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Kashi GoLean Oatmeal Walnut Roll Bar Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Jun 1, 2009
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Kashi GoLean Oatmeal Walnut RollIf you haven't tried Kasjhi GoLean Roll! Bars, I highly suggest you pick one of these up. They have been reviewed previously here, but at the time there were only 3 flavors available (Caramel Peanut, Chocolate Peanut, and Chocolate Turtle). There are now 2 more flavors: Fudge Sundae and Oatmeal Walnut, which is the variety I just finished eating and let me tell you, it was fantastic. It definitely met, as well as completely exceeded, my expectations.

Kashi says the GoLean Roll! bars contain slow-release carbs that "help balance blood sugar," and protein and fiber "help you stay satisfied." This particular flavor is described as "a chewy, oatmeal flavored center...surrounded by smooth chocolate fudge and then rolled in toasted almonds, crunchy soy crisps, and whole grains." The layout of the bar was as follows: an oatmeal center, fudgy shell, and soy crisp- and nut-sprinkled outer surface. In terms of taste, this bar is spot-on. It was like the chewier cousin of the standard chocolate chip cookie, with a wonderfully light and delicious cinnamon-y oatmeal flavor (strangely enough, cinnamon wasn't on the list of ingredients, but I swear I could taste it). The texture was chewy but not to the point of hurting your teeth, and the soy crisps on the outside added wonderful crunchiness. My only complaint is that the nuts were few and far between; the vast majority of crunchiness covering the bar consisted of soy crisps, not nuts. Regardless (and since I'm not a huge walnut fan myself), I didn't mourn the absence of surface-studding walnuts.

Each 55-gram Kashi GoLean Oatmeal Walnut Roll Bar provides 190 calories, 5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of which is saturated fat (8% of the daily value), 250 mg sodium (10% of the DV), 12 grams of protein and 27 grams of carbohydrates which includes 6 grams of fiber (24% of the DV) and 13 grams of sugar, as well as a plethora of vitamins and minerals, including 20% of the RDA for calcium.

I picked up this bar for $1.99, and I felt that it was absolutely worth it. I will most definitely be buying this again (probably in bulk), and I look forward to trying the other flavors as well!

Rating
Taste: 5
Nutrition: 5
Price: 5
Overall: 5
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