While wandering the aisles of Whole Foods recently, I came across some granola that caught my eye.
You may remember when I picked up some Nature’s Path Love Crunch granola (because obviously, you all remember my posts from over a year ago like they were yesterday). Well turns out Nature’s Path has come out with a whole line of Love Crunch granolas, including the delicious chocolately concoction I previously enjoyed.
So aside from grabbing another bag of the chocolate stuff, I also picked up a package of the Carrot Cake granola. Because seriously, granola that tastes like carrot cake? Yes please!
Nature’s Path really made sure to get all the key carrot cake ingredients into this granola – carrots (duh), raisins, pecans, pineapple, and spices. The only thing missing was the cream cheese frosting – replaced with yogurt chips – but I guess that’s acceptable because this is something I would eat for breakfast. Although, let’s be honest – some days cream cheese frosting for breakfast sounds like a mighty good idea 😉
I was pretty excited to test it out in a simple Greek yogurt parfait. Loved all the big chunks of granola, with plenty of raisins and nuts, and specks of carrot throughout.
It had a great crunch, a good level of carrot cake spice, and wasn’t too sweet. I could take or leave the yogurt chips (there weren’t too many), and wished the pineapple was a little more prominent. I could also make an argument for more carrot, and perhaps the inclusion of coconut (but only because I include coconut when I make carrot cake). Still, a good representation of carrot cake as a granola.
Then it got me thinking – perhaps I could come up with my own carrot cake granola? I love carrot juice, and this could be the perfect way to use up the leftover carrot pulp from my juicer. Yes, the wheels are turning!
This is definitely a granola I would consider buying again. I do have a love/hate relationship with store bought granola, simply because I know I can make it cheaper, but I never seem to make the time to do so. If you see it on the shelf, and enjoy carrot cake, I say give it a go and treat yourself.
Disclaimer – As stated above, I bought and paid for this with my own funds, and have not received any compensation for writing this review. But you all know that’s how I roll.