Categories: Cereal & Breakfast

Yea, I said it (err, typed it). Barbara’s Bakery Peanut Butter & Chocolate Puffins. I saw these in the store and I just HAD to buy them. How could I pass them up? Peanut butter and chocolate is just one of those combos that always works well with one another.  And being that this cereal was all natural, and that I was already a fan of Barbara’s Bakery with some other reviews here, I had a feeling these were going to be good.

Here’s a picture of what they looked like in the box. Waterfall of Peanut butter & Chocolate Puffins  : )

The chocolate pieces were smaller than the peanut butter squares, and seemed to have almost a sugar-like type of coating on them. They were sweeter, and reminded me of the cookie part of an Oreo, with a moderately sweetened cocoa flavor. I loved the crunch that they had as well.

The peanut butter pieces were bigger, and also delicious. They were softer than the chocolate pieces, but still crunchy, with a delicious peanut butter flavor. Not too overpowering, but just enough. They also had a bit of sweetness that was really yummy.

Overall, I mean come on. I knew I was going to like this cereal. Peanut Butter + Chocolate = BLISS! This cereal is really delicious. I tried it straight from the box, and in fact, I’m munching on them as I type this, avoiding getting crumbs in the keyboard of course (; . I would imagine they would also be delicious in milk and, dare I say, dunked into a jar of peanut butter? Oh yes, that sounds about right. 4 1/2 stars

What’s your FAVORITE peanut butter & chocolate combination??

30 May 2011, Comments (19)

Kashi Indigo Morning Cereal

Author: Healthnuttxo

NEW! I saw it at Whole Foods, and being the impulse buyer I am, bought this new box of cereal. I totally disregarded the fact I already had about, oh, twenty or so, boxes of cereal in my closet (what!? I told you I love carbs!), and bought it anyway.

It looked pretty good. And organic? Count me in!

So yesterday morning, I opened up the box, sliced up a banana and took out my almond milk (the other “usual” components of my breakfast cereal). I was slightly disappointed, there were HARDLY any blueberries or blackberries in the box!  ):

Regardless, here’s a pic of my bowl. The cereal totally hides my bananas, but that’s all good.

Before I poured the almond milk or added any sweetener, I had a few flakes dry. They were light, crispy, and crunchy, but very bland. Just  a HINT of sweetness, with a predominant corn flavor. They reminded me of what a puffed up corn flake might taste like.

I then tried them in the almond milk, where they proceeded to get soggy very quickly. In fact, I felt as if I went through my milk quicker than usual, and had to add extra to my bowl, as I believe the cereal soaked it all up! This wasn’t a problem for me since I happen to like soggy cereals (please, tell me somebody else does too!!). To describe the texture in the milk, it was kind of like soggy potato chips. Weird, but not horrible.

However, I had to add some sweetener to my milk to add some flavor to the bowl. The bananas alone wasn’t enough.  And the few blackberries that I did have were actually quite good. Tart yet lightly sweet. I was surprised I liked them, since I’m not a big fan of blackberries in general.

Overall? It was ok. I had it again this morning, but mixed it with a more sugary cereal. I actually liked the result! I had the sweet taste of my other cereal mixed with the Kashi Indigo Morning cereal. I also really liked that the Kashi cereal had a pretty good portion size. 2 1/2 stars

Do you like your cereal soggy? Or do you prefer to eat it right away?

3/4 cup is 100 calories, 1 gram of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Ingredients

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I opened up my cabinet the other day and saw two very similar cereals. My cereal, the Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Crunch, and another person living in the house’s cereal, General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Hmmm. I wonder which one tastes and I would like better? I thought. Suddenly, I took out both boxes and put them to the test!

First up, the nutritional facts. Here’s them straight off the boxes

Cascadian Farm

General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch

For Cascadian Farm, I liked that it was lower in calories, lower in fat, higher in fiber, lower in sodium, and lower in sugar.  For General Mills,  what the picture cut off was that it had 10% daily calcium needs, which I liked, as Cascadian Farmprovided 0% for Calcium. And obviously for ingredients, I liked that each had “whole grain wheat” as the first ingredient, but Cascadian Farm had organic ingredients and General Mills did not.

Now for the taste. Here’s how the cereal looked.

Cascadian Farm

General Mills

Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Crunch was smaller, sweet and crunchy, with a noticeable cinnamon flavor. It had a toasted wheat flavor as well, and a good amount of topping. Some of the squares lacked cinnamon, but not too bad. Overall, a very tasty cereal.

General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch had more visible sugar on the squares, and was sweeter. However, I felt they were lacking in the cinnamon aspect, and were more sweet than “cinnamon-y”. They felt crunchier and  more sugary tasting than Cinnamon Crunch cereal, and not as dense.

In a blind taste taste, I liked Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Crunch the best.  I thought it had less of an “airy” texture, and better cinnamon flavor.

Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Crunch was the winner for me, I would give it 4 stars, and give General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch 3 1/2 stars.

