Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars for a Sweet & Salty Hit

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With coupon in hand and a sale going, I picked up some Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars for a steal. Just $1 for the box of 5 bars! And they did not disappoint.

The deal was for their relatively new Sweet & Salty line. It includes three flavors, all dunked on the bottom in chocolate coating. We chose the Mixed Nut for our initiation into this product line.

Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars Review - dairy-free and vegan varieties

Tasting Notes for Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars

I’m going to cover the newer Sweet & Salty line first. But I will add ingredients and notes on other flavors of Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars as I hear from readers and if we try them. Please feel free to comment on this post with your own review of their chewy granola bars. It helps others!

At last check, all but one variety of Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars was made without dairy ingredients. The Chocolate Chip contains a wee bit of cream. And the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip has a “may contain milk” warning. But the other varieties, including the chocolate-dipped Sweet & Salty varieties, do not have cross-contamination warnings for milk. Nonetheless, see my kosher certification note in The Facts below.

Mixed Nut Sweet & Salty

This chocolate-dipped snack is part snack bar part candy bar! It’s a sweet treat, but with a hearty vibe from the peanuts, rolled oats, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. Crisp rice throughout adds lightness and balance. I didn’t overtly taste the salted aspect, but the flavor balance is very good. I just wish they used dark chocolate instead of “dark chocolate coating” for the dunk. Each of these bars has 170 calories, 9 grams of fat, 8 grams of sugars, and 4 grams of protein.

Ingredients – peanuts*, tapioca syrup*, dark chocolate flavored coating*, (sugar*, palm kernel oil*, cocoa powder*, sunflower lecithin*, vanilla extract*) granola* (rolled oats*, tapioca syrup*, sugar*, sunflower oil*, sea salt, vanilla extract*, baking soda) almonds*, crisp rice* (rice flour*, sugar*, raisin juice concentrate*, sea salt, annatto color*), pumpkin seeds*, rice flour*, glycerin, sunflower oil*, whole oat flour*, sea salt, natural flavor*. organic* Contains peanut and almonds; may contain soy ingredients.

Peanut, Puffed Rice & Quinoa Sweet & Salty

I haven’t sampled this flavor yet, but it is likely a bit lighter and crispier than the others.

Ingredients – peanuts*, tapioca syrup*, dark chocolate flavored coating*, (sugar*, palm kernel oil*, cocoa powder*, sunflower lecithin*, vanilla extract*)  crisp rice* (rice flour*, sugar*, raisin juice concentrate*, sea salt, annatto* (color)), granola* (rolled oats*, tapioca syrup*, sugar*, sunflower oil*, sea salt, vanilla extract*, baking soda) quinoa crisp*, rice flour*, glycerin, sunflower oil*, whole oat flour*, sea salt, natural flavor*. organic* Contains peanut; may contain soy ingredients.

Peanut Pretzel Sweet & Salty

I haven’t tried this one yet, but have read several “candy bar-like” reviews on this one, too.

Ingredients – dry roasted peanuts*, tapioca syrup*, dark chocolate flavored coating*, (sugar*, palm kernel oil*, cocoa powder*, sunflower lecithin*, vanilla extract*) granola* (rolled oats*, tapioca syrup*, sugar*, sunflower oil*, sea salt, vanilla extract*, baking soda) crisp rice* (rice flour*, sugar*, raisin juice concentrate*, sea salt, annatto color*), pretzels* (wheat flour*, barely malt*, soybean oil*, salt),rice flour*, glycerin, sunflower oil*, whole oat flour*, sea salt, natural flavor*.  organic* Contains peanut and wheat; may contain soy ingredients.

Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars Review - dairy-free and vegan varieties

The Facts on Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars

Price: $3.99 per 5-pack box of bars (1.2-ounces each).

Availability: Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars are widely available in the U.S. You can find them at natural food stores and in major retailers, like Walmart and Target. I believe they are available in Canada, but have not confirmed.

Certifications: Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars are Certified Organic, Non-GMO Verified, an d Certified Kosher OU-D. This does not mean that the bars contains dairy. But it does imply that they are made on shared equipment with other dairy-containing products. However, there is no “may contain milk” note on most of the bar flavors. See our Kosher Guide for more details on the different certifications.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, the above varieties of Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select flavors are made without peanuts, tree nuts, and/or soy. Several varieties do not contain wheat, but we didn’t see any labeled as gluten free. 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 Cascadian Farm website at www.cascadianfarm.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

5 Comments

  1. My husband eats bars like this every morning for breakfast and I’ve been looking for a better alternative for him – this sweet and salty ones look like a winner! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for sharing! The Sweet and Salty Pretzel would be calling my name and I think my families too, I’ll have to keep my eyes out for it.

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