Banana bread is one of those foods that tend to set down flavor memories - once you have a fantastic slice every other slice is compared against that awesome one from the past. Homemade is best, ripe bananas necessary, and on and on. And yet, one does not have to bake to trigger those memories once again - just tear open the bag of Wildway Banana Bread granola and let it guide you back to childhood and those still-warm loaves itching to leap from the oven into your mouth. This is Wildway's Banana Bread soft granola with all the addicting texture of a melting loaf and none of the gluten or added sugar. It just might be that this is a needed variation to an already crowded breafast cereal market, but it could take off in popularity very soon.
I don't know exactly when I fell in love with banana bread, with or without nuts, but it was in the 1980s to be sure. The bread was dense, not crazy sweet, and flecked with those telltale black streaks from the banana fiber baking into sweet goodness. Wildway has come along and renewed my love for the combination of bananas, nuts, and gentle sweetness.
I didn't know what to expect when trying this granola - after all, it's very soft, very hearty despite the gentle sweetness. It has some of the attributes that I used to seek out in a breakfast food. In years past I was big into muesli, which emphasizes a bland comforting taste with occasional crunch from a stray nut. Overall, muesli is not very sweet and almost mushy when soaked long enough. Wildway's granola is tender and sweet, yes, but still tastes utterly amazing in kefir or tart yogurt. The flavor is not unlike a chopped up date-nut-fruit bar, the kind that we all know and love. The dates, bananas and nuts make for a darn tasty way to begin the day, if cold porridges are your style. They might be mine again, soon.
Wildway is an evolving health food company specializing in a one-of-a-kind gluten-free, grain-free, and sweetener-free granola. We are turning heads and challenging the status quo on what “granola” can be. While our grain-free “granola” may be a misnomer, the simple, real-food ingredients that comprise it are no lie. Try it for yourself and experience our modern approach to an age-old food. We promise you won’t regret it. Come check out our world and experience the Wildway difference, because we’re much more than just great tasting food.
If you could see the smiles on the faces of the folks behind Wildway you'd wonder just what kind of superfoods they were consuming every day. Likely story, it's their own granola.
In their own words: Living healthy is not just something you do for the short term, it’s a lifelong commitment to treating your body right. It’s about making exercise a part of your daily routine and fueling your body with real, whole foods the way nature intended. Here at Wildway, we believe in this holistic approach to long-term health with a foundation of good nutrition. We call this our “Wildway of life”.
We provide nutritious whole foods that will help you live to the fullest and perform at your very best, because you’re worth it. We are challenging the status quo on what granola can be with a food that gives you superior nutrition and lasting energy while supporting an active metabolism. All natural ingredients is our standard and promise to you. No fillers, no junk– just pure, whole foods. This is who we are, and this is what we stand for.
Dates and bananas are the main source of sweetness in these bars, and a natural preservative and source of awesome chewiness. Dates are vitamin and mineral-rich — they’re particularly high in iron and vitamin K. Bananas provide the key flavor component for this bar, as well as some natural fiber.
Almonds are naturally delicious and extremely nourishing. Healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium, manganese, tryptophan and vitamin E are just a handful of the key nutrients that make almonds so nutritious. Almonds are so nutritious — their list of benefits reads like a patent medicine bottle. They’re full of health-giving fats, like oleic acid and linoleic acid, powerful antioxidants that can protect against many forms of cancer (oleic acid can protect women against breast cancer specifically), and can also significantly lower the amount of LDL in your blood, and reduce your risk for heart disease. Almonds can effectively improve your complexion, slow down your aging process, help improve your blood profile by reducing your LDL, build a strong immune system, prevent the onset of high blood pressure and protect you from other diseases like ADHD, asthma and osteoporosis. They can also help speed up your metabolism, and work well in weight control. A wonderful natural sweetness and impressive variety of nutrients makes almonds one of nature’s most perfect foods.
Walnuts are a low-carb, high-antioxidant food, loaded with nourishing protein, fiber, and ultra-high levels of healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids to fuel your brain and heart. Shaped like a mini-brain, people have been eating walnuts for thousands of years as a “brain food” super-nut.
Now, you could just eat it out of the bag. This is true. However, I find it utterly amazing when paired with a sour or tart medium like unsweetened kefir for yogurt or even grass-fed heavy cream. It's possible that I have shaken a little bit of sea salt on top just because salt is great on nearly everything. Sprinkle it on top of berries instead of dairies. Go wild. Toss it with bacon bits for a powerhouse snack mix. Let your creativity go paleo.
How did they get started? Again, they tell it best.
The idea for Wildway all started while unsuccessfully searching high and low for a snack food that was not only both sweet and satisfying, but also free of any sweeteners, grains, oils, soy, dairy, and artificial colors and flavors. We are both very active, health conscious individuals who wanted something that was completely natural but also had the right balance of nutrients to give us sustained energy, fuel our workouts and recovery, and support our on-the-go, active lifestyles. Through much trial and error we eventually found the right combination of ingredients and our signature “Banana Nut” flavor was born. A gluten-free, grain-free, sweetener-free treat option that tasted like heaven without the side effects of your typical processed foods or sugar laden cereals. After a move back to the great state of Texas (where we both were raised) and job changes (Kyle as a personal trainer and Kelli as a regional pageant coordinator) we decided to take on Wildway Granola as a side project. We figured there are probably other like-minded folks out there looking for the same thing, so we decided to put our product on the market, hoping to solve this problem for other healthy individuals. We tested different versions and flavors at local retailers and farmers markets around the state. Word quickly spread about our products and soon we found ourselves full time pursuing our dream and getting our product out to the world.
What do you mean by sweetener-free?
There are no added sugars or sweeteners of any kind to our granola. No sugar, no sugar substitute, no agave, not even honey. Instead, our granola is naturally sweetened by the fruit it contains.
How is Wildway granola different from other gluten-free granolas?
Other gluten-free granolas simply use gluten-free grains as a replacement to the oats typically found in regular granola. They use things like gluten-free oats, buckwheat, quinoa, and corn as an alternative, however, Wildway granola is not only gluten-free, but it’s grain-free as well.