Monday, March 29, 2010

Nature’s Path Granola Bar Review and Giveaway!

Hi everyone!! Over the past 2 weeks I was lucky enough to taste test Nature’s Path newly revamped line of organic granola bars. This post is dedicated to a full review of each bar, plus something fun at the end. Enjoy!!

Chococonut

IMG_0761 This was the first of the bars that I reached for. Imagine that! It was very coconutty, which was a huge plus, but I would’ve liked to see a bit more dark chocolate spread throughout. I give this a 4/5.

Mmmaple Pecan

IMG_0779 Maple + pecan = one of my favourite flavour combos. And this bar didn’t disappoint! There were lots of pecan chunks and a nice, strong maple flavour. An icing drizzle sealed the deal. The Mmmaple Pecan is one of the 2 new flavours that include flax plus which is an excellent source of Omega-3’s. 5/5

Sunny Hemp

IMG_0827 I liked the sunny hemp bar best of all. It seemed thicker than the others and was really dense and chewy, yet crispy like a rice crispy treat. This bar in particular had tons of fruit and oats packed into it. A definite 5/5!

Berry Strawberry

IMG_0912 This little gem tasted naughty in the best of ways! LOL! Full of berries with a generous yogurt drizzle. If you want something good for you that tastes like a treat from DQ, this is your bar. This is also the second bar that contains the flax plus. I personally found it a tad too sweet so for that reason only I give this one a 4/5.

Pumpkin Spice

IMG_0842 This was my second favourite of all the bars. I found it to be perfectly spiced and just as dense as the Sunny Hemp. Also, it wasn’t quite as sweet as some of the others. This is a strong 5/5.

DD taste tested the Peanut Buddy and Peanut Choco for me. IMG_0825 IMG_0843

She thoroughly enjoyed both. When I asked her how they were all she could manage was Mmmmmm….awesome!!! HA!

Lotta Apricotta

IMG_1015 Although I liked this bar, it was my least favourite of the lot. I found the apricot to be a bit on the strong side and the icing overly sweet. The 2 seemed to clash rather then meld together for me. I must say though….LOTS of apricots!! 3/5

These new bars are packaged in boxes which use 36% less cardboard which saves 472000 gallons of water and 46 tons of waste yearly. Pretty cool stuff!

Overall, all the bars were chalk full of flavour and were loaded with fruit and/or nuts and seeds. They’re on the sweet side, which is just fine with me, but if you aren’t a sweet type of person, you may find them a bit overwhelming. At 130-150 calories per bar, they were a decent size and worked perfect for a morning snack or afternoon pick me up. At my grocery store a box of these bars runs about $4.50. Definitely more expensive than what I would normally spend, so they wouldn’t be a staple in my pantry, but I would buy them say, once a month.

I hope this review has been helpful and that you’ll give these bars a try. With 8 different varieties to choose from, I guarantee you’ll find a fave!

And now for the giveaway part. Nature’s Path has offered one lucky Krista’s Kraving’s reader a months supply of their Organic granola bars!!! YAY! Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Leave me a comment letting me know where your granola bar has been. Maybe in your nightstand? Or your gym bag? Let’s see who’s the wildest! You can leave more than one crazy place, but leave a separate comment for each.
  2. Link back to this contest on your blog, then come back to this post and let me know you did that. Please leave the link with your comment.

This is open to Canadian/US residents. I’ll pick a winner using a random number generator in this Thursday’s (April 1) post. You do not have to have a blog to enter! That’s all folks!!! Let’s have some fun with it!

Bye for now!!

88 comments:

  1. What a fun contest! These bars look incredible. I especially want to try the mmmaple pecan! Amazing. I always have a granola bar in all my purses, desk at work & car ;)

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  2. I also have one in my purse to pull out if I need a snack when I'm out!

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  3. I found one in my laundry room in the misc box, and I have found one in the kids bathroom, hmmm maybe my kids have a thing for hiding bars.

    Janette

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  4. Mine end up in a coffee tin where I store them for the most part but sometimes in my sock drawer because I'm always getting dressed and out the door in a hurry and that way I know I won't forget to grab a snack when I'm rushed!
    Katherine
    whataboutsummer.wordpress.com

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  5. probably in my carry on bag when i was flying to Virginia a few summers ago. I took about 10 with me! The security people just stared at me...

