Kind Breakfast Bars

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Version:
Dark Chocolate Cocoa, Peanut Butter, Honey Oat, Raspberry Chia, Blueberry Almond
Price:
$.94 per 1.8-ounce 2-pack

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Rating:
4
On September 19, 2016
Last modified:October 2, 2016

Summary:

Boasting a couple spot on flavors, Kind Breakfast Bars hold a great deal of promise. If they could improve the consistency a bit, then my rating for our top picks would easily bump up to 5 stars. The Peanut Butter was breakfast perfection, while the Dark Chocolate Cocoa was a wonderful afternoon treat. The other flavors were pretty good, but by their names, we expected more honey and berry goodness.

Move over Nutri-Grain. Kind Breakfast Bars are tackling morning sustenance on-the-go with a purely dairy-free product line.

Kind Breakfast Bars (Review) - dairy-free, gluten-free, whole grain

Kind Breakfast Bars come with two, hearty, somewhat flat bars per package. I love that they are portioned this way, for true snack sizing. But eating both bars only sets you back about 220 calories. Together they are just hefty and filling enough for a mobile breakfast. In terms of general nutrition, the whole package has 8 to 11 grams sugar, 4 to 5 grams protein, 8 grams fat, and 5 grams fiber.

Though they boast “super grains” on the package, Kind Breakfast Bars are mostly oat bars with some crispy bits throughout. The millet, buckwheat, amaranth and quinoa are actually quite far down on the ingredient list, after dried cane syrup, sugar, raisin paste, and gum acacia. The latter ingredient, along with the addition of water, may be the reason behind the somewhat tough texture, which I discuss in the notes below.

Kind Breakfast Bars (Review) - dairy-free, gluten-free, whole grain

Flavor Tasting Notes for Kind Breakfast Bars

Dark Chocolate Cocoa – A pleasant, sweet, underlying cocoa flavor permeates the whole bar and is amplified by a generous smattering of chocolate chips. Although I thought they could have cut the sugars by a few grams, the flavor was undeniably good. But the texture was a bit stale. It was a little chewy, but not really, and a little crispy, but not really. By the time I’d finished both bars, my jaw was seriously worked out.

Peanut Butter – This one has a spot on flavor for PB lovers like me. It was perfectly sweet, but not sugary, rich with peanut butter and even had whole peanuts throughout. The taste was very well balanced, and I loved that it was the lowest sugar of the lot. Unfortunately, the texture still had that slightly stale crispy, chewy bite.

Honey Oat – This sounded like the perfect breakfast bar flavor, but sadly, it fell pretty flat. The stale texture was quite profound and the flavor lacked well-rounded oomph. The sweetness didn’t really smack of honey. Sure enough, when I looked a the ingredients, dried cane syrup was second, and honey was down at seventh on the list. I think this flavor would pop with a pinch of salt and a bigger honey focus.

Raspberry Chia – Though raspberry is on the label, cranberries dominate the scene for a flavor that’s pleasant enough, but doesn’t wow. Like the others, these bars had the same “jaw workout” consistency, but I did enjoy the bits of seedy interest throughout.

Blueberry Almond – My first thought when I bit in was “blueberry, really?” There didn’t seem to be a bite or essence that beckoned to this summery fruit. The flavor was pleasant, but it wasn’t impressive enough to overcome the textural issues.

Kind Breakfast Bars (Review) - dairy-free, gluten-free, whole grain

The Facts on Kind Breakfast Bars

Certifications: Kind Breakfast Bars are Certified Kosher Pareve. They are also labeled as gluten-free and non-GMO, but I did not note certifications for these.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Kind Breakfast Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, plant-based, and vegetarian. They are not strictly vegan as they do contain honey. The only soy we noted in Kind Breakfast Bars is soy lecithin. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Kind website at www.kindsnacks.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

3 Comments

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  2. Not that I commonly go to these kinds of products for breakfast (too many carbs and they aren’t filling enough for me), but good to keep in mind for a pinch.

    Also glad there’s multiple options that are dairy free. I’ve found many times bars like these sneak dairy into the ingredients (I believe some of the regular Kind bars are guilty of this, too)

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