average at less than 30p a bar which is really cheap in my opinion. So on price and calorie count they are a definite winner.
The important part, taste.
I really enjoyed them! They were sweet enough for me to enjoy as a snack without becoming sickly. The chocolate taste is certainly present and tasty as well as a sticky caramel that holds the whole thing together. The overall sweetness reminded me of marshmallow for some reason which is definitely a bonus in my eyes.
What shocked me was that the oats were tasty too. Very often with chocolate flavoured cereal bars you feel you are eating chocolate topped cardboard but in this case the oats had a lovely subtle flavour that complimented the sweetness.
Odd one, whilst I enjoyed the taste I also found the bar to be dry yet chewy. I have no idea how it can be both but for some reason it is. Maybe the caramel only lands in certain places when it is being made, who knows! Whatever the case I would say that the texture was the only thing letting this product down.
The bar itself is as you would expect, bar of oats held together with caramel and chocolate. Yum! The packaging is clearly aimed at a younger audience and in this aspect I think it may be being miss-marketed. Whilst I would be happy for kids to put this into their packed lunch I am also happy to put it in mine. How to market it to an adult and child audience? I don't know, I don't get paid to know that but it does give food for thought!
Overall I am more than satisfied with this produce and will buy again.
I brought a box of these Weetabix cereal bars for me and my 2 year old sister to eat on the way to playgroup the other day, I didn't have mine in the end until today and it was sooooooo dry! I told my sister off for messing with her food because she kept doing a mad cough after every little bite but now I can see why, the bar was that dry it was probably choking her as she was walking.
They taste a bit like dry Weetabix and have got a similar texture as well except for it being more compact, they're not chewy like most cereal bars and are dry all the way through and not very nice to eat. The chocolate is on the top of the bar and even though it's got quite a nice taste it can't cover up the dead boring flavour of the bar, being so dry is just part of the reason why I don't like them because they've also got a majorly bland flavour and by the time I'd finished my small bar I needed a drink to wet my mouth a bit and also to take the boring taste out of my mouth.
They are more savoury than sweet and that was a shame because I quite like a cereal bar after my dinner, it's like a pudding but without all the calories that come with cream and cakes! I'd never eat these as a pudding though because they're so boring that it would spoil what I'd already eaten!!! I can't see why anyone would have them for breakfast either because you might as well have a proper Weetabix and milk... at least it won't choke you! lol
I deffo won't be buying these again, this review feels mega short but I've said all I can about these boring dry cereal bars. A pack of 5 bars costs £1.38 and that's quite good because most cereal bars are about £2.00. A bar contains 67 calories and 1.5g fat so if you're on a diet I reckon these would be ideal..... if they tasted better that is!!!
Not recommended..... dry and tasteless!
I'm quite a big fan of cereal bars, especially those that have a bit of chocolate mixed in. They make great snacks that satisfy my chocolate and sugar cravings while actually filling me up, which a proper chocolate bar doesn't do. My favourites are usually things like Nutrigrain Bars and Chewy Bars, but when Tesco had these on offer, I thought I'd try them out. They normally retail for £1.38 for 5 bars, which in my opinion is on the expensive side as far as cereal bars go.
As I'm a fan of weetabix, and a fan of chocolate, I didn't expect to be as taken aback by these as I was. When I bit into a bar for the first time, I was surprised to find that they're really very close to eating dry weetabix. Now, the weetabix I like, is the mushy stuff that's been drenched in milk, so I'm really not used to the taste of them dry.
I didn't find these particularly sweet or savoury, more salty to be honest. I found them far too dry for my liking, and the chocolate did nothing to make the taste experience any more pleasant for me. These don't have much chewiness to them, so they don't last very long either. But that's probably a good thing considering how little I like them!
If you're a big fan of the flavour of dry weetabix then you might like these. If you're more of a fan of something a little more moist and chewy like I am, then you're probably going to be every bit as unimpressed with these as I've been. I wouldn't buy them again, and I wouldn't recommend them either. They're salty, dry, flakey and not very tasty at all. Even the chocolate is bland.
