Tony was quite confused by the name of this product. I said, “it’s grain-free, guess what the main ingredient is.” He responded “oats.” I responded, “no, it’s grain-free, guess what the main ingredient is.” We repeated this banter until I realized he was looking at the name “GrandyOats” with the tagline “real granolas.” He simply couldn’t wrap his brain around the conflicting grain-free and oat granola labels. But GrandyOats Coconola is actually oat free. It’s made in small batches with flaked coconut, nuts, seeds, and natural sweeteners in a solar-powered bakery.
Tasting Notes for GrandyOats Coconola
This rustic snack reminds me quite a bit of the granola of days gone past. The coconut almost tastes like oats, with it’s thick, flaky texture. But that coconut flavor gradually emerges and melds pleasantly with the wide array of nuts and seeds. Each flavor is just lightly sweet with a very hearty taste.
This is a clustered-type granola with some mid-size chunks. However, many of the clusters and seeds do break up to create lots of loose bites at the bottom of each bag. Fortunately, they still taste the same!
The big chunks of cashews dominate the flavor scene, which isn’t a bad thing. In my opinion, coconut and cashews go together like peas and carrots. The seeds add contrast and the honey and maple syrup provide sultry sweetness.
Ingredients – organic unsweetened coconut, organic cashews, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic pecans, organic sesame seeds, organic honey, organic maple syrup and organic vanilla. Contains: coconut, cashews and pecans. Allergen advisory: created in a bakery that uses peanuts, tree nuts and soy.
Super Hemp Blend
This Coconola doesn’t taste as “grassy” as I expected. However, it does have a slightly earthier vibe than the Original. And unlike the other varieties, it contains almonds, which do seem to influence the flavor a bit.
Ingredients – organic unsweetened coconut, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic coconut nectar, organic hemp seeds, organic hemp powder, organic maple syrup, organic almonds, organic cashews and organic vanilla. Contains: almonds, coconut, and cashews. Allergen advisory: created in a bakery that uses peanuts, tree nuts and soy.
Ingredients – unsweetened coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, maple syrup, hazelnuts, coconut nectar, ground coffee, pecans and sea salt. Contains: coconut, cashews, hazelnuts and pecans. Allergen advisory: created in a bakery that uses peanuts, tree nuts and soy.
I mean, chocolate. What’s not to like? This is a little more of a coconut-forward blend with coconut nectar also added for sweetness. Nice big chocolate chips are “glued” to the clusters for an indulgent hit with every bite. The ingredients state “dark chocolate” but it tastes more like a treat-worthy semi-sweet chocolate to me. This variety isn’t technically paleo (due to the organic cane sugar in the chocolate), but might be worth that 80/20 splurge.
Ingredients – organic unsweetened coconut, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic coconut nectar, organic dark chocolate (organic cane sugar, organic cocoa liquor, organic cocoa butter), organic sesame seeds, organic pecans, organic cashews, organic maple syrup and organic vanilla. Contains: coconut, cashews and pecans. Allergen advisory: created in a bakery that uses peanuts, tree nuts and soy.
The Facts on GrandyOats Coconola
Price: $8.00 per 9-ounce bag.
Availability: GrandyOats Coconola is available to order direct from GrandyOats via the website below or from Amazon in the U.S. GrandyOats products are sold in select natural food stores in the U.S., but we’re not sure if Coconola is in stores yet.
Certifications: GrandyOats Coconola is Certified Organic, Certified Paleo, Certified Gluten Free, Non-GMO Verified, and Certified Kosher Pareve.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, GrandyOats Coconola is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. It does contain honey, so it isn’t considered strictly vegan. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product.
For More Product Information: Visit the GrandyOats website at www.grandyoats.com.