We Ate It: Bear Naked Granolas

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
9/10/2008 3:29 PM   :  97 comments

We love granola around here. Coach Nicole and I even make our own--and we've got a friendly rivalry going to see whose is best. (It's a tie for now!)

With extensive experience making and eating granola, we've become granola snobs (er, connoisseurs). We recently tried a few of the Bear Naked granolas to see if they lived up to our standards.
They did! We'll be stocking up on more flavors the next time we go grocery shopping.

We love these granolas. According to the company, the company name "reflects our passion and dedication to using ingredients that are all-natural and “bearly” processed." We can pronounce every ingredient used in the granola, and we learned about new fruits and grains, too.

Appalachian Trail Mix:

"Of course, this was naturally delicious. I actually feel healthier having eaten it, haha. It was the perfect blend of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and granola, with a great texture and flavor overall."

"I had to eat twice the recommended 1/4-cup serving size to feel like I really ate something and feel a little more full. But it's a great snack in general and I'd eat this again."


Heavenly Chocolate:

"This tastes like a crunchy no-bake cookie. For someone who has a peanut allergy, this granola satisfies the craving for the verboten treat. I’d like it with a big glass of milk."

"If this was the last chocolate I'd ever eat in my life, I'd die happy. Heavenly Chocolate is aptly named."





Bear Naked has added a new Native line. We tried them:

Yumberry Goji Currant granola:
Bear Naked says:
A surprising blend of everything from dried Goji berries and sweetened currants to brown rice syrup and Yumberry juice. It's easy to bring a touch of Asia home with these fruits native to the region. (A Yumberry is a fruit native to Asia. Read more about it here.

We say:
"This was delicious! It had a great texture and a surprising amount of dried fruits. The dried fruits were flavorful, but very chewy, which is how I like dried fruit. It tasted great both plain and with fruit/milk. I would definitely eat this again! It was filling, tasty, and healthy."

(No one else got to taste this bag. This tester ate the whole bag over a few days. She loved it that much!)




Mango Agave Almond granola:
Bear Naked says:
Go South of the Border with Mexico's own agave nectar and mangos. When mixed with ground flax seed, this granola provides protection against heart disease.


We say:
"I love the cinnamon-spiced granola. It’s crispy, crunchy and delicious. The mango bits are super chewy—they’re sweet and natural-tasting. The agave almonds have a smoky, salty sweetness. They’re really intense and delicious. I love the whole almonds and large, dense bits of mango."

"Confession: The almonds were so delicious that I picked them all out and ate them. They were THAT good! (Bear Naked, if you're listening, package those almonds separately!) The rest of my co-workers were stuck with (delicious) almond-less granola."

"I ate the granola but didn't get any almonds (ahem). The granola was delicious, full of cinnamon and subtle sweetness. I wish I could have tried some of those irresistible almonds…"

Prices:
Bear Naked Granola (12 oz. Bag) - Original, Fit, and Protein lines $4.99
Bear Naked Granola (12 oz. Bag) - Native line $4.89
Bear Naked Trail Mix (5 oz. Bag) - $2.99
Have you tried Bear Naked granola? Which flavor do you like best?
Photos: taken by me of our Bear Naked granola




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Comments

  • 47
    I've bought these in the past at Whole Foods and haven't been impressed. They are very high in calories and fat and didn't really fill me up at all (unless I wanted to eat 3 servings!). Plus, they are pretty expensive.