I have tried all three flavours of these new oaty bars - white chocolate, milk chocolate and strawberry and have become a real fan. At first I thought they might taste a bit like weetabix or even worse have the same texture but I was pleasantly surprised - they are a chewy oaty bar with a slight crunch and have in this case some milk chocolate drizzled over the top.
That is a drizzle mind you and I wouldn't recommend them for someone looking for a chocolate fix but at around 70 calories per bar they are a fantastic snack for someone like me who needs to watch their weight. Although my children love them too so don't be put off if you are one of the lucky ones who don't have to worry.
The ingredients list is lengthy, oats only make up about 1/3 of the bars and there are plenty of non-natural sounding items in there (defatted wheat germ anyone?) but they are relatively low in sugar and fat and claim to be high in fibre at over 6g per bar.
They come in slim boxes containing 5 bars and unless on special offer can be quite pricey - I paid £1.49 this morning for a box in Waitrose but have found them slightly cheaper elsewhere.
These Bars have been out for a few months now, and seem to be available in most Supermarkets. I've not seen these being sold individually, but a 5 pack of these bars sell for approx £1.40. Being back on my diet again, I have a couple of these most days, as they are pretty healthy as snacks go, not too expensive and quite tasty.
These are made by Weetabix. I think I was expecting them to taste more like Weetabix, but they are more Oaty. I guess that's where the Oaty Bars name comes from.
The packaging is ok. The bars are in a thin cardboard box and the Bars are placed in individually. They are wrapped individually as well. The colouring on the box looks alright. There is a picture of a Bar with a face on it, and it is set against a blue sky and Corn field background.
Although on the pack it states that these have less than 85 calories, they actually only have 68 calories, so I would have expected a claim of under 70 calories.
The bars aren't that large, but again large enough for a snack. They are rectangular shaped, and not that thick but kinda thick enough if that makes sense. They are as thick as other Cereal Bars.
This is just a Bar with Whole Oats, Rice and Whole Wheat. Although it states that this has Milk Chocolate, there is only a thin wiggly line of it on top of the Bar. So you get the taste of it, but not that much. Then again for the amount of Calories then what do you expect? This Bar tastes, Malty, a little Salty, a tiny bit sweet and nice and Oaty. The Bar is easy to chew, but is quite hard at the same time.
These are also available in White Chocolate and Strawberry, but the Bars are the same, but the line of flavouring on the top is the only different thing.
A nice enough Cereal Bar which is low in calories and pretty tasty as well.
Weetabix Oaty Bars are available in 3 flavours - white chocolate, milk chocolate and strawberry. This review is for the delicious milk chocolate version.
The Oaty bars are available in most supermarkets, and come in a box of 5 for about £2. Each bar is individually wrapped in easy to open attractive foil packaging, which states that there are less than 85 calories per bar and that the bars are high fibre.
I was suprised when I first bit into the bar as it is actually much softer than most cereal bars, with a very yummy porridgey flavour which isnt too sweet like a lot of bars on the market. I also liked the fact that the bars had chocolate drizzled over them rather than being half-covered in a thick layer - I often find this too sickly, particularly if I am eating it as a breakfast bar in the morning
While I dont think one of these bars would keep you going from breakfast until lunch, I do think that they make a good snack or are useful if you are on the go and dont sit down for breakfast - although you might want to have another one with you to snack on a bit later if you get hungry!
I would probably suggest that these are more suited to adults than children, as they dont seem to have the same sickly sweet appeal as more popular children's breakfast bars such as the coco pops and frosties ones.
Overall, a very tasty and not too unhealthy snack.
I have weetabix every morning for breakfast so when I saw these snack bars on the market I thought , 'bring it on'. Was I impressed or disappointed ? Read on to find out...
The product ?
This is called Oaty bars. There are three flavours, milk chocolate, white chocolate and strawberry.
Being a chocolate girl I chose the milk chocolate variety.
The price ?
I paid £1.39 . There are 5 bars per box.
