At the time of our original review of GrandyOats Granola, their flavor options were quite few. They have since expanded to offer numerous varieties, and we hope to trial our way through those one day. See the box at right for all versions as of 2016.
In the meantime, I can tell you about the two GrandyOats Granola flavors that we did sample.
The hearty Classic GrandyOats Granola melds a diverse array of flavors into a delicious, relatively crunchy mix. Oats are the primary ingredient, but I could really taste the whole seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame) along with the occasional crunchy bite of cashew pieces. The inclusion of wheat germ and bran imparted a bold flavor. And hints of vanilla helped to carry the sweetness and mellow the more rugged ingredients. Although I could not taste the coconut, it seemed to be an integral part of the overall texture.
In general, we loved the Classic Granola for both snacking and cereal. It is surprisingly low in sugar, only 7 grams per serving, when compared with the 15+ grams in most commercial granolas. Yet, it has just the right amount of organic honey to satisfy a mild morning sugar craving. Our testers also found this granola to be an excellent backdrop for customization. One person added some crystallized ginger and dried cranberries, while another threw in a handful of raisins. Personally, I enjoyed this deliciously fresh, natural, and wholesome granola as is.
The pictures shown on this review are from GrandyOats, but the tasting notes are ours.
What used to be Cinnamon Apple Crisp is now Honey Apple Crisp GrandyOats Granola (pictured above). This delightful granola could easily rival many big name brands for quality and texture. Chewy oats and crispy rice form the base of the granola clusters, while chopped hazelnuts and sunflower seeds add a touch of complexity to the mix. The pleasant flavor is subtle. It has traces of cinnamon and a mild sweetness from the pure honey and dried apple bits. By using a light hand with these sugar-based ingredients, GrandyOats was able to keep the Honey Apple Crisp to a respectable 10 grams of sugar per ½ cup. Plus, with only 8 grams of fat per ½ cup this granola need not be a diet buster.
Our only complaint was that the dried dried apples were baked with the granola, resulting in some pieces that were burnt or chewy
The Facts on GrandyOats Granola
Certifications: GrandyOats Granola is Certified Organic and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, GrandyOats Granola is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, and vegetarian. Select varieties are soy-free, made without gluten, and vegan. 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 GrandyOats website at www.grandyoats.com.