NEW AND IMPROVED (really!) Gluten-free granola
My favorite breakfast when I was a kid was granola mixed with yogurt. Well, that and hot rice pudding. Anyways. A couple of years ago, I was seduced by an attractive package of Enjoy Life Foods’ Very Berry Crunch Granola. As I reviewed at that time, it was absolutely awful, completely inedible, and I threw the rest of the package out.
On Saturday night, I was grocery shopping, and saw the package again, nominally on sale ($4.39 instead of $4.49) with a $0.55 coupon that I knew my grocery store would double to $1.00 off. I normally don’t spend more than $3 on a box of gluten-free cereal, but I decided to give it a shot, since the coupon proclaimed, NEW & IMPROVED!!!
Wow. They aren’t kidding. The new formula doesn’t even bear a passing resemblance to its old self; the new granola is completely different. It’s absolutely… granola-like. Light, smaller clusters, a mix of crunchy textures. I mixed it with yogurt when I was done grocery shopping, and was extremely pleased.
As far as granola flavor goes, it’s a little bit one-dimensional, since Enjoy Life products are not only gluten-free and dairy-free, they’re nut-free, and free of just about any allergen you can think of. So, this particular flavor is – just – berry, both with berry bits and natural berry flavor. But, that’s more of a function of being allergen-free; it’s not really a problem with the cereal itself. If you want a bit more variety, sprinkle on some raisins and almonds, or something like that.
The next morning, I tried the cereal with rice milk, and it was like rice overload, since most of the ingredients in the granola are rice-derived. I think it would taste better with either dairy milk or soy milk, or some other non-rice milk/drink.
Still. Very good, very much worth buying (especially on sale with a coupon).
Thank you, Enjoy Life, for listening to consumer feedback and reformulating your product!!