My husband suspects that he has hypoglycemia and he finds that keeping snacks on hand really help him feel better when he gets shaky and weak. For the entire 30 years of our marriage he has requested that I buy him Nature Valley Granola Bars, and now that he has to have snacks on hand, I am buying them much more often. In fact, we always have a box in our pantry.
Well now Nature Valley has given us another choice when it comes to eating a snack, and they are much more than a plain granola bar! Nature Valley now makes a product called “Nature Valley Granola Thins”, which are square shaped granola bars, but these are different because they come with either a chocolate or peanut butter coating.
The company boasts these treats have a “Uniquely delicate crunch of crispy, toasted granola paired with an irresistible, melt-in-your-mouth taste.” I love both peanut butter and chocolate, but the peanut butter version sounded better to me. The coating on these granola squares reminds me of the peanut butter coating on Nature Valley Sweet & Salty bars, which I absolutely love (and the coatings do taste similar).
Nature Valley Granola Thins come in 6 ounce boxes, and contain ten individual pouches. The top of the squares look like a typical Nature Valley granola bar, but the bottoms are indeed coated with a thick peanut butter flavoring. The front of the box refers to these as “Crispy Squares”, and they measure only 2 1/2″ square, so they are indeed a smaller snack than the typical granola bar.
If you want nutritional information the Nature Valley Granola Thins Peanut Butter flavor contain90 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 85 milligrams of sodium, 10 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein and 2% of iron.
To conclude, I would recommend these for a child’s lunch in lieu of a cookie. They are at least providing some protein, and are more than empty calories in many brands of cookies on the market. They are not any more filling than eating a single cookie, but the 90 calories is less than most of the cookies that I like to buy.
I still plan on buying the chocolate version soon, but will wait until these go on sale. Since they are very new to the market scene, I don’t know if that will happen any time soon, but if they do go on sale I will definitely stock up. The normal retail price is just shy of $4.00.