Dec 21, 2009

Review: Jessica’s Granola

Jessica’s Natural Foods makes three flavors of gluten-free granola: almond cherry, vanilla maple, and chocolate chip. The granola does not contain trans fat, cholesterol, artificial flavors, artificial colors, preservatives, or highly-refined sweeteners.

Our granola is made with certified gluten-free oats and is loaded with delicious, healthy ingredients like ground flax, coconut, honey and pure maple syrup.”

I was sent three free bags to review. My favorite flavor was the almond cherry, which contains large chewy Michigan dried cherries. The vanilla maple was a little bland compared to the almond cherry, but I enjoyed eating both flavors with Rice Chex. The chocolate chip granola is loaded with rich chocolate chips and the chips are in the granola clusters, not just added to the bag. It would be great as a snack, but too sweet for me to mix with cereal.

Most of the granola is small and medium clusters. However, the size of the clusters varied greatly in each bag and a few clusters were simply too large to add to cereal or yogurt without first breaking. I would prefer to see the granola have a more uniform consistency, but that didn’t prevent me from eating it. My daughter liked the chocolate chip granola and was also surprised to see how much the size varied. What is even more surprising, is that she thought the chocolate chip granola had too many chocolate chips.

The granola is currently only sold in stores in Michigan. Jessica’s has a flat rate shipping of $5 within the United States and is offering a gluten-free sampler pack special until December 31. The price is $21.97 for three 12 oz. bags, one of each flavor. All other granola prices are for six bags and range in price from $41.94 to $47.94.

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