My husband started a new job this summer that comes with a longer commute and fewer easily accessible options for gluten-free food. So, I’ve been trying to have lunches and snacks at home that he can easily take with him. I hadn’t tried Bakery on Main‘s granola products, yet. So, I was happy to get some samples in the mail to try. They sent me some granola bars and the Fiber Power granola to try.
I often hear from people starting on the gluten-free diet that they don’t get enough fiber from a gluten-free diet. (Well, that’s a whole other subject, that I won’t get into in this post.) If you happen to feel the same way, then the Fiber Power Granola may be the product for you. It contains gluten-free whole grain oats and 9 grams of fiber per 1/2 cup serving. My husband enjoyed the Fiber Power granola mixed in with yogurt.
The first thing that struck me about these products was their aroma. Each time I opened a package I was surprised they were so fragrant. True to its name, the Triple Berry Granola had a wonderful berry scent. The Maple Cranberry bars smelled of maple syrup, and the Extreme Trail Mix bars smelled like sunflower seeds. Maybe my nose was just sensitive on that day, but I was immediately drawn to the delicious smells.
The next thing I noticed were all the whole grains and seeds. Wow. Lots of sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, rice crisps, and cornflakes. All three bars are soft and chewy, not too crunchy, and have a light sweetness to them. I think the size is perfect, too. Not too much to ruin dinner, and easy to carry around in a briefcase, purse, or backpack. The dried cranberries in the Maple Cranberry bars and Trail Mix bars added a nice flavor and sweetness. The Extreme Trail Mix bars also had large pieces, if not whole, almonds, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts which added an extra crunch to the bars.
I let my kids give them a try, too. But, apparently the bars are not to their liking. I guess the flavors are a little too strong for them. Of the three, the Chocolate Peanut Butter one was the most palatable. If it weren’t for the chocolate chips, they probably would pass. OK, so the bars aren’t exactly kid-favorites. But, my husband and I were able to appreciate them for their taste, texture and natural goodness.
You should check out the Bakery on Main website for all the nutrition details, but I will mention a few things about the granola bars. Each one contains 170 calories with 3 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and 11 grams of sugar. The granola bars are sweetened with rice syrup, honey and evaporated cane juice.
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