XC Foodie Review
July 14, 2011
The below excerpt post is taken directly from the blog XC FOODIE:
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I was sent granola to try from Love Grown Foods (opinions are totally my own!). I tried each flavor alone. I found all of them to be very dry and super crunchy, so they would probably be best mixed with milk or yogurt, but definitely still taste fine on their own. The thing that struck me the most was that the clusters are huge! I hate when you get granola and it’s all crumbled apart. They also do not skimp on the fruit and nut mix-ins. Love Grown Food does not mess around – this granola has everything I could ask for in a granola.
hugh jass clusters right there.
It’s also good for you! Chock full of gluten free whole grains, healthy fats from the nuts, and naturally sweetened. There are no genetically modified ingredients, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, or artifical flavors.
First I tried Sweet Cranberry Pecan which is Gluten-free toasted oats, honey, agave, dried cranberries, and pecans.
Upon opening the bag, I was instantly hit with a vanilla cinnamon aroma. You look in the bag and you see the oats, pecans, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and big flakes of coconut. It tastes “warm”, sweet, and reminds me of the fall.
Next I tried Simply Oats – gluten free toasted oats, honey, agave.
This flavor came in a sample bag rather than a regular sized bag. This one was my favorite. It was a very basic, super crunchy granola. In a way it reminded me of graham crackers. I loved the simplicity of it and that there was nothing to distract from the plain granola taste.
Following that I tried Cocoa Goodness – gluten free toasted oats, honey, agave, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate.
It looks like chocolate, it smells like chocolate, and it tastes like chocolate. Therefore I love it. The only thing that disappoints is that it is so dry, since I associate chocolate with richness that you don’t quite get with granola. Regardless, chocolate is fabulous and occasionally you got a chunk that was super chocolatey, which was a nice surprise every now and then. The chunks of granola in this flavor were HUGE, I would assume that is because the chocolate melts a bit so they stick together easier.
Last I tried Raisin Almond Crunch – gluten free toasted oats, honey, agave, raisins, and almonds.
This flavor is essentially the same as the sweet cranberry pecan, except you get raisins and almonds instead of cranberries and pecans. It was a little “cooler” than the sweet cranberry pecan too and didn’t remind me of autumn. I personally liked the sweet cranberry pecan better, but I prefer pecans over almonds so it’s all just a matter of taste preferences! It was still very good.
If I had to rank them from my favorite to least favorite, I would go with Simply Oats, Cocoa Goodness, Sweet Cranberry Pecan, and then Raisin Almond Crunch. I would eat any of them in a heart beat and would highly recommend them for any granola fiend. They also have a flavor called Apple Walnut Delight, which I did not have the opportunity to try but I wish I did! I bet that would have ranked either 2nd or 3rd favorite.
I also love eating this granola as a preworkout snack, as I did for my run today:
Fuel of champions. It’s great for those times when you feel a little hungry, but not enough to really eat much, so a handful does the trick. No one likes being struck with a talking tummy mid workout.
How do you like your granola? I like it with lots of clusters and mix-ins.
Favorite Pancake Mix-in? banana or chocolate chips.
Have you ever had any issues with workout machines? I drop my ipod all the time. I’ve also fallen off the elliptical and pedaled so fast on the bike that I broke the straps.
Okay okay last time: Featured Food Friday. Click that link if you don’t know what that is. Tomorrow. Oat Bran. Email me. Kthxbye.