Have you had both of these cereals? Which do you prefer?

also- Do you like this format of a review? By comparing two items? Please let me know! 🙂

EnjoyLife offered me something new they came out with to try for free, the Double Chocolate Crunch Nut & Gluten Free Granola. Being the nut about granola that I am, (and the fact that chocolate was involved), I couldn’t wait to try it.

This cereal is very “allergy friendly”, as the package states, as it is free of  “wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, shellfish” and “also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites”. Wow. It’s amazing how they can still make tasty products even with excluding so many different types of food!

Once I got the package, I immediately dove in and gave it a try. Here’s what it looked like

Look at all those yummy chocolate chips!

At first, I thought it was a bit bland, since it’s not super sweet. But, as I ate it, it really is delicious, and I couldn’t STOP eating it! Handful after handful, I ate the yummy granola. I loved the fact that there were a LOT of chocolate chips, no scrimping there for sure, and they were smooth and sweet. The texture of the granola was crispy, crunchy, and it had a mild chocolate flavor, that again, was not overly sweet.

Overall, very good. It was kind of like a bag of chocolate candies, once I started eating a few handfuls, I kept saying “oh, just a little bit more”, and then proceeded to take even more handfuls! I love that this is made with good ingredients,has a bit of fiber, and is a decent portion size given that it involves both chocolate and granola. 4 stars

What’s your favorite thing that’s “double chocolate”? I love double chocolate chip muffins!


25 Feb 2011, Comments (2)

Quaker Life Banana Walnut Bread Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

One of my all time favorite things is banana bread- I love the sweet banana flavor, the softness of the bread, and the way it feels so dessertlike.

So, what about that same thing transformed into a bar? Quaker makes a Life Banana Walnut Bread Bar, that has pretty good ingredients, and according to the package, “5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein” and “20% of 5 B Vitamins”. Sounds pretty yummy to me!

I saw on the front of the bar’s package to “try HEATING, then EATING”, and took the advice. I opened up the package, and was greeted with a rather strong and sweet banana aroma.  Then, into the microwave this bar went for about 10 seconds.

The result was a soft and chewy bar, that wasn’t super dense. On top remained  a good amount of crunchy and flavorful pieces of walnuts.The banana flavor was delicious- not a fake banana flavor, but sweet like freeze dried bananas (which makes sense, since there is “freeze dried bananas” listed on the ingredients). This bar was actually very sweet, but very good, and did actually remind me of like a store-bought banana muffin, or a sweet version of homemade banana bread.

Overall, I’m a fan. Of course I’m a fan! It’s sweet, great banana flavor, has fiber, protein, and the first ingredient is “whole grain rolled oats”. I’m also impressed that there’s not a ton of sugar or fat in the bar, with 10 grams sugar and 4 grams of fat per bar. 4 stars

1 bar is 150 calories, 4 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite flavor of muffin to eat or get out? I think we know my favorite muffin at the deli wold be banana ; )

7 Feb 2011, Comments (3)

Cinnamon Burst Cheerios

Author: Healthnuttxo

My favorite spice is definitely cinnamon. I love that it can be combined with sugar for a sweet treat, or even spicy for that red cinnamon gum. Delicious!

Browsing at the supermarket the other day, I saw Cinnamon Burst Cheerios. I never tried these before, and they looked really good. I looked at the stats, and saw that a serving was 1 cup, had 5 grams of fiber per serving, and no HFCS! Sounds like a winner already!

First I took a handful out of the box- Mmmm! These were really good. Not super sweet, and not coated with like a cinnamon sugar, it was more like cinnamon was baked into these cheerios. They were soft cheerios too, not soft like soggy, but not as crunchy and hard as usual. They were almost like sweet cinnamon pillows =P

Overall, really tasty. I liked them both right out of the box and in milk. The flavor is kind of hard to describe, but these are just GOOD! I also love that they don’t have HFCS, and have 5 grams of fiber, AND a serving is 1 cup. It’s a winner for me! 4 1/2 stars

1 cup is 110 calories, 2 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite thing that’s CINNAMON flavored?

4 Feb 2011, Comments (2)

Nature’s Path Love Crunch

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ooh- not only something new, but also a limited edition!! I was offered a free box of Love Crunch by Nature’s Path, and well, seeing as 1. I love cereal and 2. I love Nature’s Path… how COULD I say no? : )

I got the box in the mail and instantly couldn’t wait to try it. A granola with dark chocolate chunks and fruit- what’s not to like? According to the box, there is also coconut and flax in this granola, which I certainly didn’t mind either.

I opened up the box and was a tad disappointed. Not as many dark chocolate chunks or freeze dried raspberries/ strawberries as I wanted or was hoping for. In fact, there really wasn’t a lot at all! Anyway, I tried the granola first. It was crunchy and sweet, with a coconut and a slight chocolatey taste- really good actually. I found  a dark chocolate chunk which I actually thought was very tasty, and I’m not even a *huge* dark chocolate fan. It was slightly bitter, but very smooth and quite sweet as well. There were very sporadic pieces of freeze dried fruit, and when I tried a freeze dried piece of strawberry I was surprised that it was crunchy! Usually freeze-dried fruit for me is rather soft, but these were a nice twist!

