Thursday, March 6, 2014

REVIEW: Kashi Peanut Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bar Review

Kashi granola bars are blah... And not just moderately blah: they are FULL-ON BLAG-BLAH FORCE kind of blah. I only opt for Kashi granola bars over so many others because they are marginally healthier for you.  I guess the healthiness could be a contributing factor to the blahiness, but I've had a few other granola bars that are similar to Kashi bars nutritional-wise, and they weren't very blah at all.  Maybe I just haven't been eating the right kind of Kashi bars: I've been purchasing all the chocolatey ones, you see, and with chocolate, it is hard to balance out the richness of the indulgent sweet with the healthiness Kashi aims for. So, today, I'm going to set my sights a little lower with Kashi and try their Peanut Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bar (Yes, Peanut is used twice in the name. Don't ask me why. Honestly, I don't think it's a much better market gimmick than just saying "Peanut Butter", but what do I know?). I like peanut butter, but I've never cared much for it when it's put into granola bar form. Maybe Kashi will do it some justice.
A 7.4 oz. box with six 1.2 oz. bars costs around $3.99.
A 35g bar contains 140 calories, 45 of them being from fat, 5g of total fat, 0.5g of saturated fat, 0g of trans fat, 1.5g of polyunsaturated fat, 2g of monounsaturated fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 85mg of sodium, 19g of total carbohydrates, 4g if dietary fiber, 5g of sugar, and 7g of protein.

So, you know how most peanut butter-flavored bars have those little PB baking chips inside them and all that? Yeah... well... Kashi ain't doing that. Instead, their whole bar is more of a pale sunflower shade in color, which I guess means the whole bar balances the flavor of PB throughout. At least that's what I hope. Anyway, this Kashi bar is made up of soy protein cereal pieces, crisped rice, oats, and peanut slices. It's a good-sized granola bar- not too airy or too dense, and is easy to break apart.

At first bite, I was somewhat wary about this bar: Smells like PB, tastes peanutty (not yet, peanut buttery, you see), and contains an agreeable amount of sweetness. But as then went on and I chewed through this bar, I started to think to myself, "Hey, this does taste like PB!" There really was a good amount of peanut butter flavor in this thing. It wasn't JUST peanutty, like how some PB bars decevingly are. Like a lot of Kashi bars (more like all of them), this bar was dry... but not as dry as the rest. Maybe the taste of PB had me conjuring up a creamy, moist texture by myself, but something tells me this is not the case. Texturally-wise, this bar was crunchy and chewy at the same time- perfect for an on-the-go snack. The peanuts added a burst of nut flavor and some extra crunch. They made the bar feel real natural.

At the beginning of this post, I think I made myself clear about how I feel about Kashi's granola bars. I felt they were just plain icky and boring. But today, all my misconceptions about Kashi bars were cleared up when I tried this bar in particular. Not only did it taste like peanuts, but it also tasted like peanut butter- a feat for healthy bars to accomplish, it seems. Finally, a Kashi bar that was agreeably sweet- not bitter or mild... Okay, maybe mild in the sense that it wasn't a sweet, flavorful explosion, but it was sweet enough. Definitely enough to propel this bar to the top of the "Best-Tasting Kashi Bars" list. If you want to buy a box of Kashi bars, this is the flavor to get. I would definitely but this flavor of Kashi again! It's the best one I've tried yet.
I'd give Kashi's Peanut Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bar an 8/10.
Need other views from those who chewed? GrubGrade also has this one reviewed.

What is YOUR favorite of Kashi granola bar? Let us know in the comments below!

Till' then, this has been RiRi ri-porting!
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