Product Review: Jessica’s Natural Foods Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

Jessica's Natural Foods Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Granola
Jessica’s Natural Foods Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

Product: Jessica’s Natural Foods Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Granola – $6.99+

It was Whole Foods and Cuisine Cube that got me hooked on the amazing and healthy granola that I have more than indulged in since first discovering it in the breakfast aisle at my local Whole Foods.  This granola is Jessica’s Natural Foods.  I haven’t met one of her granola’s that I haven’t liked.  And the one I am reviewing today is my third variety I have tried.

This speaks very highly of any product when I keep going back to the brand.  And let me tell you, when it comes to gluten-free granola, Jessica’s Natural Foods does it right.  You’ll want to eat it straight out of the bag.  I’ve done it…while sprinkling it on top of my fruit and Greek yogurt parfaits.

As stated above, the granola I chose this time around was the Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Granola from Jessica’s Natural Foods.  Jessica’s Natural Foods was started by Jessica Mindell, an avid baker with a background in engineering.  Back in 2009, her husband discovered that he was gluten-intolerant and said that he missed oat-based granola.  Once Mindell was able to find gluten-free oats and a certified gluten-free facility, she was able to launch her healthy, delicious granola.  Since then, her bags of granola have expanded to over 25 states.  Mindell’s passion for natural foods means that she always bakes with simple, pure ingredients and keeps health and nutrition at the forefront of her products.  How can you not love that?

Originally called Motor City Crunch, Jessica’s Natural Foods Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Granola is just what it sounds like.  Toasted oats that are loaded with cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and hazelnuts.  Think…Nutella in gluten-free granola form.  Does that peek your interest?  It did mine!  This was the original flavor that I had wanted to try when my roomie (Cathy) and I first discovered this brand at Whole Foods.  It was the flavor she waved at me, then selected a different flavor in the end.  Talk about a tease.  That wasn’t happening this time.  When we needed granola to go with the 2 pounds of fresh strawberries we received from the CSA bin, I said that the Chocolate Hazelnut Granola from Jessica’s Natural Foods would be the perfect match.  Cathy couldn’t argue with that.

So…this week’s breakfast…Greek yogurt, fruit and granola parfaits.  One of my favorite things in life.  For real.  Building these is simple.  A little granola on the bottom, then some Greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey or agave, fresh berries.  Repeat.  Then top off the last of it with the granola and honey/agave.  It makes a filling, fresh, nutritious, and amazing breakfast.  Trust me.

And, let me tell you, I was completely right about this granola.  It is exceptional.  I mean, completely indulgent and sinful.  But, it isn’t bad for you at all.  The rolled oats are toasted to a great crunchy texture, and coated with chocolate.  Hazelnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips are incorporated throughout.  And when the chocolate chips hit your tongue, they melt.  It is…A-MAZ-ING!  I can’t think of a time I fell so in love with the flavor of the granola.  But this…this was true love.  Love at first bite.  Love in a Nutella-like formation.  Love for a food might seem strange, but, until you taste what I have, you won’t know the true level of obsession you might develop for a granola.  Honestly.  The absolute best.  THE BEST I have ever tasted.  I would eat it in a bowl on its own, on a parfait, over dairy-free ice cream, by the handful, spoonful, or 1/4 cup full.  If you love chocolate…this will satisfy your tastebuds.  Bite after bite after bite.

Let’s discuss the ingredients that go into Jessica’s Natural Foods Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Granola.  This granola is made from certified gluten-free rolled oats, semi-sweet chocolate chips, organic honey, brown sugar, expeller pressed sunflower oil, hazelnuts, ground flax seed, coconut, cocoa powder, maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, sea salt, cinnamon, and tocopherols (natural vitamin E).  This granola is gluten free, cholesterol free, kosher, and non-GMO.

As for nutrition, for being a chocolate based granola…this is actually really, really impressive.  A serving of Jessica’s Natural Foods Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Granola is 1/4 cup.  This serving will provide 135 calories and 7 grams of fat.  This granola will provide you with 30 mg sodium and 7 grams of sugar.  That’s amazing for a granola.  You will also be consuming 18 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.  So, yes…you will feel full after eating it.  As this is lower in sugar than most granola, that helps keep you satiated as well.

Love is chocolate.  Breakfast love is chocolate for breakfast.  Jessica’s Natural Foods totally gets this and understands that sometimes we just want something decadent, but healthy, for breakfast.  And that is what you get in Jessica’s Natural Foods Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Granola.  It’s a healthy, filling treat that will definitely liven up your breakfast, your snack, your lunch, your dinner, or even your dessert.  Jessica’s Natural Foods does it right…and nothing is more right than this Chocolate Hazelnut Granola.


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