Monday, 8 October 2012

Jordans Luxury Absolute Nut Bars Review

I must admit I wouldn’t have bought these Jordan cereal bars if I’d seen them on the supermarket shelf. As it was, they arrived as a substitute for a pack of Frusli bars in my online shopping delivery. Not having time to check the calories, I accepted them.

The pack I received were called Jordans Luxury Absolute Nut with 3 bars packed with almonds, hazelnuts & pecan pieces. They’re described as: ‘Luxury chewy cereal bars with crunchy whole and chopped almonds, roast hazelnuts and pecans, combined carefully with tender oat flakes.’ Yum, I couldn’t wait to try them...

… until I saw the calories per bar!

Each Nut bar has a whopping 260 calories, which is way higher than I would typically allow as a snack. Let’s just say I wouldn’t recommend these if you are trying to lose weight.

On the other hand, if you’re after a more substantial and truly gorgeous cereal bar, then look no further.

There are two varieties: Luxury Absolute Nut and Luxury Absolute Berry. Both are a weighty 45g which is around the size of the average chocolate bar.

The nut variety is crammed with nuts. Whole hazelnuts, large chunks of pecan and almonds held together with a sweet and sticky, honey oaty mixture. They’re quite solid and harder to break apart when compared with Jordans Frusli bars for example.

They are definitely one of the most delicious cereal type bars I’ve eaten. They taste like a combination of Middle Eastern style Baklava and flapjacks. As I said, not something to be eaten if you’re on a diet.

I broke off sections and shared it around quickly before temptation got the better of me.
Jordans Luxury Absolute Nut Bar
As for the Berry Bars, here’s their description:

Luxury Absolute Berry Bar: Juicy strawberries, cranberries and blackcurrants crafted with wholegrain oats, make our Luxury Absolute Berry bars simply irresistible.

The Berry bars have a more waistline friendly calorie count with 166 calories per bar.

A note on the Jordan’s website:

‘We wanted to make the most luxurious cereal bar possible, so we started with nuts as a base. Why? Because they are richly-delicious, and we know there are plenty of you out there who think so too!
But we haven't stopped there, we're always looking for more luxury cereal bar ideas. So if you have the idea for a little bit of luxury in the form of a cereal bar, but have no one to make it... why not send us your idea and we might be able to give you a helping hand!’
And on the box:

‘Every delicious Jordans Luxury Bar not only tastes amazing, it also helps to create homes for wildlife in our beautiful British countryside.’

Aside from the sugar content, nuts are full of healthy fats and berries full of antioxidants. So if you're worried about the calories, just enjoy them as an occasional treat and remind yourself of their health benefits.

You can find Jordans Luxury bars in branches of Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.

Nutrition information per 45g bar (NUT): 260 calories, 5.3g protein, 14.3g carbohydrate, 7.2g sugars, 19.6g fat, 1.8g saturates, 13.2g monounsaturates, 3.8g polyunsaturates, 2.7g fibre, trace salt. No artificial flavourings, colourings, preservatives. Suitable for vegetarians. Non GM, No added salt, high in fibre.

Ingredients: Nuts (59%) (Whole and Flaked Almonds, Roasted Whole and Chopped Hazelnuts, Chopped Pecan nuts), Glucose Syrup, Raw Cane Sugar, British Wholegrain Oat Flakes, Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed Oil, Certified Sustainable Palm Oil), Rice Flour, Honey, Barley Malt Syrup.

Nutrition information per 45g bar (BERRY): 166 calories, 2.1g protein, 32.1g carbohydrate, 17.9g sugars, 2.9g fat, 0.6g saturates, 1.7g fibre, trace salt. Source of fibre; No artificial flavourings; colourings or preservatives. Non GM, No added salt. Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients: British Wholegrain Oat Flakes (30%), Dried Sweetened Cranberries (18%), (Cranberries (7%), Sugar), Glucose Syrup, Raw Cane Sugar, Apple Juice Infused Whole Strawberries (10%) (Strawberries (5%), Apple Juice Concentrate, Lemon Juice Concentrate), Apple Juice Infused Blackcurrants (7%) (Blackcurrants (3.5%), Apple Juice Concentrate, Lemon Juice Concentrate), Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed Oil, Sustainable Palm Oil), Rice Flour, Barley Malt Syrup, Honey, Chopped Almonds. This product contains certified palm oil.


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