A Naturally Indulgent Giveaway

by Sarah on July 24, 2012 · 90 comments

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 leavingĀ 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. šŸ˜‰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 alsoĀ availableĀ 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 onĀ the companyĀ 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–

Lemon Blueberry

–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.

Cranberry Almond

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.

Mango Tango

And both of those are incredibly distinct from the deeper, richer flavors of the NutBerry Maple, Cranberry Almond, and Vanilla Nut.

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 whicheverĀ one I’mĀ eating at the time. :)

NutBerry Maple

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.

But I guess breaking up a granola bar into your oatmeal or yogurt would be the same idea?

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…

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Becki @Fight4Wellness July 24, 2012 at 6:20 am

Yum! These sound fantastic! I love to add granola on top of plain nonfat Greek yogurt for breakfast and I’m so excited to try the Lemon Blueberry.

Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 24, 2012 at 6:39 am

My favorite way to eat granola is over yogurt…lemon is my first choice or vanilla will do in a pinch. I would be most excited to taste the cranberry almond. Love my cranberries! Have a great day!

Tonia July 24, 2012 at 7:12 am

My favorite way to eat granola is topped over Greek yogurt! I would love to try the mango tango granola…I LOVE mangoes!

Shannon July 24, 2012 at 7:40 am

I eat yogurt and a granola bar almost every day for breakfast and really need to switch it up. I think the vanilla nut would be a good place to start :)

Renata July 24, 2012 at 7:57 am

My favorite way to eat Granola is with almond milk and fresh berries! The Lemon Blueberry flavor sounds divine!

Renata July 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

Shared the link on Facebook!

Renata July 24, 2012 at 8:03 am
Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers July 24, 2012 at 8:03 am

I’m really excited for the cranberry flavor; it sounds sooooo yummy. I’d like to say I’d make something fantastic with this, but to be honest, I’d probably just eat it by the handful alongside my cup of tea.

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert July 24, 2012 at 8:06 am

Vanilla Nut! I would mix it in with some 2% Fage Yogurt :)

Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife July 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

I love putting it in my Chobani Greek Yogurt! (: NutBerry Maple sounds delicious!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 24, 2012 at 8:45 am

oh my word!! i miss Blend and this granola so much!
I’d want to try the Mango Tango! And put it atop my tongue. :)

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 24, 2012 at 8:45 am

All of these flavors sound good… but I still dream of that Lemon Blueberry. LOVED it. A lot.

My favorite way to eat granola is by the handful from the bag every time I walk past the pantry. :)

Maggie Thornton July 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

My favorite way to eat granola is rolled into this vegan, gluten-free granola bar recipe I’m currently tweaking. I’m excited to try any of the GF flavors without honey!

Jackie D July 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

My favorite way to eat granola is also with yogurt and I would like to try all of the flavors, although Mango Tango sounds the most interesting!

Jess July 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

On greek yogurt!! I want to try the lemon! Love anything lemon!

Ray July 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

Lemon Blueberry sounds unique and flavorful! I enjoy granola in my yogurts for breakfast too!

Ray July 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

Shared on my Facebook wall as well! Thanks so much!

Ria D. July 24, 2012 at 9:10 am

My favorite way to eat granola is on top of a smoothie, but sometimes a handful makes its way onto a scoop of ice cream. I would love to try the gluten free lemon blueberry. Yum!

Taylor July 24, 2012 at 9:13 am

My favorite way to eat granola is sprinkled over warm peaches for a clean version of “peach cobbler.” I think the Vanilla Nut would go amazing with this!

Taylor July 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

Also, I think your next Nutty Butter flavor will be something fruit infused…like a combo of PB & J! :)

Danica @ It's Progression July 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

I love eating granola with almond milk and berries or just all by itself! The Mango Tango flavor sounds especially good!

Tori Jelilyan July 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

Mmmmm, just thinking about almond milk and granola makes me happy!
The vanilla nut sounds delicious!

Brittany July 24, 2012 at 9:29 am

I prefer my granola on top of Chobani Plain or Vanilla. I also never mind it as a cereal, which is the way my dad has always eaten it! I’d love to try the lemon blueberry!

Ashley July 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

I like adding granola to my yogurt or on top of smoothies! The Lemon Blueberry flavor sounds delicious!

Rebeccah July 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

Plain, by the handful…. Yummm

Rebeccah July 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

And I really want to try the lemon blueberry. (so excited I had to split it over two comments!!)

