I’ve been on the quest for over 7 years now to find a healthy granola for my boys that is not only dairy and egg free, but NUT FREE as well. This has been a very challenging feat as most granolas are either made with nuts such as almonds and peanuts or either manufactured on the same equipment as, or in the same facility as NUTS!
Yesterday, while I was shopping at our local Meijer grocery store and in the cereal aisle, I saw a new type of granola called Nature Valley Granola Crunch Oats ‘N Honey by General Mills. I immediately grabbed the bag off the shelf, read the ingredients and then found my fingers dialing their customer service number to double check the allergen statement. The allergen statement read “CONTAINS SOY INGREDIENTS” but didn’t mention anything about nuts. I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes.
I patiently awaited on my cell phone in the cereal aisle for the customer service representative at General Mills. I read the item number and UPC code to the representative who was very polite and asked her if there were any additional allergens in the granola besides the “soy” listed on the declared statement? She responded by saying that General Mills has a policy to declare ALL of the top 8 allergens in all of their products. She could tell me 100% for certain that this product does not contain any of the top 8 allergens besides SOY. I was relieved and happy that my boys could finally have a safe and healthy granola snack.
Upon taste testing the granola with my boys, we were completely impressed. The Nature Valley Granola Crunch Oats ‘N Honey is basically granola bars broken up into delicious small granola pieces. It has no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors and no artificial flavors. Additionally, it has 13 g of whole grains. The bag states that there are 21 granola bars broken up in one bag! The granola was crunchy, had just enough honey and did not get mushy when my youngest added it to his coco yogurt. This product is a sure winner and I hope you’ll try it!
Thank you General Mills for finally making a safe nut-free granola product my boys can enjoy!