Paleo People Granola Meets Strawberry Chai Smoothie: Week of Reviews

September 6, 2011

There’s a special place in my heart for granola. It’s a place where love meets hate and savory definitely mingles with sweet. It’s a place where I can get handfuls upon handfuls of granola then wind up consuming trillions of calories… and I’m still not full.

Granola is a “special” kind of treat that deserves it’s weight in calories and can be mixed and matched to whatever flavors you prefer. You can even eat it if you’re avoiding grains, like when you’re on a strict Paleo diet. Fortunately, I’m not eating strictly Paleo at the moment (cleansing still!), but if I were, I’d rock this granola. And fortunately for those who are Paleo-only, this granola meets Primal requirements.

You won’t find a low-cal or low-fat granola here, but you will find some tasty alternatives for a new kind of granola, without oats, gluten, or fillers. And don’t worry, it’s all healthy fats. 😉

Paleo People Granola. With four different flavors, made with nuts, seeds, berries, and only natural sweeteners, and never containing fillers, oats, or gluten, the granola sounded promising. So how did it hold up to other granolas?

Paleo People Granola, as reviewed on the Go Dairy Free website!

The overall consensus of Paleo People Granola was varied. Myself and three other people tried all four flavors with similar outcomes. The Apple Crisp was the best flavor with a subtle sweetness but not overpowering in any way. The Banana Nut Crisp flavor was good with the chunks of dried banana chips. I liked a lot it but was a little concerned with the ingredient list when I saw that the dried banana and dried cranberry were made with sugar.

The Cacao Nut was slightly smokey and had that hint of chocolate taste without being sweet. The addition of the dried fruit was good in it. And the Cappuccino Crunch was my least favorite but at least one other person tasting thought it was their favorite. I liked the whole chunks of espresso beans (mmmmm!) in the Cappuccino Crunch but the granola was almost missing something. Maybe a little hint of chocolate…?

The texture was granola-like but a little too moist, still. It may have been a little more to my liking if it were dried longer. But after a few handfuls of each granola, I got used to the consistency and actually really liked it. It’s granola just a bit different, obviously. And certainly not in a bad way.

The packaging, however, was not my friend. The bags have a resealable opening which didn’t work on some of my bags. They either wouldn’t close at all or the seal-able part didn’t line up correctly. Minor in the whole scheme of things but it is something I noticed. And I was confused on how to store the granola. In the refrigerator? On the counter? That wasn’t made clear.

Although this may sound like a semi-harsh review, I have to say the granola is absolutely worth buying. It’s delicious in a granola-alternative and definitely on top of smoothies or in Paleo banana ice cream.

I loved the Apple Crisp flavor so much decided I would love it even more on top of a Strawberry Chai Smoothie. And it’s probably one of the best smoothies I’ve made thus far.

Foreword: I was out of greens so decided to make a smoothie sans spinach or veggie (sadly). I also had half a cup of almond milk chai that I purchased earlier that day that I hadn’t finished. Since being more conscious of consuming cleansing foods (and taking away coffee, dairy, and greatly reducing animal products) I’m feeling way better, but also not able to eat much sugary foods. That chai I bought was way too sweet for my liking. But it was perfect in a smoothie.

If you want to make this a little less smoothie and add a little more green, spinach would be the perfect green-of-choice to add in.

 

To sum it up, good granola but not sure if I could make it just a bit better. Mwahahaha! 😉

What do you think? Does granola hold a special place in your heart?

If you were a granola what flavor would you be? I’m gonna say I’d be sea salt and cacao with a dash of cayenne pepper. A little sweet, a little spicy, and definitely salty sassy.

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Kerry October 4, 2011 at 6:03 AM

That is some fine looking granola that will be a nice treat in my paleo lifestyle. You can find some tips on how to succeed the paleo lifestyle at http://mypaleodietblog.com/paleo-diet-success-stories/
Hope this may help some people,

Kerry x

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Patty September 7, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Thanks for so many great submissions today Lori, and especially for the first Paleo Product Review!

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ilovefetacheese September 7, 2011 at 12:54 AM

YUMMMM THAT LOOKS AWESOME, i need them to send me some to try!

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Ela September 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

I love that you say ‘enjoy while relaxing’–not a lot of that lately!

I’ve never been much into granola–it didn’t hit my radar too much because it’s only recently that gf versions have been available.

Right now, I’m avoiding nuts because I don’t want to take in so much omega 6. So that kind of nut-seed-based granola doesn’t appeal to me much. But on top of that lovely smoothie sounds great.

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Pure2raw twins September 6, 2011 at 10:23 AM

never heard of this granola, the flavors sound pretty good as does that smoothie!

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan September 6, 2011 at 10:10 AM

CAPPUCCINO granola? Yes please!

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Heather/HippieChristian September 6, 2011 at 8:03 AM

yes please 🙂 yummmmmmmm!! i’m sure they didn’t waste their time with formulating a way to have a resealable bag, because generally when people eat granola, it’s gone in one sitting! i know if I had that stuff it would be-lol! 🙂
i haven’t bought granola in SO long….so it holds a special place in my memory for sure 😉
if i were granola, there would be lots of nuts in it. LOTS and LOTS of nuts, a little sweet chocolate, and some cranberries.
yup-that’s definitely my personality. Lots of nuts,a little sweetness, and some tartness!

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Katie September 6, 2011 at 5:54 AM

You put cinnamon in your strawberry banana smoothie. That is why I love you.

I actually prefer semi-moist (ew) granola. I’m not a crunchy fan.

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Kelly September 6, 2011 at 5:51 AM

Oh I know you could make it better.

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salah@myhealthiestlifestyle September 6, 2011 at 5:16 AM

That smoothie sounds awesome! I definitely want to try out this granola, because ever since eating Paleo I have been missing a granola topping on my smoothies :-(. This sounds perfect!

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Alyson @ Nourished Fitness September 6, 2011 at 5:16 AM

Like with all granola.. I could never eat the suggestion “serving size.” Paleo or not, eating a whole bag does not help my waistline :p Smoothie looks & sounds great!

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