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In Which I Start to Like Granola

Granola and milksource

Let me preface this entire post by telling you I’m not a granola person. I don’t buy it regularly. I never topped my oatmeal with it or ate it straight from the bag.

I think my dislike stems from a bad experience with super sweet granola. You know the kind that has as much sugar as a brownie but doesn’t taste as good? Yeah, that.

So I would never have bought Love Grown Foods’ granola at the store. Thankfully, they were kind enough to send* me a sampler package, which really works out for them since I’ll be stocking up. Here’s why…

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1. The granola is made with gluten-free oats and has a very short ingredients list. (Bonus: You can pronounce all of the words.)

2. They also don’t have any refined sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, or trans fats.

3. It’s not too hard. Maybe it’s because I spend the night clenching and grinding my teeth, but hard chunks of granola make my jaw tired. Lame, I know. These were crunchy but not TMJ-inducing hard.

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4. So I didn’t try this flavor. See, we were in the car and The Man was about to keel over from hunger, which would have been unfortunate considering he was driving. Still, we had to make it through D.C. before 4 p.m. (Anyone who lives in the area knows why.) Instead of stopping, I gave him a few packs of granola. And this was one of them.

He seemed to like the flavor, though I’m not sure he could taste anything in the 2.7 seconds it took him to devour the granola.

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5. The Man went crazy over the Raisin Almond Crunch. Not that I didn’t like it, but I’m not really a fan of foods with raisins—though I’d bet this would be good (and Raisin Bran–like) with milk.

Also, there’s coconut. C’est tout.

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6. Cocoa Goodness. Do I really need to say more?

7. I’ve mentioned how my So Restrictive It Better Work Diet (SRIBWD for short) bans sugar. I broke that rule with this granola. It’s made with agave nectar and honey, and I figured that if I were going to cheat, it might as well be with honey and agave instead of, say, an entire molten chocolate cake.

Here’s the thing: When I’m flaring like crazy, I can’t stand up without being in complete agony. Since The Man works during the day, and since I like to eat at least once a day, I need something I can grab fast. You know, for those times when my stomach eats itself and I transform into a cranky version of myself.

The granola was perfect for that, even if it did break the SRIBWD. I kept a bag beside me and if I was starving but flaring, I’d have some granola. I’m thinking of buying more for that purpose. (And, um, maybe because I like it.)

8. You can make this:

Granola and applessource

Did I make it? Of course not. I found this photo after The Man and I had polished off every bag.

Are you a fan of granola? What’s your favorite kind? Also, anyone interested in a Love Grown Foods granola giveaway?

*I know what you’re thinking: She’s just giving this a good review because they sent it to her for free. I’d be thinking the same thing if this were your blog. I don’t do many reviews of products I receive for free for this very reason. Know this: My reviews are 100 percent honest.

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22 comments

1 Nicole, RD { 04.26.11 at 6:58 am }

Who isn’t interested in a giveaway? :)

I’ve heard a lot about this particular brand of granola! All good! I usually make my own…on occasion. The stuff tends to disappear into thin air in this house. I LOVE granola :)

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2 Amy B @ Second City Randomness { 04.26.11 at 7:07 am }

I like granola, but yeah- I try to limit myself because of the calories/sugar. If it’s going to be that high, I’ll pass and take the candy bar… thanks…

But this stuff is popping up everywhere. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to try it for myself. :p

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3 Estela @ Weekly Bite { 04.26.11 at 7:25 am }

Love Grown granola is the best! Its so fresh tasting :)

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Tracey Reply:

It really is!

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4 Suzy { 04.26.11 at 8:30 am }

All over a giveaway-of course! Speaking of..I’m LOVING the Cascade Water…awesome!
I do like granola, but the commerical brands have SO much sugar in them (at least the ones I’ve looked at)-I need to try to make it myself, but I’m a little bit lazy.

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Tracey Reply:

So glad you like the water!

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5 Clarissa { 04.26.11 at 9:30 am }

Oh man! Those apple sandwiches look amazing…that’s gotta take some significant talent to get them to look like that.

I have to admit – when I first read your title I was thinking…is she gonna show me a picture of the granola(oatmeal) she eats everyday? OF COURSE NOT! Tracey is better than that, and I am definitely going to find that granola… :)

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Tracey Reply:

Ha ha ha. Nah, I’m too lazy to snap a photo of my breakfast unless it’s basically awesome.

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6 Carly { 04.26.11 at 9:36 am }

I’m not a huge granola fan, and I typically make my own when I want some. Mostly because it seems hella expensive compared to how cheap I can make it, plus all the funky ingredients.
However I do love granola bars, funky ingredients and all.

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Tracey Reply:

Yeah, it does get expensive. Oh, and I love the old Quaker granola bars. Those were so good.

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7 FoodFitnessFreshAir { 04.26.11 at 10:11 am }

I am a huge fan of granola…but I really, really don ‘t like super sweet granolas, which make up a good 95% of the ones sold in the store. I just tested out making my own not too long ago, which turned out great! Good to hear there are ones you can buy that don’t taste like shoo fly pie.

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Tracey Reply:

I need to try to make my own. That would definitely cut down on the cost.

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8 Heather C { 04.26.11 at 10:48 am }

I used to shy away from granola because of the fat and calories but I have started eating it lately. I do think most of the commercial brands have too much sugar so I make my own. It is really easy and pretty cheap to make and also makes my house smell amazing.

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Tracey Reply:

Okay, I really need to try to make my own…

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9 Jessica @ Black Cat Kitchen { 04.26.11 at 1:03 pm }

Oh yum … That looks so good. You had me at coconut.

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Tracey Reply:

I love coconut, too. And they’re decent-size strips.

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10 Kelly { 04.26.11 at 2:13 pm }

I have heard such good things about that granola…I must try it!

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11 Lu { 04.26.11 at 3:27 pm }

Never in my life have I wanted an apple sandwich more than I do right now. This would be perfect for my son.

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Tracey Reply:

I know. I saw that photo and wished I had more granola. It’s such a cute take on apples and peanut butter.

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12 Tami@nutmegnotebook { 04.26.11 at 4:01 pm }

I love granola and have resorted to making my own in order to control the ingredients, fat and calories!

A little granola on fat free Greek yogurt and some fresh fruit is the best dessert around.

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Tracey Reply:

And I’m sure making your own is so much cheaper!

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13 charlotte { 04.28.11 at 2:21 pm }

I cannot believe you didn’t like granola!! I can’t even keep it in the house because it is one of htose trigger foods for me that I will eat until it’s gone. Hmmm… and now I have a craving. (Needless to say, don’t enter me in the contest.)

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