I’m a snack bar fiend. I have them in my car, in my purse, in my computer bag and stashed near my desk. Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of bars. Some I love, some I hate and some I simply tolerate.
Taste and carbohydrate/protein counts used to be the most important things to me in a snack bar. They still matter, but now I find myself scanning the ingredient list when evaluating whether to try a new bar. If I see things like almonds, ground flaxseed and organic cashew butter, I’m happier than when I see high fructose corn syrup and ingredients I can’t pronounce. I prefer snack bars that are organic, don’t contain GMOs or artificial sweeteners, have less than 200 calories and contain fewer than 20g of carbohydrates. They also get extra points when they are gluten-free and high-fiber.
I sampled three snack bars from a company called Diabetic Kitchen – Vanilla Almond Bliss, Chocolate Cashew Crunch and Peanut Butter Surprise. Well, let me rephrase. You won’t get me to voluntarily try ANYTHING with peanut butter, so I enlisted the help of my brother and his kids to taste those. If you’d like to sample the bars too, you’ll have an opportunity to do just that. Keep reading.
The first thing I noticed was the bars’ fluffiness. Lots of snack bars can be way too dense. The Diabetic Kitchen bars were light and airy, almost like a soft nougat. I detected a very faint aftertaste and checked the label for what ingredient might be responsible. Ah, yes. Stevia. My brother, nephews and niece, who are pretty picky about such things, didn’t mention the aftertaste. Of course, they gobbled up the peanut butter bars so fast, I’m surprised they tasted anything!
The flavors in the Chocolate Cashew Crunch bar were more pronounced than those in the Vanilla Almond Bliss and the nuts were chunkier so it had more texture. In a blind taste test, the CompostMaster knew the chocolate bar was chocolate and the vanilla was vanilla, but had trouble identifying the nuts present in each. He also (wrongly) thought the bars were dense rather than fluffy.
The bars are high in fiber – all have at least 12g – and you definitely feel full for a long time after eating them.
Let’s take a look at some of the nutrition facts for each bar:
|Vanilla Almond Bliss||180||8g||21g||16g||17g|
|Chocolate Cashew Crunch||200||11g||20g||12g||15g|
|Peanut Butter Surprise||190||9g||20g||14g||17g|
I would definitely buy these bars and I know my brother and his family would too. The CompostMaster probably wouldn’t, however. There’s one in every crowd.
Diabetic Kitchen is offering two free samples of their snack bars to Diabetic Foodie readers. All you have to do is pay the shipping. If you try the bars, come back and let me know whether or not you liked them.
Disclaimer: I received samples of Diabetic Kitchen’s Natural Snack Bars for review purposes. I will also receive a small payment if you request the free samples from Diabetic Kitchen. That being said, all opinions belong to me and my other reviewers.