Saturday, March 22, 2014

REVIEW: Nature Valley Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits

Gee, it sure has been awhile since I've reviewed any Nature Valley products. But I guess now's a good as time to get back on track as any! Hey, in my defense, Nature Valley hasn't released any new products in FOREVER. But finally, finally... they're here. Nature Valley's Breakfast Biscuits. A product so innovative, so original, so unique, so one-of-a-kind that-
Just kidding. I mean, where have I heard the term "breakfast biscuits" before? Uhhhhh, duh! belVita!!!
These "new" Nature Valley biscuits are nothing more than a rip on belVita's biscuits. And I should know. I reviewed the Apple Cinnamon belVitas before (which really weren't that good, but that's irrelevant), and they looked COMPLETELY like these Nature Valley biscuits. But, with a perceptive eye, one can also see that these NV biscuits are more granola-like than the belVita biscuits. I suppose that makes sense, because what does Nature Valley specialize in? Yes, granola! Correctomundo!
Well, while these biscuits don't show too many signs of originality, they are new, and they are Nature Valley, and who knows? They could be mighty tasty, even if they are ripoffs. So today, I'll be reviewing the Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits. Why Blueberry? A cuz' Blueberry sounds a lot more tastier than plain ol' Honey, that's why.
Anyway, an 8.85 oz. box with five 1.77 oz. packages costs around $3.39.
A four biscuit serving (50g) contains 230 calories, 80 of them being from fat, 9g of total fat, 2g of saturated fat, 0g of trans fat, 1.5g of polyunsaturated fat, 5g of monounsaturated fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 170mg of sodium, 115mg of potassium, 33g of total carbohydrates, 4g of dietary fiber, 12g of sugar, and 5g of protein.
Nope. No originality. Even the amount of biscuits is the same! Four in belVita, four in Nature Valley. Tsk tsk tsk. Anyway, these NV biscuits look a lot like belVita biscuits, but at the same time, don't. See, both biscuits are an oval-like shape, both are rather thin in width, and both are hard and brittle. However, taking these biscuits out of their packaging, we can clearly see they are composed of a very different makeup than belVita biscuits. While belVita are made mostly of wheat flour or whatever, these biscuits seem to be made up of many oats- many more than you'd see in a belVita. Also, the NV biscuits have a bumpier texture than belVitas. As for other aesthetic points, we can see tiny spots of deep blue breaking out from the oat mixture here and there.
These biscuits are big on blueberry smell and flavor. They taste A LOT like blueberries. And sweet blueberries, at that. Very sweet. And very tasty! I suppose that has to do with the fact that these biscuits taste so much like Nature Valley's crunchy granola bars. In fact, the textures are the same too. Crunchy and brittle, but melt in your mouth. The oats give the biscuits a real hearty taste, but yet the thinness of these bars still gives the impression of eating something "light." Also, the way these biscuits melted away in my mouth made me feel that they were quite moist.

Overall, these little biscuits were vastly tastier than I figured they'd be! I don't care if these taste just like belVitas or not- they're darn good. These biscuits are very sweet and very tasty- I couldn't get enough of them! (In fact, I once had two packages in one sitting... Wuh oh!) However, I must say this- these biscuits don't exactly bring anything new. They're pretty much Nature Valley's crunchy granola bars in a different form. There are some differences between the two brands, but still. Anyway, I say, definitely pick up a box of these bars, especially if you like Nature Valley's crunchy granola bars. I would definitely buy these again!
I'd give Nature Valley's Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits a 9/10.

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