Saturday, March 24, 2012

Review: Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Raspberry Cereal Bar

Most days for lunch, I grab an apple and some grapes out of my company's wellness refrigerator and I am set. Occasionally though, they run out of those things because some people took too much (occasionally guilty) or they just haven't had a grocery run in a while and the stock has just run out.  On those occasions, I have to grab some sort of pre-packaged product like raisins or in this case, the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Raspberry cereal bar. Since I didn't pay for this myself, I can't tell you specifically how much it costs, but I think you can usually pick them up at the store for around $3.00 for an eight bar box.  As for the rest of the bar, it weighs in at a nice sized 1.3 ounces and contains 120 calories per bar.  It touts itself as a good source of fiber and being that it has  10% of your daily fiber allotment (based on the typical 2,000 calorie diet), I would say that is a fair statement being made by Kellogg's.

As you can see from this picture, this bar is shaped like a rounded rectangle and contains a jelly like filling consisting of the raspberry flavoring.  The outside is then the "cereal" part of the bar as it is made up of a grain blend of oats, flour and wheat...basically ingredients in cereal.  See how I made that leap?  Yeah, I'm pretty darn smart.  Anyway, in my mind, this looks like an oversized Fig Netwon cookie.

Sometimes looks are not deceiving because I thought this one tasted like a Fig Newton as well.  It wasn't as sweet or as dense as a Fig Newton, but the texture of the raspberry filling and the cereal bar exterior carried that same mouthfeel.  The raspberry flavoring in this was sweet, but not really dominating and the cereal exterior carried a nice, flaky chewy that mixed well with the spreadable, for lack of a better word, gooeyness of the raspberry filling.  All in all, it's a nice combination.

Buy It or Fly By It?  This bar really wasn't all that bad, but it really wasn't all that good either and that would lead me to give it a negative rating.  Being that I'm always looking for a decent snack sized bar or a breakfast other than a Quaker Chewy granola bar, I would say that this is a suitable alternative and would therefore give it a BUY IT rating.  The raspberry mixes well with the "cereal" exterior and starting off your day (or giving yourself a snack) with this bar is a good way to start and/or continue your day.



  1. I love these bars, but they do not fill me up at all. I sometimes feel like I could eat the entire box.

  2. not that bad but not that great, pretty much how I feel about most cereal bars... do you ever have the whole foods store brand? They are cheaper and mildly more amusing.

    1. Never had those. Actually, I've never been in a Whole Foods in my entire life. I'm not the kind of shopper that likes to go there. I like my discount grocery stores.

    2. if you can find one in the right area, the prices on some things are decent. I probably wouldn't go but there are a few things they have that you can rarely find anywhere else.

      Plus whole foods has "Three Sisters Marshmallow Oaties" which is the best cereal ever :)

  3. I basically survived on a diet of Nutri-Grain bars (and Pepsi) back when I was a teenager working at my first full-time job. My favorite flavor was Apple Cinnamon.

    Ah, memories. :)

    These days, on the rare occasion that I purchase "fruit and grain cereal bars" like this, I actually prefer the store-brand version from Aldi. They are quite a bit cheaper than Nutri-Grain, and to me they taste better too.


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