by Diane Spicer
This hiking granola bar review revisits a tried and true approach to getting enough carbohydrates on a hike.
Five decades ago (back in the days of hippies a.k.a. granola munchers) I was making my own granola and packing it up as trail snacks.
So after all these years, I thought I was over granola.
But then I tasted a Trader Joe's Raises The Bar maple bar, and I just had to write this hiking granola bar review.
As with every review Hiking For Her shares with you, you need to know my biases.
In this hiking granola bar review, the only motivation was to put inexpensive yet tasty and convenient hiking snacks into your trail food repertoire.
If you purchase some of these granola goodness using this link, Hiking For Her receives a small percentage of your purchase price but you pay nothing extra.
WooHoo! All around goodness for everyone!
Now let's get to all of the reasons I love these bars.
If you've been reading up on your hiking nutrition, you know how important it is to keep a steady supply of glucose flowing to your muscles and organs as you hike.
These Trader Joe's granola bars contain a surprising amount of fuel:
If you're watching your cholesterol levels, you're in luck: these have none.
Sodium levels are modest: 80 milligrams (3% of your daily allotment).
Now let's look at something every bit as important as the nutritional punch these bars pack.
You are probably already on to me here.
I wish I could adequately describe the chewy goodness of this bar.
A bit of sweetness with the distinct taste of maple syrup is what I like most.
But I also enjoy the crunchiness from the grains and pumpkin seeds.
Good flavor, great mouth feel, takes awhile to chew so it's satisfying!
I am fortunate to live in a city with numerous Trader Joe's grocery stores.
But maybe you've never heard of them.
They are renowned for their amazing variety of food AND their inexpensive prices.
These bars come 5 to a box, and for about $7 on line, that works out to around $1.40 per bar.
It depends on your hiking style!
If you're not a fan of maple, you won't like these bars.
Although I'm a big fan of maple flavor, I'm also a chocolate lover.
So you need to know that you can score a variety pack of these bars to get the best of both worlds:
5 maple bars, and 5 dark chocolate chunk bars.
Thanks for reading this hiking granola bar review.
It makes me happy to share something so simple and so delicious for your trail time!
Hiking Granola Bar Review
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