    But hey, to each their own! - 9/11/2008   2:53:24 PM
  • JERSEYPEARL
    46
    I have been eating Bear Naked Granola for about 10 months now. I buy them at my local Acme as sometimes they have them on sale: 2 for $6. That is when I stock up! I keep a bag in my desk at work (currently have the Peak Protein) so I can grab a small handful when I have the need to munch & crunch. I have never seen the chocolate one though... I am going to be looking for it now! - 9/11/2008   1:37:30 PM
  • 45
    I have never seen that brand. Where can it be found? Do you have to go the health food store or would a regular grocery store have it? - 9/11/2008   12:50:33 PM
  • INFINITY1956
    44
    I love the Heavenly Chocolate. Why! Well I am a Chocaholic. Any way I can get it in I do. This granola is crunchy, lightly sweetened, and chocolate. Truly a lil piece of heaven for me :-) - 9/11/2008   11:17:26 AM
  • MAMANANCYJEAN
    43
    I love granola on my yogurt. I haven't seen this product in the store. I have been looking for granola. I have been buying breyers yo crunch yogurt it comes with granola - 9/11/2008   10:51:32 AM
  • 42
    My Dad's company sells them the cranberries they use so he got to bring home a couple bags. No one got to eat the Heavenly chocolate, I tried it, brought it to work, and there it stayed all for me! I tried a couple others too, and they were delicious. I will now have to go buy my own bags. Yum! - 9/11/2008   10:49:03 AM
  • MHORVATH40
    41
    Seriously it is way to many calories for the serving size, 1/4 cup? - 9/11/2008   10:31:23 AM
  • 40
    yall crack me up! Loved the (ahem) almonds comments!
    now I will have to check around for these yummie sounding granolas! - 9/11/2008   10:29:55 AM
  • 39
    This site has nutritional information: http://www.calorie-count.com/calori
    es/manufacturer/1108.html
    - 9/11/2008   10:20:10 AM
  • 38
    I have tried it before and it is wonderful. Very little sugar and fat. We can only get it here at Costco and they haven't had it for awhile. :o( - 9/11/2008   10:19:30 AM
  • 37
    it would be nice if you could give us a rundown on calorie count, protein etc.. - 9/11/2008   10:16:33 AM
  • 36
    I love granola and fruit with yogurt. :) I've tried Bear Naked--here I can buy in a regular grocery store or at Target (several people asked where to buy).

    !/4 cup is very filling (especially with yogurt and berries). And it contains a lot of good nutrients. Well worth the calories. It makes a terrific breakfast. And since you need a mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat at breakfast, this is ideal. - 9/11/2008   9:25:34 AM
  • 35
    I will be looking for these! - 9/11/2008   9:08:10 AM
  • 34
    Hey Sparkpeople! I really enjoy reading the blog! All the topics are great! Bear Naked Granola is my favorite. I like the Fit varieties, they contain less sugar and more protein. I hope to see them on the tracker now that you have reviewed them! - 9/11/2008   8:21:47 AM
  • 33
    I love granola and these sound great! - 9/11/2008   7:49:42 AM
  • SUZZYBFIT
    32
    I love granola o begin with and these recipies are one of the rreasons why. Everything sounds so good and tastey and to getthe health benefit as well is icing on the cake.

    I'll be looking for these in the stores - 9/11/2008   7:18:57 AM
  • 31
    OK you made me want to run out right now and pick some of these up-they are DEFINATELY on my shopping list-thanks for the heads up!!! - 9/11/2008   6:48:51 AM
  • 30
    Just finished a bag of Vanilla Almond Crunch and while it was good 1/4 cup just didn't do much and it was way too many calories to fill up on. I put it in my yogurt and let it sit overnight, taste is great but won't be buying more as 240 calories plus 100 for Yoplait was just too much for breakfast or a snack. - 9/11/2008   6:47:12 AM
  • 29
    Okay, you ladies over in the SP Office are having just TOO MUCH fun! Thanks for the great morning laugh (great writing, btw)

    I've also dabbled ever so slightly in creating my own granola, and as time consuming as it became I'd rather buy a done granola. I'd seen the Bear Naked line and wondered - now I've just GOT to try them out!

