Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ChocolateBet: August 30, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:

1 cup
Laughing Giraffe Organics
Cranberry Orange Granola
Good +
Weight: 1 cup (100 g.)/ 6 oz. (169 g.) total package
Calories: 520 calories (yikes)
Cost: $11.59 total package
Purchased from: Country Sun, in Palo Alto, CA

What does a giraffe know about cacao? Quite a bit it turns out.

Today's dose of chocolate came from a small bowl of Cranberry Orange Granola with Cacao, Cinnamon and Raisins from Laughing Giraffe (Benicia, CA).

I added a little almond "milk" and I was ready to enjoy some chocolate breakfast cereal -- although this was a far cry from most sugary crisps and flakes.

Grain free, raw, vegan and gluten free, this Organic* granola was lightly sweetened with agave (and dried cranberries and a barely detectable hint of orange); and it was studded with pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pecans and almonds. This was a hefty, satisfying cereal; and at 520 calories per cup, it was dense indeed. (*All ingredients in this USDA Certified granola were Organic, except possibly the Himalayan Pink Salt.)

Packaging for the company's granolas and "snakaroons" were adorned with a slender silhouette of a dark-chocolate-colored giraffe.  And if this giraffe could talk, it might recite the company's tagline: Eat Well. Be Well. Live Better.

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and Orange Theme Week, and Day #1 of Chocolate and Almonds Theme Week.

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