Review: Kodiak Crunchy Granola Bars

I picked up a couple of boxes of Kodiak Crunchy Granola Bars before our health-conscious son came to visit during winter break.

He’s now back home in Chicago, and I am still buying the bars.

No “Protein Taste”

I usually skip protein bars – they are overpriced and don’t taste all that great. I’m a fan of Kodiak bars because they taste very good, contain no artificial sweeteners and don’t have that chalky protein taste.

Comparing Bars

The mildly sweet, crunchy bars contain 10 grams of protein – not the highest for a bar but good enough for an occasional snack. The Kodiak bars taste very much like Nature Valley Granola bars.
In fact, the bars have similar nutrition stats when it comes to sugar – the big difference is in the amount of protein.

A two-bar serving of Nature Valley bars contain 11 grams of sugar and two grams of protein, while a similar size serving of Kodiak bars contain 11 grams of sugar and 10 grams of protein. That’s a big difference in protein.

Why Care About Protein

It’s better to eat a food that contains both carb and protein. Protein slows down digestion of carbs, which helps prevent the blood sugar swings that promote hunger.  Kodiak bars contain wheat and pea proteins.

Great for Traveling

I am packing these granola bars for an upcoming road trip. I also have eaten a Kodiak granola bar to stem late night sweet cravings. It makes a fine substitute for dessert (after all, it does have 11 grams of sugar) but it’s more healthy than the typical cookie or bowl of ice cream. A  two bar serving contains 22 grams of carbs and 210 calories.

Worth the Price

A box of Kodiak bars (six servings) cost $4.96 at Walmart. They come in the following flavors: peanut butter, chocolate chip, maple brown sugar and cookie butter. I can vouch for both the peanut butter and chocolate chip bars; I imagine the other flavors also have an appealing taste.

My opinion: Try it.


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