Confession: I am a granola fiend. Come to think of it, that would have been a great title for my blog, The Granola Fiend. Oh well. I digress. My love for granola knows no bounds. My husband and friends can attest to the fact that I love ordering granola whenever I am out for brunch.
"Why don't you try today's egg special?" my exasperated husband will ask.
"Why are you always ordering granola?" my best friend wonders.
"Look at you, eating healthy," the waiter might say.
I have heard all these comments, really, I have. And I would like to personally respond to each.
Hubby: I don't want eggs, the granola here is awesome!
Best friend: I order it all the time because I friggin love it!
Waiters: It's actually not that healthy. Do you know how calorific granola can be???
So now that my love for granola is out in the open you will understand how thrilled I was when I won Foodtrainer's Purely Elizabeth granola giveaway!
Purely Elizabeth makes gluten-free, certified vegan granola without any refined sugar and instead utilizes ingredients such as raw virgin coconut oil, chia seeds, amaranth and quinoa.
I was super-excited to win the giveaway and even more thrilled once the package arrived.
I received three boxes, each, a different flavor: Original, Pumpkin Fig and Cranberry Pecan.
The Pumpkin Fig intrigued me the most so I poured myself a bowl of coconut milk and dug into that first.
I am a granola connoisseur, I think we have established that, and I thought it was excellent! I can't think of any other word that would describe it aptly enough!
The granola was outrageously delicious. I tasted sweet and salty at the same time and the toasted oats provided a delicious crunch. There was no overt pumpkin flavor - I think that the raw pumpkin seeds provide all the 'pumpkin' in this cereal. The figs added a nice jamminess though.
I moved onto the Original flavor next and it was just as amazing. The granola is the same-it's just missing the extras (figs etc).
The Cranberry Pecan was my least favorite. Don't misunderstand me-it's awesome also but I am not a fan of cranberries in my cereal and so it was my least favorite of the three.
My favorite? Definitely the Original! So if you like granola try it out, you will not be disappointed.
The nutritional content of the Original flavor is as follows:
One serving size: 1/3 cup (30g)
-Calories: 130 Calories from fat 50
*Total fat: 6g (9% daily value)
-Saturated fat: 3.5g (18% daily value)
-Trans fat: 0g
*Cholesterol: 0mg (0% daily value)
*Sodium: 115mg (5% daily value)
*Total carbohydrates 17g (6% daily value)
-Dietary Fiber: 2g (8% daily value)
Check out Purely Elizabeth's website to find locations where it is sold. A case of 6 boxes is available for $45.54 on www.abesmarket.com
Note: I was not compensated for this post. I received three boxes of the Purely Elizabeth granola in a giveaway and was not asked by Purely Elizabeth or Foodtrainers for a product review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Question: What is your favorite breakfast item? I think we already know mine.