Bird’s Nest Baking Company – Granolas
Rewind the clock 30+ years and you would find that mentioning the word “Granola Cruncher” would conjure images of tie-dye t-shirts, Birkenstocks with wool socks wearing, tree hugging, laid back cool person named for the food they ate – granola. The food was first introduced in the late 19th century. In the 1960’s, it was revived when fruits and nuts were added to it to make it a health food that was popular with the hippie movement. Fast-forward to the 21st century and you will find that the once humble product is quietly gaining attention. With the entry of small-batch granola entrepreneurs, like Bird’s Nest Baking Company, this food industry sector is booming due to the simplicity of its production and consumers’ interest in health.
Linda Friedman, owner of Bird’s Nest Baking Company, started baking handmade granola for her three children in the family’s home. With the dream of spreading that love, she moved the production to a commercial kitchen and now makes 200+ pounds of granola a week to sell through retail and online outlets.
Bird’s Nest Baking Company’s granola is baked fresh every week using local, organic and natural ingredients from trusted farmers and suppliers. It does not have any preservatives or additives. Handmade in Tuscon, Arizona, their granola is inspired by the bounty of the southwest desert. I receive a sampling of the three granola flavors: Cranberry Flax, Apple Cinnamon and the unique and exclusive Sonoran Blend.
The Sonoran Blend combines organic oats from Oregon with local tastes – prickly pear fruit from the desert harvest, organic mesquite beans ground into a fine powder, puffed amaranth and organic pecans along with pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, flax seed, extra virgin olive oil, agave and brown sugar – all organic.
My favorite was the cranberry flax flavor. It combines organic oats with almonds, toasted coconut, and golden flax seed, and has a hint of orange that you can taste and smell.
I sprinkled it on my fresh fruit for many morning breakfasts.
The apple cinnamon was similar to the cranberry flax flavor in that it had organic oats with almonds, and toasted coconut, but also had unsweetened dried apples and cinnamon.
In addition to eating it on fruit and yogurt, I could see adding it to some fall-flavored muffins.
You can purchase Bird’s Nest Baking Company granolas online at their website or at some grocery stores, including Whole Foods throughout Arizona. The apple cinnamon and cranberry flax flavors will stay fresh for four months. Sonoran blend stays fresh for two months. The Bird’s Nest Baking Company granolas come in zip-top, re-sealable packages.
Have you ever tried Bird’s Next Baking Company granolas?
What’s your favorite flavor of granola?
Disclaimer: While I was provided with a complimentary sample of Bird’s Nest Baking Company granolas, the opinions and views expressed above are my own and describe my personal experiences.