Breakfast cereal is so 1980s. Or 90s. Or "aughts". This is a new time, a new you, and your taste buds are in the mood for sophistication in the form of coffee. That's right, a little bit of espresso beans in your granola makes the world all happy and your bowl of good morning a bit more delicious. Wildway has outdone themselves with this flavor, peppering a classic blend of dates and nuts with flecks of both espresso beans and vanilla beans, both organic and exquisitely sourced. It's tender, not a jaw-workout, and a perfect way to gourmet-ify your A.M. hours.
Soft granolas are an underrated category in the "breakfast cereal" department. They're the gooey underbaked oatmeal cookies up against the mega-popular crispy sandwich creme variety. But each gently chewy and perfectly hearty spoonful out of this Wildway bag is a behemoth in flavor, with a delicate and gentle sweetness. Softness without being cloying— and with stick-to-the-ribs-ness—are some of the things 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.
This Vanilla Bean Espresso is by far my favorite flavor, for several reasons. One, it balances the crunch of nuts against the mild sweetness of dates and vanilla. Two, it validates my penchant for coffee at every opportunity. And three, its key ingredient comes to us from a great little company out of Austin: Fara Coffee. Fara is run by a family with five generations of coffee growing history. The beans are grown in Nicaragua, bought at fair-trade prices, and a portion of the company's proceeds go right back to the growers for health care and other benefits. By using local producers, Wildway is ever strengthening the world of healthy small businesses. That's awesome.
Wildway is an evolving health food company specializing in a one-of-a-kind gluten-free, grain-free, and sweetener-free granola. They are turning heads and challenging the status quo on what “granola” can be. While grain-free “granola” may be a misnomer, the simple, real-food ingredients that comprise it are no lie. Try it for yourself and experience this somewhat modern approach to an age-old food; you won’t regret it.
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. And possibly a bit of that Fara coffee.
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 are the main source of sweetness in this granola, and a natural preservative and source of awesome chewiness. Dates are vitamin and mineral-rich — they’re particularly high in iron and vitamin K. With the backdrop of dates amongst the nuts and other goodies there's absolutely zero need for sweeteners in this mix. And yet, the granola is not that sweet. It's perfect.
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.
Cashews have a rich supply of oleic acid, a classically beautifying oil, great for skin and hair. It also reduces your blood triglyceride and low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and elevates your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) concentration. Cashews are also rich in linolenic acid, which can effectively lower your blood pressure, and also has antioxidant properties which defend your blood vessels from free radicals.
Cashews contain a small amount of zea-xanthin, an important pigment flavonoid antioxidant, which is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes, providing protective UV ray filtering functions and helping to prevent age-related macular degeneration.
Cashews are an excellent source of vitamin K, which is indispensable to maintaining healthy bones, and has tumor suppression abilities. Studies have shown that increased intake of vitamin K lowers the occurrence of prostate cancer in men, and is effective in both prevention and treatment of cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Cashew nuts are very rich source of essential minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
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.