We Love: Willamette Valley Granola Company Granola Chips (review)

by farrah on September 27, 2012 · 3 comments

Willamette (Wil-LAM-it) Valley, Oregon. With our love for nature, fertile soil and active lifestyles, it’s practically the birthplace of granola. We should know; we’ve been making it since 1973. Now even we’ll admit we’ve outdone ourselves. We’ve packed all the things we love about granola into a delicious snack for healthy folks on the go.   We use only all natural, non-GMO ingredients carefully crafted into a delicious, good for you snack.

100% Delicious • 100% Natural • 100% Fun

I usually don’t do food reviews. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever taken anyone up on doing a snack food review. When I was contacted by Willamette Valley though- I was interested initially because my guys are crunchy cracker fiends. And as much as I hate their snacking- they do snack but I can never seem to find them something that’s not completely awful for them. I hate snacking on chips and the like because 99% of the time a) whatever it is is bad for them b) it’s sky-high in sodium/sugar and c) the guilt. Oh the guilt that just keeps on giving. I’m going to give my kid health problems because of that tortilla chip.

So I wanted to try these ‘granola chips’ and see if they were any better than the sort of chip or cracker that my guys might much. Here’s the facts with the Willamette Valley Granola Company Granola Chips:

We were sent the four flavors of granola chips: Vanilla Bean, Wild Berry, Honey Nut. & Butter Pecan. When the box arrived I went to open it, and little hands were poised ready before I could even get a pic:

I poked through their media release, and found this description of the granola chips: “…lightly sweetened, crispy bite-sized chips loaded with a whole grain blend of brown rice, whole oats, quinoa and barley…” 

Sounded pretty good. We opened up the Honey Nut bag, and considering it was already 4pm (and closer than I’d like to dinnertime) I only let them have a few each. I also let our mother’s helper try them (she’s 13) and she was as positive about them as the boys.

They wanted more.. and more… and MORE.  Through some serious tears, I put the granola chips away until lunch time the next day. Lunch is usually a total nightmare in my house. If you don’t believe me you can ask my good friend @CandGsMom because we can vouch for each other on that… but seriously- I decided to try out more of these chips on the boys to see if they really liked them- or if they were just ‘starving’ to death as they might have me believe. In all honesty- they ate them quietly.. without throwing them at me, the dogs or each other- and I was happy.

Well- we liked them. Very much. I liked that they were less ‘junky’ than other options that I have bought in the past. I never can seem to find that perfect mix of healthy, crunchy, and likable. Non- GMO stuff is good stuff.

My only dislike– was that one night I left a bag open. The next morning- they were super soggy. Like the humidity in the air made them sticky, lumpy flakes. Not so good. But I suppose that’s what the resealable zippered pouch they come in is for… right?

Overall- hooray! We dig ’em. Try them yourself and see what you think.

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Disclosure: I was sent 4 full-sized samples of granola chips to try with my family. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shannon September 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Ooooh. I have been on the hunt for another nutritious snack my kids will eat…going to give these a try!

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2 farrah September 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Me too- seriously- especially when it comes to chip like things. I was very happy with these. Of course. Chances are I can’t find them on NL so I will be starting all over!

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3 Greta September 28, 2012 at 2:56 am

Mmmmm…sound yummy!

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