My friends at Main & Vine recently sent me samples of a new product you might have seen on store shelves: Simple Truth Organic Granola Bites. I wanted to take the time to let you know a little bit about them, and share my tips for how to enjoy them!
These treats are all-organic and contain ingredients like dried fruit, nuts, and honey. There are three different flavors, and I had the chance to sample all of them.
Coconut Blueberry Lime. Hands down, this was my favorite flavor. It was also the favorite of my friends who I shared samples with! The coconut makes the texture a bit crumbly, and it reminded us a bit of cookie dough. (I won’t admit how many of these I’ve eaten in the course of putting this blog post together!)
Cashew Cherry Almond. This flavor combines dried cherries, whole oats, nuts, and semi-sweet chocolate. These bites were a bit more firm in texture than the coconut lime variety. It’s also quite good and I think you’d like it if you prefer a nuttier taste.
Fruit and Nuts. As the name implies, this flavor includes a variety of dried fruit and nuts (think cranberries, blueberries, almonds and pecans). It also has a bit of chocolate for sweetness.
I thought these bites had nice flavor and texture. They’re definitely nut as crunchy as granola – maybe more akin to a softer energy bar. As I’ve been enjoying them these past few days, I’ve come up with a few ideas for how to eat them:
- Snack for kids. I think they’d be particularly kid-friendly (more so than actual granola) since they are in cube form vs. lots of smaller pieces that kids could make a mess of or choke on.
- Good for on-the-go activities. While I’ve not tried this (yet!), I could see packing a few for one of my long runs. I’m sure they’d be much more palatable than a gel! They’d also be good for hiking.
- Parfaits. I think the coconut lime flavor in particular would be excellent chopped up and added to oatmeal or yogurt, perhaps with some fresh berries.
In regards to nutritional content, like granola, they are a bit more of a calorie-dense food. (One bag contains roughly three servings of 170-180 calories each.) The nuts provide a source of fat, and the dried fruit, a source of fiber. I noticed that the coconut lime also has a sizeable source of iron (30% of the daily needs of someone on a 2,000 calorie/day diet).
Look for these Simple Truth Granola Bites the next time you’re at Main & Vine! If you’ve had the chance to try them, I’d love to know what you think.