I’m gonna level with you guys.
I’m leery of doing product reviews on this here blog.
Quite frankly, my brand loyalty to Trader Joe’s has reached unhealthy levels. It has gotten to the point where if I shop elsewhere I feel compelled to wear a wide-brimmed hat and dark glasses. And a polka dot dress. Makes me feel like I’m on The Sopranos.
So when Laura from Love Grown Foods contacted me about sampling their all-natural, gluten-free granola, I was hesitant.
And then I realized that when it comes to food, the only thing I love more than TJ’s is free stuff.
I have to tell you- though I am not a gluten-free eater, this granola does not mess around.
I ate this sweet cranberry pecan packet as a snack yesterday:
and tried the raisin almond crunch today.
The dried fruit is one of the best things about this granola. You know when you bite into a raisin in granola and feel like you’re chewing a small, hard, gummy piece of eraser covered in a layer of caked on sugar that eventually makes your jaw lock up?
Not so much with Love Grown’s fruit.
They sort of plump up the fruit and sweeten it with agave, so the cranberries and raisins stay pretty soft. My jaw appreciates it.
For the sake of research, I also broke open the big 12-oz bag of cocoa goodness as a pre-volleyball snack.
I have to say, I like all of these flavors (they also make apple walnut delight and simply oats varieties), but the sweet cranberry pecan was my favorite.
My only complaint is that the granola doesn’t have a whole lot of chunks in it (except for the cocoa goodness). I usually snack on my granola rather than eat it with a spoon or sprinkled on top of oatmeal, so I tend toward the “chunkier” granola brands. They’re easier not to spill all over my desk.
Not that I did that.
Seeing that I have a friend that’s moving to Denver next month (hi, Sara! why you gotta leave me?), I feel that I may need to make pit stop at their factory when I visit to say hi and pick up a few more bags of the good stuff.
Maybe I can start obsessively shopping there now, too.
(These samples were sent to me free of charge by Love Grown Foods, but all opinions are my own)