Welcome to Day Two of The Smart Kitchen’s Christmas in July celebration…where the only thing secret about this game of Secret Santa is when I’m actually going to pick and announce winners for these giveaways.*
*There is still time to win Nutty Butter…from both my blog AND Lauren’s.Yesterday I hope you had a chance to read my guest post about falling backwards into the nut butter business…but I bet you didn’t know that two years ago I was mulling over starting a different type of food business: one involving granola.*
*My Chai Granola is pretty darn delicious…^
^#yesiamoccasionallyabitoverconfidentinmyabilitiesI ended up leaving granola-making up to the experts–well, at least as far as selling the stuff goes..I certainly still make it at home–and it’s times like when I taste Nature’s Indulgence that I know I made the right choice staying amateur. 😉I was first able to taste Nature’s Indulgence granola at the Saturday BLEND Retreat breakfast sponsored by Xagave.We were lucky enough to be given sample-sized bag to take home of the delicious Lemon Blueberry crunchy, crispy sweetness. [I may or may not have taken more than one…]Even luckier for me…I had the opportunity to review all FIVE of the Utah-based company’s flavors.*
*Three of the flavors (Cranberry Almond, Lemon Blueberr, Mango Tango) are also available gluten-free.Doug was so kind to send me a care package with full-sized bags of all his creative concoctions: Lemon Blueberry (of course), Cranberry Almond, Vanilla Nut, Mango Tango, and NutBerry Maple.To be honest, I’d probably support Nature’s Indulgence based solely on the company ideals: good (taste), small (batch), and simple (ingredients) are pretty much the best things you could ask for in a product.What’s even better is that the granola delivers what it claims to: the flavors are incredible–
–so clean and distinct, in fact, that upon tasting them I would say things like, “Is that allspice?”–and, lo and behold, allspice would be in the list of (Cranberry Almond’s) ingredients.
The flavors are also incredibly distinct from one another. The lemony freshness of the Lemon Blueberry is somehow quite different from the tropical brightness of the Mango Tango.
And both of those are incredibly distinct from the deeper, richer flavors of the NutBerry Maple, Cranberry Almond, and Vanilla Nut.
The simple ingredients make for a very clean, nutritious snack, and I absolutely LOVE how you can see each one of the nuts, fruits, and seeds in the various flavors.
It’s hard to say which one is my favorite–probably whichever one I’m eating at the time.
I will say, however, that Nature’s Indulgence is a bit sweeter than I typically like my granola to be. Lemon Blueberry is made with agave nectar, and a couple of the other’s are made with honey. The quantity added sometimes results in a solid block o’ granola in the bag.
And now, as part of Christmas in July, you have the opportunity to taste all of the Nature’s Indulgence flavors yourself!In addition to the full-size bags he sent me to taste, Doug also sent sample-sized bags to give away to one of you.
All you have to do to win is leave a comment telling me your favorite way to eat granola and which Nature’s Indulgence flavor you are most excited to try. [Additional entries for tweeting and all that jazz are cool, too.]
Deck the halls with bowls of granola…