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  6. Granola bars took up practically half my suitcase on the plane ride to Australia :)

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  7. Once in awhile I'll also stick one in my bra to carry as a snack if I don't have any pockets.

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  8. I take granola bars with me almost everyday! Whether it be when I have long days on campus or if I'm traveling. But the most fun I've had with a granola bar was eating while horseback riding. I was sure to save some for the horsey as well. :)

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  9. My granola bar hiding places aren't usually too unusual, because I always strive for convenience when hunger strikes! My most common spots are in my backpack or stashed in a drawer at my work.

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  10. I saw these at WFs the other day and almost picked up the Mmmm PECAN!!! You know it!

    My granola bars are in my oven and in my tummy.

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  11. I always have a granola bar in my purse for the unexpected times when hunger strikes. These bars would be a welcome addition to my stash!

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  12. I keep mine everywhere! Purse, bag, and pockets of my lab coat! I usually keep my assortment in a empty Costco sized box of Annies bunny snacks on top of my fridge!

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  13. the weirdest..would have to be laundry room. I empty out my bags/laundry .. in that room and leave all of that random stuff in there! Always a nice surprise when I am snacky and doing the laundry..hehehe...

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  14. I've had granola bars everywhere.

    Stash 1: glove box

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  15. Oh, and I linked to your contest on my blog

    http://coffeeismycarrot.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/no-knead/

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  16. I linked back!

    http://www.jocelyneatsfresh.com/?p=4566

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  17. my granola bars are hiding in the bow of the airboats!

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  18. and in field backpacks stuffed with bird and gator decoys!

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  19. They are also in my purse, my glove compartment of my car, and every drawer or cabinet in my kitchen!

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  20. Nothing too wild here...I keep a stash in my desk drawer at the office, and often also have one in my backpack. You never know when hunger will strike!

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  21. i always have a bar in my purse, car, work desk...everywhere, just in case!

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  22. I keep mine in the itty-bitty fridge in the toddler room at the daycare I work at. Hey - it has potential to be covered in 18 month year old baby germs- wild?! But them bars never disappoint.

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    of course, I linked to your blog!

    http://loveoats.blogspot.com/2010/03/scrumptious-oats-5-miles.html

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  23. I haven't had any granola bars in years!!!!

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  24. I always have one in my backpack! I have tried the maple and strawberry ones of these Nature's Path and they are amazinnngggg! I would LOVE to win a month's supply!

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  25. Rika (crossiantmo0n@yahoo.com)March 30, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    My granola bar's been in my stomach! ooOH crazy ;P

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  26. I stash mine in my purse! Except I happen to have a lot of purses... which means I tend to find a lot of different stashes!

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  27. And I can't forget the stash in my desk at work! Never know when hunger will strike.

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  28. great review Krista and I love the question you asked!!! I have mine in the kitchen cabinet, just besides curry powder! ;)

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  29. I love your reviews! they are so well thought out, not just a yes or no!
    I always keep a bar in the pocket of my firefighting gear! Usually it turns out to be a big mess, but it's helpful to know it's there!

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  30. I'd love to win this contest - yum...maple pecan looks good. I've been known to find granola bars in a winter coat pocket from the year before!!!

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  31. I carry them in my purse, backpack, gym bag. Wherever! I always have tons in my suitcase whenever I travel!! :)

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  32. I have bars everywhere! one in my purse, a box at work, one in my gym bag, the car, my boyfriends house - perfect for a quick pick me up!

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  33. Delicious bars! Love the Peanut Buddy!!
    I once found my family's pug DeeDee pawing at a granola bar in her bed. I'm glad she didn't eat the wrapper- knowing how much she fiends for peanut butter!

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  34. My granola bars have been along for the ride last year when I ran the Ragnar Relay.

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

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  35. they look great Krista! My gran bars are actually everywhere! In my purse, gym bag, kitchen cupboards, desk drawres...we keep a couple boxes in the barn! And I left 2 in the greenhouse last weekend. :)
    I'll link to this post tomorrow!
    Cheers!

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  36. I had granola bar in my running shoe :D

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  37. great question!
    i found a granola bar in my ugg this winter -
    i guess it must have fallen out of my gymbag and into the boot!

    looking at those bars and reading your descriptions about them makes me slightly depressed that i didnt buy a pack!

