The Toasted Oat Granola

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.

Peanut + Raisin, Cashew + Apricot, White Chocolate + Macadamia, Blueberry + Flax

Peanut + Raisin, Cashew + Apricot, White Chocolate + Macadamia, Blueberry + Flax

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.

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Crispy Green Fruit

Freeze-dried fruits have got to be the best kind of dried fruits, at least in my opinion.  Though I do enjoy dehydrating fruits myself sometimes, they certainly have a different texture than freeze-dried, which has that airy crunch to it.  Freeze-dried fruits also sort of dissolve in your mouth if you suck on them.  :)

I recently received some samples from Crispy Green of their freeze-dried fruit.  They’ve not only got your “typical” dried fruits, but they throw in a little something extra, too.

Dried Cantaloupe?  Who ever heard of such a thing?  It’s definitely the strangest thing.  It’s like cantaloupe in a chip form.  It’s pretty good, and pretty fun.  Some pieces are sweeter than others (because they’re real fruit, of course).  Carter said it tastes a little weird, but after his fourth piece, I still got a “Can I have another, please?”  Corice thought they were really good and said “I love this!”

Crispy Green Tangerine and Cantaloupe

Crispy Green Tangerine and Cantaloupe

Tangerine, though, takes the cake.  This is definitely my favorite!  I could seriously eat these all day long.  They’ve got the pucker of the tartness and the lift of sweetness.  Of course, you get all of the fiber and nutrients (because only the water is removed).  I almost had to smack Corice’s hand away; she tried to snitch them off the plate while I was photographing them.
I don’t want to share them, but I’ll be a good Mommy.
Carter gives them a thumbs up and Corice says they are “very, very, very good.  They taste like fruit that is juicy but there is no more juice.”

I think that about sums it up.

Crispy Green comes in other flavors, too, like Asian Pear, Pineapple, Apple, Mango, and Banana.  There are no additives or preservatives.  The only ingredient is the fruit!  They are also peanut- / tree nut-free and gluten-free, and now Non-GMO Project verified.

You can use the store locator to find a store near you, or they can be purchased online.

Give the tangerine a try and get ready for a sweet pucker.  Don’t forget to share!  :)

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