When I was rushing through Walgreen’s last week, I almost missed an exciting gluten-free find. The new gluten-free Almond Crunch bars by Nature Valley were placed prominently in the front of the snack aisle. Since I don’t usually buy snacks at Walgreen’s (though I did find Ike & Sam’s kettle corn there), I’m not sure how long the bars have been available there. I have looked for the Nature Valley bars at the grocery store and but so far the the Roasted Nut Crunch – Almond Crunch bar (one of two gluten-free bars in the line) has not yet appeared there.
My guess is that the prices at Walgreen’s are quite a bit higher than at Publix, but I’m not even sure that Publix ordered the new gluten-free bars from Nature Valley. The box of six bars was only $4.19 which is actually a deal as gluten-free bars go. Not many we like retail for as little as $.70 each. That is a great price for gluten-free and gluten bars alike so I decided to buy the box at Walgreen’s. If I didn’t like them, my husband would eat them so the money would not be wasted either way. I’m happy to report that the bars were absolutely excellent so I might or might share them with anyone.
Nature Valley is a General Mills company that was founded in 1975. Here is some interesting information from their website about the National Parks Project. Apparently, the Nature Valley products were being made with real ingredients before that was in vogue for large food companies. Website excerpt:
Though much has changed since Nature Valley introduced the world’s first granola bar in 1975, one thing hasn’t: No matter how many new flavors we create, they’re all made like the first, from wholesome, delicious ingredients. That way you can be assured that with Nature Valley you’re always getting The Taste Nature Intended®.
The allergen statement on the gluten-free bars indicates they contain almonds, peanuts and sunflower and that they might contain soy. Milk is not listed in the ingredients, but there is no dairy-free statement on the box. The overall texture of the bars is almost too crunchy for me, but the taste is simply delightful. The bars are both salty and sweet and I’ve not found that combination in many gluten-free bars. Each bar contains 190 calories and 6 grams of protein. The good news is that there is 8% of the RDA of fiber in each bar. The bad news is that there is also 8% of the RDA of sodium in each bar.
Nature Valley products are sold in most grocery stores and can be purchased online. Unfortunately, the only Roasted Nut Crunch bars listed as Almond Crunch on the website are not listed as gluten-free. A search with the term “gluten-free” on the website didn’t turn up any information either. The version of the Nature Valley Almond Crunch bars sold on Amazon is not the new gluten-free option. The new bars are now listed on the Live Gluten Freely website. I hope the company considers offering other gluten-free bars in the future. They just added the Peanut Crunch bar, but Pecan Crunch sounds good to me!