Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Review and Giveaway

I was recently contacted by Nature Valley by way of MyBlogSpark to review their new line of Granola Nut Clusters. I love granola, so this was such a treat for me. The clusters come in resealable pouches and there are 4 varieties: nut lovers, roasted almond, roasted cashew, and honey roasted peanut. The ingredients are 100% natural, which appealed to this health nut. No high-fructose corn syrup, low sodium, no artificial ingredients = a pretty healthy snack alternative.

I immediately cracked open the roasted almond and found these adorable little clusters. Each cluster is about the size of a quarter and each had at least 1 whole almond. They're very addictive and I finally had to ration them out. One person really shouldn't consume 4 bags in 2 days - I didn't but I easily could have. They satisfy both the sweet tooth and the savory, plus they provide the added crunch that I love.

One of my favorite pancakes are the Banana Crunch with Granola ones at First Watch. Lucky for my waistline, we don't have one very close to us. I'm always looking to recreate that extra crunch in my own pancakes and I thought these little clusters would be perfect crushed up. Instead of banana, I used my fall favorite, pumpkin! If you're not a pancake fan (you're weird), you could also use crumble them up to use on top of muffins or quick bread before baking, in scones, or maybe even as a crust for a cheesecake. This is all assuming you don't eat the whole bag as soon as you open it!

Here's the best part, I get to give away this prize package to one of you!

You'll get all you see here, so 1 pouch of each of the 4 flavors, a flashlight (that Colin immediately confiscated), binoculars, a stainless steel water bottle, and a sling backpack!

All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me: What's your favorite recipe that uses nuts or granola?

The deadline is Monday, October 19th. I'll announce the winner next Tuesday. Good luck and happy snacking!


  1. My Favorite thing to have granola is on yougurt. It is also great to mix in with the struesel toppings on fruit crisp recipes. I love granola all by itself the best. Thanks for hosting the giveaway it looks like a great one.

  2. Wow - a giveaway - that's fantastic!!!!

    My favorite recipe that uses nuts is actually granola!! Specifically the one that I just made recently - the Barefoot Contessa's recipe. I only made it once but it was SO yummy & I can't wait to make it again!

  3. I don't really make receipes with granola but I LOVE granola in yogurt OR any kind of trail mix with a lot of nuts - so filling and SO yummy :)

  4. I make a yogurt parfait and use a granola recipe in that - wonderful!

  5. Oh yum! How fun! I love adding nuts to all my cookie recipes. It breaks up the texture and adds a sweet crunch (and a little bit of nutrition).

  6. Oh great, now I'm craving pancakes! What a fun giveaway! I'm also a fan of using granola for an extra crunch in muffin crumb toppings.

  7. I love to put granola on top of my blueberry crisp, it adds lots of flavor and crunch! What a cool give away!

  8. Yum, yum! My favorite recipe with nuts are my dad's chocolate chip cookies :)


  9. OK have them with a chunk of fresh mozzarella or some cottage cheese and you have a quick mini-meal.