This is about average for this type of product.
The packaging ?
I was amazed at how thin the box was - less than an inch deep, so I knew that there wasn't going to be alot to these bars. The box itself is quite appealing, a bar on the front is given a face and arms, I guess to appeal to children more so than adults. No mistaking the name or the fact that they are made by Weetabix - an ever popular and highly trusted maker of breakfast cereals. The box states the bars are high in fibre, free from artificial colours and flavours and low in salt. All good to know. There are five bars in each box, and we are informed that each bar is less than 85 calories.
The nutritional information is in large print on the back of the box. It is very easy to understand. Here I find out that each bar is only 67 calories. The information also includes all of the ingredients and an allergy warning that the bars contain wheat, barley, oats, milk and soya. There may be traces of nuts.
The foil wrapper of the actual bar is the same as the box.
So, what about the actual bar ?
As I opened the foil wrapper I was quite shocked. I wasn't expecting a huge bar but what I saw was a tiny bar, about 3 inches in length - and that is being generous !
The bar was a beigey/browny colour. There was a thin drizzle of milk chocolate across the top of the bar. This seemed to be the only thing that made me want to eat it, as it did not look at all yummy as the box had said. On eating the bar I was less than impressed. There didn't seem to be any actual flavour to it. I realize that it is more oats than wheat but I think I was expecting a taste in between weetabix and oaty flapjacks. No such luck. I could just about taste the chocolate. I have to say that it wasn't a horrible flavour - there just wasn't enough of it to say much about it. It wasn't crumbly as I had expected either. As it was such a small bar I had finished it in three bites.
Final verdict ?
I was very disappointed in this product. I had expected more from Weetabix.
No flavour, no yumminess, and from me , no interest and buying them again.
A poor effort and i would give only 3 out of 10.
New Oaty Bars milk chocolate are made by Weetabix and have less than 85 calories per bar. These bars have delicious chewy wholegrain oats, crunchy rice and wheat flakes and are topped with a yummy drizzle of milk chocolate. The bars are high in fibre and are great for snacking anytime of the day. These Oaty Bars come in 3 delicious flavours including milk chocolate, strawberry and white chocolate which make them enjoyable for children as well.
This is based on one milk chocolate Oaty Bar.
* Protein - 1.6g
* Carbohydrate - 11.8g of which sugars - 3.1g
* Fat - 1.5g of which saturates - 0.5g
* Fibre - 6.2g
* Sodium - 0.02g
Oaty Bar Milk Chocolate also contains less than half the amount of sugar in than the average children's cereal bar.
Allergy Advice: Contains wheat, barley, oats, milk, and soya and may contain traces of nuts.
These Oaty Bars come in a box which has 5 bars inside. I got these from my local Sainsbury's which were about £1.99 and were also on buy one, get one free which is what tempted me t o try them.
When opening the packet to the bar you can see an Oaty bar which is golden in colour and has chocolate drizzled along the top of the bar in a zig zag pattern. The bar also looks quite sticky as there is a shiny look to it as well. When smelling the bar you can smell a faint smell of chocolate but you can also smell the oats in the bar and this is what it mostly smells of.
When biting into this bar it was a lot softer than I thought. It broke off into my mouth easily and the bar felt moist and quite soft in my mouth. As I started to chew the piece in my mouth it was quite chewy but had a nice texture to it. The bar wasn't dry at all and I was quite surprised at this. The bar itself tasted really Oaty and you couldn't really taste much of the chocolate which was drizzled on top. After eating the bar I was satisfied and did enjoy this as a snack. It was enough to keep me going through until lunch-time and did make me feel quite full as well.
I would definitely try the other flavours in this range as I think they are yummy and taste a lot better compared to other cereal bars which I often find quite dry and not very satisfying. I think children would even enjoy these as well and they would be great for putting in a lunch-box or a great in your bag to eat on the go for when you are feeling hungry. I will definitely be buying these again as they are the only tasty, yummy and satisfying snack that keeps me satisfied until lunch-time.
(Review also on ciao)