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Lark Ellen Farm Review: Grain-Free Granola that’s Anything but Ordinary

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & KIDS 2 YEARS+*

Lark Ellen Farm has taken granola and turned it into a food that you will actually crave! Slightly sweet, salty, and with just the right amount of crunch, you definitely will want to eat this for more than just breakfast!

THE PRODUCTS:

From Grainless Granola Bites to Trail Mix, the snacks from Lark Ellen Farm are anything but ordinary! Made with Organic and sprouted nuts and seeds and then mixed with various yummy fruits, herbs and spices, you’ll love these foods for breakfast, as a snack, on top of your salad, or even your [coconut] ice cream!

Available in 6 yummy Grainless Granola Bite flavors, including Original Vanilla Cinnamon, Berrylicious, Pumpkin Fig, Cacao Cherry, Orange Ginger Raisin and Chocolate Orange Cranberry, and 2 flavors of Trail Mix, including Chili Lime & Kale and Sweet & Salty Trail Mix, you are sure to always find a Lark Ellen Farm’s snack that will satisfy your craving!

NUTRITION FACTS:

Not only are the nuts and seeds in Lark Ellen Farm’s Granola Bites and Trail Mix Organic and Sprouted, their foods are also 100% grain-free, gluten-free, Paleo and Vegan, and don’t contain any fillers or additives.

So what is sprouting, you ask? According to their website: “Sprouting is a lengthy and expensive process, but we believe the health benefits greatly outweigh the costs.    

“Mother Nature has done a great job of building in protective systems for nuts and seeds. She gave them shells to protect them from the elements, pests and birds.  As an added layer of protection she gave the highly desirable nut and seeds an extra protective coating called Phytic Acid. Phytic Acid does a super job of keeping nuts and seeds safe until they can germinate. 

“However, nuts and seeds are often harvested before these seeds and nuts have a chance to germinate.  We gobble them down and Phytic Acid is still trying to do its job to protect it until it can germinate.  This protection keeps our bodies from being able to fully utilize all the wonderful nutrients and enzymes in the nut and seeds.   Phytic acid can also irritate the lining of our stomachs and bowels. 

“At Lark Ellen Farm, we soak our organic nuts and seeds to break down these acids for you! So that when you eat our yummy, crunchy granola bites you get the full nutrients and enzymes from the nut and seeds.”

Furthermore, those at Lark Ellen Farm also take it one step further by dehydrating their foods in order to craft the most delicious, crunchy and nutrient dense treat for you and your family.

“Most granola on the market today are baked at a high temperature.  This is the fastest way to mass produce large quantities of granola. However, this also kills most of the amazing nutrients and enzymes in the nuts and seeds. At Lark Ellen Farm, we gently, blow warm air over our granola at a very low temperature for a long period of time. This delivers a crunchy product that is still full of most of the nutrients and enzymes that nature intended.”  

Coming in at around 130 calories per serving, 11 grams of which are from healthy fats, you will also find around 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of fiber, depending on the flavor you choose.

*Made with lots of healthy ingredients, the Grainless Granola Bites are great for both kids and adults alike, thanks to their airy crunchiness [due to the sprouting and dehydration process that they go through]. In fact, as long as a toddler has at least one set of molars, there shouldn’t be any problem eating them – just please, watch out for larger chunks. However, the Trail Mix is a bit harder, and therefore, I wouldn’t recommend it for a young toddler unless they are able to eat other hard nuts, such as almonds.

THE COMPANY:

Located in the scenic mountains of Southern California, Lark Ellen Farm is nestled in the beautiful Ojai Valley. Ojai (pronounced O-hi) has for many years been a mecca for those seeking physical and spiritual health. Even the earliest inhabitants, the Chumash Native Americans, recognized the unique healing and rejuvenating powers of this special place. Over the years both young and old have found their way to this serene town just a few miles from the sea near Santa Barbara. At the East end of the valley lies Lark Ellen Farm. A small farm where fresh organic eggs come from healthy and free ranging chickens. Fruit, vegetables and herbs grow in abundance in rich organic soil. It is here that their Grain Free Granola was created.

It all began with a 30-day commitment to avoid all grains. This was a desperate attempt to heal the owner’s digestive system. She had been reading how grains and wheat can cause inflammation and thus, turned her body into an experiment to see if avoiding them would make a difference. At the end of the trial period, she felt amazing, her digestive system improved and some lifelong chronic pain was gone! She never wanted to go back to grains and so, started to experiment with new ingredients to curb her once grain-loving addiction – and Grain Free Granola Bites were created.

WHERE TO BUY: You can purchase Lark Ellen Farms directly from their Online Store, at Vitacost.com (where you can receive $5 off your first order), or to find the retail location nearest you, please visit their Store Locator.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Granola is one of those foods that has gotten a bad rep over the years for being boring, bland and “crunchy” – and not “crunchy” in a good way! But with so many companies jumping on the health-food bandwagon, it certainly isn’t that way any more! In fact, if you try the Grain-less Granola Bites from Lark Ellen Farm, you’ll be craving them on everything from your morning yogurt to your dinner salad, and even your chocolate pudding!

Don’t believe me? Try some for yourself and tell me if this isn’t some of the most delicious – and versatile – granola that you have ever tasted!

Moreover, all of Lark Ellen Farm’s Granola and Trail Mixes are made in small batches without any fillers, additives or grains, and are sprouted and then dehydrated at a low temperature. This not only helps to preserve the nutrition and flavors, it also makes them more easily digestible – all of which is a win-win in my book!

For more information about Lark Ellen Farm, please visit their website and check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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