Thursday, May 31, 2012

By Hand Granola Sponsor Spotlight Review

I have another great granola company to tell you about called By Hand Granola and they only have 2 kinds of granola but when it is as good as these are, you really don't need to expand too much! You can choose either the Original or the Gluten Free one. The Original is the one with the blue handprint and the Gluten Free is the one with the Pinkish/Red handprint.

These are the ingrediants for the Gluten Free:
This is some seriously good granola and I have tried quite alot of them. They all have their own special quality about them and what I found out about this granola is that you can taste right off the bat that it had been toasted in an oven or something similar. It has that toasted taste to it that just brought out the flavor buds for me. It could also be the Cinnamon in the granola as I love cinnamon anything! I am also a Macadamia Nut freak also so that combined with the Cinnamon and knowing it had been toasted in something was enough for me. I also love Coconut but it is not a dominant flavor or at least not to me. And for the most part I did not taste the cranberries much either. Yes, I knew they were there, but just something about being toasted and the Cinnamon was all I could focus on.

Now the Original Flavor has the same ingredients except instead of cashews, it has almonds:

Now, I am not a big expert on Gluten Free, so I don't know if it means that the almonds are the only thing that is in the Original that doesn't make it Gluten Free. I will have to dig into that. You would think that nuts are nuts but maybe there is a difference between cashews and almonds as far as Gluten Free goes. Anybody out there know why? From the little bit of research I did, it looks like it is not the nuts, but the kind of oats that they used to make it Gluten Free. So, maybe the cashews make the gluten free oats taste better and the almonds didn't?

I hope this picture above gives you a pretty good idea of what they both look like. We loved them both and I have to admit I ate the Original one first and just took enough of the Gluten Free to see how it tasted. Once I finish the Original and really tackle the Gluten Free I am going to be running a test on whether it makes a difference in my IBS. I have been told that Celiac and IBS are pretty similar but IBS patients can tolerate gluten. So, once I get all the gluten out of my system, I am gonna try this Gluten Free one with more of a scientific approach than I did the Original.

I would love to know if just by changing a few things, can I make the IBS a little less painful? Has anyone else ran a similar test? Which products did you test if you did? I would love some feedback. My IBS is really starting to affect my life, which considering the other illnesses, it is on the low priority, but if I can eat better then maybe the others won't be so bad because I won't suffer stomach pain as well. Keep checking back as I take this road and see where it leads me.

Here is a little bit about the family that started it all. There is a little bio on all the family members and I couldn't copy it all so stop by About Us and read the rest of their fascinating journey!
Our mom (Suzy) has been making unbelievable granola for years. Everyone who has tried it, has loved it. There has been plenty of encouragement to start selling it, but until now it seemed unrealistic. But with our recent move to California and Whit's graduation from Colby College, we found it was the perfect time to launch our brand. We are currently in store locations throughout the South Bay area of Los Angeles, but we're working hard to bring By Hand to a store near you!

Our granola is more than just breakfast food. By Hand is a great snack for anytime. Enjoy it with milk, yogurt, or just by hand. It's nutritious, but most importantly delicious!
Connect with By Hand Granola several ways:

Mailing Address:
901 Hermosa Avenue
Unit J
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Phone: (310)937-1414

By Hand Granola has been kind enough to offer one bag of each to the winner of my Celebrating Dad Giveaway Package that starts on June 1st and ends on the 10th! Good Luck!

Disclaimer: 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. Two of the pictures were taken by me but the rest I got from By Hand Granola's site as my camera could not take that clear of a picture to show you the true look of this awesome granola!


neelz said...

I really liked that they have different varieties and flavor available..Thanks for sharing

Geet Maha said...

Commenting On the reviews is making me hungry. Thanks for the giveaway. Like it.

Priscilla Benavides said...

I love that they have gluten free granola.

jbafaith said...

It is nice to see gluten free products on good stuff!