Oatmeal is not one of those sexy breakfast foods that most people get excited about. Some devotees, like my husband, add fresh fruit, maple syrup, dried fruit, and nuts to make it palatable (he’s not a big oatmeal fan) while others simply sprinkle a bit of cinnamon or brown sugar and a spoonful of walnuts or pecans to add some crunchy texture to a breakfast staple.
But, there is a third option: Qi’a™ (pronounced Kee-ah) Superfood Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Oatmeal (gluten-free): a blend of seven organic ingredients: rolled oats, buckwheat groats, pumpkin seeds, inulin (a natural fiber and sweetener derived from the root of plants, often chicory), chia seeds, hemp seeds, and cinnamon. That’s it. No added refined sugars, flavors, preservatives, and no artificial colors or flavors. Read more
The Hudson Henry Baking Company of Palmyra, Virginia makes an award-winning granola handcrafted with incredible ingredients: rolled oats, maple syrup, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, pecans, brown sugar, organic coconut, sliced almonds, and sea salt.
Awarded the Sofi Gold (the Oscars of food awards), the Hudson Henry (the names of the two sons of the founders of the company) Maple, Pecans, & Coconut Granola is everything you want in a granola: flavor, flavor, and more flavor along with real ingredients, low in sugar (5 grams per serving), low in sodium (65 mg per serving), and high in protein (3 grams per serving). Read more
After all these years, we are still Crunchy Granola People.
At the southeastern tip of Vermont is a town called Brattleboro where a family-owned bakery of self-described “crunchy granola people” makes some of the most delicious and nutritious granolas on the market.
Using only non-GMO certified organic ingredients, Back Roads Granola is also noteworthy for what they don’t use: sugar, salt, canola oil, and no wheat products (all the granolas are certified gluten-free). Instead, the company uses Vermont maple syrup and honey to add a slight sweetness to the granola along with a touch of sunflower oil. Read more
Therapy through Food. ~Lupa Irie
Lupa’s Morning Glory Sprouted Coconut Buckwheat is a gluten-free (yes, buckwheat is not in the wheat family despite what its name suggests) blend that is also free of dairy, soy, refined sugar, and artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners.
Made with 11 organic ingredients: sprouted buckwheat, sprouted pumpkin seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, raisins, Grade A 100% pure maple syrup, goji berries, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, black pepper, and coriander, Lupa’s Morning Glory Sprouted Coconut Buckwheat is for those who prefer a breakfast blend to be both slightly sweet and savory, and always delicious. Read more
Lupa’s Ray Of Life Sprouted Cinnamon Buckwheat is an all organic blend of cereal (or snack food) with no added sweeteners (not even maple syrup). Made of sprouted buckwheat coated with organic Saigon Cinnamon (claimed by many to be the most flavorful cinnamon available), currants, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, dehydrated apple slices, walnuts, chia seeds, and goji berries, Lupa’s Ray Of Life Sprouted Cinnamon Buckwheat is a nutrient dense blend of nature’s gifts to us. Read more
Back in 1984, Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame opened a casual cafe called Café Fanny in Berkeley, California with a simple menu that included her mother’s recipe for organic granola. For the next three decades, the organic granola was the mainstay that customers could count on year after year.
Although Café Fanny closed in 2012, the recipe lives on with Cassandra Chen, the owner of CC Made, a maker of artisan caramels, popcorn, and sauces that bought the original recipe, kept it the same (why change a good thing?), updated the packaging, and added two new flavors to the mix: Flaxseed and Cran-Coconut. Read more
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BetterOats® is owned by Post, the third largest cereal company in the United States – a corporation better known as the maker of Honey Combs, Alpha-Bits, Fruity Pebbles, and Raisin Bran. In an effort to capture the more health conscious market (and for this the company should be commended), BetterOats® has recently introduced an unsweetened instant multigrain hot cereal made with seven ingredients: Read more
Not all granola is created equal.
When I hear the word “buckwheat,” I am reminded of “The Little Rascals” and “Our Gang” – the popular short films about a group of neighborhood kids (Spanky, Alfalfa, Chubby, Breezy, Darla, Stymie, and of course, Buckwheat), their dog (Pete), and beloved teacher (Miss Crabtree) that was filmed in the 1930’s and enjoyed syndication on television for decades after.
But, buckwheat is actually a very popular food in Russia and China (owing to its short growing season) that serves as a staple similar to quinoa in Peru, rice in Asian countries, and corn in Latin America. Many Americans think buckwheat belongs to the wheat family, as its name suggests but buckwheat is a gluten-free seed packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And, therefore a perfect ingredient for granola. Read more
The granola section in many grocery stores is starting to look like the cereal aisle of a Grand Union circa 1980 but instead of cereal, the shelves are filled with every type of granola known to mankind. Most people are thrilled with all the new choices of this traditional breakfast food though there are some naysayers who claim the last thing we need is another artisan granola. Not so and I’ll tell you why. Read more
There are few cereals in the supermarket that contain no added sugar or salt and there are only a handful of cereals that contain two organic ingredients: gluten-free thick cut old-fashioned rolled oats and milled flax seeds. Of course, these two ingredients can be purchased separately and mixed together (make sure to store milled flax seed in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage) but when time is a factor, consider Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Milled Flax No Sugar No Salt Thick Cut Organic Old Fashioned Oatmeal (that’s a mouthful) for a nutritious and delicious breakfast cereal. Read more