Product Review: Kashi TLC Peanut Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bar
Let’s get this out of the way: Kashi’s Peanut Peanut Butter Bar is the best tasting peanut flavored granola bar I’ve ever had. If it wasn’t then I wouldn’t be bothering to write this short review in the first place, especially considering the fact that I equate the advertising slogan of “No High Fructose Corn Syrup” with “Our Food Sucks.” And obviously I’m not getting paid by Kashi to write flattering stuff about their Seven Whole Grains, which, despite their promises, will never make a good Cap’n Crunch knockoff.
But Kashi’s Chewy Peanut Peanut Bar is different, and kicks the heck out of Quaker’s little peanut butter bars. It’s not super, artery cloggingly moist like the way they used to make chewy granola bars, but it does have a respectable and worthwhile chew even without all the “bad stuff.” I actually like that it’s not super moist, because it still has an element of crunch without basically being frozen granola like that Nature Vally nonsense. It’s density is surprisingly light, and while I was a little wary of the 5 grams of sugar because it screamed way too low for a bar to taste good, the Peanut Peanut Butter Bar gets really good and deep natural sweetness from the roasted peanuts, which are plentiful and full bodied. There’s definitely a double whammy in terms of peanut taste - with both peanuts and peanut butter covering up any blandness that you’d otherwise get from those annoying seven grains (turns out they actually ain’t so bad.)
In terms of size, I was impressed. Each box packs 6, 35 gram bars. The nutrition is top notch with only .5 grams of saturated fat, 4 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar and a whopping 7 grams of protein; but above all, it’s the taste which gets me. I got my bars on sale and if you happen to find a batch on sale at your local store, I suggest giving these a try. They are great on their own, but even better topped with a spoonful of peanut butter, some banana slices, and yes, M&Ms. It’s the first Kashi bar I’ve bothered to buy since that whole Pumpkin Spice fiasco last year, but considering how flavorful the peanut butter bars are, I think I’ll be trying out more Kashi bars in the new future. Any suggestions?
Pros: Bold peanut and peanut butter flavor. Perfect balance of chew and moistness. Not a "one bite and done" like Quaker. 7 grams of protein. Only 5 grams of sugar. 7 whole grains don't actually taste like 7 whole grains. Amazingly, I don't miss the HFCS. Even better with peanut butter and M&Ms.
Cons: Lacks friendly Quaker guy on wrapper, instead superimposing a flying peanut. Ingredient repetition in title. Looking for "TLC" in a Granola Bar seems pathetic. Not super moist
Price: $2.50 (on sale)
Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10
More Info: Kashi.com
Kashi TLC Peanut Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bar
Total Fat: 5 g
Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 85 mg (4%)
Total Carbs: 19 g
Fiber: 4 g
Sugars: 5 g
Protein: 7 g