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Pretty/Hungry + Golden Girl Granola (Giveaway!)

The best granola I've ever tried, and I'm not even remotely kidding.

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Some time ago I was asked to collaborate with Golden Girl Granola for a product review here on Pretty/Hungry!  I had never heard of the company before so I was very intrigued.  Afterall, it’s not easy to find a great granola… most of the brands I’ve tried are far too sweet, and are, of course, packed with preservatives and artificial ingredients.

I dug a little deeper and started fist-pumping when I learned that GG Granola is all-natural, whole-grain, non-GMO, dairy free, cholesterol free, casein free, trans-fat free, wheat free, and has no preservatives, artificial color or flavors.  And that each batch is hand stirred and baked in small batches for perfect crispness.  And that the ingredient label is about five ingredients long and I recognize every word.  Wowza!  It doesn’t get more “up my alley” than that!  So I said, “YES YES YES, send some my way and let me see what I think!”

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Best Granola Ever

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I was well-prepared to give my honest opinion of this one, particularly about its sweetness-level … But color me surprised!  I received my four gorgeous bags of granola in the mail and immediately tore into “The Original” and It. Was. Perfect.  NOT too sweet… quite the contrary, I even detected the tiniest hint of sea salt in there, and of course that just made my heart sing, because I’m like the soup Nazi when I taste a sweet food that isn’t properly balanced with salt.  Nope! Done! Buh-bye.

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Best granola I've ever had, hands-down

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So as much and I wanted to post a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred review… I have nothing but praises to sing for Gold Girl Granola.  Shockingly, “The Original” was my absolute favorite flavor out the the four I tried.  I totally did not expect that!  A close second was “Truly Tropical” – a delightful blend of cashew and coconut.  (Another shocker, since I consider dried-fruit to be a MUST in granola… and yet neither of my two favorites contained so much as one raisin!)  And I was not the only fan in our house.  My husband was extremely impressed, my girlfriend/babysitter went home and immediately placed an order, and as you can see, some little greedy baby hands appeared out of nowhere as I was photographing it for the blog.  Clearly, we’re a family of good taste!

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Golden Girl Granola

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Another neat little touch was the small booklet of recipes that came along with my granola!  I immediately zeroed in on a simple Goat Cheese Appetizer that used the “Home Sweet Honey” granola atop warm goat cheese and sundried tomato pesto.  Chris and I had planned a super-romantic “Wine & Cheese Night-In” to celebrate Valentines Day this year, and that little gem of a recipe fit the bill perfectly!  Very delicious indeed… We shamelessly devoured pretty much everything you see pictured below.  It was bliss.  (Note the granola-topped goat cheese at the forefront.)

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Try a "Wine & Cheese Night-In" for your next special date!

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You can find Golden Girl Granola at many stores throughout New England and the west coast, including Whole Foods, Hannaford’s, Fairway Markets, Crosby’s Marketplace, Donelan’s Supermarkets, and Brothers Marketplace.  And for the rest of us, it can be ordered online here!  I certainly intend to do so when my four bags run out, which I expect won’t take long.  However… to be fair… I’ll say that I don’t keep granola on hand at all times because it’s quite a calorie splurge and the temptation to eat ten bowls at a time is pretty high for me.  So I expect this will be more of a “special treat” item for our family.  But since that is the case, I feel great about investing in the good stuff.  This is the best-tasting, highest-quality granola I have found.  I’m so glad I got the chance to try it because I never would’ve found it otherwise!

Be sure to find Golden Girl Granola on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and PinterestAnd enter below to win FOUR bags of your own!!!  You can choose from Original, Home Sweet Honey, Truly Tropical, Forest Maple, Creative Cranberry, Chocolate Decadence, and Bluesberry.  I only wish I could enter my own giveaway. :)  I will randomly select the winner at 11:59pm on Sunday night (2/22).  Good luck!

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One Response so far.

  1. Mallory says:

    Haha, Elsa’s mucky mitts… :) So what if I don’t do Twitter though…??