Kashi Berry Fruitful Cereal is described as a cereal of "organic whole wheat biscuits with filling made with real fruit." Or as I like to say - a shredded wheat type cereal.
I first tried and reviewed Kashi GoLean Crisp Toasted Berry Crumble Cereal back in 2010, and I thought an update was in order. I added a picture of the actual product, the nutrition facts have changed slightly for the better, and I noticed that I bought it for the same price in 2013 as in 2010 - $3.29 on sale.
Kashi Heart to Heart Oat Flakes & Blueberry Clusters is described as, "a delicious blend of crispy oat flakes and crunchy oat clusters made with sun-sweetened blueberries, one of nature's antioxidant fruits."
With this cereal, the flakes taste strongly of blueberry flavor and are sweet, but as for the oat clusters, they are very small and don't pack much flavor, nor add much texture. I find that I'm not really into "corn flakes type cereal" and although I liked this cereal okay, I much prefer Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon Oat Cereal which I had the day before - and which coincidentally, has more fiber and less sugar.
Each 55 gram serving of Kashi Heart to Heart Oat Flakes & Blueberry Clusters Cereal (1 cup), provides 200 calories, 2 grams of total fat, 4 grams of fiber (18% of the DV), 12 grams of sugars and 6 grams of protein.
I received a few different types of Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal to consider for review here. Since, I love adding cinnamon to EVERYTHING (including coffee), I started with Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon Oat Cereal. On Kashi's website, it mentions that, "Heart to Heart cereal was created with more heart healthy ingredients to make taking care of your heart enjoyable." And indeed the packaging is rife with details on how this cereal may be beneficial to your health.
Oh I really like this variety. The flavor is not complex, but is simply cinnamony, lightly sweet and crunchy. Not only is it good as a cereal eaten in the traditional way with milk (or almond milk in my case), but it's also pretty good as a stand-alone snack. I actually prefer this to the Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Oat Waffles (which is also pretty good too).
Each 33 gram serving (3/4 cup) provides 120 calories, only 1.5 grams of total fat, 5 grams of fiber (19% of the daily value), 5 grams of sugars and 4 grams of protein. There is also 100% of the daily value for vitamin E, folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12. So there's more fiber and less sugar in Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon Oat Cereal, than in Honey Nut Cheerios.
After trying Kashi TLC Pumpkin Pie Fruit & Grain Bar and loving their unique texture and flavor profile, I decided to branch out and try a different variety of the gooey, yet chewy Kashi TLC Fruit & Grain Bars; this time, I reached for the Raspberry Chocolate variety.
Ooh Kashi, this bar is delicious. The raspberry puree and semi-sweet chocolate complement one another perfectly! The unique texture can't be matched. The three distinct layers of almonds, cocoa/raspberry fruit spread and whole grain base immediately meld together with each bite, creating a sweet & gooey, yet substantial mouth feel. It's as if the gummy, yet firm fruit layer encases the hearty oat base, softening it a bit. I would go as far as comparing it (albeit with a bit of stretch of the imagination) to a bite of cherry pie (similar to how the pie filling enhances the crust). But, similar to my first experience with these Kashi TLC Fruit & Grain Bars, this also does not "travel well" thanks to the soft fruit topping that makes up about 1/3 of the bar - if it's hot (as it is often here in Texas), you'll end up with a sticky, gooey mess on your fingers, mouth and clothes.
I almost ran into some unsuspecting grocery shopper minding their own business when I spotted a Variety Pack of Kashi TLC Snack Crackers on the shelves. I was so excited that I started jabbering on and on about how "cool", "handy", "awesome" (you name it, I probably said it) these were, without noticing that my friend had moved on to the other aisle and I was merely talking to myself (sure, I got some stares but food products excite me, what can I say).
I have already experienced the delicious Kashi TLC Original 7 Grain Crackers, so what I reached for first was the Fire Roasted Vegetable variety. I found that these crackers possess a peppery flavor mingled throughout a hearty wheat base and 1 gram less sugar than the Original flavor, which enables the vegetables and spices to stand strong.
Each serving of Kashi TLC Fire Roasted Vegetable Crackers provides 120 calories, 5% of the daily value for total fat, 9% of the DV for sodium, 2 grams of fiber and sugars plus 3 grams of protein.