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Nature’s Path Peanut Choco’ Granola Bar

What’s the first thing Lisa grabs to eat on her birthday?
Cake? no… Cookies? no…Pizza? no…

 

Obviously a combination of her two favorite things. CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER! And what better way to satisfy my birthday craving then with a chocolate + peanut butter chewy granola bar! Ya know- they say as you get older your taste buds change-I beg to differ. I’m one year older and I’m still craving massive amounts of peanut butter, and chocolate + peanut butter will always be a good combination. Enough said. 😀

Anywho- Nature’s Path had just the thing to hit my pb & chocolate craving. Their Peanut Choco’ Granola Bars are new, wheat free, organic, all natural and provide whole grains. I liked the other Nature’s Path bars I tried, so I knew this one would be good too.

First off, I dont know why it says “Peanut Choco’ ” rather than “Peanut Chocolate” or “Peanut Butter Chocolate”, but I’m just going to roll with it. Maybe they thought it sounded nice? Who knows-as long as it tastes good 8) . This bar was actually pretty “hard” for a chewy granola bar. It wasn’t as easily pulled apart as the pumpkin flaxseed variety was, and had more “structure” if you will. I liked that though- I think it was good that it had more of a bite to it, thus, more satisfaction in my eyes. It was also a decently sized bar, 35g, a LOT thicker than Quaker Chewy granola bars, and also a bit longer.

Onto the taste- which really, like I’ve said multiple times before, it’s hard to mess up Peanut butter & Chocolate combinations. And this one, does not fail, and is delicious. The exact words that popped into my head when I took a bite was Ohhh yeaaa. It has a strong peanut flavor, with real chunks of peanuts in the bar. It’s very sweet and salty at the same time- you need water when you eat this or a big glass of milk!! The peanut butter flavor is “sweet”, sort of like Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch. There is also a thick coating of chocolate on top. So good.

Ohhh-bviously this is getting 5 stars. The only thing keeping me from eating 2 in one sitting is that it’s 150 calories for one bar, and only 2 grams of fiber. But- it was 150 calories of bliss, so I can “overthink” those facts ;). I wish Nature’s Path sent me more than 1 bar because I had the AWESOME idea to heat it up in the microwave-after I ate it… 😦 (darnit!!!) I could probably think of another 5 ways to use this bar too. It’s that tasty.

1 bar is 150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.

Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic rolled oats, organic roasted peanuts, organic chocolatey icing (organic evaporated cane juice, organic palm kern oil, organic cocoa, natural flavors, organic soy lecithin, sea salt), organic crispy rice ( organic brown rice flour, organic evaporated cane juice, sea salt, organic molasses, organic rice bran extract, organic invert cane syrup, organic evaporated cane juice, organic peanut butter (organic peanuts), organic soy oil, organic acacia gum, sea salt, tocopherols (natural vitamin E).

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P.B. Loco Flavored Gourmet Peanut Butter

Time to review something I eat every day without fail. I love, love, love (love!) peanut butter. 6 days out of 7, i eat pb& jelly/honey/maple/apple butter or fluff sandwiches. Then for snacks, peanut butter flavored granola bars, pb spread on cereal, apples, PB Puffin cereal, you get the point. I can’t get enough. So i was SO FREAKING EXCITED to try a FLAVORED peanut butter! 

P.B. Loco makes all natural, gourmet flavored peanut butters, that appeal to the “adult” senses. Of course, there are no hydrogenated oils used (yay!) . They also have cafe locations where they concoct delicious-sounding sandwiches like Yummer Nutter, which is white chocolate peanut butter by P.B. Loco, Nutella Spread and and Banana. Yum! They make  Peanut Butter with Caramel Apple, with Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough,  with CoCoBanana, with Dark Chocolate Duo, with Jungle Banana, with Raspberry White Chocolate, with Sumatra Cinnamon and Raisin, with Asian Curry Spice and then Original “Munchy Crunchy” and “Creamy Dreamy”.  Can we say peanut butter heaven? 🙂 🙂 🙂

P.B. Loco sent me 2 1.8 oz samples, or about 3 and a half  Tablespoons, (in these cute little jars that resembled make-up jars!) in flavors Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Jungle Banana.  I could hardly contain my excitement, i ate them both in one day. 😀

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough- wow. Such a different take on peanut butter. It smells sweet, my mom said it smelled like “a bag of Halloween candy”, but a good kind of sweet. It’s a little bit runnier than Jif or SKippy (but that’s a good thing because Jif & Skippy have HYDROGENATED oils, and P.B. Loco does NOT!) and there are swirls of chocolate and itty bitty chocolate chips in it. It really tastes amazing. I didn’t need to spread it on anything, and i ate the whole “jar” they sent me at once (who couldn’t?)  It has a nice blend of salty-sweet, but it isn’t too sweet. Just right. It kind of tastes like raw peanut butter cookie dough with bits of chocolate chips in it. P.B. Loco hit this one of the head. 5 stars!! 🙂 🙂

here’s what it looked like (before i devoured it!!)

