I was recently contacted by Ladera Granola to review their product. When do I ever turn down food? As long as it’s REAL food and not a bunch of processed stuff.
“At Ladera Granola, we believe that nutrition is powerful. Our granola is made from all natural ingredients to provide you with a healthy source of fuel for your active lifestyle and its packaging is 100% recyclable.”
I tried their Almond Pecan granola. Here are my thoughts:
First thought (said out loud in front of Dave):
“Oh my goodness this is delicious.”
If I was blindfolded I would have guessed I was eating the topping off of an apple crisp dessert. I had Dave try it and he agreed it was good. Then I had to refrain from eating the entire bag.
There’s got to be a ton of sugar in this to taste this good.
Brown sugar is listed as an ingredient in the Almond Pecan granola so yes, there is sugar in it. In 1/4 cup you’ll find 4 grams of sugar. To give you a better idea of how much sugar that really is: 1 tsp of packed brown sugar contains roughly 4-5g of sugar. If you compare Ladera Granola to other granola brands like Bear Naked (4-7g per 1/4 cup) or Special K (2ish grams per 1/4 cup) you’ll see that it’s an average amount of sugar. When I smelled the bag I knew the granola would be delicious just based on the spices. I think granola products could get away with less sugar, especially if you’re enjoying it with something that’s already naturally sweet like berries.
- Be careful with portion sizes. You can easily overdo it. The serving size for this granola is 1/4 cup which is a common amount for granola products.
- I don’t eat granola often because I aim to get the bulk of my carbs from fruits and vegetables (the “c” in PFC). I say that not to bash Ladera Granola, I’m just saying grains in general are very carb dense so it’s easy to overdo it with portions.
- Based on taste, this is a delicious product.
Disclaimer: I was contacted by Ladera to review this product and was compensated in the form of a sample. The article contains my own opinions.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy granola?