Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Gluten Free Product Review and Giveaway: Love Grown Granola

I used to really like granola, but after cracking a chunk of molar off one morning while chomping on some, I turned to other breakfasty items (turns out the cracked molar was from clenching my teeth at night; who knew?).  Then the old man got the celiac thing, so since most granolas contain non-certified gluten-free oats, we just haven't had it around. Oats don't contain gluten per se, but they tend to be contaminated with gluten from the milling and processing of wheat, rye and barley, so you must buy certified gluten-free oats to avoid getting glutened.

Enter Colorado-based Love Grown Foods and their bewitching troika of Gluten Free Granolas: Cocoa Goodness, Raisin Almond Crunch and Sweet Cranberry Pecan.  Whoa!  They are really tasty.  Love Grown sent me a free box with a bag each of these three varieties and a couple of little packets of Raisin Almond Crunch (perfectly sized for tucking into the lunch sack with some yogurt for a delicious parfait later on).

The Crispy Crew and I all really enjoyed them. I've tried some other gluten free granolas, and they were alright but not praiseworthy. However, these three varieties from Love Grown are in the gourmet category, full of delicious ingredients, like little chocolate chips in the Cocoa Goodness, a hint of cinnamon and nutty little sunflower seeds in the Raisin Almond Crunch and pecans and dried cranberries in the Sweet Cranberry Pecan.  The Love Grown granolas are sweetened with agave syrup and are terrific when partnered with some thick Greek-style yogurt for a healthy breakfast or snack.  Even my persnickety teen daughter who typically doesn't like yogurt or granola scarfed down most of the Cocoa Goodness bag on her own in this fashion.

The good news is that not only can I heartily endorse all three flavors of the Love Grown granolas to you but the company has courteously agreed to send a box to one of you containing a bag each of each granola flavor. Just leave a comment below and I'll randomly pick a winner from them after April 5, 2011. This giveaway offer is limited to U.S. residents.

In the meantime, you can check out the Love Grown website to find out detailed information about ingredients, where to buy these tasty cereals and find out about their Love for Love promotion for Facebook users, where you can receive a package of their dee-licious granola if you post some pix and comments on the Love Grown Wall.

Happy Chomping!


Anonymous said...

Yum! Love me some granola!

Lindsey F. said...

Love granola and have learned to always read the label closely now that I have to eat gluten free.

Laura said...

Thanks for the review! I just placed an order!

PurpleLarkspur said...

Sounds delicious! I love to tip greek yogurt with granola for breakfast. Would love to give this granola a try!

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Staci said...

I would love to try these. They look delicious and I haven't found a good granola since going gluten free. Thanks for the chance to enter!
mommastaci33 at yahoo dot com

David said...

Awesome very tempting recipe Granola with chocolate thats great.
Gluten Free