Granola. Who doesn't love the stuff? I'll be honest, most of my experience with the crunchy stuff has been in the form of bars, but I've always had a soft spot for it. So when Simply Suzanne offered to send me some of their granola I was pretty psyched.
The company was kind enough to send me two bags of their all natural granola-- the original flavor and Lotsa Chocolate. As soon as I got the package I ripped open the bag of Lotsa Chocolate. I couldn't resist something with a name like that!
Holy smokes you guys, this stuff is awesome! The granola is chocolaty but not overly sweet. The oats are crunchy and not chewy. I was surprised to find that Lotsa Chocolate has a bit of a kick setting it apart from any other granola (bar) I've tried. Looking at the list of ingredients on the bag I noticed there was some black pepper added to the mix. Genius!
Along with the two bags of granola, the company sent along a few recipe ideas (you can see more recipe ideas on their website).
I decided to try the goat cheese recipe. I first tried goat cheese a few years ago at a tapas restaurant and have been obsessed ever since, but I've never made anything with it. Perfect opportunity! The other night I made the granola-encrusted goat cheese. I wish I'd had some of the recommended herbs on hand, but no such luck.
The tangy-ness of the cheese complimented the sweetness of the granola perfectly. I tried the spread on some crackers and apple slices and it worked great on both. If you're going to a Super Bowl party on Sunday this would be a great snack to bring. A little different than traditional football food, but everyone is sure to love it!
For general munching, both Ant and I preferred the Lotsa Chocolate. That's not to say the original flavor isn't awesome though, because it is. I gave Harry some of the original and he really enjoyed it. The peanuts were his favorite part. Ant mixed the original with some yogurt for a snack and he loved the added texture. And of course there's the goat cheese spread, which is out-of-this-world-incredible.
Simply Suzanne has a few other flavors of granola and two different kinds of trail mixes. All of their products are free of preservatives, artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats and cholesterol and chock-full of good stuff like protein and fiber. Everything is certified vegan and kosher.
Products can be purchased on the Simply Suzanne website (looks like ordering is down right now, but hopefully will be up soon!). The granola can also be found at select Kroger, Whole Foods, Caputo's and Jungle Jim's in the Midwest (check local stores for availability).
So if you're in the mood for a tasty and healthy snack, look no further than Simply Suzanne! Their products are truly exceptional and I love supporting and promoting a small Midwestern-based company-- they're based in Detroit (where I attended preschool and kindergarten!).