Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Goodies: Bakery on Main Granola and Bars

The nice people at Bakery on Main sent me a parcel with some lovely samples of their goodies to try. Bakery on Main makes what they call gluten free gourmet naturals. While I don't eat gluten free as a rule, I do appreciate any company who puts out a great tasting product that has great ingredients. And Bakery on Main fits the bill. All the nutrition information and the ingredient lists are available right on their website. I love that these products do not contain high fructose corn syrup and are made with simple ingredients.

The pack contained 3 bars; Extreme Trail Mix, Cranberry Maple Nut and Peanut Butter Chocolate and 5 snack size bags of granola; Apple Raisin Walnut, Nutty Cranberry Maple, Extreme Fruit & Nut, Cinnamon Raisin Fiber Power and Triple Berry Fiber Power.

So far I have tried the Cranberry Maple Nut bar, the Extreme Trail Mix bar, the Apple Raisin granola and the Triple Berry Fiber Power granola.

First up, Cranberry Maple bar, very pronounced maple aroma, nothing like the smell of real maple syrup. Lots of sunflower seeds, which I love. Not too sweet, really nice crunch, a little light on the cranberries, though. The Extreme Trail Mix was crisp and crunchy-munchy, lots of raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds and other nuts. Pretty satisfying for a bar of it's size. I don't eat lots of bars but they are nice to keep on hand for an on the run snack with a piece of fruit to keep one out of the drive-thru. Not sure if I'd go out of my way to buy these bars but as a gluten free option, they are definitely a good find.

The Fiber Power Granola was the real winner for me. The Triple Berry Fiber Power packs a whopping 9 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein in a 1/2 cup serving. Fiber means fullness and this is definitely filling. It tasted so good! It's high in calories, like most granola tends to be, but this is good bang for the calorie buck. I sprinkled this granola over a banana and some homemade yogurt for breakfast after Zumba yesterday and it kept me going for hours. Other brands of granola I have tried just can't compare to that. The Apple Raisin Walnut was also very tasty and crisp and crunchy but it wasn't as filling at the Fiber Power.

If you are sensitive to gluten or just want some really nice granola to snack on, give Bakery on Main's Fiber Power Granola a try. Thanks to Bakery on Main for sending out their goodies, I look forward to working my way through the rest of the pack.

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