Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bakery on Main Granola review and giveaway


If you follow a gluten free diet, you know that great tasting snacks are sometimes hard to come by.  One of my favorite gluten free snack options is granola.  In fact, I often eat granola for breakfast.   Bakery on Main is a gluten free bakery that makes granola products.  Bakery on Main recently sent me several gluten free granola products for review... and even sent a package to me to mail to a giveaway winner!

Bakery on Main's gluten free granola bars


Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bars - These were so yummy.  In fact, of the three boxes of Bakery on Main's gluten free granola bars, this was the one that disappeared first!  I love the blend of chocolate and peanut butter.

Cranberry Maple Nut Granola Bars - These were good tasting and if you love the taste of maple, these will please your taste buds.  To me, the cranberry was barely noticeable and the almonds were a nice treat to give the bar a little crunch.

Extreme Trail Mix Granola Bars - This bar is packed with nuts and would be a good choice for nut lovers as it contains hazelnuts, Brazil nuts and almonds.  Of the three bars, this one was my least favorite.  I'm not a big nut eater and if I do eat nuts, they're usually almonds.

A note:  These three granola bar products are dairy and casein free and non-GMO.

Bakery on Main's Granolas - Fiber Power

Fiber Power (Cinnamon Raisin) Granola - This delicious granola reminds me of regular Apple Cinnamon instant oatmeal, but dry, with raisins mixed in.  One nice thing about this granola mix is that it isn't chock full of raisins.  You can count on there being plenty of cinnamon flavored oats in the bag.  This would be a nice granola to top off yogurt, if you are a yogurt eater.

Fiber Power (Triple Berry) Granola - You can smell the berries the minute you open the pouch and the berry taste is very evident in each bite.  The berries are mixed throughout, but the oats also have a hint of berry to me.  At first, I didn't like this granola, but it grew on me.  I also don't recommend that you mindlessly snack out of the bag.  This is named Fiber Power for a reason, if you know what I mean.

Other Bakery on Main Granolas


Nutty Cranberry Maple Granola -  One of the main reasons that I like this blend is because it has gluten free cornflakes in it.  The flavor is light, yet tasty.  This mix also contains almonds, my favorite nut.  I like the way it clumps together in small, bite-sized bunches because it also contains very small seeds.  In a way, it is similar to the Cranberry Nut granola bar, with a less heavy maple taste.


Rainforest Granola - This blend has a very light taste.  In fact, when I smelled the contents upon opening, I wasn't struck by any particular scent.  If I had to put my finger on it, I would say that it has a very light honey taste.  Like the Nutty Cranberry granola, it has the gluten free cornflakes in the mix, so there's crunch that isn't all nut.  Banana is also listed as an ingredient, but I really couldn't taste it. 

Cranberry Orange Cashew Granola - You can definitely smell the orange flavor when you open this pouch of granola. The cranberry mixed throughout even tastes more like orange than cranberry.  To be honest, it is almost too much of an orange taste.  Between the orange taste on the cornflakes and the cranberries, it is too much.  I'm not a fan of cashews, so I eat around those nuts.

Extreme Fruit and Nut Granola - This blend is one for both fruit and nut lovers.  Inside are raisins, cranberries, apricots, and coconut  mixed in with hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts.  Also tossed into this mix are some flax seeds and sunflower seeds.  This mix was honestly too busy for me.  I liked the fruit, but again, I'm not a huge nut person.  It tasted good, but was definitely not my favorite.

The one I didn't try:

Apple Raisin Walnut Granola - I did not taste this Bakery on Main granola product due to an sensitivity to walnuts. While other granola mixes did contain walnuts, they were large enough to eat around.  This granola blend, upon viewing it through its packaging, had too many smaller pieces for me to sift through the package and eat only the ingredients that I wanted.

Ok, if you've made it this far, you want me to get to the...

GIVEAWAY!

Bakery on Main has provided me with a sampler pack to mail to a winner of this giveaway.  Therefore, the package will be mailed by me and will not come from the sponsor.  You must be 18 and live in the U.S. to participate in this giveaway.  The giveaway will end on August 31, 2010 at 11:59 PM.  I will choose the winner via Random.org on September 1, 2010 and the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email to provide me with their mailing address.

There will be two entries for this giveaway.  One mandatory and one for an extra chance to win.

Mandatory Entry - you must do this for the second entry to count.  Please leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you should you win.

Visit Bakery on Main and then come back and tell me something you learned from exploring their site.

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Second entry:  Now that you've visited Bakery on Main, tell me which granola product I mentioned above is one that you would like to try.  Leave a comment - it's your second entry!  Don't forget your email address.

That's it!  No big hoops to jump through!  It's nice to have an easy contest every once in a while.  Of course, you are free to become my Google Friend or subscribe so you don't miss any of the awesome giveaways I have planned for later this fall.

44 comments:

meeyeehere said...

I learned that they have a great chocolate almond torte recipe and of course that the products are gluten free! yay!! I love there products,they are great tasting,healthy and the chocolate chip granola bars are so yummy
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meeyeehere said...

