Friday, October 21, 2011

Nuts About Granola Review & Giveaway **Closed**



I was very honored to receive this wonderful Peanut Butter Granola from Nuts About Granola! I am a huge fan of great tasting granola and love to mix it in with regular cereal to give it more fiber or when I used to could eat yogurt (it is high in potassium & I have IC of the bladder and potassium gives me awful bladder pain) and when I found that out and had to give yogurt up, it just about killed me!

But, if you love yogurt, this granola would be perfect to mix it in with your favorite yogurt so that you get some of the daily fiber that is needed in your diet. I love peanut butter but have to be careful about it too, because it does have some potassium, but I was able to eat enough to give you a pretty good idea about this flavor. If peanut butter is your favorite, then you will love this one.

Have you ever had what we call Fudgies? Some call it by other names but it is a Christmas cookie that I make where you add the oats and peanut butter and cocoa and cook it and then drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let it cool. Well, this granola is like that but without the cocoa. It is yummy and the granola is fresh and very good. It looks like a bar here because I did not shake the bag up and separate it when I got it. The granola had settled during shipment and I just did not think to change it.

For some reason I thought it was suppose to be that way but found out later I needed to shake it up so it would loosen back up.

I did not peek at their site until now because I like to get my own opinions first and when I saw that they had carrot cake, I just about swooned, I mean literally swooned! Carrot Cake is my absolute favorite next to Chocolate!! So, maybe later on, I can persuade them to let me try the Carrot Cake, what do you think?

Oh, man, I bet it is awesome since the Peanut Butter one was so good, then Carrot Cake has to be out of this world!! I did find out that they call their Peanut Butter Plain Jane and that it was the original flavor that started the whole thing. Plain Jane even comes in Gluten Free so if you have to eat your food Gluten Free, you can still enjoy the Plain Jane.

I am so happy that companies are starting to pay attention to the fact that alot of people have to eat Gluten Free. I am not one of those but I do have IBS and have been experimenting to see if I have less episodes if I eat Gluten Free. I am still experimenting so I don't have a full report yet. But, when I do, I hope to help IBS sufferers and lead them to companies that offer Gluten Free and Nuts About Granola will be on the list!

Gosh, I was going to name all the different flavors they have but the list would be too long so I will give you a few and then go check out their website to see the rest. Besides Carrot Cake and Plain Jane, they have Smores, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Johnny Appleseed, Off Road Edition and College Staple (which has dried cranberries & think of it as a PB&J sandwich and that is why it is called the College Staple), now remember me talking about Fudgies, well they have one called Lover's Combo and it sounds just like the Fudgies but in granola form not cookie form!!

Oh, I bet we would have loved to have that one also! You can get Variety Packs if you want to try a little of everything and I wished I had thought of that ahead of time, but like I said, maybe next time.

I have to back up and let you know that the Smores is only available in the summer along with Jungle Fever, Ambrosia, Date Food, Purely Simple and get this, they have an Orange Creamsicle! Whoops, you know what, I did list all the flavors after all! Well, that's okay because just saying and writing some of these flavors down has made me want some of them, but these last ones will have to wait until next summer.

It will give you something to look forward to! Here is why Nuts About Granola thinks you should eat their granola (yes, I am quoting straight from the source):

Like anything in life: all things in moderation. Our granola is made from only all-natural and organic ingredients. We believe in the whole foods diet: consuming only foods in their natural form without any artificial chemicals, dies or preservatives.

Yes, it contains sugar (minimally processed). Yes, it contains fat (unsaturated, good fats) and it also contains whole grains, fiber and protein to make a well balanced, great tasting product you can feel good about eating. It satisfies even the sweetest sweet tooth without breaking the caloric bank.

As much as we would love it if you consumed a bag of granola in one sitting (and had to buy another one…), it is truly meant to be enjoyed, savored and eaten in smaller portions. One serving (only 100-130 calories) is a perfect addition to your yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream or cereal. It adds crunch, full bodied flavor and just the right amount of fiber and protein to keep you fuller longer. So to answer the question, yes, it is healthy. Just don’t eat the whole bag in one sitting.

As I was going thru their site I found a page that all Weight Watcher's will love. They have broken down how many points each different flavor of granola will cost you in points so that you can eat their granola and stay on your diet! Now, isn't that just peachy! I also found where you can purchase some of your gifts for Christmas for the ones on your list who like homemade items!

They also have a section for recipes where you can make different things out of your granola and still get all that nice fiber you need. Lastly, on this page you can find out where to purchase in stores if you live in Pennsylvania. For the rest of us they can help you go about getting one of your favorite stores to start carrying it and if not, then we can order online. So, wherever you are, Nuts About Granola will find a way to get it to you!