Overall, really good! I ate it right out of the box, but I’m sure it can be enjoyed a bunch of other ways as well! I think with some fruit and yogurt it could be a very delicious breakfast : ) I just wish there was more yummy strawberries and dark chocolate chunks! 4 stars.

3/4 cup is 260 calories, 9 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite type of granola?

19 Jan 2011, Comments (4)

Kashi Golden Goodness cereal

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ahh, I LOVE new products. Whenever I see them, I become an instant impulse buyer and put them in my shopping cart. This box of cereal certainly was no exception.

When I opened the box, I was a little surprised. It looks like mostly tiny flakes, with a few pieces of oats thrown in. Granola or oat clusters happen to be my favorite parts of cereal, so I was a bit bummed out.

Here's what a handful looked like

The flakes were kind of airy, slight honey flavor, and  I could certainly tell it was a wheat flake. It had that nutty after taste to it that I notice with wheat products. The oat clusters were, of course, the best part. Sweet, crunchy, slight honey/vanilla flavor. I wish there was more of them, and I wish they were BIGGER!

One thing I did love- the PORTION size! 1 1/4 cups! I hate when cereals have anything less than a 1 cup serving. I’m a cereal girl- and I like to munch on a lot with fruit and milk for a perfect breakfast 🙂 There’s also 43 grams of whole grain per serving according to the box, and 5 grams of fiber. I’d say this is a 4 star rating for me!

1 1/4 cups is 210 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 49 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite Kashi product?

Another granola review from the New England Naturals line! Last time I tried the Banana Walnut and thought it was pretty good. Now today is the New England Naturals Organic Antioxidant Granola with Superfruit Berries and Vanilla.

So this one, according to the package, has “36 grams of whole grains”, and is “rich in Omega-3”.Now, to be fair, I believe somebody got a hold of this bag of granola before I got to try it, so half the bag was gone (I have some hungry people living in my house apparently!!). So I thought well, if half the bag is gone, this HAS to be good! I opened it up and saw mostly oats, with some pieces of dried fruit and an occasional sunflower seed/ walnut piece, which were crunchy and fresh tasting.

Anyway- the granola itself had a good crunch and had a mild sweetness. It had a vanilla flavor and a bit of cinnamon as well. I imagine this being a great granola for putting on yogurt! There also were plump and sweet raisins, and red bits of dried fruit as well. I thought they were all cranberries. And although there were some cranberries, they were NOT all cranberries. I did NOT like the other orangey/red pieces- I looked at the ingredients and found out they were goji berries. I have tried goji berries before in other products and thought they were ok, but these had a horrible aftertaste. Bitter, and just NOT my kind of berry. I was glad the sweet raisins were there- I think they came to the rescue!

However, all together- quite tasty! I loved the consistency of the granola, and the overall flavor, minus the goji berries, was quite good. A serving of 1/2 cup has 4 grams of fiber and only 6 grams of fat, so that’s pretty good in my eyes. I also love that it’s organic, of course! 3 1/2 stars.

1 serving ( 1/2 cup) is 230 calories, 6 grams of fat, 37 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

Are you a fan of Goji Berries?

I received this granola to try for free from New England Naturals.

7 Jan 2011, Comments (1)

New England Naturals Banana Walnut Granola

Author: Healthnuttxo

New England Naturals combines two of my favorite things in one- bananas and granola. Being the avid cereal lover I am, granola is certainly on top of the list. According to the package, this granola has “Banana Chips, Walnuts & Honey”,  as well as “27 grams of whole grains” with “0g trans fats”. Sounds like a winner to me!

I liked the package due to its bright yellow exterior and that I could see the granola right through the front of the package, rather than it being a picture of the granola it was the real deal. Here’s a pic of it below (Voila! I learned from my mistake this time, and  did NOT open the package before I took a picture!)

After opening, I saw rather  large banana chips, a few pieces of walnuts, and a lot of oats. The smell was delicious, just like banana bread. The banana chips weren’t as sweet as I had expected, but still yummy and crispy, with a slightly oily taste. I checked the back and the ingredients said “banana chips with coconut oil”, and I can definitely taste just a hint of coconut on the banana chip. The walnuts were standard, but  good. Crunchy, yet still soft, and flavorful.  Then I took a handful of just the oats and ate those by themselves. The flavor of the granola was really good- certainly sweet, with mild banana, vanilla and coconut flavors. Delicious actually. It wasn’t as crispy as I like granola to be, but still good.

Overall, 4 stars. Pretty tasty, and I liked how there were big pieces of banana chips and not just little banana fragments. This granola has 260 calories and 12 grams of fat per 1/2 cup serving, which is a bit high in my opinion. I think it would be great mixed with another cereal and some fruit for breakfast, or I can picture this being good with plain yogurt, as it has a ton of flavor.

1/2 cup (55 grams) is 12 grams of fat, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite brand/type of granola?

I was given this bag of granola to try for free from New England Naturals.

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