The triple berry granola would be nice to try!!!!
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

Mami said...

Yummy...they have a chocolate almond torte recipe.

Ana
floridafrugalfamily(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mami said...

The Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola bar .. sounds yummy!

Ana
floridafrugalfamily(at)yahoo(dot)com

Becky said...

I discovered that they had a fire on June 1, but are back in business now - and thank God for that, cause these products look yummy!

rksteg at gmail dot com

Becky said...

I'd love to try the chocolate and peanut butter granola bars.

rksteg at gmail dot com

wendy said...

I learned I can get coupons by joining the club which i did! artrec7@msn.com

wendy said...

The peanut butter and chocolate granola bars sound delish. artrec7@msn.com

Anonymous said...

I learned they're certified kosher and organic! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I'd like to try their fiber powery berry granola! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

valerie2350 said...

They have a club
"Our members get: $1.50 off your next
purchase, more special offers and
coupons every month, recipes,
new product announcements,
news, events and more!"

valerie2350 said...

rainforest sounds yummy

downeastah said...

I learned they have glutten-free products

Letherton said...

I learned they have gluten free

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Letherton said...

would love to try the apple raisin walnut

ethertonphotography@gmail.com

Smarti said...

I learned that the Bakery On Main plant is certified Kosher by the orthodox union and is certified for organic production.
rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

Smarti said...

cranberry maple nut granola bars
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freeandfantastic said...

I learned that founder Michael Smulders listened to his Celiac customers complain about the taste of many of the gluten free options available to them.
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freeandfantastic said...

I want to try the peanut Butter Chocolate chip grab 'n go bars
gislewis at gmail dot com

jhitomi said...

I was not going to click on this giveaway link because we have a gluten free household and I thought I knew all the gluten free online bakery brands, but it is gluten free, hurray! Also, they have a great tote bag of sampler snacks for only fifteen dollars!
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

jhitomi said...

Second entry...I would love to try the Rainforest Granola, sound yummy with the banana.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Danelle said...

I learned that it took almost 2 years to find gluten free sources of all the ingredients and find a place where they could make the product without risk of cross-contamination. That takes a lot of dedication from a company to its customers.

danellejohns at gmail dot com

Danelle said...

Would love to try Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bars. Correct that the kids really want to try them.

danellejohns at gmail dot com

Brooke said...

I learned that they maintain the small bakery quality by continuing to bake in small batches.

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Brooke said...

The Nutty Cranberry Maple Granola would go over big time in my house.

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LJD said...

I learned that Vitamins E and C help to reduce prostate cancer in men. Since I have a great husband and want him to live a reaaaaaaallllly long time, these products would be a great way to help him stay healthy!

LJD said...

Oops, forgot my email! I'm at peytonsmomie at hotmail (dot com).

As for the 2nd entry, the rainforest granola would likely be a big hit here! Sounds yummy!

bleatham said...

I learned that they are gluten free!! Thanks
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bleatham said...

I'd love the Extreme Fruit and Nut Granola!!
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chelsei said...

I learned that The Bakery On Main plant is certified Kosher by the orthodox union and is certified for organic production.

pica_princess_88@yahoo.com

chelsei said...

I would love to try the Peanut Butter Chocolate ones. Yummy you can't go wrong with those two ingredients.

pica_princess_88@yahoo.com

debbie said...

I learned their bakery is certified to be kosher.
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debbie said...

I would like the extreme fruit and nut granola.
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ape2016 said...

I learned they have an Eat better, live better club
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ape2016 said...

I would like to try the Peanut Butter Chocolate granola bar.

Liz said...

I learned that the operations manager is certified in Good Manufacturing Practices, Food Safety and HAACP by the American Institute of Baking! Good to know she knows what she is doing. My hubby has tummy issues and we have found Gluten free food is easier for him to eat!
lhoward916(at)gmail(dot)com

Liz said...

The Nutty Cranberry Maple I would love to try!
lhoward916(at)gmail(dot)com

Beeb said...

I learned that they are based out of Glastonbury, CT. Thank you for the giveaway!

~Beeb

supercoupongirl AT gmail.com

Beeb said...

I'd like to try the Cranberry Orange Cashew Granola!

~Beeb
supercoupongirl AT gmail.com

Sahm Lee said...

I learned that they had a fire in June.
airalynn@yahoo.com

Sahm Lee said...

Would love to try the peanut butter chocolate granola bars
airalynn@gmail.com

tristatecruisers said...

i learned that they have a delicious recipe for granola fruit crisp on their site--it sounds like something i might try. :)

marci
tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

tristatecruisers said...

i would like to try the Fiber Power (Cinnamon Raisin) Granola--i love the taste of cinnamon and when you said it reminds you of regular Apple Cinnamon instant oatmeal then i knew that was the one--Yum!! :)

marci
tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

Travis said...

I learned they have gluten free ethertonphotography@gmail.com

 
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