Review: Nature’s Path Chewy Granola Bars
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Mar 5 2013

Review: Nature’s Path Chewy Granola Bars

It has been a while since I have seen  gluten-free new product from Nature’s Path.  I have been a fan of their products since first beginning the gluten-free diet in 2006, especially the EniroKidz line and the Mesa Sunrise cereal.  I stopped into my local health food store, Raisin Rack, last week to pick up some vitamins and I couldn’t help but to browse the gluten-free aisles to check for new gluten-free products.  Just as I was turning the corner to go check out, I spotted a box of these new gluten-free granola bars.

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I had to double check that they did indeed say “gluten-free” on the box because I hadn’t heard anything about these bars.  I picked up a box and couldn’t wait to dive in!  There are three different varieties of the new chewy granola bars:

Trail Mixer – Ingredients: Granola* (gluten free rolled oats*, evaporated cane juice*, sunflower oil*, rolled amaranth*, rolled quinoa*), tapioca syrup*, brown rice flour*, brown rice syrup*, sweetened dried cranberries* (cranberries*, evaporated cane juice*, sunflower oil*), invert cane syrup*, roasted almonds*, roasted peanuts*, dried coconut*, flax seeds*, pumpkin seeds* (pumpkin seed kernels*, salt), acacia gum*, sunflower oil*, sea salt, cinnamon*, molasses*. *Organic. Contains peanuts and tree nuts. Produced in a facility that uses soy and dairy.

Dark Chocolate Chip – Ingredients: Granola* (gluten free rolled oats*, evaporated cane juice*, sunflower oil*, rolled amaranth*, rolled quinoa*), tapioca syrup*, chocolate chips* (evaporated cane juice*, unsweetened fair trade chocolate*, cocoa butter*, soy lecithin*), brown rice flour*, brown rice syrup*, invert cane syrup*, acacia gum*, sunflower oil*, evaporated cane juice*, sea salt, natural flavor, molasses*, cultured non?fat dried milk* (skim milk*, starter culture). *Organic. Contains dairy and soy. Produced in a facility that uses peanuts and tree nuts.

Chunky Chocolate Peanut – Granola* (gluten free rolled oats*, evaporated cane juice*, sunflower oil*, rolled amaranth*, rolled quinoa*), tapioca syrup*, dark chocolate chunks* (evaporated cane juice*, unsweetened fair trade chocolate*, cocoa butter*, soy lecithin, vanilla*), brown rice syrup*, brown rice flour*, roasted peanut*, invert cane syrup*, peanut butter*, acacia gum*, sea salt, evaporated cane juice*, tocopherols (vitamin E), molasses*. *Organic. Contains peanuts and soy. Produced in a facility that uses dairy and tree nuts.

I only bought a box of the Dark Chocolate Chip on this particular trip because the Chunky Chocolate Peanut was sold out and I wanted to see how I liked the texture before purchasing a second box or variety.  So, how did I like the bars?  I loved them!  This is probably the closest thing to the granola bars I remember eating before starting the gluten-free diet.  I love the variety of textures and flavors throughout the bar. 

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I gave Jon a bite, but he didn’t care for the bar, which I predicted given how picky he has become.  I am okay with that, as that means there are more for me!  The granola bars cost $4.99/box for 5 bars.  They are on the pricey side, or at least there were at the store where I found them. 

If you are looking for dairy-free bars in addition to gluten-free, the Trail Mixer and Chunky Chocolate Peanut versions are both free of dairy. 

In addition to the new chewy granola bars, Nature’s Path has also recently introduced new superfood cereals and gluten-free breads that I hope to have the opportunity to sample and review for you guys in the near future.  Have you tried the new Nature’s Path Chewy Granola bars?  Is this a product you are interested in trying?

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Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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