Linda July 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

The lemon blueberry sounds so good! I always eat it with yogurt.

Carla July 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

I like eating granola the old-fashioned way – in a bowl with milk! Mixed into yogurt is a close second. The Nutberry Maple or Vanilla Nut both sound amazing!

Debbie (accidently delish) July 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

I love granola on top of oatmeal or yogurt. Just gives that’s nice extra texture. The vanilla nut sounds really good. Simple.

Laura July 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

I like to eat my granola on greek yogurt! The Nutberry Maple granola sounds ah-mazinggg!!

Kari M July 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

My favorite way to eat granola is with plain Greek yogurt. The lemon blueberry looks great!

Maria July 24, 2012 at 11:13 am

I must have given this granola away and never tasted it at Blend (full disclosure), which is a crime and I shouldn’t be allowed to enter this contest, but I really really need to try the lemon blueberry. Really.

Lena @Fit on the Rocks July 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

Their granola is, hands down, my freakin favorite! I may or may not have taken like 5…may have.

Lacey @ Life Hands You Limes July 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

My favorite way to eat granola is on soy yogurt with frozen fruit all mixed up to make ‘froyo’, or in over night oat parfaits:) I would love to try the lemon blueberry! yum…

Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land July 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

Lemon blueberry granola sounds amazing! I *need* this granola. I would eat it straight from the bag, which really is the best way. You just pour it right into your mouth, because grabbing it by the handful just makes a mess.

Mariell @ HealthyPantz July 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

Mango Tango all the way! My favorite way to eat granola is straight up- great, easy, on the go snack to throw in my purse.

Glen July 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I love drowning my granola in a hefty amount of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and dolloping a blob of nut butter in there to find as a surprise later as I eat it! I’m really excited to try the mango tango!! I love tropical flavors and ever since Target stopped selling their tropical dried fruit Archers Farms mix, I’ve been craving tropical flavors!!

Anne Weber-Falk July 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

This is tough. If I had to choose it would be lemon blueberry…but vanilla nut sounds good too. I really enjoy granola over oatmeal and yogurt.

Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl July 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Well, I already know that Lemon Blueberry is the bomb. Oooo… gonna put it on some more mango-banana soft serve that I whipped up this morning. Oh ya, that’ll work.

Kelin Barr July 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I love granola so much I usually eat it plain. However, I love it in my greek yogurt!!! I would love to try the lemon blueberry!

Stephanie @ On the Road to RD July 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I am a simple granola kind of gal and like it with just a little milk. :) And Lemon Blueberry would be my choice!

Jordan D July 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Lemon blueberry sounds amazing! I usually eat granola on top of ice cream (super indulgent hahah) or mixed into greek yogurt. I love the slightly chewy crunch it adds :)

Krissy @ Shiawase Life July 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm

YUM!! My favorite way to eat granola is just a bit over oatmeal šŸ˜€

marie July 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

By the handful and Mango Tango. :-)

(I also love to eat nut butter from a spoon. I’m a simple girl. :-) )

Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm

My favorite way to eat granola is definitely with a wee bit of warmed almond milk and cinnamon!

Georgiana July 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Lemon Blueberry sounds amazingly good! I love to just snack as is – right out of the bag!

Georgiana July 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Shared the link on my Facebook wall too! Thanks so much!

Alexandra July 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Ahh Im a granola freak!!! I’d love to try the Lemon Blueberry! Sounds so fresh and delish!!

Alexandra July 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Also, sharing on FB :)

Nikki July 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I love to eat granola with yogurt or as a crunchy add in to oatmeal! Mango tango looks yummy, of course I would take any flavor offered!

Jeanine July 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Favorite way to eat granola is on top of plain coconut milk-based yogurt. I would love to win a sample of Lemon Blueberry granola.

Gabby July 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Nutberry Maple sounds AMAZING!

Gabby July 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I like your blog on facebook and everything :)

Alicia Tyler July 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm

My favorite way to eat granola is as a dessert. If I’m craving something sweet I try to reach for something naturally sweet, and these sound just perfect. I like to munch on it dry, or pour some soy milk on top. Yum!!

Elaine July 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm

i love it on yogurt

Krista July 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Currently, my favorite way to eat granola is on oatmeal. :o) Oatmeal, granola, homemade nut butter, and some berries – yum! The lemon blueberry sounds the most delicious at the moment.

