Flax4Life Flax Snacking Granola: Big Gluten-Free Clusters

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Version:
Apple Cinnamon, Banana Coconut, Chunky Chocolate, Cranberry Orange, Hawaiian
Price:
$6.50 per 11-ounce bag

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Rating:
3
On April 15, 2016
Last modified:April 15, 2016

Summary:

We easily could have been won over by those big, soft and chewy clusters that offered a unique bar meets granola experience. But the high sugars make it more of a treat and the low-sodium benefit just wasn't for us. The flavor fell flat, in desperate need of some salt to bring out the spices, compete with the sweet, and create a more heightened and cohesive taste overall.

Though they show pictures of it in bowls (see below), this Flax4Life treat is labeled as “snacking granola” and is meant for eating out of hand.

Flax4Life Flax Snacking Granola - Big, soft, chewy clusters made with all-natural gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free ingredients.

We sampled the Cranberry Orange, which looks similar in ingredients to the other varieties of Flax4Life Flax Snacking Granola, aside from the flavor variations. We thought the soft, chewy texture of the rather sizable clusters was quite novel – very much like a “bar” meets granola experience.

Flax4Life Flax Snacking Granola - Big, soft, chewy clusters made with all-natural gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free ingredients.

The orange zest was ever-present, which I loved, and the cranberries complimented the flavor profile nicely. But for me, the higher sugars aren’t quite justified. It’s just a tad sweeter than it needs to be (not sugary sweet though) and is definitely lacking in salt. Some may like the low-sodium profile, but we thought this snacking granola tasted rather flat, and in desperate need of one simple ingredient to heighten and better merge the flavors. And unlike other Flax4Life products, I would hesitate on the snacking granola if you aren’t a fan of flax – its seedy presence was more noticeable in the taste.

Though a bit high in sugars for our liking, the Flax4Life Snacking Granola has a respectable overall nutrition balance, with a good dose of Omega 3 (2540 mg) and 5 grams of fiber and protein per serving.

Flax4Life Flax Snacking Granola - Big, soft, chewy clusters made with all-natural gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free ingredients.

Availability: Flax4Life Flax Snacking Granola is produced in Bellingham, Washington, but shipped to natural food stores (and some conventional grocers) throughout the U.S. It can also can be ordered online with ease, and even directly from the company’s website (they are great with shipping!), but only within the U.S. at this time.

Certifications: Flax4Life Flax Snacking Granola is Certified Gluten-Free.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Flax4Life Flax Snacking Granola is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free (the chocolate variety does contain soy lecithin), and vegetarian. Select varieties are vegan (some contain honey). Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Flax4Life website at flax4life.net.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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