I give Kellogg’s a lot of credit for their marketing job on the box of their Nutri-Grain Strawberry Greek yogurt bars. I’m not a big fan of the Nutri-Grain products, but the word “Greek” popping out from the box caught my attention. After a little back-and-forth in my head about whether of not to buy them, I decide to just go for it. Worst case scenario would be that I was out a couple bucks, in addition to taking up shelf space as they sat around while I pretended I would eat them one day before they expired.
You might get the idea that these bars are packed with a generous portion of strawberry Greek yogurt filling by looking at the box photo. They actually have a somewhat thin layer trapped between a very sweet grain crust. The sweet crust almost overpowers the filling to where it is difficult to taste the Greek yogurt. From what I could taste of the Greek yogurt filling, it was actually decent for a shelf product. It had a mild strawberry flavor with a nice creamy texture. The ingredients for the filling are not just straight up strawberry Greek yogurt. It would spoil. I’ll list the ingredients of the Greek yogurt filling so you get an idea what it is made of: invert sugar, glycerin, fructose, modified corn starch, palm oil, Greek yogurt powder; heat-treated after culturing (nonfat milk solids, culture lactic acid,natural flavor), strawberry puree concentrate, modified tapioca starch, malic acid, natural and artificial flavor, cellulose gel, salt, color added, datem, mono- and diglycerides, cellulose gum, caramel color, Red 40. I think it is pretty clear that the Greek yogurt filling is not exactly your traditionally made Greek yogurt. Don’t worry, I won’t list the ingredients of the crust, but it is just as long. Besides being too sweet for my taste, the crust also has an artificial taste that is far from home-baked.
How about the nutrition? Looking at the nutrition facts below you will see that these are not that bad in terms of calories or fat. One bar has 130 calories with 3.5 grams of fat.
Nutri-Grain Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bars (Serving Size 1 Bar)
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In conclusion, if you like Nutri-Grain bars, you will probably like these as well. The crust is the usual cereal bar that you are probably familiar with. The inside is pretty good despite being some powder based Greek yogurt concoction. I get why they are popular considering they are convenient for a quick snack or meal with relatively decent nutrition numbers. I think Kellogg’s was smart to add Greek yogurt as a Nutri-Grain filling because it makes sense with the cereal crust. However, I give these Nutri-Grain Strawberry Greek yogurt bars 2 out of 4 stars simply for my opinion of the bad crust.