Review: Van’s Whole Grain Snack Bars
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Jan 26 2013

Review: Van’s Whole Grain Snack Bars

It was only a few weeks back when I first heard about Van’s Whole Grain Snack Bars.  The bars are perfect for breakfast on-the-run or snack time. The new products are not only loaded with healthy whole grains, but they are certified gluten-free by the GFCO (Gluten-Free Certification Organization).

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There are three varieties of the Whole Grain Snack Bars:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip – Delicious peanut butter and chocolate come together in these chewy baked whole grain snack bars. With 8g of gluten free whole grains and 4g of fiber, these bars take the guilt out of guilty pleasure.  Ingredients: (that we are proud of!) Gluten Free Whole Oats, Brown Rice Syrup, Invert Cane Sugar, Fig Paste (Fig Paste, Fig Concentrate), Peanut Butter Chips (Sugar, Palm Kernel Oil, Peanut Flour, Nonfat Dry Milk, Salt, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin), Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Peanut Butter, Flax Seeds, Peanut Flour, Inulin, Baking Soda, Non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Sea Salt, Peanut Extract, Vanilla Extract, Almond Butter.  Contains: Soy, Milk, Peanuts and Almonds.

Chocolate Chip – New Van’s Chocolate Chip chewy baked whole grain snack bars are gluten free and loaded with natural deliciousness. And with 10g of whole grains and 4g of fiber, they’re a snack the whole family will love.  Ingredients: (that we are proud of!)  Gluten Free Whole Oats, Brown Rice Syrup, Invert Cane Sugar, Fig Paste (Fig Paste, Fig Concentrate), Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Almond Butter, Flax Seeds, Inulin, Baking Soda, Vanilla Extract, Non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Sea Salt.  Contains: Soy and Almonds.

Cranberry Almond – Made with gluten free oats, flax, cranberries and almonds, this bar is loaded with 10g of whole grains. But the best part? The chewy, fruity, nutty delicious taste! So go ahead take a bite, and say hello to a whole new, whole grain way to snack.  Ingredients: (that we are proud of!)  Gluten Free Whole Oats, Brown Rice Syrup, Invert Cane Sugar, Fig Paste (Fig Paste, Fig Concentrate), Dried Cranberries, Almond Butter, Flax Seeds, Inulin, Sugar, Almonds, Baking Soda, Vanilla Extract, Non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Cinnamon, Sea Salt.  Contains: Almonds.

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I couldn’t decide which bar to sample first, so I decided to cut pieces of all three!  I loved the soft, chewy texture of these bars!  The Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bars are very similar in taste, with the Peanut Butter version having just a subtle taste of peanut butter.  The Cranberry Almond bar really stood out.  It was a little more moist and had a wonderful, light cranberry flavor.  I will definitely be purchasing these bars in the future.

The Van’s Whole Grain Snack Bars retail for $4.49 and should be available nationwide this month in Wal-Mart, Safeway and Sprouts stores.

Which variety of Whole Grain Snack Bars would you most like to try?

*These products were sent to me free of charge for review purposes.  The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

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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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