Jungle Banana- ooooohhhh this one’s good. It smells sweet too, and you can actually smell banana. This one is amazing. It’s as close as you can get to peanut butter and banana mixed together. In fact, i think P.B. Loco smooshed a banana in a peanut butter jar. It’s just the perfect blend of Peanut butter and banana, and it’s smooth and satisfying. Also eaten in one sitting. Heh 🙂  5 stars.

Overall. Need i say it? These are awesome. If you like peanut butter, you gotta buy these. I wish PB Loco sent me more samples (or at least bigger ones!!) because i want more, more, more!! 🙂 I really want to try the chocolate varieties and CARAMEL APPLE! Yum!

Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough– 2 Tbsp. is 190 calories, 15 grams of fat, 9 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein.
Peanuts, sugar, palm oil (non-hydrogenated), chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, whole milk, and less than 2 percent of salt, soy lecithin (natural emulsifier), natural flavor (vanilla bean extractives, water [alcohol free]).

Peanut Butter with Jungle Banana– 2 Tbsp. is 190 calories, 15 grams of fat, 8 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein.
Peanuts, sugar, palm oil (non-hydrogenated), bananas, banana concentrate, and less than 2 percent of organic evaporated cane juice, salt, modified food starch, natural flavor, and color (from annatto).

Hey don’t forget about MY NUTTY giveaway! Last 2 days to enter!!

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Luna Cookies

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I looveee Clif bars and Luna bars are pretty good as well. I’m not too crazy about the soy crisp part (hence why i prefer clif bars), but Luna Bars do make some tasty flavors (like S’mores and Nuts over Chocolate!).
However, Luna came out with a new product, the Luna “Cookie”. It comes in 3 flavors, Chocolate Mint, Berry Pomegranate, and Peanut Butter Chocolate. They range from 130 to 150 calories, 2.5-6 grams of fat, 23-27 grams of carbs, 3-4 grams of fiber, and 3-4 grams of protein. They are all natural, whole grain snacks that are also fortified with vitamins and minerals.
Now on to the tasting…

Peanut Butter Chocolate- my favorite of the three. It’s creamy, peanut buttery, and nutty tasting. The cookie isn’t dry at all, its very moist. The chocolate drizzle on top also adds a nice touch. But when do you ever lose with a peanut butter chocolate combination? 🙂

Berry Pomegranate-  this one was fruity and sweet. It has pomegranates and goji berries packed in this little baby, boosting the antioxidant powers. The white drizzle on top was also sweet and had a hint of vanilla.

 

Chocolate Mint- i wasn’t too crazy about this one, but only because i’m not a minty person. BUT- if you like Girl Scout Thin Mints, you will like this cookie. The first bite is like “WOAH-MINTY”, but as you eat the rest of the cookie, the “mintyness” tones down, and the “chocolateyness” comes out. Here’s a pic of the Chocolate Mint Flavor…berry

Overall, these aren’t “cookies” per se. When opening the cookies, they don’t look like “cookies” either. They are square in shape and are cut down the middle, so there are two “bars”. It looks like a clif z-bar cut in half, to be honest, and each is chewy/moist due to the fig paste in them. I think these would be good for an light afternoon snack or something pre-workout because they are whole grain and have brown rice syrup in them.

Peanut Butter Chocolate-Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Fig Paste, Organic Roasted Peanuts, Organic Flaxseed Meal, Organic Chocolate Chips (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cocoa Paste, Organic Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Oat Fiber, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Baking Soda.

Berry Pomegranate-Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Dried Blueberries (Organic Blueberries, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Sunflower Oil), Organic Fig Paste, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Pomegranate Juice Concentrate, Organic Flaxseed Meal, Organic Icing (Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Rice Extract, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Goji Berries, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Sea Salt.

Chocolate Mint- Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Fig Paste, Organic Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa Butter, Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali), Organic Flaxseed Meal, Organic Icing (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Rice Extract, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Natural Flavors, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor.

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