Kashi has launched a new line of Joi bars available in the wellness section of your local grocery store. There are two varieties, Nut Bars and Energy Nut Bars and three flavours of each variety. I recently attended a media-event where I learned all about the new line, sampled each flavour and made my own Joi Bar! Culinary Expert Peggy Kotsopoulos was there to show us just how easy it is to make a Kashi Joi Bar at home because it’s made from all natural ingredients.
Texture wise the Nut Bars are crunchier than the Energy Nut Bars. They feature roughly chopped pieces of assorted nuts and are bursting with fresh flavours. They range from 200-220 calories per bar and have 17-18g of carbs and 6g of protein.
raspberry dark chocolate hazelnut
I couldn’t believe how great the raspberry tasted in this bar. Imagine if you had just picked ripe raspberries and went home to make farm-fresh jam: that’s the raspberry flavour in this bar!
pistachio fig & lemon
The essential oils from the lemon give this bar a fresh zesty flavour that’s balanced well with the fig. Take a trip to the Mediterranean with this delicious flavour combo!
cranberry coconut almond
Ready to escape to the tropics? This is the bar for you, with a hint of crystallized ginger it elicits bold beach vibes.
Energy Nut Bars
The Energy Nut Bars are chewy and satisfying. Made with purposeful ingredients and featuring sophisticated flavour combinations. They range from 260-270 calories per bar and have 24g of carbs and 9-10g of protein.
dark chocolate espresso nut
My favourite bar of the night, the espresso in this energy bar makes it a winner! I’m going to be packing it along for my next hike.
chocolate banana nut
A classic flavour combo for a reason, the chocolate banana nut is going to be a hit with the whole family!
blueberry maple pecan
Last but not least, the very Canadian blueberry maple pecan bar was delicious. I loved the mellow tartness from the blueberries balanced with the subtle sweetness of the maple in this energy bar.
The best part of the night was getting the chance to make our own Kashi Joi Bar. Seeing all the fresh ingredients laid out for us to use really emphasized that these bars are made from nutritious and all natural fruits and nuts.
Their higher calorie count is to be expected from the generous portion of nuts in each bar.
But let’s not forget that nuts are nutrient rich foods that definitely have a place in a healthy diet! Nuts are high in Omega 3, vitamin E, selenium, magnesium and antioxidants. They promote heart-health and can help fight cancer causing free-radicals.
Making the Joi Bar didn’t take long and was easy to do! It’s a no-bake recipe and a great opportunity to get yours kids involved in the cooking process. The pro of making it at home is getting to create your own unique flavour combination. Stay tuned, I’ll definitely be experimenting more with home-made energy bars soon!
Your Behind the Scenes Pass
Ever wondered what it’s like to attend a foodie media-event? Come behind the scenes with me and hear from Nutritionist and Culinary Expert Peggy Kotsopoulos.
See how it easy it is to make a bar at home!