Firstly, if you have an Asda near you, you may very well find these on clearance at 50p each (not online though), so go go go! That’s how I bought these little fellow anyhow in three different flavours, so assure that I am not biased here in any way.*
Although you may be surprised to know I must have had my head in the sand, because I had never even heard of them before until recently taking my first trip to the BBC Good Food Summer Show at the NEC a couple of weekends ago. Unfortunately I had lined up to buy some of their incredible bars after dipping in to their sample bowls – if I remember rightly, their bars were the most competitive the other stalls on the day and the most delicious!
I love nuts and seeds and have to say, and after a 3 morning breakfast trial, it would be interesting to see if they would consider launching their own granola cereal, maybe 9Bar-eal? I’ll leave them to ponder over the bar-stumbling-block in the title.
Getting back to the price, even though they were on offer, I would more likely buy these in a pack to save money, because I feel 50p a bar is still steep and more a price I would pay if I had to while on my travels, needing convenience. In fact, this would be the only time I felt appropriate to eat if I were in a rush or camping as it saves on washing up. If I weigh up the fact that each 50g bar works out at around 220 calories a bar, this is almost double my basic morning 35g of porridge, albeit, it has less energy, porridge is denser and stodgier, so would find it more satisying to eat its equivant in calories (I’d struggle in fact). So in terms of quick and easy on the go. 9Bar wins as a great morning friend for the weekends we are campervanning it up and about to set foot on a long hike or other outdoorsy adventures we do.
So morning by morning, here’s a little diary of thoughts while I sample each one. Enjoy!
Morning 1: The Peanut & Raisin
This is the first one I tried as I love mixed nuts and seeds which I tend to squirrel through my wholefood shelf at home and snack on them every now and then when I fancy. There is definitely a significant amount of nutritious hemp seeds mixed in adding to its chewy nature
Morning 2: The Apricot & Strawberry
I wasn’t exactly awake this morning on our regular 7am dog walk, but we walked our collie around the park coffee-in-hand, my fiance scoffed a pop-tart while I had this stashed in my pocket trying not to eat until until I couldn’t hold back anymore by 9am. This is a usual trick of mine: the earlier I have breakfast, the sooner I want my lunch, so fill up on coffee first. By this point I ate what I thought was the Almond one, but by the time I grabbed my coat this evening for the last dog walk, I found this morning’s cereal bar. That’s why I was disappointed, I thought. This was my last choice as I expected it to be too fruity for me with Apricot. I think I’ve made my mind up in the sense that I need the nuts and seeds. It did fill me up until lunch, I’ll grant it that, but this is a personal choice as I wouldn’t want apricots first thing; only if I had to. Roll on Almonds I say!
Morning 3: The Almond & Raspberry
I’m glad I made a mistake yesterday by accidentally picking up my wrong choice of what cereal bar to have next. After trying all 3, I am still loving the chewy nature of hemp hearts throughout and little crispies for a smidgen crunch but still stand by the less fruity ones being my favourite. I’m more of a savoury breakfast kind of girl but manage fine with a daily dose of porridge and as long as there are nuts and seeds present, it gives a much needed balance, unlike the double whammy of fruit in my morning 2 experience.
So, after giving what I feel is a fair test, you’re all probably wondering, would I buy them again? Are they worth it? Then I would give a firm yes, but under certain conditions: a) they would have to be bought in bulk to save because I like a bargain and b) I would only buy them for convenience while camping or dashing off somewhere. If you have the time at home, then reach for the porridge that costs pennies but save a stash of these for emergency trips and keep one in your handbag as a snack for if you’re pushed for time.
They are definitely far superior than most, if not all cereal bars I’ve tasted; they still have life in them with their sticky, chewy texture, whereas many I’ve tried are far to light and dry to even barely touch the sides. Each morning they have kept me full until 12 and feel they do offer the energy they claim while I’m trying to wake up and get on with my day. I love the no messing morning routine with less washing up and will look out for them for our next camping trip in the coming weeks.
I hope you found this helpful and if you’re also a fan of 9Bar, let me know your favourite flavour below and who you think offer the best deal!
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*(Disclaimer: I do not require a gluten or wheat free diet)