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I’m an oatmeal kind of girl.

Well….. I mean I eat  cold cereal for breakfast 6 out of 7 days of the week, but oatmeal is certainly on the top of my list for things I like to eat. I just hate cleaning pots and instant oatmeal is never as satifying as stove top.  SO basically, I’m a lazy oatmeal lover, where if it’s there, I’ll eat it, but if I have to cook it, I might just have cold cereal and wish it was oatmeal. But what about an oatmeal square?

Corazonas Chocolate Brownie & Almonds Oatmeal Squares got me covered. They incorporate the oats that I really should eat more often, and pair it up with chocolate. And almonds. And according to the wrapper, also “.8 grams of Plant Sterols” and “15g of Whole Grain”. That’s my kind of snack.

Do I get props for taking a good picture yet? No? Ok, I'll keep trying...

Chewy and fudgy in consistency, with some chewier peices that had the consistency of uncooked oats.It was very moist, and could easily be pulled apart. Lightly sweet, with more of a deep cocoa rather than chocolate flavor. I wouldn’t say this screamed “ALMOND” flavor, but there was a hint of almond flavor that went well with the fudgy chocolate flavor. I do think it reminded me of a brownie, but certainly a healthier type of brownie. It wasn’t overly sweet like brownies can be, but it did have somewhat of a rich flavor.  Also, it still  made me want to either

1. Grab a tablespoon of peanut butter to smear on top
2. Grab a cup of milk to eat with this
3. All of the above

(Can you guess which one I did?) (;

Overall, 4 stars. I like it. It’s a little small, but it’s a good snack for me on the go or before a workout, or to pair with some fruit and a glass of milk for a light breakfast. I like that it was sweet enough to feel desserty, but not too sweet where I have  a headache. (headaches from sugar? Not. Fun. Been there, done that, too many times. You think I’d learn! I never do).

So….if you HAD to choose… Cereal or Oatmeal for breakfast? tough choice, I know!


I was provided this bar to try, free of charge.

2 Nov 2009, Comments (3)

Gnu Bars

Author: healthnuttxo

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These seem to be popular in every health food store I visit. Promising both flavor and fiber, being entirely natural, and still being chewy, delicious and nutritious, it leaves me curious to try!
So, i was excited when GNU foods sent me some bars to try. They come in several flavors, Banana Walnut, Espresso Chip, Lemon Ginger, Peanut Butter,  Cinnamon Raisin, Orange Cranberry, and Chocolate Brownie. All of them contain 50% of your daily fiber needs (12 grams) and are sweetened with fruit juice, not high fructose corn syrup or refined sugars. They are also dairy free, yeast free and preservative free.
I got to try the Banana Walnut, Espresso Chip, Cinnamon Raisin and Chocolate Brownie varieties. Each bar is a decent size, 45 grams, which is a little bit wider but the same length as say, a nutrigrain bar. I liked how the packages were cute. They have a little cartoon bird on it and what i think is a ram? Who knows- both cute!!
Banana Walnut– This one was pretty good. It has a banana flavor but it wasn’t that sweet. I did taste a prominent taste of walnuts though, so if you like walnuts- your gonna like this one!
Chocolate Brownie- Notm my favorite, but not too bad

Espresso Chip- mmm. coffee and chocolate flavors- whats not to like?
Cinnamon Raisin- ok now this one was GOOD. It was soo much softer and moist than the other varieties. It had a nice cinnamon flavor and plump little raisins in it.

(*added)Peanut Butter– not bad, but in my opinion, not peanut butter-y. It more had an off taste with like, a sweet raisin flavor and a hint of peanut. Not my favorite.

Overall, these are pretty good. If you need the fiber but aren’t too fond of bran cereals or muffins (uh..who is?), give these a shot. Definetly get the cinnamon raisin one, it rocks! I give these 4 stars overall, for high fiber content, no refined sugars, and a really good oatmeal cookie alternative.

Each bar ranges from 130-140 calories, 3-4 grams of fat, about 30 carbohydrates, 12 grams of fiber, and 3-4 grams of protein.

Each bar is also made with pretty much the same ingredients. The banana one is as followed,
Gnu High Fiber Blend™ (whole rolled oats, organic whole wheat flour, wheat bran, organic kamut, psyllium, flax, millet), chicory root inulin, fruit juices, rice dextrins, apples, canola oil, walnuts, rice, plums, banana, wheat protein isolate, natural flavors, baking powder.

Make sure you drink your water! 😉

1 Oct 2009, Comments (4)

Pure Bar

Author: healthnuttxo

Pure Bars are a bit different than your average granola or snack bar. They are “Raw” organic food bars. Nothing is cooked or processed to make the bars, and they have very minimal ingredients. They are all organic, low in sodium, vegan, gluten free, and provide 1 1/2 servings of fruit per bar. They also don’t contain any refined sugar, preservatives, trans fats, dairy, soy or GMO’s. These bars are simply PURE. I see them being sold mostly at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.
CranberryOrange- This was was delicious! It has an orange-y “after taste” which was very yummy with the tartness of the cranberry. It almsot leaves an orange peel flavor on your tongue. This one is reallly good, especially if you like cranberries. It was also the perfect amount of sweetness.

Cherry Cashew-yuuuuuum. I love cashews. And now i love cherries and cashews. This one had a nice tang to it provided by the cherries, which was mellowed out by the chunks of cashew. It almost had an apple-cherry flavor to it. So good.

(added)
Chocolate Brownie- while this one didn’t totally remind me of a brownie, as it wasn’t super sweet, it still was pretty good. A fruity/chocolatey taste, soft and chewy in consistency, and it had nuts in it, making it feel like a walnut brownie! yum!

Apple Cinnamon- This one tasted to me like apple pie. The apple chunks in the bar looked and tasted like the dried apples you get in Apple Cinnamon flavored instant oatmeal, like by Kashi or Quaker.( Which is okay with me, when i was little i would pick out those apple pieces and eat them raw!) The chunks of walnut also add a nice touch to the bar, and there was just a hint of cinnamon flavor.

Overall, these were excellent. They had a nice, soft texture, because it’s made mostly from fruit. I also really enjoyed the chewiness that the bar provided. The only bad part in my eyes is that each of these bars runs you about 200 calories, and they aren’t really that big. They are a decent size, but they are also very nutrient dense, so I don’t think they really need to be any bigger. They are very satisfying by themselves, as they pack a high nutritious punch with healthy fat, carbohydrates, fiber and protein. I definietly reccommend these bars! They are “way too good to  be this good” !

Cranberry Orange- 1 bar is 200 calories, 9 grams of fat, 23 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein. It also contains400 mg of Omega 3s and antioxidants helpful for fighting diseases!

Organic Dates, Organic Cranberries (with Organic Apple Juice Concentrate and Organic Sunflower Oil), Organic Walnuts, Organic Cashews, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Almonds, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Orange Oil.

Cherry Cashew– 1 bar is 200 calories, 9 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein (and antioxidants and omega 3’s!)

Organic Dates, Organic Cherries, Organic Walnuts, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Almonds, Organic Cashews, Organic Brown Rice Protein

Apple Cinnamon – 1 bar is 190 calories, 8 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.

Organic Dates, Organic Apples, Organic Walnuts, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Cinnamon.

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