No dry, tasteless granola bars; these healthy bites are yummy

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 June, 2011, 12:00am


Kuranda Natural Health Bars, Almond & Cherry
HK$58 for four 40g bars, City'super

To make something sweet, either load it up with processed sugar or flavour it naturally. This Australian-made bar does the latter, using dried cherries and honey. With its mixture of sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds, though, I couldn't help feeling like a bird while eating it.

Verdict: The result is a pleasantly sweet, protein-packed, gluten-free bar that is satisfying enough (203 calories, 10.7g fat) to replace a meal on the busiest of days.

Kashi Go Lean Crunchy, Chocolate Peanut
HK$19 per 50g bar, City'super

A little sample nibble turned into big bites, and soon all that was left was the wrapper and a memory of how delicious this bar was. Each bar has 180 calories, 5g fat, 6g of fibre and as much protein (9g) as a chicken thigh, to keep you feeling full for longer. So despite being relatively pricey, this bar really does go a long way.

Verdict: Who knew that something that looked so dry could pack just the right amount of moisture, crunch, chewiness and sweetness?

Nature's Path Chewy Granola Bars, Pumpkin-N-Spice
HK$48 for six 35g bars, City'super

It may have been April when I first tasted these, but for a moment my taste buds told my brain that it was Christmas. Organic pumpkin seeds, sweet cinnamon, whole grain oats and flax make for a surprisingly perfect combination that is both moist and moreish. This Nature's Path best-seller is also an excellent source of heart-healthy omega-3s.

Verdict: At 140 calories and 4g of fat per bar, I figured I could afford to scarf down two at a go. So, I did.