It’s soft! I haven’t had a soft granola since I was little. I’d even forgotten people made granola that way.
I recently received some samples from The Toasted Oat. It is a certified gluten-free granola that has a great chew to it and makes a really great change to the variety of hard granolas. The product was launched in Ohio last year and they have recently opened their website, including online ordering. You can also find them on facebook and twitter.
Currently, four flavors make up their product base: Peanut + Raisin, white Chocolate + Macadamia, Blueberry + Flax, and Cashew + Apricot.
Peanut + Raisin has large chunks of peanuts and raisins that have developed a bit more chew to them. They’re like the raisins I made in my dehydrator once (that took forever). I really like the taste and the chew of the raisins. The chew of the granola chunks is not quite that of a cookie, but very close. The flavor is great; the peanuts and raisins well complement each other and the “base” flavor of the granola.
Toasted Oat granola comes in these cute little cans that would make great keepsake/craft projects (money bank…). My daughter will be so excited.
While Peanut + Raisin is a more “familiar” flavor, Cashew + Apricot gives a little bit of spin and sophistication to life. The apricots don’t really stand out, but blend in, enriching the flavor of the granola.
Blueberry + Flax has some great dried blueberries in it. Corice recognized the cinnamon in the granola. She said it reminds her of blueberry muffins. It makes me want to put blueberries in my oatmeal cookies next time I bake them.
White chocolate + macadamia is definitely the “dessert” granola of the bunch. “It tastes really really good to me,” Corice shared. This is definitely like a cookie (I love white chocolate macadamia cookies!).
I’m going to have to be really careful with these. Each container has 12 1/4-cup servings, but I could eat the whole thing in one sitting if I’m not paying attention.