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Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bar (Peanut) Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Jul 8, 2010
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Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Peanut Granola BarI like peanuts and I like granola bars, so when I saw Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Peanut Granola Bar available at the cafe downstairs in my building for only 75 cents, I snapped one up right away. The images of peanuts on the orange and light brown package were enticing, as was the description from the website which reads, "Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Peanut Granola Bars offer a perfect balance of savory nuts and sweet granola. Each bar is rich with all-natural ingredients, bursting with nuts, and dipped in a creamy peanut-butter coating."

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 35 grams
Calories: 170
Total Fat: 9 grams, 14%
Saturated Fat: 2.5 grams, 13%
Sodium: 150 mg, 6%
Carbohydrates: 19 grams
Fiber: 2 grams, 7%
Sugars: 11 grams
Protein: 4 grams

I opened up the bar and found a peanuty matrix dipped in a peanut butter coating. The smell was delicious, and I took a bite right away. It was good ... very good, delicious, even yummy. With peanuts as the first ingredient, this bar was a tasty peanut grand slam. It was chewy and crunchy at the same time, and it really satisfied me. It wasn't too sweet, either, and it tasted quite 'authentic' meaning I could taste the components.

Each 35 gram Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Peanut Granola Bar provides 170 calories, 14% of the daily value for total and saturated fat, 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of fiber (7% of the daily value). Unfortunately, there is not much protein or fiber and the saturated fat is a little high. If I'm going to have a nutrition bar, then 1) it has to have either a lot of fiber or protein or both; and 2) the size ideally will be about 40 grams (alright - 45 grams), as that just makes it more satisfying for me personally. But thankfully, this also doesn't have a lot of calories. I would recommend this though in place of a candy bar, or something else you know you probably shouldn't have.

Rating
Taste: 5
Nutrition: 4
Price: 5
Overall: 4
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