Friday, December 18, 2015

Review: Quaker Quinoa Yogurt, Fruit & Nut Granola Bars

I'll admit that I've been a little slow to get this new (it was at one time) Quaker product into my review catalog.  I've got a pretty good reason though...they've never been at what I feel is a fair price.  So, on a recent trip to Marsh, I found them at a very fair price (on clearance) and I know I had to snatch up a five of these Quaker Quinoa Yogurt, Fruit & Nut Granola Bars for a much delayed review.  Typically, these run in the $3.00-$4.00 range for a box (at Kroger), but let's just say that I got these at a price substantially lower than that, as the remnants of the clearance tag on the front of the box will infer.  Anyway, each bar in the box is 1.23 ounces and has 150 calories and two grams of protein.  These bars are designed to be snacks, so they aren't large from a calorie, weight or protein perspective.

What I found amusing is that Quaker does not really tell you what fruit or what nuts are in this bar based on the product name and make you go the extra mile to figure it out by either examining the front of the box or the actual ingredient list.  I'll make it easy and say that the bar is based in a solified yogurt base.  That is then topped by a granola mix that includes dried cranberries, raisins, almonds, peanuts and sunflower seeds.  There's also some other assorted ingredients in there, but those are the biggies.  I'll also point out, which you can clearly see, that the amount of ingredients in here was fairly solid and seeing the bar topped with a healthy serving almonds was quite exciting for me personally.

Biting into this, I was immediately met with alternating tastes of sweetness, nuttiness and tartness from the variety of ingredients.  The sweetness was provided by both the yogurt and the raisins, with a slight assist from the cranberries.  The tartness was of course from the cranberries and the nuttiness, primarily almond, was from the assorted nuts included in the bar.  The pumpkin seeds, while present, only brought a tiny bit of saltiness to this, but that could have also been a product of the almonds and peanuts.  The texture of the bar itself was soft and the added ingredients brought some occasional pop and chewiness into this as the yogurt melted over the top to bring some moistness to the package.

Buy It or Fly By It?  This was pretty much just standard stuff from a bar that is primarily made of yogurt, fruit and nut.  None of the flavors stood out, but they all worked in harmony to provide a tasty snack product.  Because of that, this gets a BUY IT rating.  Now, I will give that a caveat and say that that the price not be friendly enough to purchase on a regular basis, but the flavor is worth it.  Caveat emptor, as they say.


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