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May 10, 2013

Purely Elizabeth Granola

by Anne Paddock

This past week while grocery shopping, my vegan daughter convinced me to try a new brand of granola made by a company called Purely Elizabeth. She didn’t have to twist my arm even though we have at least a half-dozen bags of granola in our cereal cabinet, each one lovely in its own special way.

In our house, granola has a special importance and is given the status of both diamonds and water. Valued for its clarity in ingredients and adaptability (almost everything tastes better with granola just as diamonds look great with nearly anything), granola is the one food that tastes heavenly in its many variations and is a source of sustenance, just like water.

purely-elizabeth-granolaOver the years, I’ve come to appreciate the differences in granola – there are those heavy on the nuts, others sweetened with maple syrup or honey, and even some flavored with olive oil. The beauty of granola is that so many wholesome ingredients – oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and grains – can be combined in countless ways and still taste amazing. So, just when I thought I tasted them all, along comes Purely Elizabeth:  a high quality granola made with all organic ingredients that has five big attributes:

  • Free of refined sugar, dairy, gluten and soy
  • Free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives, and GMO’s
  • Made with nutrient rich grains and superfood seeds
  • Certified vegan
  • Low glycemic (sweetened with coconut sugar, an unrefined nutrient rich natural sweetener)

IMG_7593-1024x894The most intriguing part of Purely Elizabeth‘s granola is the low glycemic attribute. Each serving (1/3 of a cup) has 6 grams of sugar, which is the general guideline we use in our house in deciding what to eat. Years ago, I heard Dr. Oz say that 6 grams of sugar or less in a food serving is a good rule of thumb and so, I’m always reading labels. Although most granolas don’t contain refined sugar, there are quite a few that contain more than 6 grams of sugar per serving. Beyond the cereal’s substantial nutritional attributes is the taste: crunchy, delicious wholesome granola with a slight taste of cinnamon in four yummy varieties:

Original: Made with all organic ingredients: gluten-free oats, coconut palm sugar, raw virgin coconut oil, puffed amaranth, quinoa flakes, organic sunflower seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt.

Cranberry Pecan: Made with all organic ingredients: gluten-free oats, coconut palm sugar, raw virgin coconut oil, pecans, dried cranberries, puffed amaranth quinoa flakes, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt.

Pumpkin Fig: Made with organic gluten-free oats, organic coconut palm sugar, organic raw virgin coconut oil, organic puffed amaranth, organic quinoa flakes, organic pumpkin seeds, dried figs, organic sunflower seeds, organic chia seeds, organic cinnamon and sea salt.

Blueberry Hemp: Made with organic gluten-free oats, organic coconut palm sugar, organic raw virgin coconut oil, dried blueberries, organic puffed amaranth, organic quinoa flakes, organic sunflower seeds, organic hemp seeds, organic chia seeds, organic cinnamon, and sea salt.

All-Four-Granola-BagsPurely Elizabeth granolas can be purchased at grocery stores across the country (click here to use the store locator by zip code) or on-line directly through the company (www.PurelyElizaeth.com) for $7.99 per 12 ounce bag or 6 bags for $40 plus $5.99 for shipping. The company also sells “minis” – 2 ounce bags (pictured at the very top) for on-the-go for $2.79 per bag or 8 bags for $22.

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