Thursday, January 19, 2012

Nature's Hand Granola -- Oferring Great Tasting Granola the Whole Family Will Enjoy (Review)

Granola Veteran Offers New Great-Tasting, All Natural
Good-for-You Granola Your Whole Family Will Love
For the first time in the Company’s 40-year history, Nature’s American Co. is bringing something new to the table.  While many granolas are loaded with preservatives, sugar, sodium or trans fats, Nature’s Hand granola was created for health-conscious consumers who still love the taste of authentic granola, and uses only the world’s finest ingredients.
The new product, which features an improved texture and more clustered blend, is made with roasted oats and wheat, tasty nuts and seeds and delicately sweetened with caramelized brown sugar and honey.  Nature’s Hand uses only premium all-natural ingredients like soy oil, which is full of fiber, protein and antioxidants.  The brand is low in sugar and contains no artificial colors or flavors, preservatives, cholesterol, trans fats or sodium.
“The granola category grew +5.6 percent in 2010 as busy consumers search for convenient, healthy food choices,” says Kevin Hannan, president of Nature’s American Co.  “Nature’s Hand offers women and their families a healthy, convenient and affordable breakfast and snack option to suit their lifestyles.”
The new premium packaging is bright and colorful and features a new resealable top and literally gives consumers a preview window to the 100% natural goodness inside.  The bold colors used to identify each of the six unique granola blends -- French Vanilla Almond, Cranberry Delight, Wild Blueberry, Raisin Hazelnut, Cinnamon Apple, Maple Pecan – means the brand will assume a place of prominence on the shelf for an affordable suggested retail price of $4.99.
Nature’s Hand provides a delicious and nutritious breakfast, especially served with yogurt; is convenient for on-the-go snacking; and serves as an ideal baking ingredient in your favorite recipes, including cookies, pie crusts and more.


My Thoughts:
I was sent two packages of Nature's Hand new granola in the following flavors, Maple Pecan and Raisin Hazelnut.  We are big granola fans in my house, so I knew that this would be a fun review.  I was surprised that even though Nature's Hand has been in business for over 40 years, I didn't know about it, until I stumbled upon it, looking for new granola products to share with my family.  But, after checking out the Nature's Hand website and their six unique granola blends, I was eager to try it.  

Granola is eaten as cereal, as well as snack in our house, so when I am purchasing granola, I make sure it is packed with great tasting oats, fruits and nuts. The more ingredients in a bag of granola, the better. But, they have to be top-grade, and not full of preservatives, added sugars, flavors or artificial coloring.  And, if you say nuts are included in the granola, don't make us go hunting for them.  I like to be able to pour a cup of cereal and pick out the dried fruits, nuts and oats.  When I can see this and see plump fruits for instance, then I know that I am feeding my family top quality granola.

So, when I received my two sample bags of Nature's Hand granola, I was pleasantly surprised to see how great the product was, simply by looking through the bag's clear window on the front of the new Nature's Hand packaging.  I was eager to try out the Maple Pecan granola and see if pure maple syrup was used.  Because I received these packages late in the day, I ended up opening the packages and simply snacking on them.

First up was the Maple Pecan granola.

Crunchy oats, wheat, sunflower seeds and tasty pecans combined with maple syrup and natural flavors.  Contains only 140 calories per serving, 4.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fats, 0 mg of cholesterol, 0 mg of sodium, and only 6 grams of sugar.
I loved how they included sunflower seeds in the mix.  The maple syrup used coated all the oats, pecans, and sunflower seeds, making for a pleasant treat.  My family enjoyed it best with warm milk, and eaten at breakfast.  What a way to start the morning.  I have found that on mornings where I am dragging and coffee doesn't help, a bowl of Maple Pecan granola from Nature's Hand, really does give me that boost of energy I need.  And, my taste buds always go crazy with each spoonful of this flavorful granola.

Then, I sampled the Raisin Hazelnut, to see if it was just as good at the Maple Pecan bag I had just sampled.  And, indeed it was!  With each spoonful or handful I took, I had plenty of plump and tasty raisins to savor, along with large chunks of hazelnuts.  And, this granola also contained sunflower seeds, which added to the crunch of this tasty granola.

Crunchy oats, wheat, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts combined with plump and plentiful raisins and natural flavors.  Contains only 120 calories per serving, 3.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fats, 0 mg of cholesterol, 0 mg of sodium, and only 7 grams of sugar.
 All in all, my family and I enjoyed the two samples of granola sent to me from Nature's Hand.  I am so glad I stumbled across this trusted brand, and will definitely be buying more of this granola from now on.  I can't wait to try their wild blueberry and cinnamon apple granola.

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You can order Nature's Hand granola directly from their website, by clicking here.  Their prices are reasonable.  A 13 oz. bag of granola is only $4.99.

More About Nature’s Hand:
Nature’s Hand Granola is the flagship brand at retail for Nature’s American Co., which has been manufacturing great-tasting granola cereals and snacks since 1971. Nature’s Hand currently offers six unique granola blends that are available at supermarkets, specialty grocery stores, and online stores across the country.  Please visit us at and on our facebook and twitter (@naturalgranola) pages for more information.

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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