The best granola I’ve ever had.

February 27, 2013

in Reviews & Giveaways


I tend to be a bit of a granola snob. I’ll admit, it’s a weird thing to be all high and mighty about, but I generally think the store-bought brands are over-priced, over-sugared, and don’t have enough of those clusters I love to pick out of the bag. Those are the best part! And this is why I usually just make my own granola.

However, as you can tell from my now-weekly blog posts, my work schedule has picked up dramatically. I currently have less time for writing things that don’t involve Word documents and PowerPoint presentations, and also less time in the kitchen. Less granola, too.

I was really excited when Purely Elizabeth sent me some samples of their granola and a gluten-free baking mix for oatmeal cherry chocolate chip cookies. Their timing was impeccable – the package arrived around 4pm, and it wasn’t until the postman startled me with my apartment’s crazy loud buzzer that I realized I hadn’t eaten lunch, and barely breakfast. I have a bad habit of getting sucked into projects.

Purely Elizabeth Granola

I immediately tore into the cranberry pecan granola, poured some almond milk over it, and sat down to continue plugging away at my computer. And then I actually paused and said out loud to the dogs (of course): “This is the best granola I’ve ever had.”

It’s organic, free of refined sugar, gluten, dairy, and soy, and yet the taste is reminiscent of buttery oatmeal cookies without any actual butter. The base ingredients are also really simple: oats, coconut sugar, raw virgin coconut oil, puffed amaranth, quinoa flakes, chia and sunflower seeds, and sea salt. In addition to the cranberry pecan flavor, they also make original, pumpkin fig (love!), and blueberry hemp.

Granola Flavors

But if you need an actual oatmeal cookie in your life (and frankly, who doesn’t?), the Purely Elizabeth mixes are equally delicious. Again, simple ingredients and really great flavor – you just have to add oil, applesauce, and vanilla. I actually halved the oil in the recipe and doubled the applesauce and the texture was still perfectly crispy and chewy. I think next time I’ll try  pumpkin puree instead of applesauce since I hoard pumpkin year-round.

Oatmeal Cookies

The mix makes about two dozen cookies, and I won’t even tell you how long those lasted at my house. It’s embarrassing.

Oatmeal Cookies 2

If you’re interested in trying the granola or cookies, you can find them at your local Whole Foods, or check the Purely Elizabeth site for other stores.

Discloure: I received the granola and cookie mix  free of charge, but as always, all opinions are my own. This is some seriously good granola.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

Oooooh this all looks so good! I checked out her website and first of all- I love the simple design. That makes me want to spend more time looking at it!
The flavors sound SO good and so do the cookie and pancake mixes.
Granola is a hard thing for me to keep around though, because I can’t keep my hands away from it.


Amanda February 27, 2013 at 9:24 am

I think the cranberry pecan granola is my favorite so far. It honestly tastes like cookies to me, but I think it has just 6g of sugar in a serving. That is, if I can stick to a single serving. It’s hard not to keep going back for more!


Marie February 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I’ve been in the same granola boat lately. I’ve come across so many great looking granola recipes lately but I just haven’t had the time cook anything. I was so excited when I read your post. I would’ve run over to Whole Foods already, but its such a rainy miserable day out. Purely Elizabeth is definitely on the top my grocery list though. Can’t wait to try it.


Amanda February 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Yeah, this weather is pretty miserable. When is it going to be Spring already?!


Xerxes February 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Those look amazing. I usually just make my mom’s recipe, but I might strike out into the world of bagged granola for this one.

It’s wonderful to hear that you have so much work. I always look forward to blog posts, but it’s great that the reason for the slow down is so positive.


Amanda February 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Thank you for the sweet comment. :) Being self-employed, I realize there are no guarantees when it comes to work, so I’m very grateful to be busy…as much as I would love to have more time for blogging.


Michelle Collins February 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I’m always looking for granola with low sugar and lots of clusters. I’ll have to keep my eye out for this brand!


Amanda February 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I was surprised that the Purely Elizabeth granola only had 6g of sugar per serving. Based on the taste, I was expecting a lot more. Maybe giving up nearly all processed sugar these last couple of months has re-set my taste buds. :)


Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} February 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I love, love, love granola! I always add cranberries to my homemade versions and the cranberry-pecan sounds like it’d be right up my alley.

As much as I love your posts, it’s great to hear that you’re keeping busy with work. I think being self-employed would be nerve wracking.


Amanda February 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

It’s a little stressful. I’m also the type of person who worries about everything, so I make it worse. haha I’m very fortunate to have relatively stable work flow.


Lynn February 27, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Yum! I love granola so much. I should eat it more!


Colette @ JFF! February 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I could eat a whole bag while watching TV!


dixya @ food, pleasure, and health March 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

just you describing it i want a cookie now. Granolas are so addiction- gosh..


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