… Of the Chocolate Chip Persuasion This Time!
Van’s Natural Foods products have quite a good track record around Daily Forage. We’ve enjoyed their gluten-free waffles and their gluten-free pancakes (though I’ve never done a formal review of either of these tasty gluten-free breakfast foods). I am addicted to Van’s Gluten-Free Honey Crunch Cereal (as you can see in my review) and eat it every morning. So when I was introduced to Van’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Snack Bars at the GFAF Expo – Chicago last month, I just knew I had to try them.
I’m so glad I did! Let me begin by sharing with you that if you’re looking for a “snack bar” that you’re expecting to double as a “protein bar” or “power bar”, these don’t pack quite the same high-protein punch. That’s okay with me, though, because their nutritional values are just fine for a delicious “snack bar”. With 10 grams of whole grains, 4 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein, they make snacking a good thing.
And good they are! They have a soft-baked, slightly chewy, “cookie” type of texture. The bar is sufficiently sweet, wouldn’t want it any sweeter, and satisfies the cravings for which my sweet tooth is infamous. There are little chocolate chips well scattered throughout the bar, mimicking a perfectly “laid out” chocolate chip cookie. While the bar does possess some admirable nutritious qualities as mentioned above, the whole grain balance is well played and doesn’t make it taste earthy or grainy. I really like that, and I think kids will especially like this too. It easily passes for a homemade cookie or bar that won’t have your kids saying, “Is it gonna taste healthy?” No verbal convincing will be required, just let them taste it!
Van’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Snack Bars are gluten-free and free of artificial ingredients. They also do not contain high fructose corn syrup. Be sure to note that they do contain soy and almonds.
If you’re looking for a snack bar that can double as a treat for your kids, as well as play healthy snack for you, (and is in the “safe snacks for celiacs” category), be sure to try Van’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Snack Bars. As one of the Daily Forage members, with a very discerning palette, said when he tasted these, “They’re yummy!”
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