Oats (org), honey (pesticide-free from Aquidneckhoney), cranberries (cranberries, sugar, safflower oil), canola oil (org), granulated cane juice, coconut (org), sesame seeds (org), spelt (org), raisins, almonds, oat bran (org), wheat germ, pecans, sunflower seeds (org), flax seeds (org), walnuts, oat fiber, sea salt, cinnamon, almond extract, vanilla, nutmeg.
Granola is not Brussels sprouts. The truth is, our granola is not low-cal. While it’s an exceptionally healthy alternative to potato chips or tiramisu, it shouldn’t replace Brussel sprouts (or tiramisu either). Still,most people would do their bodies a lot of good by exchanging their boxed cereal for some high calorie granola.
Here’s my misgiving about nutritional labels: they seem to imply that we should all be obsessing over calorie counts. To me this seems similar to obsessing over how much gas I put in my car. I could feel great about only putting in a half gallon—that is, until I actually need to go somewhere. Then I’d need another half gallon, then another. The only guarantee of focusing on how little I could put in would be that I’d obsess about it as I keep running to the gas station. The 100 calorie fad seems grounded in this kind of craziness.
Granola needs to be high in calories in order to keep you going through a morning without getting hungry. Personally, I try to eat a large bowl of granola or muesli around 6 or 7—usually about as big a bowl as I can possibly eat. Usually it lasts me until 1 or 2. So even if this involves, perhaps, 600 plus calories for breakfast, it averages out to a hundred calories or so per hour without feeling hungry. Plus I thoroughly enjoy it.
At some point I’ll plan to spell out some of our thinking behind our various ingredient choices. Certainly there’s thought behind each of them, even though we are still learning, adjusting, and striving to make our granola as healthy as it is tasty.
Disclaimer and invitation: While I’m a hack nutritionist—just like I’m a hack chef—one reason we chose to make granola rather than Crème Brulee flavored pudding pops is that we value health and health education and hope our refugee employees (and their communities) and customers alike will benefit health-wise from their involvement in our company.
PGP relies onAssociated Buyers, a New England company, as our primary supplier. All of the bulk organic grains we purchase are clearly marked with country of origin, date, and lot numbers on the bag and on our invoice. Non-organic items and re-packaged bulk items arrive with identification information on the bags. Other commercial suppliers (the one exception is Aquidneck Honey) all provide date and lot numbers for tracking and documentation.