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I recently reviewed the Eat Natural bar with almonds, apricots and a yoghut coating, and after being impressed with that one I decided to buy another one! This time I bought the milk chocolate coated bar with peanuts, pistacios and cranberries. I have to say that the range is quite good, with about seven different bars, some coated and some not, and with different fruit and nuts in them, so I think most people could find something that they liked in the range!
As I said, I purchased this bar because I had liked another in the range. However, I also liked the packaging with this bar, and again the fact that it is mostly see-through so you can see what you're buying!
I thought that this bar looked especially appetising, as you can see all of the contents without some of it being obscured by a yoghurt coating, as the other one had. Underneath the bar you can see a thick layer of milk chocolate which also looks appetising!
The packet is easy to open and I think it is recyclable.
When you take the bar out of the packet, it is not crumbly and nothing falls out so you can take the whole thing out without needing a plate! When you bite into the bar, you get a mouthful of well combined tastes and flavours, including the flavour of the two different types of nuts (which go well together), and that of the cranberries. There is not too much chocolate but you get that nice chocolatey taste and that and the cranberries add a bit of sweetness. I like that because I think that without those two ingredients the bar would be quite plain.
The taste is very good, with that balance of sweet and savoury and the ingredients are combined well together.
I also really like the texture, because there is soft sort of rice pieces, with crunchy nuts and the smooth milk chocolate on the bottom.
I think that this bar is quite healthy because it has a lot of natural ingredients and the only thing that could be seen as unhealthy is the chocolate, but there is not very much chocolate, not like in a whole chocolate bar for example.
I find the bar to be quite filling, as you do get 50g of it. I think this is more than the average amount of cereal in a bowl.
There is another similar chocolate version of an Eat Natural bar, with dark chocolate that might also be worth a try.
Overall I recommend the taste of this bar. The only negative is that this range is quite expensive, at about 75p a bar (but the amount you get makes up for this I think).
The Eat Healthy bars are delicious, they are filling and full of good for you ingredients. I got a pack of 3 bars for about £2.20 and I think they are well worth the money...my favourite so far is the Yoghurt Coated Almond & Apricot These are great for those who skip breakfast but get peckish mid morning....I would much rather have one of these than a bowl of cereal.A lot of these bars are dry, hard and bland...but these bars are moist, chewy busting with flavour.I dare you to buy one and not get addicted...LOL
Eat Natural Bar With Cranberries, Hazelnuts, Orange and Milk chocolate.
At www.eatnatural.co.uk you'll find a fresh looking website which is simple and easy to navigate and you'll soon be introduced to the wealth of goodies they make all with the healthy theme in mind.
They make delicious bars for children designed to fit neatly into their lunch box called "Lunchies" and these provide a healthy alternative to chocolate and other treats, but for this review I want to focus on the bar I chose which is "Cranberry, Hazelnut, Orange and Milk Chocolate which is their seasonal recipe.
I purchased this at my local Holland and Barrett and it was 75p. Made local to where I live in Halstead these bars are an Essex treat! Please note this version is different to the one in the picture. I asked Dooyoo to add this one for me but as someone else had already reviewed the version shown above this slightly different one is the subject of my review which will hopefully give you some contrasts as this version is seasonal.
The package is a bright affair in a pretty cranberry shade decorated with orange flowers and the large words "Eat Natural" are written in the shape of the wings of an aeroplane where the central cockpit is the letter A. You might not see this when you look at it but it comes to me every time I see the design. It is a very eye catching pattern as it also resembles a bow with the A of Natural at the point where you would insert the arrow so pointing you firmly in the direction of healthy eating!It's very bright and cheerful.
The ingredients are milk chocolate, dried cranberries, hazelnuts, glucose syrup, sultanas, peanuts, puffed rice, dried apricots, honey and orange peel. It is also gluten free and vegetarian. It will give you 195 calories if you eat the lot and the bar is 45g and 9.8 grams of fat. The fat is mostly from the nuts so is healthier in that respect.
The bar itself looks like a collage of the sea bed. You almost expect something to appear out of under one of the rocks it is so tightly packed with fruit and chocolate. Cranberries are plentiful and all the ingredients cling together well. The taste is delicious and reminiscent of a Cadbury's Picnic or a Snickers but without the caramel but with the richness of Tiffin. Not at all like some very nutty cereal bars this is more like a treat than a food.
Looking at the website I see there are 11 bars to choose from so I expect I'll work my way through them this year! The taste in not overpowered by the milk chocolate coating and you can taste all the individual flavours easily. Slightly sticky but not too much to need a dentist on standby, and sweet enough to satisfy any peckish moments.
Very simple ingredients and very delicious results. I understand they also make breakfast cereal and bags of snacks too so might give these a try.
A great change from the chocolate bars which are similar.
Eat Naturals main marketing ploy is "simple idea, simple ingredients, simple recipes". Their snack bars have long been a favourite of mine and are all about 200-230 calories each.
That may seem like a lot to some people but consideirng most "healthy" diet snacks are only a few calories lower and contain far more additives, sugars and chemicals, I think the Eat forumla is a good one. They're also very filling and far better as a snack than a Twix or Snickers etc, plus it is nice to know you're having something good for you in terms of where it has come from, and knowing exactly what is in it.
I have long been a fan of their Apricot and yoghurt bars and thought I would try this one as the shop I normally go to didn't have those in stock.
This bar fully contains peanuts, cranberries, pistachios and chocolates. It comes in at only 190 calories and although the fat content is high at 8.5g per bar (about 10% of recommended daily total), the majority of that is "good" fats from the nuts rather than full saturated fats. It tastes fantastic and the chocolate is use din just the right quantity so it doesn't overpower the taste of the nuts.
As an alternative to Snickers for those who like nuts, this is about half the calories, much healthier and tastes brilliant. Doesn't need too much chewing and fills you up great between meals.
HIghly recommended and may even come close to ebing my favourite instead of the apricot and yoghurt bar.