“It’s oatmeal cookies.” That’s what Devin said to me after he had his first bite of this new gluten free granola by Nature’s Path. While attending a demonstration of a line of essential oils, I met a young woman who represents multiple natural and organic food companies through a local firm. I mentioned my blog, and she said that she had two samples for me in her car from Nature’s Path. The first is this Honey Almond Granola with Chia.
I have to say, it’s mighty addictive. I could probably eat the whole bag in one sitting. But, it’s probably not a good thing to do considering “evaporated cane juice” is the second ingredient, and the fifth is “clover honey.” Despite there being sugar right away in the ingredients list, the amount of sugar per serving is 7 grams per quarter cup. Yet, you can taste how sweet it is, so it still makes my mind tell me to ease up on the handfuls!
There are 2 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein per serving as well as 4.5 grams of fat (0.5 g saturated, 2g Polyunsaturated, and 6 grams monounsaturated…wait that doesn’t total 4.5, that’s more like 8.5…mislabeled perhaps?). There is a minimal amount of calcium and iron. Oh, and there are 16g of whole grains per 30g serving. It is considered “Low Sodium” with 65mg per serving.
The ingredients read as follows: “Gluten free rolled oats*, evaporated cane juice*, sunflower oil*, roasted almonds*, clover honey*, flavor*, rice starch*, sea salt, chia seeds* tocopherol (Vitamin E). *Organic. Contains tree nuts. Produced in a facility that uses soy, peanuts and dairy. Vegetarian.”
The packaging is a nice little bag, though it’s not something that may be recyclable everywhere. It’d be nice if Nature’s Path could make their packaging more sustainable, but even I don’t know how they could do that right now. Packaging directly in recyclable cardboard really isn’t an option.
The bag carries the “Non-GMO Project” label, as well as a “The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations” kosher certification mark, and a “Quality Assurance International Certified Organic” mark. They do not appear to be certified gluten free as there are no marks to make this distinction. Yet, their website shows that it is certified gluten free.
I like the nice clumps of the granola, and I like the flavor. It’s maybe a bit too sweet for me, but it’d be really nice for trips I have planned in the future. As this is a newer product, I am not yet sure of the pricing. If I had to guess, I’d bet it’ll be somewhere in the seven dollar range here on Maui based on comparable products.
With the granolas I would love to see more nuts and seeds, with their high protein, to balance out the sugars and carbohydrates. A nice bit of high protein milk may help to balance out the sugars, as it does help to reduce the sweetness on the palate. This particular granola also maintains crunch once doused in milk.
My rating scale in my head says that this is a good choice if you’re looking for a gluten free granola, and don’t have time to make it yourself. The price of gluten free granolas still seem out of proportion for the amount you get (in this case 11 ounces), and what’s really in there. I say, if you’ve got the time then make your own. It’s not too hard and you can control the ingredients even more. If not, then give this a go and let me (and everyone else) know how you like it.
P.S. Nearly half the bag is gone, and I just opened it today. Whoopsie!