Monday, May 9, 2011

Nutrition First Brownie Mix Review

Brownies have a certain reputation among movies and sitcoms about being versatile vessels for sneaking in ex lax or other unmentionables favored by Cheech and Chong.  I have snuck veggies and applesauce in an innocent pan of brownies and served them with no child being the wiser.  Fiber is now on the list for items hidden inside a brownie. 

Today I received a full size sample of a brownie mix in the mail from Nutrition First.  I chose these brownies, because of the 7 grams of fiber per serving. I wanted extra fiber for my family due to the fact that one of my sons suffer from frequent constipation and I am always on the lookout for ways to help him.  I figured he will definitely choose brownies over a fiber powdered drink mix.  I was excited to try these delicious looking treats.

I was surprised to learn that these brownies boast of no trans fats and only have 5 grams of sugar per serving.  Compare that to 15 grams per serving of the leading national brand!  They have several serving and preparation suggestions included on the bag.  The mix also requires common items from your pantry so you can prepare them easily. 

I will say that they don't taste too bad.  If you are looking for an indulgent, gooey, and chocolate treat these are probably not for you.  BUT-  the Nutrition First Brownies are tasty and the kids didn't balk at eating them.  I tested them with 8 wee beasties at snack time and they all gave a thumbs up.  No one balked or passed on snack.  Their opinions should count more than my review.

If you are looking for a healthier alternative, these are perfect.  They look and smell like brownies, but they don't possess the same "fudge" quality that most brownies sport.  I would love to experiment and see how they would fare if I substituted applesauce or ground black beans for the butter or oil.   I followed the directions this round.

These little guys are very dense, sturdy brownies and would hold up well in a packed lunch or for a picnic.  I have a feeling that the brownie drops featured on the backside of the pouch would turn out like a thick cookie.

Overall, I was impressed with the brownies mainly because I got a serving of fiber into my children without tears and tantrums.  They were a fun way to get your fiber and it feels like a treat.  I only hope my children don't catch wind that these are "healthy" brownies...

I want to let you that I was not paid for this review.

Here are a few pictures and links of their products, just in case you wanted to look at the ingredients and obtain more information: