The Good: Very healthy, Decently priced (at least on clearance!), Tastes fine
The Bad: Could use more in the box!
The Basics: Quaker Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Bars are flavorful, relatively inexpensive, and very nutritious.
Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Bars from Quaker came to me, like so many things in my life, because I found them on clearance. I like finding new-to-me things and getting them for less month than I otherwise would have. As it is, this turned out to be a delightful treat for me, especially considering I am not much of a fan of nuts in things like coffee cake and that is essentially what the Soft Baked Bars are.
I found the Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Barss on clearance for $2.00 for the box of 5, which made them seem awfully expensive initially. Still, at half price, they were worth trying at the very least.
Quaker is perhaps best known for making oatmeal, but for a long time has made granola bars and other healthy snacks. Their Soft Baked Bars come in several flavors and I chose the Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Bars simply because it was the only one on the clearance rack.
The Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Bars come in a 1.48 oz. bar that is plastic-wrapped. Each bar represents a single serving and Quaker has the Soft Baked Bars presented as 1 7/8” wide by 3/4” thick by 3 3/8” long baked cookie bar that is smooth on one side, covered in oats, a drizzle of glaze, and nuts on the other. A box of Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Bars contains five bars. Not on clearance, these would be a tougher sell for a cheapskate like me.
Ease Of Preparation
Eating a Quaker Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Bars is simple. After removing the plastic wrapper, simply pull out the bar and stick it in your mouth. There is no particularly complicated equation to eating this snack; it is an entirely ready-to-eat food!
For a variation, these can be nuked for ten seconds to make them softer and supposedly add a variation to the flavor palate.
Unwrapping the Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Bars, there is a delightfully aromatic cinnamon and raisin scent. The aroma is very aromatic and inviting.
As for taste, the Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Bars are sweet and spicy. The initial sweetness passes fairly quickly and one is left with a dry oatmeal flavor. The nuts leave a surprisingly strong, dry, nutty aftertaste in the mouth. The aftertaste pretty much demands one have something to drink with this.
Heated, I was surprised by how the Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Bars did not change significantly when heated. That seems to be more of a gimmick on the box than a real thing.
Quaker Soft Baked Bars are intended as a snack and they are a fairly healthy snack, though the Cinnamon Pecan Bread ones are not sold on the idea of being low fat, they are actually pretty healthy. Each 1.48 oz. Soft Baked Bars represent a single serving. Made primarily of whole grained rolled oats, soy crisp rice, and invert sugar, there is nothing in the Cinnamon Pecan Bread bars that was unpronounceable (though near the end of the ingredient list the ingredients do get awfully chemical-sounding). This is a mostly-natural food product and these Soft Baked Bars were produced on equipment and contains ingredients that require Quaker to have an allergy warning for pecans, eggs, almond, soy ingredients, and tree nuts. This is neither gluten-free, nor Vegan-compliant.
Quaker's Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Bars have 140 calories, only 35 of which are from fat. A full serving represents 4% of one's RDA of saturated fat and cholesterol. Surprisingly, they are fairly low in sodium with only 140 mg per serving and there are six grams of protein to be had by eating a full bar. These are a significant source of 6 vitamins and minerals, as well.
As a healthy snack, Quaker Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Bars remain fresh so long as they are kept in their wrappers. Our box had an expiration date of March 31, 2013, so I suspect they were being clearance for freshness. As long as the bars are sealed, they remain fresh and the only real clean-up for them comes from wiping up crumbs from the oat side of the bar.
If the Cinnamon Pecan Bread bars get hot, the icing might melt into fabrics. Under those awkward circumstances, this bar would stain, but not otherwise.
The Quaker Cinnamon Pecan Bread Soft Baked Bars are a good breakfast food, but not extraordinary.
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Low Fat Chewy Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars
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