Banana and chocolate chip is one of my favorite flavor combinations, so I was excited when these Kashi Soft nÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Chewy Bar samples arrived at my doorstep. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had several Kashi products in the past and like that they are one of the fewer brands of “good-for-you” foods that are widely available in my rural community.
Each Kashi Soft nÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Chewy Bar in the banana chocolate chip flavor provides a Ã‚Â½ serving of fruit and a Ã‚Â½ serving of veggies. The banana provides the fruit, obviously. The veggie, however, comes from the addition of pumpkin puree.
Each bar has 140 calories, 3 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of whole grains. The bars contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.
I had hoped that my son would like these bars because IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m always looking for healthier snack options for him. Unfortunately, he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care for them at all. I suspect thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because I have a fabulous banana bread recipe I often make that is much sweeter than these bars and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what he automatically associates with the banana and chocolate chip combination.
On the other hand, I thought they were really good. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re very moist and the pumpkin puree, while not overwhelming, gives them a unique flavor that I thought was a nice chance of pace from a more traditional type of banana bread. It’s almost like a slight molasses taste, which makes me think of enjoying gingerbread cookies at Christmas time.
Since I struggle to find ways to get enough veggies into my own diet and admit to too many lunches that consist of a candy bar and a Diet Coke, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be picking up a few boxes of these bars to have on hand for myself.
photo credit: Kashi