Finally decided to give these a try after eyeing them since their release earlier this year. Nature Valley Granola Cups come in 3 varieties: Almond butter, peanut butter chocolate, and almond butter double chocolate. I envision these as being a treat, kinda like a cookie. Maybe like a breakfast cookie with actual almond butter in the middle? Ideally, these would taste like a “healthy” version of a Reese’s peanut butter cup, but I can’t see that happening with these macros and lack of chocolate. Maybe in the peanut butter chocolate flavor but I doubt it. Time to give these a shot.
The Granola Cups come packaged very nicely. Five packs, each with 2 cups and a cardboard holder. For $4.49 per 5-pack box, these bad boys better have some nice packaging. The cups look pretty much the same as the picture on package. Small cookies cups with some almond butter and chopped almonds on top. Mine seemed to come with more of an almond dust than the almond chunks present on the picture on the box.
The “granola cup” portion is quite hard and dense. Like I suspected, it’s sweet like a cookie, but it actually contains chunks of almond, which I was not expecting. It’s a nice touch which adds to the ‘granola’ effect. But, it’s essentially a really crunchy cookie with almond bits in it. The almond butter in the middle is definitely sweetened. It almost tastes like in-between almond butter and frosting. This definitely makes it feel more like a cookie than a snack. There’s a decent amount of almond flavor, but overall, it’s pretty basic and small for the price you’re paying
I view this product as kind of like a gourmet snack food. It might even be more appropriate to categorize them as a treat or dessert as they are sweet and quite similar to a cookie. It’s expensive, it’s kinda fancy, and you just don’t get that much for your money. I can see how these would be nice if you’re hiking and need energy, but as a snack/treat, I’d probably reach for a different product. I don’t see myself buying these again but I’m glad I tried them and enjoyed them as a treat.
Purchased at: Harris Teeter – Raleigh, NC
Price: $4.49 ($2.50 on sale)