- GRANOLA (WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, BROWN SUGAR, CRISP RICE [RICE FLOUR,SUGAR, SALT, MALTED BARLEY EXTRACT], WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED WHEAT, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND COTONSEED OILS* WITH TBHQ AND CITRIC ACID ADDED TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL WITH NATURAL TOCOPHEROL ADDED TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS, DRIED COCONUT, WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, SODIUM BICARBONATE, SOY LECITHIN, CARAMEL COLOR, NONFAT DRY MILK), SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, COCOA BUTTER, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLA EXTRACT), CORN SYRUP, CRISP RICE (RICE FLOUR, SUGAR, BARLEY MALT, SALT), INVERT SUGAR, SUGAR, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, GLYCERIN, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL*. CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF SORBITOL, CALCIUM CARBONATE, SALT, WATER, SOY LECITHIN, MOLASSES, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, BHT (PRESERVATIVE), CITRIC ACID.
They are happy to claim no high fructose corn syrup, and indeed it does not appear in the list. But we do have 8 appearances of sugar in other forms. Plus one appearance of a sugar alcohol – sorbitol – less calories than sugar, with the added benefit of flatulence for some people. Trans-fat IS PRESENT, despite it being labeled as zero. Whenever you see partially hydrogenated oils, that means there is trans-fat in the product.
Additional interesting ingredients include TBHQ and BHT, preservatives of dubious nature; natural and artificial flavors – which always leave a consumer wondering; and calcium carbonate, added to make the product a “good source of calcium”, and thus sexier to health conscious consumers. http://blog.fooducate.com/2010/05/03/are-quaker-chewy-granola-bars-good-for-you/
No thanks, Id rather spend 15 minutes making my own granola bar! Its simple and tastes much better. Plus you could always make extra and freeze some. Believe me, your kids and husbands lunch-boxes will be overjoyed with this delightful addition. The best part is, you can add whatever you want to make them your own. Don't like bananas? Add another dried fruit. Don't like peanut butter? Add another nut butter or more coconut oil/butter. Its fun to experiment and find out what combination you like the best!
- 1 Cup Nuts (I used Walnuts & Almonds)
- 1 & 1/2 Cups Banana Chips
- 1/2 Cup Dates
- 2 Cups Quick Cooking or Gluten Free Oats
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil & 1/4 Cup Melted Butter (Using all butter or all coconut oil works great too)
- 1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
- 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips (Optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Add banana chips, dates, and half the nuts to a food processor until mixed well but not finely ground. Roughly chop the other 1/2 cup of nuts. In a large bowl combine the banana/date/nut mixture with the rest of the ingredients. Mix well until evenly combined. Add to baking dish and cook for 25 minutes. Let cool or refrigerate and cut into bars.