Chewsday Review - Carman’s Brownie Oat Bars

Pretty packaging, chocolate brownie flavour and the goodness of Australian oats! But is it all too good to be true? Let’s take a look into one of the newest offerings from Carman’s - a muesli bar masquerading as a chocolate brownie. Today’s Chewsday Review features Carman’s Brownie with Choc Aussie Oat bars.

🔸Ingredients

🔹First up, whole grain oats. This is not unexpected for an oat bar but a great source of fibre and wholegrains

🔹Glucose. Bit of sneaky marketing here, Glucose = sugar. It’s all the same – just a fancy name! A second sneaky source of added sugar can be found a bit further down the ingredients list under golden syrup.

🔹The dark chocolate compound used in these bars does contain dairy so steer clear if your little one is dairy-free.

🔹Chicory fibre bumps up the fibre per bar to 4.4g.

🔹Puffed rice, sunflower oil, cocoa powder and linseeds are all fairly standard muesli bar ingredients.

🔹A humectant is last on the list and is added to keep the bars moist.

🔸Positives

🔹The ingredients list here is pretty great – whilst there are two sources of added sugar these bars contain no artificial ingredients or things you can’t pronounce.

🔹Only 7.7g of sugar per 100g and 2.3g per bar. That’s less than a teaspoon!

🔹4.4g dietary fibre per serve which is great for little tummies.

🔸Negatives

🔹This product is slightly on the higher side for fat, with 11.4g/100g. This is all coming from the sunflower oil and dark chocolate topping.

🔹These will cost you a pretty penny! At $5 for 6 bars, these come in at 83c per bar. Something to consider before your little one gets hooked on them!

🔸Marketing

🔹There’s no denying it – this packaging is cute and attention-grabbing.

🔹‘Lunchbox Friendly’ – This is true, a good option for nut-free schools but this is definitely not the only nut-free muesli bar around.

🔹‘Less than 4g sugar per bar’ – Tick! This really is a selling point of these bars.

🔸Alternatives

🔹For a healthy but tasty muesli bar that will appeal to kids, these are great. However, the cost is something to consider – a 15 pack of ‘Uncle Toby’s Chewy Choc Chip’ bars costs only $6. These bars are slightly higher in sugar however the fibre, fat and energy content is very similar to these bars.

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