It is only natural as the Greek yogurt craze continues to spread that we will see Greek yogurt used as an ingredient in other food categories. Rickland Orchards has developed Greek Yogurt Bars in 8 flavors – Blueberry Acai, Cherry Almond, Toasted Coconut, Cranberry Almond, Apple & Honey, Orchard Peach, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter (our favorite) and Strawberry. Each bar is made of granola, fruit, and nuts dipped in Greek yogurt. The fruit flavors are all very pleasant, natural to the fruit taste, and not overly sweet.
One bar (1.4 ounces) has 160 calories (Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter and Toasted Coconut have 170 calories and Strawberry has 150 calories), 7 grams of protein (Peanut Butter has 10), and 5 grams of fiber. Sodium values are low with a range of 40 to 50 milligrams a bar, except for Peanut Butter which has 130 milligrams.
The bars all contain lactobacillus acidophilus, a probiotic, which helps to reinforce your normal immune system and colonize your GI tract with friendly bacteria. The bars start with 500 million CFUs (colony forming units). CFUs are the unit of measure used to show the amount of active friendly organisms found in the food. This amount will decrease slightly over time as the bars are stored before eating but even taking this into account the level provided is within the guidelines recommended for health benefits.
Cascadian Farm has recently introduced Granola Bars. The company was founded in 1972 by Gene Kahn to farm organically on a small stretch of land next to the Skagit River in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. The company has grown but it remains known for its quality organic products.
The Granola Bars come in three flavors: Oats and Honey with a pleasantly sweet and crunchy taste; Peanut Butter where you can actually see the peanut butter drizzled on the bar; and Oats and Cocoa with a mild, not sweet cocoa flavor. The bars are USDA Organic and certified kosher (OU). Two bars have 190 calories (Oats & Honey 180 calories), 4 grams of fiber and are a good source of whole grains. They are made from basic simple ingredients with no added colors, flavors or preservatives.
Both Rickland Orchards’ Greek Yogurt Granola Bars and Cascadian Farm Granola Bars are a far better choice than many of the overly sweet cereal bars currently on the market.