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  38. I always have some granola bars near my bed because sometimes I wake up starving in the middle of the night.

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  39. I also have some granola bars in my glove compartment in my car.

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  40. Boring but my granola bars are almost always hanging out in my purse.

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  41. This is such a great giveaway! I don't know that I've had them in a crazy place but definitely used to keep them in the cabinet above my desk for emergencies.

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  42. The granola bar in the Ugg that Tania wrote about is pretty hard to top.

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  43. I linked your giveaway on my blog :)

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  44. My granola bar is everywhere- my desk drawers, my purse, my travel bag, etc.!

    xmeliss182x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  45. YUM these all look so good! what a great giveaway!

    the mmmmmaple pecan sound SO good!!!

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  46. My granola bars are in the cabinet right beside the door...that way they are easy to access when I hit the road!

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  47. I stash a TON of granola bars in my drawer at work. Always more than 5 different flavors at a time so i can choose when the tummy starts growling! :)

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  48. I even stash granola bars in my boyfriends cookie jar in his apartment. hahahah This is so whenever i reach in to grab a fattening cookie, I'll see my granola bar and it inspires me to "pick the right thing"...i USUALLY go for the bar instead. hahaha

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  49. My granola bar has been stuck in a kitchen drawer. I forget it's there -- and I forget to eat it when I need a midday munchie :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

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  50. Wow, I didn't realize they had so many great new flavors! I'll have to keep an eye out for deals!

    My granola bars haven't been anywhere particularly crazy! I keep a couple in the glove compartment and then I always have one in my purse which usually ends up being smushed!

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  51. My granola bars are everywhere...my purse, car, my coatt pocket...you name it!

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  52. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway, Krista! When theyr'e not in my pantry, I keep my granola bars in my glove compartment and my top desk drawer at work. :)

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  53. Here's my link, Krista: http://www.anediblemosaic.com/?p=2743

    Thanks again for hosting this! :)

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  54. I've kept granola bars everywhere, most notably my high school locker and pretty much every coat pocket you can imagine!

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  55. I stash mine in my dresser drawers so that my sisters don't eat them! Thanks so much for the opportunity

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  56. I always need to keep granola bars near me! There is a whole box of granola bars sitting inside my high school locker right now

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  57. ... and it's always in my purse

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  58. and of course a drawer full of them in my room!

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  59. I have granola bars in my purse and school bag that just sit there for months and get hard and crumbly but I refuse to take them out, just in case!

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  60. I have them by my nightstand in case I get the midnight munchies.

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  61. I always have a granola bar in my purse and in my gym bag. The other day I cleaned out an old diaper bag to give away and found a bar in it. It was REALLY beat up (and at least 1 year old) and I didn't eat it... :)

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  62. Granola bar is always in my purse and car. I will link back on today's post--I am sure you'll see it :-)

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  63. I have granola bars in my purse and snack cupboard at work!

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  64. In my glovebox and in my purse is where I have my granola bars!! Gotta have those on hand for tummy rumble emergencies!!!!

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  65. Heh, well my briefcase might contain one or 2... and these look like they would be an awesome addition!

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  66. Oh, and also my bedside table... you know, in case I need a midnight snack! :)

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  67. I would have to say the weirdest place I have stashed them is in my nightstand/bedside table...so the hubby won't find them and eat them all up!

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  68. I keep them hidden from students in a secret filing cabinet in my classroom, in case I forget my lunch.

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  69. Mine have been eaten on the treadmill. Yum!
    evan@foodmakesfunfuel.com

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  70. Mine's been in my gym bag many-a-time.

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  71. Yesterday I found a granola bar in my sneaker under my desk, too (wrapped, of course). Didn't ask how it got there, just ate it ;)

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  72. And, finally, my boyfriend found a granola bar under our shoe rack over the weekend when we were cleaning.

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  73. Linked
    evan@foodmakesfunfuel.com
    http://foodmakesfunfuel.com/2010/04/01/reuniting-with-avocadoes/

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  74. in my pocket...while horseback riding!

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  75. they're always in my purse, melting.

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  76. linked back:
    http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/giveaways

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  77. My laptop case. And my ski pants pocket.
    e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  78. i keep some in my drawer full of pencils..
    in case the granola bar thief aka my brother! may eat them all up in one seating!

    yjalishalee [at] gmail.com

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