Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Typing with my mouth full (Quaker Soft Baked Bars)

This post brought to you by Quaker Oats. All opinions are 100% mine.

I must be the world's worst snack reviewer. Every time I agree to sample something and review it, at first I'm excited about the opportunity to try something that's just been introduced to the marketplace. I'm always curious about new products. I want to see what they're all about. Then I have a moment of "Oh my gosh, what if I hate it???"

Quaker bars

I know reviews are supposed to include comments about what I like and don't like, but I'm not big into negativity, so I'd hate to write a post about something I absolutely hated. Fortunately, the Quaker Soft Baked Bars were even better than I expected.

I thought these were going to be sort of chewy and granola-y, but instead they were softer. Somewhere between the texture of a brownie and a muffin. Not quite as soft as cake, so they would hold up well to being shoved in my purse for an on-the-run snack.

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But unlike a brownie, these are a little more like wholesome food. I mean, they're from Quaker. You know - oats and all that.

The packaging had enticements to heat the bars up, so that's what I did for a little breakfast snack for me and my husband. First we tried the banana nut bread. I hate to admit it, but it was on par with a lot of the home made banana breads I've tried. Actually, it was better than some that have tried too hard to be healthy.

Quaker pecan bar

I was honestly surprised how much I liked it. I mean, I'm all about making everything from scratch and here I am opening a package and eating a snack bar. But the banana flavor was really good, and the texture was appealing.

Next, we tried the Cinnamon Pecan Bread. This one had a drizzle of a sugar glaze on top and the cinnamon flavor was well balanced. My husband said he like this one better, and he admitted that it was probably because of the sugar.

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On the other hand, I preferred the banana flavor because it seemed a bit less sweet to me. And the cinnamon pecan bar had raisins, and I'm not crazy about those. But even with the raisins, I have to admit that it wasn't bad at all. If I was hungry and that's what I had on hand, I'd eat it.

The truth is that there are times when I need fast, portable food. While I might have great leftovers in the fridge, sometimes I want something I can bring along while I'm running errands. It's good to have a reasonably healty snack that I can eat if my errands take too long and I get hungry before I get home. I could see keeping some of these on hand for just that purpose.

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