Sunday, December 11, 2016

Trader Joe's - Raises the Bar Granola Bar - Dec. 11, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Trader Joe's
Raises the Bar - Chewy Granola Bar
Weight: 1.2 oz. (35 g.) / 6.2 oz. (175 g.) in total box
Calories: 140 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $2.79 for 1 box of 5 bars
Purchased from: Trader Joe's, Alameda, CA

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Seeds Series.

What is a seed? Grains, beans, nuts and seeds can all be considered seeds. So the distinction between grains and seeds can be a confusing one.

Today's "Raises the Bar" Chewy Granola Bar with oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and dark chocolate chunks from Trader Joe's (Monrovia, CA), contained grains, "pseudo-cereal grains" and seeds. Regardless if some of these ingredients are more seed or "pseudo-cereal grain," than grain, this mix resulted in a bar with high fiber: "16 g. of whole grains."

This gluten free, slightly chewy granola bar was relatively lightly sweetened (tapioca syrup, cane sugar, honey, molasses). Dark chocolate pieces, while also containing sugar, helped balance the sweetness a bit.
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