Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Tough Sell Of Kashi GOLEAN Peanut Butter & Chocolate Protein & Fiber Bars

The Good: Very healthy, Actually does make one feel full.
The Bad: Very expensive, Not the best peanut butter taste.
The Basics: Kashi GOLEAN’s Peanut Butter & Chocolate protein & fiber bars are pricy and hardly taste like peanut butter, but deliver on their nutritional promises.

Sometimes, I should not be allowed into the grocery store. Whenever I have funds, I do manage to buy the groceries I need, but I invariably end up with some foods in my cart – healthy foods – that are much more for my reviewing enjoyment than something I would actually consume regularly. But, given how I am both trying to eat healthier and I have been working longer hours at work, it was pretty unsurprising that I would eventually pick up some Kashi products. In this case, I found a Kashi GOLEAN Peanut Butter & Chocolate Snack Bar for half-off and I picked that up.

I probably shouldn’t have, though it was not the worst health food I have tried of late (or ever!). And, despite the fact that I got mine cheap, these are drastically overpriced at a regular price (locally) of $1.79 per bar! No wonder people don’t eat healthy; when it costs so much! At least Kashi created something that tastes interesting or good with the Kashi GOLEAN Peanut Butter & Chocolate Protein & Fiber Bar.


Kashi GOLEAN is the company that merchandises its healthy, all natural grain foods to anyone who likes grains, health and weird things that do not quite taste like they are supposed to. specialized diet plan for those who are trying to lose weight by eating healthier, but more controlled portions. The GOLEAN line is a plan of bars designed to help one feel more full and eat less in order to lose weight and tone muscles. The Kashi GOLEAN Plan Peanut Butter & Chocolate snack bars are part of that program, but may be enjoyed just the same outside the program.

The Peanut Butter & Chocolate come in a 1.94 oz. chocolate bar (reminiscent of a basic candy bar) that is plastic-wrapped. Each bar represents a single serving and Kashi GOLEAN Plan Peanut Butter & Chocolate bars are 4 1/2” long by 1” wide by 3/4” tall. They look like a flatter chocolate bar. These snack bars are sold on their own or in boxes with several bars.

Ease Of Preparation

Eating Kashi GOLEAN Plan Peanut Butter & Chocolate snack bars is not a real challenge. After removing the wrapper, simply pull out the bar and stick it in your mouth. There is no particularly complicated equation to eating this healthy protein bar. This is an entirely ready-to-eat food!


Opening the wrapper on the Kashi GOLEAN Peanut Butter & Chocolate Bar, I was stuck by how deliciously dark the chocolate smelled. This bar smelled exclusively like a dark chocolate bar and that left me instantly intrigued as to how it would taste.

Biting into the Peanut Butter & Chocolate Bar, I was unsurprised by how mealy the peanut butter was. In many health bars, this is common. The chocolate coating on this protein & fiber bar tasted a bit lighter than the smell implied it would. This has a surprisingly unsweet, but distinctly milk chocolate flavor that serves as a thin coating around the nutty center. The Peanut Butter & Chocolate Bar tastes quite a bit more like a blend of nuts and seeds than it does familiar peanut butter. My mind kept recalling a protein bar based on sunflower seeds I once tried and this was far more analogous to that than, say, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

The Kashi GOLEAN Peanut Butter & Chocolate Bar leaves a very dry aftertaste in the mouth, which dissipates pretty much the moment one drinks water.


Kashi GOLEAN Plan Peanut Butter & Chocolate Snack Bars are intended as a replacement food, designed to help replace one full meal. The 1.94 oz. bar represent a single serving and they have a decent amount of nutrients in them. Made primarily of evaporated cane juice syrup, Kashi seven whole grains & sesame cereal, and Kashi seven whole grains & sesame flour, the ingredient list is remarkably natural and does not have anything unpronounceable in it. This is an all-natural food product and these snack bars were produced on equipment that forces them to add a disclaimer about milk, soy, wheat, peanut and tree nuts.

Kashi GOLEAN Plan's Peanut Butter & Chocolate have a full 200 calories, 50 of which are from fat. A bar represents 18% of one's RDA of saturated fat, though they are cholesterol free. For the sodium-conscious consumer, the 150 mg of sodium might give one pause. They also have an impressive 10 grams of protein and five grams of fiber! This is a healthy snack that does not try to overload the consumer with any one nutrient excessively.


Kashi GOLEAN Plan Peanut Butter & Chocolate are fine regardless of when they are eaten or how they are stored. Unopened, they have a decent shelf life of several months. I was surprised the bar I had was being clearance when it did not expire until November 22, 2012. If the chocolate on these bars melts, they will stain, so consult your fabric guide if that happens. Otherwise, cleanup is simply throwing the foil wrapper away when you are done with the snack bar.


Kashi GOLEAN Peanut Butter & Chocolate Protein & Fiber Bars are a reasonable boost for some nutrients many people have trouble getting on the average day. They act as a reasonable supplement that aids in helping one feel full so they will not eat quite as much.

For other reviews of healthy foods, please check out:
Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan Peanut Butter Crunch Time bars
Peeled Organic Banana-a-Peel
Atkins Advantage Peanut Butter Bars


For other food and drink reviews, please visit my index page on the subject! That is available by clicking here!

© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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