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This is the kind of product that makes a healthy breakfast eatable. I am a muesli fan, but sometimes wading through a bowl seems like too much first thing in the morning. However, the addition of honey to this cereal (it is sugar-free otherwise) makes it more edible than traditional muesli. Because granola is a mix of lightly baked flakes and seeds, it makes good munching material, and this is just as delicious straight from the packet as it is with the addition of milk or yoghurt. There's nothing added to this mix of seeds, nuts, oats, rye and honey except for grapeseed oil, a dash of vanilla extract (supposedly because it brings out the flavour of the honey) and salt (less than 0.1g per 100g). It's just a shame that non- peanut, sesame and wheat people can't dive in- The ingredients doesn't list these things, but there's a warning against traces. However, there's happy news for veggies as the granola comes Vegetarian Society approved. At 484 calories per 100g and with all that oaty goodness packed in, it makes for a rather substantial breakfast. This product comes in bright friendly and classy (silver writing!) packaging, and along with it likes to make a point to its consumers that it's also 100% recycled fibre. It's 600g box claims to fill 15 bowls, but I have no idea how it would scrape past 7. Also in my experience it tends to disappear rather quickly because it is so delicious, so it sits firmly at the luxury end of the cereal spectrum for me.
My quest to discover new breakfast cereals goes on. I'm a big fan of Dorset Cereals who have developed a niche for themselves as a sort of high end of the market muesli maker. They have ten types of muesli, two flaked cereals, four porridges, six types of cereal bars, one Dorset Cereal for kids and now, new to the market, a granola. Granola is basically the name given to mueslis that are toasted and baked with a sweet substance, such as honey or syrup. A few months ago while in Waitrose, I noticed this new cereal from Dorset Cereals called Honey Granola and was impressed by the ingredients list. However, it cost quite a bit more than the others in the range. Since Dorset Cereals are already quite pricey, I didn't purchase. Ever since I've been looking out for this Honey Granola to make its appearance in Sainsbury or Tesco, but so far it hasn't. But, I was back in Waitrose last week and there was the Honey Granola on special offer. This time I purchased. The box is in line with all the Dorset Cereals range. A smart, sort of recycled type cardboard. This one is coloured a mustard yellow with petal shaped holes cut out on the front so you can see the cereal inside, all brown and crumbly. It's advertised as NEW on the front and is described as 'Tasty granola gently baked with honey'. The ingredients in this cereal are fantastically healthy: oats, honey, sunflower seeds, flaked almonds, rye flakes, grape seed oil, pecans, pumpkin seeds, natural vanilla extract and salt. On opening the clear plastic bag inside it's hard not to start nibbling straight out of the box. Well, hard for me because I'm a bit of a cereal nibbler! The smell is gorgeous. A blend of strong honey and toasted oats. You only need to serve a very small amount of this stuff as unfortunately, it's very calorie dense. Just 100g contains 484 calories, so a handful is all you need. So why is it so high in calories? Because it's absolutely jam packed with nuts and seeds which are deceptively high in calories. I've never come across any muesli type cereal with so much of the added ingredients. Usually the bulk is made up of the cheapest ingredient which is the oats with tiny amounts of additional extras. I should think that this is the reason why this cereal costs that much more than the others in the range. So, is it worth the extra cost? Well, I'd have to say yes. It's extremely tasty with honey being the prominent flavour. The cereal is really like a crunched up cereal bar. Nice big clumps of toasted oats with seeds either glued on with the honey or floating around loose with the nuts. And there are whole pecan nuts in here, not just chippings. And it retains its crunchiness when covered in milk and makes a really satisfying breakfast or snack. Personally, I prefer granolas that have coconut included and this one doesn't so that was a small negative from my point of view. However, this is fantastic stuff just to eat on its own as a snack, straight from the box. I even pour some out into small containers for my kids to take to school and they love it. However much the kids love this cereal, I wouldn't serve it to them on a regular basis as it's far too luxurious and expensive. As to where you buy this, I've only seen it in Waitrose so far. But as it's new, it may find its way into the other supermarkets in due course. It usually costs £4.29 for a 600g box. They have a lovely website detailing all their products right here: http://www.dorsetcereals.co.uk/ Nutritional Info per 100g: Energy: 484 Protein: 12.6g Carbohydrate: 51.2g of which sugars: 13.1g Fat: 25.4g Fibre: 5.6g Salt: >0.1g