Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Love Grown Granola Love + Wild Squirrel Nut Butter

A little while back, one of my favorite bloggers Ashley had a giveaway on her blog...and guess who won? Yup, yours truly. 

To say I freaked out is putting it mildly, because 
1. I'd never won a blog giveaway (there's always so many entries!)
2. As a result Graceful Eats was mentioned on Ashley's blog, Edible Perspective
And 3. The prize was something delicious that I had wanted to try for a long time -

I'd seen some bloggers praise it online and Ashley raved about it as one of her favorite granolas, so I was intrigued. I am a bonafide granola addict and extremely particular...I don't care for granola that's too sugary. It also has to have excellent clumps, and fun mix-ins never hurt! From what I'd read, Love Grown Foods sounded great, so I was very excited to finally taste it!

Maddy and Alex, the founders of Love Grown Foods, met in college in Colorado and decided to fuse their respective loves of entrepreneurship and healthy living and start a business together.  They definitely have a passion for what they're doing, which is reflected in these fun stickers and magnets that came with the granola goodness!

When the granola arrived in the mail, I couldn't wait to dig in. The Love Grown Foods Team had put together an awesome package that would make any granola lover's heart beat fast. I got not one, but two full packs of their granola in addition to four mini travel packs!

  (Note: there are only three in this picture. That's because I was so busy enjoying this granola, I ate the fourth before I got around to taking picture. Hehe. Unpictured - and in my happy stomach - the Apple Walnut Delight with chunks of dried apples, which I loved!)

All of Love Grown Foods granola is gluten free - a huge plus for those with gluten intolerance. Even if you don't, like me, it's still 100% delicious. Despite the fact Ashley doesn't eat gluten and posts gluten-free recipes on her blog, I'd forgotten the granola was also gluten free.

The verdict? Holyyyyyyy yum. I officially love this granola and have enjoyed it almost every possible way: in cereal, on yogurt, straight from the bag, on top of pancakes, sprinkled over ice cream...I've even snuck it into frozen yogurt shops to put on my fro-yo!

The classic granola: sweet with honey, clumpy, and utterly delicious

Sweet Cranberry Pecan.

 Love the huge flakes of coconut in this one!!! I've had trouble keeping my hands out of this bag especially...I even baked with it last week. Recipe coming soon!

I love the convenience of these little packets - so easy and portable. Perfect for throwing in a purse or bag for car trips, or for packing lunches. I spent the night at a friend's and brought some with me just in case. 

If you haven't guessed already, I LOVE Love Grown Foods granola! Two thumbs up and huge kudos to Maddy and Alex on their amazing product. I love that the people behind the granola are just as their message. <3

Not too long after I received my granola package, I got another fabulous edible one...

 I'd first seen this fun, cute nut butter on Kath's blog. As a java lover, the Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed coffee flavor immediately caught my eye and appealed to my tastebuds! It was from two college girls (seeing a pattern here? Three cheers for young and rising entrepreneurs) who'd sent Kath some trial jars of flavors they'd made for themselves. I'd kept it in mind and thought about it every now and then wistfully. So I was very happy to see that they'd launched their own official nut butter business! Shortly afterwards, Wild Squirrel was for sale on Open Sky (an online shopping platform). You can bet I snapped some up ASAP!

The cast of characters: Honey Pretzel Peanut Butter, Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter, Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Sunflower Seed Almond Butter

All lined up like a row of Wild, Nutty soldiers!

I took my Wild Squirrel tasting very seriously and thoroughly enjoyed each spoonful.

The Joyful Java Vanilla Espresso had specks of ground espresso beans. Perfect for that morning buzzzzzzz. ;)

(Summer blue pedigree!)

(I somehow didn't take a picture of the Chocolate Sesame Seed??  It was Sun-Sational - excellent on ice cream!)

 Pretzel Pizazz Honey Pretzel = chock full of pretzel pieces with a nice, mild pb flavor. Not too salty, which was nice. Some pbs have far too much salt!

The Sneaky Cinnamon Cinnamon Raisin Pb lived up to its name...I was shocked how much I LOVED this one!! I was expecting the Vanilla Espresso to be my favorite, but I went absolutely bonkers over the Cinnamon Raisin. Who am I?!? It's not that I don't dislike cinnamon raisin nut butters, but cinnamon raisin-anything just usually doesn't rock my world. Until now! This one had a rich, deep cinnamon flavor that wasn't too overpowering and plump raisins that I found myself digging for - and I am not a huge raisin fan. But this was so good I wanted to use it for frosting.

Definitely my favorite of the four! :D

 The ingredient list for all the nut butters was simple and natural with no preservatives, additives, high fructose corn syrup, or extra sugar/oils. Always a good thing! I usually steer away from nut butters with those ingredients because there really is no need for any of that. I find it doesn't improve the taste and it's not good for your body.

I really enjoyed all of the flavors. Thankfully, I have four jars of these yummy nut butters, not just one - so I should be stocked for a while. :)

Until I run out, that is!

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