Now, for the part that my frequent readers are well aware of, I love history or in some cases it will be About Us, time. I just love knowing where my companies started or what made them decide to do what they did or just to get a feel for them. I like knowing that because it makes me feel better when I am helping a great company or to make sure I am buying a great product from a company that gives back, as Nuts About Granola does with their philosophy to buy local.

As always, I quote directly from their site so you get how passionate they are about their company:

Nuts About Granola was conceived through a mother and daughter who shared a passion for cooking together. Gayle and Sarah’s love for the kitchen and a deep understanding of the importance of nutrition developed a treat to help them refuel during various athletic events. This snack, granola, was made fresh, using local ingredients from the Pennsylvania farm belt. As both a student at Elizabethtown College and captain of the school’s triathlon team, Sarah decided to package and sell their granola on campus as a team fundraiser.

Sarah’s entrepreneurial spirit combined with the tremendous success of the “Original Trio” flavors (Plain Jane, Lovers Combo, and College Staple) during this fundraiser led Gayle and Sarah to begin taking steps toward building a legitimate business. Nuts About Granola, llc. was incorporated in the Spring of 2008 and built on the foundation of providing the freshest products from local resources to consumers.

Nuts About Granola remains a small mother/daughter owned granola company dedicated to providing the freshest, wholesome granola served straight from the oven of our home in York, Pa. All of our granolas are still produced in small batches and mixed by hand to ensure quality. Currently, the Nuts About Granola product line is largely sold in farmers markets in the South-Central PA region and online. In addition to being granola fanatics, we’ve become huge supporters of the Buy Fresh, Buy Local movement to help achieve the ultimate in freshness. All of our products contain only all natural, local ingredients and have earned the “PA Preferred” seal by from Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Our expansion plans focus on placing our products in more Central PA farmer’s markets as we continue to raise awareness of buying local through the support of organizations such as Buy Fresh, Buy Local and SSBN. While we are hoping to continue to grow our company as any good business would, we promise to uphold our core values of providing fresh granola, using local ingredients, with a level of customer service and personable appeal no other granola can provide.

I love it that this is a mother/daughter company! Reach out and communicate with them in all sorts of options:

Mailing Address:
Central Market of York
34 W. Philadelphia St.
York, PA 17401
Phone Numer: 717.767.2942
Email: orders@nutsaboutgranola.com

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

35 comments:

Olivia Douglass said...

Would love the Gluten Free Plain Jane

Olivia
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Sarah L. said...

Thank you for the great review!

mar said...

I would love some form of coconut and white chocolate chips in a granola package!

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MikiHope said...

They all look and sound so good!! I think I would try the variety pack first!!

Michele

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slb3334 said...

smores.

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Emily N. said...

Gluten Free Plain Jane

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

Mexican Hot Chocolate
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clc408 said...

I would love to try the Mexican Hot Chocolate

sweepmom said...

I would like the Jungle Fever.

409cope said...

I would love to try the Mexican Hot Chocolate the most cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

joansproductreviewsandgiveaways said...

I think I would have to have the "Are you Nuts" T Shirt for my hubby!

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ericka coello said...

Gluten Free Plain Jane

iamacliche said...

Mexican Hot Chocolate!

Colleen M said...

The flavor that sounds wonderful to me is their Lover's Combo!

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Donna said...

I'd like the Date food or the smores and the apple sounds good too.

Dana B. said...

I'd really love to try their Mexican Hot Chocolate.
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jennem said...

Creamsicle

Sam Buck said...

Mexican Hot Chocolate sounds great!

♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ said...

I love the E-town Carrot Cake

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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amanda hoffman said...

johnny appleseed
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Angela H said...

I'd love the Johnny Appleseed or Ambrosia.

Lisa said...

Ambrosia
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tatertot374 said...

Mexican Hot Chocolate
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Jenn M. said...

I'd like to try the lover's combo
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Ladyyus said...

All of these products sound really good and some of the combos I haven't seen anywhere else.I love granola cereal,and with these great flavor combos I think it would be a hit!:) Thanks for the chance to win and try for free!!:)

Trudy Zufelt said...

I would love to try the lover's combo. I love granola!

jennem said...

Off Road Edition

Chevelle said...

I want to try the Mexican Hot Chocolate!
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Lana Bradstream said...

I'd like to try the Mexican Hot Chocolate!
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Kristen said...

I'd like to try the E-town Carrot Cake Granola.

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katfam95 said...

I would like to try the Carrot Cake Granola.

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laurasloves said...

I would love to try the Mexican Hot Chocolate. It just sounds so good!
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Cassie said...

I'd like to try the S'mores blend!
Cassie
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Michelle Star said...

I would like to try the Carrot Cake blend.

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Diane W said...

I would like to try the College Staple. Sounds like a great on the run snack.