Review: Udi’s Soft & Chewy Granola Bars
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Apr 26 2013

Review: Udi’s Soft & Chewy Granola Bars

One thing I have really missed since starting the gluten-free diet is a good granola bar.  In the past year or so there have been some great strides made and there are some decent options on the market to choose from.  Udi’s Gluten-Free has joined the list of companies making gluten-free granola bars with one of their newest products.

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The new granola bars are available in three different varieties:

Cranberry Almond with Omega-3 – INGREDIENTS: GLUTEN FREE OATS, HONEY, BROWN RICE SYRUP, RICE CRISP (BROWN RICE MEAL, WATER), ALMONDS, DRIED CRANBERRIES (CRANBERRIES, SUGAR, SUNFLOWER OIL), EVAPORATED CANE SYRUP, NON-GMO CANOLA OIL, INULIN, TAPIOCA MALTODEXTRIN, MILLED FLAXSEED, PALM OIL, WATER, VEGETABLE GLYCERINE, NATURAL FLAVOR. CONTAINS: ALMONDS WARNING: May contain nut shell fragments. Made in a facility that processes tree nuts and peanuts.

Chocolate Chip with Antioxidants – INGREDIENTS: GLUTEN FREE OATS, HONEY, BROWN RICE SYRUP, RICE CRISP (BROWN RICE MEAL, WATER), ALMONDS, RAISINS, EVAPORATED CANE SYRUP, NON-GMO CANOLA OIL, INULIN, TAPIOCA MALTODEXTRIN, MILLED FLAXSEED, PALM OIL, AMARANTH, QUINOA, WATER, VEGETABLE GLYCERINE, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086, NATURAL FLAVOR. CONTAINS: ALMONDS

Ancient Grain with Probiotics – INGREDIENTS: GLUTEN FREE OATS, HONEY, BROWN RICE SYRUP, RICE CRISP (BROWN RICE MEAL, WATER), ALMONDS, RAISINS, EVAPORATED CANE SYRUP, NON-GMO CANOLA OIL, INULIN, TAPIOCA MALTODEXTRIN, MILLED FLAXSEED, PALM OIL, AMARANTH, QUINOA, WATER, VEGETABLE GLYCERINE, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086, NATURAL FLAVOR. CONTAINS: ALMONDS

In addition to being certified gluten-free and non-GMO verified, each variety has additional ingredients that are good for you, such as Omega-3, Probiotics and Antioxidants.

I found a single box of the Ancient Grain variety when I was shopping at my local health food store, Raisin Rack, the other day.  I was unaware that they had begun to carry the granola bars and immediately picked up the lone box so I could try them out.  I sampled my first bar after a tough morning BodyPump workout.  I enjoyed the taste and the texture and felt satisfied after eating the bar, which held me over until I was able to eat breakfast a little later on.  The texture of these bars is a little tougher than a Larabar, but not as hard as a crispy rice type bar, if that makes sense.  I would like to keep these on hand and try the other varieties if I can find them.   

Each box contains 5 bars and was priced at over $5/box, which is high, in my opinion. They are priced at $.6.39/box on the Udi’s website for a single box, or $17.16 for six boxes.  As I began to think about the pricing, I thought that the bulk price was actually a really good price, so I went to purchase some.  After adding the bars to my cart, the total said “$32.00”, so I am currently waiting on a response to see what the accurate pricing is.  I will update here once I find out.

Have you spotted or tried the new granola bars from Udi’s Gluten-Free?  If so, please share your thoughts with us.

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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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  • sspiker02

    Bought a box of these (chocolate chip) at Whole Foods in Orlando yesterday and they were an instant hit with my 10 and 13 year old sons–each asking for another. I didn’t try them, but they smelled really good and the texture seemed just like the chewy granola bars they used to eat prior to celiac. Price is high, but a lot of good GF things are. Can’t wait to hear the reply from Udi’s about the website price.

  • sspiker02

    Bought a box of these (chocolate chip) at Whole Foods in Orlando yesterday and they were an instant hit with my 10 and 13 year old sons–each asking for another. I didn’t try them, but they smelled really good and the texture seemed just like the chewy granola bars they used to eat prior to celiac. Price is high, but a lot of good GF things are. Can’t wait to hear the reply from Udi’s about the website price.