Trista July 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I love granola on my yogurt!! The vanilla nut sounds delicious!

meredith July 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm

the NutBerry Maple sounds awesome – it would work so great with my morning yogurt – fingers crossed!

Tt in nyc July 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

All the flavors sound awesome… Vanilla nut would be the first opened! Right now i love sliced apples with a schmear of nutty butter and dunked in granola cumblies!!

Jess @ Floptimism July 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm

It’s a toss-up between sprinkled over greek yogurt, and used with peanut butter as a topping for a halved banana or apple!

Jess @ Floptimism July 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm
Lauren July 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I love eating granola with yogurt. And I really want to try the lemon blueberry granola. It sounds so good.

Rachael S July 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Mango tango:)

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables July 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm

That granola at Blend was to die for. My favorite way to eat it was def with my Blends! :) Miss you friend!

Alex July 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I love eating granola right out of the bag!

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I LOVED the lemon blueberry granola from Blend!! The mango one sounds amazing too.

And my favorite way to eat granola is on yogurt with fresh fruit. I love it so much it’s actually my lunch every.single.day. I’m a woman of variety… šŸ˜‰

Cari July 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

yum! my favorite way to eat granola is in yogurt or fro-yo :). and i think i’d be most excited to try the lemon blueberry– i love that combo!

Cellabella July 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I like mixing granola with fresh fruit and cottage cheese, or just straight out of the bag :) And I’d really like to try the Mango Tango flavor!

Dina July 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm

LOVE it over greek yogurt,….or by the handful while standing in the pantry : )
I’d love to try the vanilla nut or lemon blueberry- over yogurt with honey- YUMMM!

Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself July 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I love it with yogurt, a banana, and some peanut butter to keep me full :)

I think vanilla nut sounds really yummy but i would love to try lemon blueberry too because it sounds so interesting!

teabagginit July 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm

i’m most excited to try the mango (horizontal) tango. my favorite way to eat granola is … ;P

Kelly O-ski July 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm

The Lemon Blueberry flavor sounds AWESOME.

I like eating granola on Greek Yogurt or just stuffing it in my face…you know. :)

Kelly O-ski July 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm
Nicole G July 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I’ve never had granola? Only granola bars! Obviously really behind on the times..

amy marantino July 25, 2012 at 4:12 am

i like to use it as an ice cream topping. i would like to try Mango Tango

Annie I July 25, 2012 at 6:04 am

I love granola with unsweetened almond milk or in bar form. I’d love to try cranberry almond–I usually use those flavors in baked oatmeal.

Here’s my tweet:

Michelle {lively kitchen} July 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

I’d go with lemon blueberry. I love that combination.

I usually eat granola mixed with Ezekial 4:9 cereal and coconut milk. My kids love it over yogurt.

Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie July 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

Lemon blueberry sounds delish!!

Alex July 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

Oh Lemon Blueberry sounds amazing! My favorite way to eat granola is right our of the bag in fron of the TV hahaha NOT smart šŸ˜‰

Julia July 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I like eating it over yogurt, and the lemon blueberry sounds amazing!

Kate July 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm

NutBerry Maple looks awesome! My favorite way of eating granola is with a little bit of soy milk and some strawberries or bananas on top.

Lindsay July 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I’d love the Nutberry Maple! Lately I can’t get enough of fresh cherries so I’d pit em, half em and throw them in honey greek yogurt with a healthy topping of granola :)

Lindsey July 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

By the handful. Straight up! Vanilla nut sounds good!!!!!!!

Living, Learning, Eating July 26, 2012 at 6:39 am

I love eating granola with yogurt, nut butter, and craisins! And I really wan to try the cranberry almond :)

Natalia July 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

My favorite way to eat granola is all day, everyday! But…as you can imagine…that’s not too good for me or my wallet.

Ozlem July 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Right outside of the bag of course while standing :) OR with almond milk and fresh raspberries :)

Sonia the Mexigarian July 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I love eating granola parfait style. Layered between soft pillows of cottage cheese or yogurt, granola is the exciting texture I dig for. :) I would love to try the Lemon Blueberry. I love lemons and I love blueberries.

Nana Phyllis July 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

My fav is with plain yogurt and fruit – yummy breakfast!

Ellyn July 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I love granola on top of yogurt! The mango tango sounds AMAZING.

Alex Smith July 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I love granola with yogurt, and I can’t wait to try Lemon Blueberry!

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