Granola lovers, take heed: this Vanilla UnGranola is your new best friend at breakfast. Bubba's short ingredient list makes for simple satisfaction on your spoon in yogurt or your favorite milk. Big flakes of coconut, crunchy cashews, sliced almonds meets the tiniest hint of sweetness, a touch of salt, and a potent slug of real vanilla. The sum of these parts is magnificent in your mouth. Light, crunchy and mellow: it's the granola that no big cereal company can ever match.
Granola is the perfect packaged food. This I believe. Really, how could it not be? Start with ingredients we already like—fruit, nuts, grain-like things—and put them together with seasonings, salt, sweetness and love. Sometimes sweet, sometimes nearly savory, sometimes crunchy, sometimes yielding and chewy, granola is satisfying and darn-near habit forming. As far as habits go, you could do far worse than giving in to Bubba's Vanilla UnGranola.
Gaze upon the package of Bubba's: the bearded dude staring you down; you might think that what's inside is trendy or hipsterish or just too "artisanal" to be good. No, my breakfasting friends, not by a long shot. For the record, there's no relation whatsoever to that super popular movie about the running guy, which is a good thing, because life is not like a box of chocolates. Life is more like this barely-sweet crunchy medley of coconut, cashews, and almonds: a little nutty, rich and satisfying.
One bowl of Bubba's snack mix (in my favorite super-thick strained yogurt, of course) and I was ready to bounce out of the apartment and tackle a big mountain hike, or something equally nutty on a work day. I bet your energy levels will be the same, enabling all of us to fire up that inbox of demands or crack open the spreadsheet of data that needs attention before the 10 a.m. meeting. Coffee helps, too, of course, but you've gotta have something in your stomach to gnaw on. This does the trick without issue.
Each bite is greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts and that includes gentle sweetness of honey, and the supporting hit of Madagascar vanilla. Bubba's has taken two nuts and crunchy coconut and made something worth fighting over, even if you share the breakfast table with someone you like.
In a word: breakfast-olicious. In a few more words: just enough of the right ingredients. The formula for Bubba's UnGranola is coconut plus two kinds of nuts, with a little honey, egg whites for real food protein, salt, and spices. That's all. It's simple, but not too simple. Real foods, really crunchy, really amazing. I've had some pretty "meh" granolas over the years and Bubba's ain't one of them.
In their own words: "Our Vanilla UnGranola is loaded with almonds, coconut flakes, cashews and just the right amount of honey and vanilla. Gluten Free. Grain Free. Low-glycemic. Amazingly crunchy. Pour it in a bowl with some coconut milk and fresh fruit... and boom... breakfast is served. Or scoop it with your fingers for a sweet end to your lunch."
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.
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 are an excellent source of vitamin K, which is indispensable to maintaining healthy bones, and has tumor suppression abilities. Cashew nuts are very rich source of essential minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
Coconut is just sooooo good for you, here's just a start as to why:
Coconut has been used by many cultures worldwide for thousands of years, and is well known for its many amazing properties. Coconut is so nutritious, its list of benefits reads like a patent medicine bottle. Many people eat several tablespoons of coconut oil daily, for the incredible host of benefits it confers. It’s full of health-boosting lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides.
Now, you could just eat it out of the bag. That's pretty much the first way I started to eat this crazy good stuff. Secondly, there's the true breakfast way: with something creamy and cold. Yogurt, nut milk, real milk (even raw!), kefir, heavy cream (?!). Whatever floats your boat. Even if you have a favorite smoothie blend, you could put the granola in a small bowl of your smoothie! Whoa!
I'll let them tell it, the story of crunchtacular invention.
"Bubba's Fine Foods originated in 2014 by Jared Menzel, Head Chef, and his brother-in-law, Jeff Schmidgall, Head Peddler. Every bag of our gourmet grain-free snacks is artisan hand-crafted in small batches in the front range of the Colorado Rockies.
Jared, nick-named Bubba as a child, is a self-taught gourmet cook. He had recently started changing his diet to clean, high nutrient, and low glycemic foods. In order to make that happen, he replaced the processed foods that were pantry staples for most of his life. Being the connoisseur of fine foods that he is, Jared found a lot of the clean convenience foods on the market lacking in taste... and especially crunch. So he started experimenting and creating his own clean, real-food snacks in his kitchen.
Jeff, a CrossFit Trainer and Health Coach, had recently transformed his health with a Paleo life-style. While their families vacationed together in the summer of 2014, Jeff fell head-over-heels in love with Jared's crunchy, grain-free snack mix. Selfishly hoping to simply buy the snack mix to satisfy his new-found addiction, Jeff encouraged Jared to start a business selling the amazing product... and bought a domain name for a future web site right there at the breakfast table.
One month later the first bag of Bubba's Snack Mix was sold and enjoyed. The rest, as they say, is history..."
Is Bubba's UnGranola Grain Free? Gluten-free? Paleo? Non-GMO?
Yes. Heck, yes. Yes. Yes.