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
Nutrition Facts:
Kashi TLC Peanut Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bar
Calories: 140
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

13 comments on “Product Review: Kashi TLC Peanut Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bar

  1. mitchery says:

    Im a huge fan of grabbing a granola bar before going to work in the morning. I always buy the ones from Quaker but I will give these a try based on your recommendation. I think I wouldn’t mind opening a wrapper without the Quaker guy on it, that dude gives me nightmare, reminds me of the guy from Poltergeist 2.

  2. SkippyMom says:

    Schweeet! Thanks for this – great to know. Not a huge fan of HFCS in the kids lunches, but they love granola bars. I love peanuts and pb and these are low in sodium for this type of thing – makes me happy, happy.

    I just won’t let the kids see me eating them with a swipe of pb & a sprinkle of m&ms. :wink:

  3. Kayleigh says:

    The quaker guy is familiar to me…but I’m originally from Iowa and a Quaker Oats factory is downtown. The kashi bars are really good, but if you’re looking for a boost of protein in the morning try the Atkins bars…especially the hazelnut chocolate ones. They are amazing!!!

    • Adam says:

      If it’s got more than 4-5 grams of sugar alcohols, I ain’t touching it. I’ve learned my lessons, and don’t want a bar that’s leading me back to the restroom ever 10 seconds haha

  4. Rodzilla says:

    I used to think the golean crunchy bars were decent. Go lean oatmeal raisin is pretty tasty as well – but you’re getting towards normal candy bar territory there.

    Stay away from the cereal bars – they’re like dry nutrigrains.

  5. Jen says:

    Have you all had the Kashi TLC Cereal Bars? I’m not a big peanut person so I love these, especially the blackberry and apple flavors.

    http://www.kashi.com/products/tlc_cereal_bars_baked_apple_spice

  6. mike says:

    of the 4 types of these kashi bars, PB are my least favorite. try the honey flax or the trail mix (AMAZINGLY GOOD!). the PB ones are the dryest of the bunch imho.

  7. Dan N says:

    Wow Adam you really let me down on these. After reading your review I couldn’t wait to try them. They really aren’t that good and the peanut butter flavor is not existant. Too bad, I love the olde quaker peanut butter chocolate chunk granola bars and I have been trying to find a replacement after quaker screwed up these bars by making them “healthy”

    • Adam says:

      @Dan N. My apologies, man. Maybe what we’re used to in terms of peanut butter is different. Are you looking for something with a more creamy mouthfeel and sweetness? I’ll try to stay on the lookout for future products.

  8. Dan N says:

    Hey Adam not your fault. I want something that tastes like peanut butter. These bars had no peanut butter flavor. More like grain with a few peanuts (not peanut butter) thrown in for flavor.

  9. Deanna says:

    If you like these, you’ll probably also like South Beach Living’s Peanut Butter Protein Fit bars. I eat a ton of the SB bars even though they have a little more sugar than I should probably be looking for in a “healthy” cereal bar.

  10. Craig says:

    Like they say if it’s good spit it out it’s bad for you ! Kashi bars are ok in teast ! Must be good for you !