    I'm surprised that some people think this is 'so high' in those 'bad' items - maybe they've never had granola - but 'only' 1/4 cup is surprisingly filling. I like my granola with soy milk. - 9/11/2008   6:30:49 AM
  • 28
    I have seen these in the store but haven't tried them yet. They sound delicious. I might have to do a little taste test myself. :) - 9/11/2008   6:03:22 AM
  • JOYCHAIRDANCER
    27
    From the ingredients, they sound yummy. Then again, from the ingredients they sound like the snacks that gets made in my kitchen, so I don't think I'll shell out what it would take to get my paws on them if they come to this part of the world. - 9/11/2008   5:54:37 AM
  • 26
    Too many calories and fat content for my diet plan!! - 9/11/2008   5:38:00 AM
  • 25
    I have eaten Bear Naked Granola - don't remember which variety - but I enjoyed each one. I would recommend them. - 9/11/2008   5:29:52 AM
  • 24
    I have tried these before and like them a lot. They are also about $6.00 a bag here in the Pacific Northwest. I have one caution. If you do not use the bags up in a month, freeze them because by the time you get back to them, they are hard as goard guts. Have not seen the flavors mentioned here. But Safeway and all the regular stores carry them now.
    Thanks for your thoughts! - 9/11/2008   3:02:29 AM
  • 23
    The stores near me have a variety called "Fit" which has only 120 calories per 1/4 c. I've tried one called triple berry crunch and another that was plain, I think. They are good, but expensive. The 12 oz. bags sell for about $6. here. - 9/11/2008   1:06:33 AM
  • 22
    Bare Naked products are amazing. For being organic one would think that they would not be very tasteful but I was blown away by the taste and quality. Try it in yogurt or as cereal, it's awesome! - 9/11/2008   1:05:42 AM
  • 21
    I never heard about this type of granola. Where do you buy them? - 9/11/2008   12:40:09 AM
  • 20
    I love the Bear Naked granola you don't need much in the bowl to be full either. Take your time and enjoy each mouth full. The favor is wonderful! Yummy Yummy for your Tummy. 55 grams is a bowl and 200 calories for the breakfast. - 9/10/2008   9:59:20 PM
  • 19
    My favorite place to stay at Yosemite leaves a small bag of this on your pillow instead of chocolates. It's such a nice healthy way to get a little something sweet. - 9/10/2008   9:18:24 PM
  • 18
    I have a half cup of the chocolate almost every night before dinner. It fills me up so I eat less, is something to satisfy my sweet tooth, and gives me a lot of fiber! I have to go ahead and portion it out into snack size bags the day I bring it home though because it is very easy to over indulge in... - 9/10/2008   9:10:47 PM
  • COMMITTED2LOSE
    17
    Too bad it has all those calories.
    - 9/10/2008   9:03:44 PM
  • 16
    We've had this many times and it is really delicious. I also add it to yogurt with a mix of berries. So good and filling! - 9/10/2008   8:53:30 PM
  • 15
    sounds scrumpcious - 9/10/2008   8:45:44 PM
  • 14
    We learned about Bear Naked from my mom. I love anything healthy that will get our youngest dd to eat breakfast, which this does. We mix it in with 6 oz of yogurt for breakfast around hear. Add some fruit and it's pretty well rounded and between a 300 - 400 cal meal (yogurt/fruit varies) that keeps her and me going until lunch.

    Peace, M - 9/10/2008   8:25:51 PM
  • 13
    I really like that they are featuring new products. One of the problems I seem to have is getting bored with the same old "health" food. Thanks for bringing this new product to light! - 9/10/2008   8:11:36 PM
  • 12
    I use granola as a topping for yogurt and fruit. It adds a whole dimension of crunch to the smoothness. - 9/10/2008   8:04:30 PM
  • 11
    Was trying to figure out something treat wise to put in Christmas stockings this year -- think I have found it! Thanks! - 9/10/2008   7:48:25 PM
  • 10
    It sounds great, but who cares it? - 9/10/2008   7:45:14 PM
  • 9
    I agree the chocolate tastes like crunchy no bake cookies. It's easy to eat more than a serving. - 9/10/2008   7:41:14 PM
  • 8
    I love to add it a sprinkle to some vanilla sugar/ fat free yogurt I don't remember which one I use but has 10G protein in it - 9/10/2008   6:52:50 PM
  • 7
    1/4 cup of delicious and nutritious good for you granola, even at 160 calories, beats eating any number of other processed and unnatural foods that people eat. i.e., 100 calorie snacks made with nasty ingredients. - 9/10/2008   6:33:55 PM
  • PRINCESS_MANDY
    6
    I have always wanted to buy Bare Naked but the amount of calories is ridiculous! A ¼ cup is nothing at all so if you eat half a cup that’s the same amount of calories of my average dinner. (around 300) When I crave granola I make it with just whole oats and splenda. Calories are much lower! Besides, Bare Naked uses oil and sugar in almost all of there products. (usually within the first 5 ingredients) - 9/10/2008   4:47:33 PM
  • 5
    The chocolate kinds sounds...heavenly! - 9/10/2008   4:46:39 PM
  • STEPFANIER
    4
    @EDAVIS4: Not necessarily. Granola is meant to be eaten in smaller portions (1/4 cup or so). It's a great snack when you're on the run. I take long bike rides and often cary a few handfuls of granola. The protein (and heart-healthy fats) in the nuts, plus the oats and fruit help keep me going. It's not always just about looking at the calories. :) - 9/10/2008   4:39:23 PM
  • 3
    Yeah, they are. I was JUST looking at these in the store yesterday... for 1/4 they range between 140 and 160 cal. - 9/10/2008   4:26:33 PM
  • 2
    Isn't granola ridiculously high in calories? - 9/10/2008   4:24:31 PM
  • 1
    I can't wait to try it - it sounds so yummy!!! - 9/10/2008   4:02:14 PM

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